8 Halloween Costumes We Don’t Want to See Next Year
By Jica Lapena
“Ten years before its time, a fashion is indecent; ten years after, it is hideous; but a century after, it is romantic.” And a year after? Just dowdy. So goes the law of fashion historian James Laver. And in some ways he must be right, if all the Sadnesses of 2015 opted for a different look this year, you know it’s because it simply wasn’t in style anymore yet too soon to be considered vintage.
Here are some very current costume ideas that were cute at the onset but had us growing tired after seeing five or six versions in the same night. Over the Halloween weekend, did you go as or happen to run into…
1. Harley Quinn
We get it. She’s sexy, she’s cute and popular to boot. The psychopathic love interest of DC’s Joker turned into an instant crowd favorite (not that she wasn’t already) after Margot Robbie’s portrayal in the recent blockbuster, Suicide Squad. White-faced Harley Quinn in a jester hat and black and red jumpsuit? Classic. Harley with the blonde pigtails dip-dyed in cotton candy colors, clad in metallic hot pants and a t-shirt that is now available for mass purchase everywhere from E-Bay to S&R? Current, but not for long.
2. Miss Universe
Watching beauty pageant contestants fail miserably in front of audiences of millions is a very specific past time that has emerged in part due to the increasing popularity of YouTube surfing and to the innate wicked human pleasure of seeing others suffer. Sounds perfect for Halloween? Definitely. Pair that with the irresistible star quality of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and you have a costume that is both beautiful and profoundly dark. In time, however, beauty fades and drug kingpins eventually meet their ends, just like pop culture’s favorite Colombian Don…
3. Pablo Escobar
Coming hand in hand with the success of Narcos, a Netflix series chronicling the rise and fall of the Medellin Cartel, is the continued popularity of “El Patron del Mal” himself, Pablo Escobar. As it turns out, use of his iconic mustachioed image is one that does not come free. Although one can’t very well claim the rights to thick, curly black hair… or can they?
Have we seen Stranger Things than a fully grown man, hairy legs and all, in a short pink Sunday dress and blonde wig? At this point, most likely yes. Who would’ve thought that Winona Ryder’s comeback with a cast of newcomers would gain such popularity? It seems that Netflix is winning the game with Halloween-worthy costumes this year and, naturally, big blockbuster films won’t be left behind.