2011’s Most Popular Halloween Costumes for College Students

By Megan Kenslea
StudentAdvisor.com Staff

halloween basketballEvery year, I try to come up with creative costume ideas, but every October 31, without fail, I can be found dusting off my cat ears, throwing on a black dress, and drawing on some whiskers. Most costumes aren’t quite as boring as mine, but I do typically see the same recycled costumes each year: the same pirate, the same cheetah and the same superheroes. Yawn.

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The best costumes are the ones influenced by the headlines – be it pop culture or politics. So this year, I’ve scoured the news to find some more creative choices than my typical ones.

Here are the StudentAdvisor team’s top picks:

Out of Work NBA Player

The two-week delay of the NBA season got us wondering: what’s an out-of-work NBA player to do?

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What you’ll need:

  • NBA jersey (any current player will do)
  • Empty Starbucks cup (to collect spare change)
  • Cardboard sign detailing your plight (“Can dunk for food,” perhaps?)

Occupy Wall Street Protestor

We’ve seen the headlines, and now that the Occupy protests have hit college campuses, the costume is even easier.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What you’ll need:

  • A college sweatshirt
  • Picket Sign (We are the 99%)

Charlie Sheen

charlie sheen halloweenHe may have redeemed himself at the Emmys, but Charlie Sheen is too good to pass up. Dress as the man himself, or choose one of his many hashtags. Goddesses optional but an added bonus.

Level of Difficulty: Medium

What you’ll need:

  • Dark blue dress shirt, unbuttoned
  • Dark sunglasses
  • Vials for “Tiger Blood”

Whitey Bulger

This month, iParty issued a limited edition personalized orange jumpsuit just for those hampering to dress as the notorious gangster. We think it’s the accessories that will make you stand out from the crowd. A word of caution to Boston area college students – some of the families of Bulger’s victims find it offensive, while other’s don’t mind.

Level of difficulty: Medium

What you’ll need:

  • Orange jumpsuit (with or without “Whitey” emblazoned on the back)
  • Handcuffs
  • Boston Red Sox hat

Want to make it a group costume? Throw in an FBI agent or two, a woman dressed in curlers (Catherine Greig), and “Miss Iceland” (the woman who tipped off the Feds).

Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”

I wish I could get this song out of my head, but I love a good 80’s costume more than anyone, so I may just be dressing as Katy Perry this year.

Level of difficulty: Medium

What you’ll need:

  • Hot pink off-shoulder top
  • Lime Green mini skirt
  • Neon pumps
  • Plastic earrings

Check back later in the week for StudentAdvisor’s favorite group costumes!

Photos:  justaufo thepartycow


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