Even though I do all of my trick or treating in the grocery store’s candy aisle these days, Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays. After all, when else can you walk the street in full costume without a second thought? If you’re ready for a break from the mass-produced, clichéd getups that everyone else is wearing, look online, not in stores. Social media provides a rich source of inspiration, whether you’re dressing up as your favorite social network or one of the many memes that we’ve seen go viral over the past year.
Instagram is one of the most popular new social networks, and its profile was boosted even more when Facebook acquired them for a cool billion dollars this past April. If you’re a filter fanatic, why not show your love for the app by making it your Halloween costume? Check out See Kate Sew and ReallyGraceful for tips on making your own version out of felt and cardboard.
Looking for a less complicated costume? I love Parties for Pennies’ take on Pinterest – all you need is a bulletin board, red ribbon and a few (actual) pins to attach your virtual pins to the board. If you’re worried about the weight of the board or the sharp tacks coming loose, just substitute poster board and glue.
Facebook costumes have been pretty popular over the past couple of years, and now that the site has hit the billion-member mark, you can probably count on them being a staple at Halloween parties for at least a few more years. The fun thing about creating a Facebook-themed costume is that the site has a few iconic features that you can use as the basis of your outfit. The most obvious choice is to create a reproduction of your profile out of poster board, with your head as the profile photo; to make it interactive, carry a marker on a lanyard and let friends write on your “Timeline.” For more tips and creative interpretations on this theme – including costume renditions of the Poke button and Friend Request – check out this post from Reface.me.
If you want something funny, recognizable and social media-related without actually dressing up as a social network, you can’t go wrong with a meme themed costume. Most meme costumes are pretty low-key, making them ideal when you need to pull something together at the last minute. With a black power suit and sunglasses, you can channel Texts from Hillary (and it gives you an excuse to stare at your phone all night!). If you’re a redhead (or willing to wear a wig), you’re already halfway to Hipster Mermaid; just throw on a pair of black glasses and an ironic tee to complete the look. For men, an easy choice is Psy, the Korean pop star behind the most “liked” YouTube video of all time; he wears several snazzy suits in the video, so you have a few looks to choose from.
I’m still working out the details of my costume, but I have a ton of ideas. What are you going to be this year?