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Predicted Halloween Costumes for 2012

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Berkeley chapter.

Predicted Costumes
With Halloween a little over a week away, it’s time to start planning your costume. Here are my predictions for the most popular costumes you’ll see this year.

PSY/K-Pop Star


At this point, if you haven’t heard “Gangnam style,” you most likely live in a cave as the video is now at over 515 million views on Youtube. The great thing is that you do not need to know Korean to have an appreciation for PSY and all things K-pop. Just grab pair of nice slacks, rounded shades, a bow tie, and of course, prep your horse dance. Even if you’re not dressing as PSY, you know you’ll hear “Gangnam Style” at least once during the night so you might as well be prepared. Too lazy to buy some new shades and a purple tux? Just wear matching outfits with a group of your friends and pass yourself off as Girls Generation.



Election day on November 6 is coming up pretty soon, so it’s natural to expect political candidates to be on everyone’s minds. In addition to the suited Obama and Romney look alikes, there’s the option of “work-out Paul Ryan” or “Joe Biden and the female biker.” For the truly dedicated, you can dress in a suit and talk to an empty chair all night and be Clint Eastwood. Think of it this way: you’ll never have to worry about seating at a crowded party because you’ll always have a chair with you.

Animal with Ears

This costume will consist of wearing one solid color and corresponding animal ears. These are the costumes where if the person wasn’t wearing the animal ears, you would not be able to guess their costume. Be it jeans and a T-shirt or some form of lingerie, as long as you’re also wearing animal ears; it counts as a costume. This year, if you wear yellow and manage to find a couple feathers, you’ll be able to pass for big bird and also appear politically informed.

Internet Meme

Macro images with Arial font; who hasn’t seen them? Come this Halloween, be prepared for memes to escape from your computer screen and into the real world. Some popular and doable memes: binder full of women, Super Cool Ski Instructor (South Park), Futurama Fry, Bad Luck Brian, Rage Comics, Condescending Wonka, and Nyan Cat.

The Sports (Giants) Player

There is no easier way to get a free drink than expressing love for the same sports team as another person. Chances are, you probably have sports fan gear already in your closet. This is both an easy and widely loved costume. Here in the bay with Orange October, expect to see multiple Wilson, Posey, Lincecum, and Zito players.

My Suggestions
Still cannot decide what to be? Here are some of my alternative costume suggestions

Mad Men Characters

Be classy and dress from the 50’s and be your very own crew from Mad Men.

Walter White

Grab a pair of matching hazmat suits with your best friend and be Walter White and Jessie Pinkman from Breaking Bad. Don’t want to be associated as meth producers? You both could build proton packs and go as Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray from Ghostbusters.

Potato Jesus/Botched Ecce Homo Painting

I do not think there is a single person who will not appreciate you for this costume. Also consider getting a group together to do a before and after of the Ecce Painting: from Jesus to Potato Jesus.

Players from Sarcastaball

Although seemingly awkward, this costume is hilarious if you’ve seen the episode from South Park’s new season.

Knights from Monty Python

Monty Python will always hold a special biased place in my heart. But this is a great group costume nonetheless, especially if you can amass some coconuts to be your trusty steeds and enjoy French taunting.


It’s Halloween; zombies will never go out of style. Special bonus points if you go as a dead celebrity.

There are a few costumes that should not exist or ever be repeated

Tan Mom/Jersey Shore: essentially anything that requires you to have a skin tone tanner than orange is unhealthy; both as a costume and real life.

Honey Boo-Boo: I have a theory that if we collectively as a nation decide not to speak of Honey Boo-Boo ever again, perhaps she will disappear from our consciousness.

Hipster/the 99%: everyone can see through this visad and knows you were too lazy to find a real costume, but instead opted to pull out the flannel in the back of your closet.

That Guy on Youtube:

it was a funny and clever costume the first time you saw it, but now you’ll just look like an idiot. Are you really going to carry that 4×6 ft cardboard with you all night? Everytime you turn, you become a liability to spilling someone’s drink. Trust me, everyone is literally going to be “That Drunk Guy at a Party;” no one needs your costume reminding them. This commentary also goes with the Facebook, Myspce, and G+ profile costumes.

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Elizabeth is a senior majoring in American Studies with a concentration in consumer behavior at the University of California, Berkeley. You'll find her at the pool swimming with the Cal club water polo team or running through campus training for the next half marathon. In addition to an active lifestyle, Elizabeth loves to keep up to date with the latest tech trends and is always looking for a new recipe to try out! Elizabeth hopes to pursue a career in public relations and marketing after graduation.