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If you really think about it, Halloween is pretty weird. It’s the one time of year you can dress up like a serial killer or impersonate an officer and it’s not seen as a bad thing. It’s also the only day parents allow their children to knock on strangers’ doors and ask for candy, even though all children are ever told is “don’t take candy from strangers.”

Aside from all the strangeness, it’s also the coolest holiday out there because it’s the one time of the year you can be anything you want or anyone you’ve ever dreamed of being. The possibilities are endless! So why is it that the same costumes are recycled over and over every year? I’ve compiled a list of costumes no one wanted to see this year, either because they’ve already been done too many times or they were one of the most-searched 2017 costumes and there were just too many out there. Halloween needs a little variety to keep it interesting.

Aside from all the strangeness, it’s also the coolest holiday out there because it’s the one time of the year you can be anything you want or anyone you’ve ever dreamed of being. The possibilities are endless! So why is it that the same costumes are recycled over and over every year? I’ve compiled a list of costumes no one wanted to see this year, either because they’ve already been done too many times or they were one of the most-searched 2017 costumes and there were just too many out there. Halloween needs a little variety to keep it interesting.

1. A Cat: Unless you plan on adopting a black cat afterward (who, by the way, have the lowest adoption rates among all other cats thanks to the very superstition that makes them an appealing Halloween costume) burn those ears! There have been enough cat costumes to last us all a lifetime.
Alternate costume: Cat lady. Other than the fact that if you’re under the age of 10 this costume looks absolutely adorable, it’s also a great excuse to go outside in a robe and slippers.

2. “I’m a mouse, duh!” Whether it’s written on your t-shirt or you’re in a black negligee and ears, Mean Girls was so 2004. This was funny the first 10 years people chose to wear this Halloween costume, but now it’s a lazy person’s excuse to throw on some ears and still think they’re clever.
Alternate costume: If you really can’t let Mean Girls go, you should’ve opted for Regina George’s spring fling attire, featuring the pink dress she could barely fit into and a head brace. Because no one can call you basic when you’ve put effort into creating that contraption.


3. The crew from Scooby Doo: Scooby don’t. We’ve all seen enough versions of this costume already. Shaggy and Scooby Doo might be the ultimate best friend goals—his best friend is a dog, what’s better than that—but everyone has already had their fix. On to the next.
Alternate Costume: If you were looking for a group costume, the Handmaid’s Tale was available.


4. The Spice Girls: I love the Spice Girls, so I can’t wholeheartedly say this costume upsets me. What does upset me though, is when people kind-of-not-really go as the Spice Girls. If you’re going to dress up as one of the most iconic girl groups of all time, at least do it right. Geri’s hair is RED. At least one of you should be wearing platform shoes.
Alternate costume: Destiny’s Child, 1998, iconic Tommy Hilfiger matching outfits. Add a young Scarlett Johansson fan taking a photo with the famous group and this is the perfect 90s throwback.

5. A Hippie: Although we could all do with a few more “world peace” reminders, the typical tinted round glasses, peace symbols around your neck and long bell-bottom pants has been done and re-done. If the 60s/70s fashion just speaks to you, why not try impersonating these famous, and talented, hippies instead?
Alternate costume: Janis Joplin, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Lisa Bonet, Stevie Nicks.


6. Anyone from Baywatch: If the movie had actually been funny that would be a different story, but this film didn’t do the best job of commemorating this TV classic. Also, since one-piece swimsuits are back in style anyway, why not save that red one for a really nice trip to the beach?
Alternate costume: A regular lifeguard and a shark (not “left shark,” please).

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7. Wonder Woman: Everyone loves Wonder Woman, and with this year’s blockbuster movie and Gal Gadot turning out to be one of the most likable actresses, who can blame them? But chances are, almost every other woman wanted to rep this incredibly empowering character this year. Nothing wrong with having a costume a hundred other people are wearing, but in case that sort of thing bugs you…
Alternate costume: Mera. You may be wondering who Mera is, which is exactly why we needed more of her this Halloween. While many would think Aquaman’s wife would go by “Aquawoman,” she doesn’t go by that alias. The Queen of Atlantis, Mera, is incredibly powerful too: she’s strong and impermeable outside of the water, she’s a trained underwater soldier and infiltrating spy, and she’s able to control the waves and tsunamis of the sea. We’ll get our first look at Mera on the big screen in 2018.

