Put down the Donald Trump wig, and back away slowly.
It’s not hard to find a pop culture costume for 2017, given the whirlwind year of politics, entertainment and general options. Unicorn Frappuccino, pregnant Instagram Beyoncé, Wonder Woman, Rick and Morty, The Handmaid’s Tale, anyone in the current administration. Those are all quality costume choices, but why not be surprising? Take people back to something they forgot about and be the hit of the party.
First step: Spin through our giant listing of Halloween weekend events and pick a party.
Second step: Spin through these ideas for throwback pop culture costumes and win your costume contest in a sea of Taylor Swifts.
Yes, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan are the obvious choices when it comes to Olympic throwbacks, especially since they’ve been thrust back into the national consciousness with the upcoming Margot Robbie movie I, Tonya. But twist it again and dress as the one who unexpectedly bested them both for gold — Ukranian skater Oksana Baiul.
Need: Pink leotard, matching scrunchie, nude boots or skates, gold medal, expression of victory.
Fresh Prince and Carlton
Harken back to a simpler time when Will Smith was still the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and his buddy was a preppy, tightly-wound guy with a signature dance you’ve tried to do at every bar since college.
Need: Loud sweater, sideways hat, parachute pants, high-tops. Khakis, button down, shoulder sweater.
Avril Lavigne and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger
This one comes courtesy of our copy editor Alexa Volland, who dreamed up this couples costume with her boyfriend. "He just wants to walk around all night and yell, ‘Look at this photograph,’?" she explained, referring to the sappy Nickelback hit Photograph. The Canadian couple everyone loves to hate is iconic, considering Kroeger’s hair and Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi-era punk-lite aesthetic.
Need: Neck tie, Dickies, white tank top, trucker hat. Curly wig, guitar, scrapbook.
Georges of the ’80s
George Michael, Boy George, George H. W. Bush, George Wendt, that is. Get a group together and represent all the Georges who came before current Georges (sorry, little Prince George, your time will come).
Need: Leather jacket, cross earring, beard. Braid wig, eyeliner, oversized hat and coat. Suit, presidential flag pin. Corduroy jacket, striped tie, beer stein.
Our writer Maggie Duffy suggests a Three’s Company costume, with a twist. Everyone in the group goes as Mrs. Roper.
Need: Caftan, curly wig, dramatic earrings, shawl sweater, possibly a Mr. Roper.