Coola boola: Halloween costumes for lovers, haters and Tipp zombies
From twerking, to baking, to 50 shades of grey paint, here are some topical costume ideas for trick-or-treating
Fran in Love/Hate
Cmdr Chris Hadfield
Kerry Condon in The Walking Dead
Walter White in Breaking Bad
Miley Cyrus twerking during this year’s MTV awards in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Were we to channel our forebears, Halloween would be a time of papier mache, cardboard boxes and black plastic.
Still, it seems that pop culture has become the mother of invention, and top marks almost always go to those who riff on current characters from TV, music, movies and that great annex of inspiration: the internet.
A few years back, Lady Gaga’s meat dress was a popular choice; earlier still, Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra was a shoo-in. This year? Twerking, space travel and Heisenberg will surely share space with the usual suspects: goblins, ghouls – and sexy cats.
It’s unlikely that you’ll make it further than two blocks this Halloween without seeing some young woman – or enterprising man – wearing a flesh-toned patent bikini (try American Apparel) and carrying a large foam finger. That Cyrus will be much imitated should not, crucially, be taken as a mode of flattery: without causing much damage to record sales, the artist christened as Destiny Hope Cyrus has become an object of derision for many.
Checklist: pigtail buns, tongue out at all times, foam finger, inappropriate twerking (against people and objects)
Catchphrase: “Sinéad who? Sorry, I’m busy on SNL.”
CMDR CHRIS HADFIELD
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield became everyone’s favourite Canadian this year when, during Expedition 35 – a mission to the International Space Station – he chronicled his days and nights aboard the ISS with photographs, philosophical observations and updates on Twitter and Facebook. His book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, is now available to preorder, and you can join his 506,000 fans on Facebook at the touch of a mouse.
Checklist: space suit, stack of photographs of Earth (taken from space) to hand out during lulls in party fun, Canadian flag, moustache (handily allowing you to get the jump on Movember).
Catchphrase: “You should see what this place looks like from the ISS.”
THE GREAT IRISH BAKE-OFF
Granted, this is less of a person than a concept – but anyone can see just how caught up we have been in the thrills and spills of the reality TV show that pits amateur bakers against one another in a flurry of flour, baking soda and lemon cream icing. If you’re not afraid of getting your hands – and, well, other parts – dirty, you could always cover a bodysuit in real icing, hundreds and thousands and pieces of Maltesers. If you’d rather steer away from the inevitable mess, best stay at home.
Checklist: Icing, sprinkles, cupcake cases, a spatula in each pocket.
Catchphrase: “It’s intense in the tent today.”