Mera me

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8. Belle or Beast from Beauty and the Beast: Was there ever a time when being a Disney character wasn’t a typical costume? I know the newest adaptation of the Disney classic starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens was tempting to recreate, but if you wanted to avoid getting confused among all the other yellow dresses and Beast masks out there, you should’ve gone with something else.
Alternate costume: The costumes from the final scene in the film, where we see the prince (now post-Beast) in a powder-blue ensemble and Emma Watson’s “celebration” dress which is absolutely stunning.


9. Elsa and Olaf from Frozen: This movie was a huge success and for a good reason; the storyline was great and the music superb. However, it was also the most popular costume of 2014, so it’s already had its moment. Unless you’re Kristen Bell and your daughter forces you to “match” with her and go as Elsa this year – which actually happened – you should’ve let it go. Or at least given some love to Anna and Kristoff.
Alternate costume: If you were set on going as Disney characters this year, you should have tried Moana and Maui. Not only is Moana another strong female lead, but as Eric Decker and family prove, it’s just too cute not to.

10. Any other Disney princess: Look, I get it. Princess Jasmine is not only beautiful but she gets to be with Aladdin, every little girl’s first cartoon crush… no? Just me? Disney princesses and their elaborate outfits can be fun to recreate, but it’s also something everyone has seen before.
Alternate costume: Mulan. Mulan, one of the only strong female lead characters in the early Disney movies, doesn’t get enough recognition as a Disney princess. Aside from being my favorite cartoon character of all time, she’s strong, proves she can do anything a man can do, has strong family values (she’s basically sacrificing her life for her dad, what more do you want?), and her relationship with Li Shang is a subplot to her saving China. She’s not just a princess but a hero and she deserves more recognition out there! Rant over.


11. 11, meet Eleven: If you don’t know who Eleven is then you’re obviously not a Stranger Things fan and are probably also living under a rock. Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, is a little girl with psychokinetic abilities in the hit series created by the Duffer Brothers. I know this costume was probably tempting considering the second season just came out but the pink dress and blonde wig have been done.
Alternate costume: Matilda. She’s the original little girl with extraordinary powers AND she can read.

Stranger things #happyhalloween from Eleven and Dustin!

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12. Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMA Awards: No one wants to see that foam finger again, not even Miley Cyrus herself. After repeatedly defending the performance, Cyrus admitted this year to Harper’s Bazaar that although the purpose was to show women should have freedom over their bodies she did feel sexualized while twerking on stage with Robin Thicke. Cyrus even posted an Instagram picture before her performance of “Younger Now” at this year’s VMAs, apologizing to dad Billy Ray Cyrus and promising to be good this year. So hopefully everyone else made Billy Ray Cyrus proud and was good this year too.
Alternate costume: Another sexy option? Channeling your inner Shania Twain at the 1999 Grammy’s. Her performance of “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” was iconic and so was her outfit: black corset, over-the-knee boots, and a thick black choker.

Sorry Dad…. I'll be good tonight I promise … @vmas

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13. Angel/Devil: If you went with a BFF costume this year, hopefully, you avoided this one. I get that the angelic friend gets this one day of the year to play the devil, and the friend that’s probably devilish 364 days of the year gets to impersonate an angel. Ha, ha. However, there were a lot of alternative BFF costume options beyond the horns and halos.
Alternate costume: PB&J, Cher and Amber from Clueless, Tom Hanks and Wilson in Castaway, etc.

14. Hocus Pocus: Yes, the movie Hocus Pocus is a Halloween classic and we all can’t help but watch it every time it’s on TV come Halloween. However, aside from our TV screens, we don’t need to see this famous witch trio out and about again. Especially with rumors that a reboot was in the works, I’m sure there were more witch sisters than usual.
Alternate costume: The wrestlers from GLOW.


