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October 17, 2010 10:43 AM   Subscribe

From the obscure reference, to the sexy obscure reference, WTF Costumes proves that if you have a Halloween costume idea, someone has probably already thought of it.

For more examples of Halloween in action, try this slideshow from the West Hollywood Halloween parade 2009.
posted by Potomac Avenue (49 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is Mask really an obscure reference? Man I'm old.
posted by amro at 10:46 AM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was a bit disheartened when I realized that Dr. Mrs. The Monarch would be my ideal mate. I don't know exactly what it says about me but I'm pretty sure it can't be good.
posted by Babblesort at 10:50 AM on October 17, 2010


Some of these are great. SKEETER! Makes me want to go as Quail Man.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:58 AM on October 17, 2010


Male Leeloo.

Zombie Gumby.

Star Wars YMCA.

Pregnant Spiderman.

Cookie Monster Hunter.

Big Pink Vagina Costume

Child Labor Pains Costume.


WTF indeed. No, I'm not going to link to them, you have to go find'em. Use the Archives page if you dare!

Ok, Cookie Monster Hunter is cool!
posted by nomadicink at 11:00 AM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seeing the Dr. Girlfriend and the Hunter S. Thompson costumes caused me to think this would end up being a Venture Bros. themed post.

Hmm. I wonder how hard it'd be to get together a BRICK FROG costume? I'd have to get a guy with a creepy bear suit and a knife to lead me in everywhere though.
posted by JHarris at 11:01 AM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awwwwww!
posted by Sys Rq at 11:07 AM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


The sassy deluxe Scrabble costume gets my personal award for most WTF costume. It is, apparently, a licensed property.
posted by stoneweaver at 11:08 AM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


HAH! I think no one's done it that I can find.

Drop another 10 lbs of insulation, put on a couple more of steak, a little make-up, a little prosthesis, an axe...

And I'm gonna show up at a con as Slaine Mac Roth in midst of a warp spasm. I'm seeing one arm longer than the other and an eye dangling from it's socket as key.

Push-ups, the call me...
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 11:22 AM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Dr. Girlfriend is apparently less obscure than Jackie Onassis. When I was Jackie O. (as depicted in my profile) most people thought I was Dr. Girlfriend.
posted by cmoj at 11:23 AM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Ooh, I think I just found a costume for Halloween. Thanks Potomac Avenue!
posted by Memo at 11:30 AM on October 17, 2010


Nothing separates genius from jackass better than the Halloween costume. Thanks for the link...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 11:36 AM on October 17, 2010


The West Hollywood slideshow was very disappointing. It grossly misrepresents the shockingly high percentage of women who went as slutty cop or slutty pirate last year. Really, you couldn't walk 10 steps without bumping (literally) into slutty cop. Not that I minded all that much. I believe I already mentioned the very unfortunate event which nearly transpired when what appeared at first glance to be hot slutty cop turned out upon closer inspection to be hot very-non-slutty armed West Hollywood sheriff.

The slideshow was actually disappointing for more serious reasons; the sheer scale of the event is completely non-obvious, it's mostly the same couple of people over and over, and you hardly see any of the mind blowingly beautiful and elaborate costumes that you see a lot of. Most of those pictures could have been taken at any college frat costume party.
posted by Justinian at 11:37 AM on October 17, 2010


(Obligatory) You can find all of these and more at Girls's Costume Warehouse!
posted by m0nm0n at 11:38 AM on October 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


If I were going to a Halloween party, I would dress like this and do nothing all night but stand behind people and hiss.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:02 PM on October 17, 2010


"I need a costume that lets me wear my glasses. Suggestions?"

"Three words: Sexy Ben Franklin."
posted by Madamina at 12:07 PM on October 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


I found a costume on Etsy the other day that I thought was cool: Sasquatch.
posted by Kiablokirk at 12:08 PM on October 17, 2010


They should've titled this one "Catholic Guilt".
posted by Ufez Jones at 12:11 PM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


The Zoids Liger Zero costume took some serious skill to put together. Nice.
posted by misha at 12:19 PM on October 17, 2010


You can basically find a person dressed as any given character from any given series if you look hard enough on cosplay websites. cosplay.com actually has a search, too.
posted by LSK at 12:37 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Things I will never understand about America, no. 43,762: adults doing Halloween.
posted by Decani at 12:51 PM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Mirrorman is pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen
posted by mannequito at 12:53 PM on October 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


mannequito, there was just a Mefi post on that guy the other day.
posted by amro at 12:54 PM on October 17, 2010


Decani, it is because fancy dress parties are practically unheard of in the U.S. Halloween is the only socially acceptable time adults are allowed to put on a costume, so many do.
posted by fings at 1:10 PM on October 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


When I was Jackie O. (as depicted in my profile) most people thought I was Dr. Girlfriend.

To distinguish yourself as Jackie O., glue elbow macaroni all over the front of your dress and give it a good splash of red coloring.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:17 PM on October 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


BitterOldPunk: "If I were going to a Halloween party, I would dress like this and do nothing all night but stand behind people and hiss"

I had that very same idea the other day. I can just imagine the panic it would induce in all the Minecraft fans out there.
posted by mindless progress at 1:23 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Things I will never understand about America, no. 43,762: adults doing Halloween.

