20 Funny Fancy Dress Costumes That Prove It Pays To Be Punny

Costume parties can be such a drag. After all, there are only so many times that you can tolerate seeing people turn up in the same old outfits. Thankfully, there are people out there injecting life into the party with outfits like these awesome pun-based get-ups. Full marks if you understand them all straight away – but beware, there are some examples of subtle genius here.

It looks like these friends both had puns on the brain when deciding on their costumes. And while the breadwinner is inventive, the victor here is clearly the dust bunny. It’s simple but it just works so well.

Coming up with new costumes at Halloween can be tricky. After all, pretty much everything that can be done has been done by now – so originality like this has to be commended. Who runs the world? Bees, of course.

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Sometimes group costumes just work so much better than individual ones. Indeed, these girls have started their very own fan club – something that wouldn’t have been possible if they hadn’t worked together. That’s the power of teamwork.

This hilarious costume speaks for itself. It might take a few seconds to click but when it does, we bet you’ll be racing to replicate it for yourself at your next fancy dress party. Indeed, you might even say you’re green with envy at not having the idea first.

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While many punny costumes can take a little while to understand, you’ll definitely get this slice of cereal-based genius straight away. Simple but effective, it’s truly a killer costume. And we just can’t get over the size of that giant, novelty knife.

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These potheads may have taken the phrase a touch too literally when planning their punny costumes. Luckily, the results are all the more hilarious for it. Still, we can’t imagine that carrying that heavy headgear around is particularly comfortable. True dedication, indeed.

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This is another costume that edges towards the subtle side, but it’s all the cleverer for it. Nevertheless, the elongated tongue is such a crucial part of the “French Kiss” ensemble that this poor girl probably wouldn’t have been able to relax her face all night. Somehow, though, we don’t think she minded.

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Apparently, France is an endless source of pun-based costumes. And they’re always better when that extra bit of effort has been put in – the genius behind this get-up used styrofoam and paint to create her “toast” necklace.

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This woman tagged her photo with #creativecostumesarethebest – and she’s not wrong. After all, her pig-in-a-blanket outfit will surely have turned heads at whatever party she was on her way to. Just as long as it wasn’t a vegetarians’ party, that is…

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Turning up to a party dressed as regular old food is so last century. At least, that’s how the bacon here must have been feeling, compared to the woman to her right. Yes, she really did come as “devilled eggs.” Your move, foodies.

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For those of us fortunate enough to be able to participate in couples’ costumes, an entire new world of pun-based opportunities is opened up. Take this pair, for instance, who’ve come as – you guessed it – a photobomb. They’ll just have to make sure they stick together all night.

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When the specific theme of the Halloween party is puns, you know you need to pull out all the stops. And that’s exactly what this pair did with their glorious “old spice” and “candy rapper” outfits. Indeed, you’ve got to admire the effort it took to create those giant packets.

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This group of friends decided to come as the Spice Girls to a fundraiser at their school. But turning up dressed as the actual band would have been far too dull. Instead, they came up with this handmade stroke of genius, which raised a whopping $667.

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Remember, guys – catcalling is never appropriate. Unless it’s done in the form of a hilarious, punny costume, that is. This is another low-effort, but supremely effective, outfit – just in case you’re struggling for ideas for a costume party.

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Finding a good costume for a party is never an easy task. Indeed, the pressure to be original can be too much for some. This guy is clearly used to thinking outside the box, however – after all, a real life chicken strip isn’t the kind of costume that just anyone could come up with.

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Another costume that’s super easy to DIY at home – all you need to become the Black Eyed Peas is a spare T-shirt and a little face paint. Sometimes the best costumes are the easiest ones. As long as they’re still based on puns, of course.

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This costume is perfect in so many ways. And as long as your hair is the right color, it’s ridiculously easy to adapt for your own purposes. Indeed, this guy has even chosen bread on clearance to keep costs down. Genius.

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Everyone loves a good pun. After all, you wouldn’t have made it this far into this article if you didn’t. It’s no surprise, then, that there are so many awesome pun-based outfits out there – like this priceless “Oh dear!” and “Holy cow!” combo.

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Somehow we reckon if Iron Man actually turned up to a superhero meeting dressed like this, he’d be pretty quickly kicked out of the Avengers. As a punny costume, though, it’s amazing – right down to the chest plate that the actual superhero sports. Top marks.

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Grammar is important, kids. Indeed, a single hyphen is the difference between a “one night stand” and “one night-stand,” as this inspired costume attests. It might take a little more effort than some of the other punny costumes here, but it’s totally worth it.

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