When you finally log off and head to a Halloween party this October 31, you’ll want to let everyone know where you’ve spent the past 364 days: online.
Luckily, while 2018 hasn’t given us much in the way of good news, the meme harvest has been bountiful. And a lot of them translate nicely into Halloween costumes.
Here are a few of the best — and, more importantly, the easiest to pull off.
1. Mason Ramsey
The Walmart yodel kid is a superstar now, but the getup he wore for his aisle rendition of Hank Williams’s “Lovesick Blues” would still make a great costume. You’ll just need a white button-down, a red bow tie, a statement belt, and, of course, a pair of cowboy boots. Just be prepared for someone to request a song.
2. Moth and lamp
September’s hottest pair was the moth and the lamp, although the romance did seem a bit one-sided. This meme would make an impressive couple’s costume if you’re headed to a particularly internet-y Halloween party. Bonus: neither look is noticeably better than the other, so you won’t argue about who gets to be who. In fact, both costumes look pretty uncomfortable.
3. Sad Howdy Boy
4. Tide Pod
Sure, you could painstakingly assemble an elaborate cardboard Tide Pod. Or you could just buy this shirt. Or, if you’re really feeling low-effort, simply wear one blue item, one white item, and one orange item.
5. Kylo Ren pants
A large portion of Instagram already took the #KyloRenChallenge, so why not keep the look going for Halloween? You could even complete the look with one of those weird muscle-shirt-costume-things. Good luck explaining this costume to people who spend a healthy amount of time on the internet.
6. Meghan Markle
The Duchess of Sussex isn’t just a meme, of course. But she did star in more than a few viral tweets this year. (Welcome, Meghan, to the meme community.) Plus, a Meghan Markle costume is a great excuse to wear and inevitably ruin a beautiful white dress. And you can do fake freckles!
7. Michaela Coel in Black Mirror
One of the internet’s finest reaction images, Michaela Coel’s look from the Black Mirror episode “U.S.S. Callister,” would make a wonderful costume even without the meme factor. Be sure to perfect your knowing, conspiratorial facial expressions.
8. “Change my mind” guy
Unlike Coel, this guy sucks. But if you can figure out how to make some kind of booth apparatus, he’d make a pretty good Halloween costume. Instead of using his wildly untrue original statement (“Male privilege is a myth”), we’d suggest using a statement from one of the later meme riffs. You don’t want to make literally thousands of enemies on Halloween night.
9. Super Bowl selfie kid
Remember that kid who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake Super Bowl halftime show? Get yourself a gray hooded sweatshirt and a bunch of lanyards. Will anyone know who you are? No. But the costume will probably cost $0.
10. “Is This A Pigeon?”
It was the screenshot from anime series The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird heard ’round the world. At this point, “is this a pigeon” memes have reached peak saturation, but the character’s look — he’s an android, by the way — is super easy to replicate. Get yourself a nice fake butterfly as an accessory. You’ll have a great time.
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