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It's just three days to go until Halloween, and if you've got your act together, you've already figured out the perfect costume that will wow the ladies/gentlemen and convince people not only that you're creative, but that you have good taste in pop culture.
Because what fun is Halloween if you can't dress up like your favorite character from any given TV show or movie? We're running a Halloween Costume Contest (more info here) that's showcasing the best of these, but we're also invested in helping you avoid the worst. Beyond showing up with a shoddy costume, there's the ultimate sin of wearing the same thing as 10 other people. There's a fine line between a costume everyone will recognize and one that everyone is already sick of, and we are here for help you avoid that line.
For example: Fandango.com recently conducted a survey of moviegoers to find out the most popular costumes this year for both men and women. Predictably, all the best costumes went to the men, but so did all the worst and most ubiquitous. Here's the list, along with the percentage of costume who said these would be their costumes:
1. THIS IS IT’s Michael Jackson 13%
There are obvious practical problems with some of these-- you'll freeze to death with your shirt off as Jacob, and who is going to let you borrow their baby to name Carlos and carry around all night? But, with a few exceptions (Tallahassee is never lame, and G..I Joe still seems cool somehow), these are all just bad costumes. Tomorrow we'll be giving advice on how to look great on Halloween, but first, below are five of the lamest costumes and why to avoid them, including two from the list above. Trust me, we're doing this for your own good.
If you absolutely must: Wear the yellow and black costume from the comics, obviously.
If you absolutely must: Have a friend dressed as a Wild Thing, and ride them piggyback all night. Hey, if you're gonna do it, you have to commit.
If you absolutely must: Go as MJ in The Wiz, complete with scarecrow costume. Or have a group go as the Jackson Five. Anything to shake it up. (Note: please only do this if you are in fact black).
If you absolutely must: Get in character early enough to cook something delicious and feed to everyone forced to hear you say "Bon appetit!" all night.
If you absolutely must: Wear a suit and be Dr. Manhattan on the TV show. Extra points for making everyone around you disappear in a fit of rage.