This Halloween, forget the overdone and outdated vampire, mummy and skeleton costumes. It’s 2016, the age of hilariously meta puns, so it’s time to put some real effort into your spooky October outfit. If you need some inspiration, try these 20 wacky and wonderfully punny costumes, which are guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter.
The ladies above, for instance, clearly have an affection for 1990s English pop groups. We’re guessing tarragon leaves is Posh Spice – what else? – but a total lack of ginger seems like a horribly missed opportunity.
These guys have gone to a lot of effort for their puntastic costumes, and it’s certainly paid off. We’re not entirely sure what their visibility is like through those plant pots, but hey, at least they’re committed to the gag.
While we’re not going to sit here and count, we’re pretty sure there are easily at least 50 different shades of gray there. And that’s not even counting the squares on the guy’s face. As abstract costumes go, this is absolutely punderful.
It doesn’t look like the most comfortable costume, but this guy definitely gets points for innovation. It might take you a few minutes to actually understand it, but once you get it, there’s no denying its ingenuity.
“Social” has taken on an entirely new set of connotations in the 21st century. Where once it might have been difficult to portray this particular pun, the introduction of online platforms like Facebook and Twitter have made it an effectively simple costume.
If you see this guy wandering around at a party, watch out – you don’t want to be slapped with a lawsuit, after all. Yes, this is definitely one of those so-bad-it’s-good puns. But really, aren’t those the best kind?
Dressing up as a criminal offence might not be the most sensitive of ideas, but when it’s pulled off in such a witty way as this, we’re sure few people will have been complaining. And, on the plus side (sorry), these costumes look pretty easy to make at home.
No prizes for guessing which universally ridiculed band this guy’s dressed up as. Where low-effort costumes are concerned, however, he definitely takes first place. Indeed, its real genius lies in its simplicity.
This costume takes fantasy football to a whole new level. Thinking about it, though, how awesome would it be to see a football team actually play while dressed like this? By that point, it might not even be football anymore, but we don’t care. This is definitely worth inventing a new sport for.
The Dark Knight is always a popular choice at Halloween, but we bet you won’t see many like this one. Indeed, this punny, literal spin on the Caped Crusader’s superhero identity is hilariously innovative – and even keeps the traditional black and yellow color scheme. Points for accuracy, then.
A Pokémon and Addams Family mashup? Could this costume be any more ’90s? There are so many levels to the pun on display here that we’re not even sure where to begin. The Pikachu plush is a great touch, too.
Everyone loves the fake mustache, nose and glasses combo. But it’s such an outdated concept that pretty much nobody goes for it anymore. Thankfully, this punny costume succeeds without reinventing the wheel.
Okay, so this might be taking national stereotypes too far, but there’s no denying the success of the aesthetic. Indeed, we’re pretty sure anyone with even a slim knowledge of classic rock would be able to get this reference.
While few Halloween costumes these days retain the traditionally spooky theme of the holiday, there are a few exceptions. Take this murderous getup, for instance. We know we’d definitely be giving her all the candy if she showed up at our door.
It might take a few seconds to figure out, but as both politically charged and pun-filled costumes go, there’ll be little beating this effort. Plus, the cleverest costumes are never the most obvious ones anyway.
We don’t have to spell this pun out for you to understand it; that’s just how brilliantly effective the costume is. In fact, we can’t bee-lieve nobody thought of it bee-fore. (Okay, we’ll stop now.)
Tired of having to put ghoulish makeup or face paint all over your beautiful visage? You could always cover it up with a cardboard radio. It makes for a hilariously punny – yet tremendously easy – costume.
Another costume that’s glorious for its simplicity, this personified twist on a classic saying will no doubt turns heads on Halloween. It’s not the spookiest of costumes, but it doesn’t need to be. Just make sure you attach that plastic fork securely…
There’s nothing like taking a normal costume and putting your own puntastic spin on it. This woman has clearly had enough of monkeying around – and it must be time for her to get down to business. Let’s just hope she doesn’t actually go into work like that. They might not take it too well.