Halloween Costumes Inspired by the Digital Age

Growing up, I would plan my Halloween costume out for over a month. Building it would take several afternoons, and I always found joy to parade it around at night with my friends. Back then, my ideas were inspired by the classic movies or TV shows that shaped my world. My friends and I would go trick-or-treating throughout our neighborhood, carrying plastic pumpkins full of candy, dressed up as ghosts, witches, mummies, pirates, clowns, and the such. My coolest costume that I designed was in 8th grade, when I made a one-piece Gumby outfit, inspired by Eddie Murphy’s Saturday Night Live skit. “Yo, I’m Gumby!”

Today, being a mom, and having exactly 10 days before Halloween, I am feverishly working with my kids to pull their outfits together. But, their dream outfits inspiration source is nothing like mine… my kids want costumes about characters that are found on YouTube, from a video game, or are completely CG. Glimpsing through Pinterest, this internet inspiration becomes more obvious, that even lazy, grown up costumes consist of a t-shirt with the inscription: “404: Costume Not Found.”

According to my very accurate sources (my 9 and 6 year old kids) there is a new Halloween costume hierarchy for 2015. Old people (over 30 years old), you may need to ask Siri what these actually look like.  And by all means, if you are the one serving candy this year, and a bright-eyed, squatty purple monster comes to the door, do not ask what it is.  Just say “That’s better looking than what’s on the internet!”

Hottest Costume Trends for 2015

  • Leading YouTube stars (think PewDiePie who made $12M in pretax money in 2015 – so don’t laugh too hard at kids idolizing him.) My 9 year old is going to be Nyan Cat, who’s annoying song has had over 125 million views.
  • Any BYOC Roblox Player (that’s Build Your Own Character, which my 6 year old can show you how to do this). Move over Minecraft, Roblox is the 2015 hit for 8 – 14 year olds. Think it’s not sticking, check out the Roblox pizza parlor game that has over 50 million plays.
  • Everything Star Wars. With heavy anticipation of the next sequel and the now adults who were dressed up as Luke Skywalker in the 80’s, will ensure that every child considers participating in the legendary story. Thanks to the Disney franchising mastery, you can turn any baby into Yoda, and any adult into a storm trooper.
  • Any adorable CG characters from Home, Inside Out, or The Minions Movie. All it takes is face paint, some silly outfits easily found at the local clothes recycling stores, and a few good lines from the movies.
  • Retro video game characters, thanks to the movie Pixels. Likely you will see an entire family dressed up as Pacman, Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde.
  • Zombies are undeniably the scariest costumes you’ll see, thanks to the countless video games, Netflix series and movies like Warm Bodies that make zombies likable. But get ready to spend lots of time preparing every gash and wound.
  • Day of the Dead skeletons. Walking around showing a skull mask and a femur is not enough. Get ready for a 2 hour face painting session and a corset that restricts breathing as this is likely the hottest and scariest combination look.
  • Pixelated Outfits. Perhaps my favorite tech influenced costume. Instead of appearing naked, wearing a pixelated outfit making you PG friendly really shows how our society self-moderates on the web. Besides, these are so much more imaginative than the full green suits popular a few years back.

If you have other digital age inspired costume ideas, please add them to the comments!