15. Cowboy/Cowgirl, Cop/Prisoner, Doctor/Nurse, or any other cheesy profession couples costume: There’s no way you’re a believable cowboy/girl if you don’t have a gun holster, a nurse isn’t supposed to be sexy, and a cop should be using those handcuffs to arrest real criminals.
Alternate costume: Iconic duos. Just look how great Freddie Prince Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Pretty in Pink costumes came out. Nothing like a trip down memory lane.

They didn’t kill me – #prettyinpink #Andie #ducky @mollyringwald #joncryer @realfreddieprinze

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16. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction: Pulp Fiction is amazing, this costume no longer is. Once Vanessa Hudgens and boyfriend Austin Butler did it, there was no topping it. The couple went as John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s characters in the cult classic back in 2015 and that was pretty much the end of that.
Alternate costume: The successful Netflix series “The Crown” has proven a young Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to be quite the interesting pair.


17. A deer: I think every girl considered being a deer after Lauren Conrad posted this picture to Instagram back in 2015, captioned “So excited to be a bunch of ‘Party Animals’ this Halloween!!” In the photo, Conrad and three other friends dressed up as domesticated animals casually sipping on champagne. However, there have been way too many deer since for this costume to still be original.
Alternate costume: Roadkill.

17Instagram: Lauren Conrad

18. A clown: If you didn’t want to blend in with all the other clowns this Halloween season – we have IT to thank for that one – you probably should have held off on putting together that Pennywise costume, or any other glamorous version of a clown you had in mind.
Alternate costume: Jigsaw.

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19. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones: Even Kit Harington has been forced to dress up as Jon Snow for Halloween and he didn’t like it. With the last season coming near, this costume has been everywhere.
Alternate costume: Show some love to the family drama This Is Us and dress up as Jack and Rebecca Pearson. These two have been relationship goals since the very first episode.

20. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger: It’s always nice to bring back a popular and lovable group of friends like the ones from J.K. Rowling’s series, Harry Potter. However, if you weren’t on your way to Hogwarts, you should’ve avoided pulling out those robes this Halloween.
Alternate costume: With the Netflix series Riverdale causing everyone to fall in love with the Archie comics all over again, you can’t go wrong dressing up as Archie, Betty, Veronica or Jughead. If you really wanted to stand out, pop art versions of the comic book characters would have really made this costume unique.


21. Any Wizard of Oz character: Aside from the insane amount of Dorothys out there holding their little Toto dogs in picnic baskets, there’s also a multitude of cowardly lions, scarecrows, and tin men as well. Those ruby slippers are pretty, though.
Alternate costume: You’re better off being the yellow brick road.


22. Donald and Melania Trump: Donald Trump doesn’t need your Halloween costume to get any more attention; he can do that all on his own! You were better off dressing up as one of his infamous tweets if you wanted to stand out among all the other President impersonators out there.
Alternate costume: Any other political figure that isn’t named Donald Trump or has the last name Trump.

23. A baseball/football/basketball/soccer/hockey player. We’re all guilty of that last-minute Halloween costume where we end up wearing the jersey of our favorite player, or maybe just borrowing a jersey from a friend; but just because you put on eye black and some runners, that doesn’t make you an athlete. Let’s just leave it to the professionals.
Alternate costume: Dressing up as an actor who plays an athlete in a movie instead. Russell Westbrook used White Men Can’t Jump as his Halloween inspo.

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24. Harley Quinn. Also the Joker. Puddin, make it stop. There have been way too many versions of Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. I get it’s hard to pass up on an excuse to swing around an awesome baseball bat or throw on the Joker’s crazy tats, but so many people hated on Suicide Squad, so why is everyone working so hard to keep it going?
Alternate costume:  Vision and Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch. We began to see their budding romance in the latest Avengers movie. Played by Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen, Vision and the Scarlet Witch make a cute couple. And cool costumes.


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