Halloween costumes tend to fall into three categories: scary, sexy, or funny. The first two categories are usually well-represented, but I feel like there's always room for more silly costumes in the world. Fortunately, there are tons of actually funny Halloween costumes that are on trend and guaranteed to make your friends and family crack a smile. Both kids and adults can enjoy the holiday in a silly costume.
Despite the year's many tragedies and struggles, there are still many lighthearted things to laugh about in 2017. (Sometimes laughter is the only response, right?) Plenty of topical costumes have made the list, including certain double-meaning emojis and the ubiquitous fidget spinner. But every Halloween also brings a fresh crop of weird and funny costumes that are great in their own right, so I've included several of those as well. I mean, a person getting a piggyback ride from a gnome is pretty bizarre and hilarious, right?
Plus, these costumes also neatly sidestep the controversies that some costumes kick up every Halloween. Seriously: dressing as a sexy border patrol agent or pregnant Kylie Jenner is pretty insensitive, as noted by the website for People. There are so many other ways to wear a funny costume that don't rely on insulting or belittling anyone. Check out these looks for inspiration, and let them inspire you to create a hilarious Halloween costume all your own.
It's perfect, really. To many people, the adult eggplant costume ($70, Halloween Costumes) just shows your love for the purple vegetable. Of course, the more emoji-savvy people you know will burst into laughter. Add in some purple gloves ($5, Halloween Costumes) and a long wavy purple wig ($15, Halloween Costumes) to complete the ensemble.
3. Fidget Spinner Costume
4. Easy Cat Costume
5. Mini Groot
6. #Basic Witch
7. Sharknado Costume
8. Gnome Piggyback Costume
There are loads of these "ride-on" costumes available, but something about the gnome one completely cracks me up. The adult gnome piggyback costume ($63, Halloween Express) is just gloriously silly, and almost certain to make everyone around you burst out laughing. And there seems to be a new crop of gnome obsessives every year.
9. Lawn Flamingos
For a group costume, why not dress as a flock of flamingos as a nod to all the pink birds that were popping up in pools and on lawns on summer long? Get an inflatable flamingo costume ($40, Amazon) and practice balancing on one foot. Bonus: have a friend dress in the gnome piggyback costume pictured above to go as a collection of lawn ornaments.
10. Snapchat Star
Celebrate your longest Snapstreak this Halloween. The dog filter mask ($36, Yandy) and a snapchat video shirt ($19, Etsy) convey your love for the popular messaging app. Just be on the lookout for dancing hot dogs.
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