Each Halloween you see scads of folks wearing the same costumes. Last year it was the damn black swan, and meanwhile Slash and the LMFAO guys seem to turn up annually.
So this year we're handicapping the proceedings. You can pretty much bet you'll see some of the following music-related costumes when you hit the town. And, just in case you want to jump on the bandwagon yourself, we've also included some pros and cons of each.
5. Psy the Gangnam Guy (above)
Materials needed: Powder blue or lime green suit jacket; black pants; dark sunglasses; black bow tie; saddle shoes (a must).
Pros: Chicks dig Gangnam. Great excuse to finally buy a pair of saddle shoes.
Cons: People may mistake you for Pee Wee Herman.
4. Gwen Stefani
Materials needed: White tank top; black bra; saggy, boy-cut pants; blonde hair/wig styled in a glamorous pompadour; signature red lipstick. Go for her '90s look.
Pros: Here's your big chance to get away with wearing a black bra under a white shirt. You can leave big red kiss marks on everyone you meet.
Cons: The blonde wig may get itchy. Your friends might not appreciate hearing you sing “Just a Girl” all night.
3. Randy Travis's Mugshot
Materials needed: A black eye; a few scrapes; poster board marked like a mug shot wall (to attach behind your head); dark gray t-shirt; gray hair/wig (or use baby powder in your own hair).
Pros: Easy, low-cost costume.
Cons: Only a few people will recognize you, because not enough folks recognize what a genius maniac Travis is.
2. Amanda Palmer
Materials needed: Bustier (or go topless!); giant bag of Kickstarter cash; 12 pack of beer for backup musicians; protest sign; hairy pits, elbow-length gloves; messy brown hair/wig; crazy thin eyebrows drawn on with a pencil.
Pros: You were going to dress slutty anyway!
Cons: The weather might be a bit too nippy to bare all. You'll regret shaving your eyebrows.
1. Tupac's Hologram
Materials needed: White sheet with the hologram image of Tupac drawn on it; fabric paint and fabric markets; scissors.
Pros: Kind of like being a ghost, but with more trenchant themes and superior rhyming ability.
Cons: We can't think of any. Let's all dress up like Tupac's hologram!