What! Are you kidding? You get to have fancy dress parties year-round in the UK, and you're going to begrudge us the one time a year we're allowed to do so?
posted by Solon and Thanks at 1:47 PM on October 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


after seeing this there is no way i can't be nba-jam-big-head-mode john stockton.
posted by soma lkzx at 2:28 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


My first Halloween in New York, my friends and I did the trek through the west village to see Christopher Street do this up right, and we were far from disappointed. We actually made a game of trying to come up with the most bizarre costumes we could just to see if we'd find someone wearing it. And we always did. Like, "how about bear-nun? Oh, there it is."

And then, at the end of the night, after the bars all closed and everyone was walking home at 4:30 in the morning, I saw the best Halloween costume ever (it's worth mentioning that this was 1999.)

An attractive young man, completely naked save for rose petals over his crotch and nipples, with a full sheet of plywood covered with roses strapped to his back, going as the ceiling scene from American Beauty.

He looked very tired.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:16 PM on October 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


Things I will never understand about America, no. 43,762: adults doing Halloween.

That is one of my favourite things about America.
posted by fshgrl at 3:27 PM on October 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Ok, that's adorable.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 3:44 PM on October 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


CARMEN SANDIEGO!!! *ahem* sorry. (no, not really.) I wanted to be on that show so freaking bad when I was a kid. You know, when we still wanted portable CD players and world band radios.
posted by tamagogirl at 3:44 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


wrap yourself in toilet paper, lit your head and go as a joint.
posted by clavdivs at 3:53 PM on October 17, 2010


To distinguish yourself as Jackie O., glue elbow macaroni all over the front of your dress and give it a good splash of red coloring.

The dress was bloody, actually. I had a JFK with a head wound, an Oswald, a Second Gunman, and a Grassy Knoll. And a reenactment in the back yard. It was when I was separated from those guys I was apparently Dr. Girlfriend.
posted by cmoj at 4:09 PM on October 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Thanks for the great FPP! It reminded me to check out Stephen Colbert's SpookyOrDooky.com for some other ideas.
posted by pedmands at 4:15 PM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I laughed out loud at Lando Calrissian with a holstered can of Colt 45.
posted by chaff at 4:15 PM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


In 1991, I was in college. A girl I knew went to a Halloween party as a slut or prostitute or something. She wore a very short skirt, stockings, very high heels, heavy makeup, etc. The costume was a hit.

How would someone today possibly dress up as a slut/prostitute?
posted by flarbuse at 5:05 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nobody with a condom over his head, going as a well-dressed prick?
posted by jonmc at 5:30 PM on October 17, 2010


I love this. I love Halloween. When I was little I would come up with weird costume ideas and my dad would always make them for me. My little sister was often recruited as my double. The year I was a cash register she went as a reluctant dime, the year I was peanut butter she was jelly. It only lasted until I was six or so, that's when I hit the "I wanna be a fairy and/or princess" phase. I think my dad was both relieved and disappointed.
posted by TooFewShoes at 8:23 PM on October 17, 2010


Not too many ideas here for females that don't want to be Sexxxay [Whatever]. Mighty Ducks is about it.
posted by Miko at 8:34 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


My husband in his vagina/vulva costume (NSFW!) has appeared on so many "bad costume" websites. It used to be the number one hit on google images for "vagina costume." I've had it emailed to me by people who don't know that the costume is in my freaking basement.
posted by vespabelle at 9:46 PM on October 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


Not too many ideas here for females that don't want to be Sexxxay [Whatever]. Mighty Ducks is about it.

And frog.
posted by Justinian at 9:48 PM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


When I was Jackie O. (as depicted in my profile) most people thought I was Dr. Girlfriend.

If it's any consolation, anyone who tries to go as Klaus Nomi is probably having similar problems lately.
posted by Lazlo at 12:27 AM on October 18, 2010


Nobody with a condom over his head, going as a well-dressed prick?

Saw a guy dressed like that a few years ago actually. He had a can of silly string he would shoot into the air periodically. Really got the party pumped.
posted by mannequito at 1:19 AM on October 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Psh. I have a friend who went as Dr. Girlfriend as Charlene a few years back. Now THAT'S a sexy obscure reference.
posted by Eideteker at 6:39 AM on October 18, 2010


Isn't Dr. Girlfriend just a left-over 60's style "air hostess" costume?
posted by kcds at 7:18 AM on October 18, 2010


Uh, try Jackie O. (well, when she was still a Kennedy). ^_^
posted by Eideteker at 9:05 AM on October 18, 2010


Nothing is going to beat the sexy Catholic schoolgirl costume for your dog. Get your little straight "A" student ready to go to obedience school in style!
posted by jfuller at 12:43 PM on October 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


And frog.

Which takes a big leap from "Sexxxay" to "Never accept free drugs from that guy again."
posted by Miko at 7:17 PM on October 18, 2010


For the ladies: Take Back Halloween.

Because maybe this year, the street whore sexy version is just not the energy you're going for.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 3:59 PM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


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