You’re done searching through every Party City just to arrive home empty-handed, and you’ve already committed Halloween’s cardinal sin of throwing on a pair of mouse ears and calling it a costume – “I’m a mouse, duh”. Skip the guessing game this year, and go the DIY route with one of pop culture’s most WTF moments and Hollywood box office hits of 2015. This year when you decide to crash one of NYC’s exclusive Halloween parties at Gansevoort Park Avenue or Slate, you’ll have everyone tweeting, gramming, and snapchatting #slay next to your name.
1. Game of Thrones
Whether you’re still mourning his death, in deep… deep denial, or you’ve finally (begrudgingly) moved on to another Game of Thrones pretty boy, Jon Snow’s death shook the living kingdoms out of us. It’s been about 4 long months since season five’s finale. We’ve cried. We’ve lamented. Now we’re ready for reincarnation. Bring Jon back from the dead this Halloween with a heavy faux-fur cape, leather armor, and a little 5 o’clock shadow. We can’t promise he’ll be making appearances in season 6 just by impersonating him, but you will be making your nearest bar just a little more charming, one Kit Harington at a time.
2. American Horror Story: Hotel
Admit it: Jessica Lange’s departure from American Horror Story was the ultimate horror story of all. A pivotal character in every season that made carnage look classy, there are few to none that can replace “The Supreme” – unless you have a loyal following of little monsters. Lady Gaga’s scandalous foursome debut on AHS: Hotel revealed she can do more than belch Billboard-topping pop songs. Be the Countess this Halloween with a DIY metallic monster glove paired with film noir panache and oodles of sex appeal. A horrifically odd series that makes Gaga feel right at home, we’re just dying to know what happens next.
They’re short, yellow, and absolutely un-despicable. This summer’s cutest animated film have charmed the pants off of us. Paint the town yellow this Halloween in a pair of denim overalls, goggles, and canary-yellow face paint. With a costume cheek-pinchingly cute, you’re bound to score more treats than tricks this year. Better yet, even if you’re speaking gibberish after your fifth Jager Bomb of the night, you’ll fit right into character.
4. Orange is the New Black
You know sh*t went down that moment everyone on Instagram is hashtagging Woman Crush Wednesday on a Friday. The debut of the androgynously beautiful Ruby Rose on Orange is the New Black was one of this year’s smartest casting choices and most gender-bending Netflix moments. Play off a pair of khaki scrubs as inmate attire with a fake Aussie accent, and you’ll be getting double-takes from both sides of the team.
5. Donald Trump
As if seeing him consecutively fire the cast of The Apprentice wasn't enough, we are now graced with Trump's presence in the current presidential campaign. Although this isn't the first time we've seen people in show biz enter the political sphere (remember that guy named Schwarzenegger?), it's too early in the race to see how the Trump Empire will pan out. Flaunt an obnoxiously over-combed comb-over and classic suit and tie to get all the votes this Halloween. With an abundance of blunt commentary flooding the debates, you'll have plenty of wisecracks to be the life of the Republican Party.
6. Mad Max
Even with dirt on her face and a macho buzz-cut, Charlize Theron is one of those rare starlets that still looks like “she woke up like this”. Not all of us are brazen enough to shave our heads for one night, or for that matter even work an ultra-masculine ‘do the way she does. However, you can imitate her bad-assery as Furiosa with some torn tees, metal arm gear, and a surplus of leather belts. Own this costume like a boss, and you just might possibly maybe look as flawless as Charlize Theron. Maybe.
7. Kylie Jenner
So many selfies, so little time. This Keeping up with the Kardashian socialite has accumulated more followers than queens of pop, @badgalriri and @xtina, combined. With so many classic Kylie looks to choose from, you can go casual with pale green hair extensions and a wife-beater, or go mega-glam at the club with strappy heels, bandage dress and choppy aqua highlights from her red carpet look. Flaunt an ultra-glossy pout, phone in hand, and you’ll be part of the Dash fam in no time. But first, let me take a selfie.
8. 50 Shades of Grey
9. Kendall, Karlie, Cara & Gigi
This was the day every gorgeous woman in the world decided to crash T-swift’s 1989 London Tour. Making #squadgoals history, this is one costume choice that won’t send you reeling into another fashion faux-pas. Opt for a pinstriped two-piece to be like Gigi or try Karlie’s little white dress. With a group costume this on point, no one will even notice your post-Halloween walk of shame.
10. Miley Cyrus
11. Drake & Madonna
12. "The Dress"
Unfortunately, this was America’s finest viral moment of the year (face palm). For some unfathomable reason, we became obsessed with whether this dress was truly: black and blue or white and gold. Once its true colors were revealed (for god’s sake, it’s black and blue), the wave of controversy blew over our heads like a long war was finally over. Be the headline of your next Halloween party with this year’s most mind-boggling color scheme. If you’d like the real deal, Roman Originals sells the original, no pun intended. Note: it’s not available in white and gold.
13. Pizza Emoji
If we can tweet pizza, we can be pizza. God Bless 'Murrica.