Every year, winning Halloween is getting harder and harder. With people’s endless creativity and willingness to put a smile on everyone’s faces, making a good Halloween costume is an art form in itself.

And this year, just like previous years, people were more than happy to take it a step further when creating their spooky looks. From the Gossip Girl meme and the real life Mr Proper incarnation to Van Gogh’s sunflowers infamously vandalized by Just Stop Oil activists, there’s everything in this collection of insane Halloween costumes: 2022 edition–the sheer level of quirkiness and absolute relevance to the times we’re living in.

Scroll down to see what people came up with this year and upvote your favorite eye-catchers that stole everyone’s hearts on this year’s Halloween.

#1

Weather Reporter During Halloween

Weather Reporter During Halloween

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We Get Told That We Look Alike All The Time, So This Costume Seemed Inevitable

We Get Told That We Look Alike All The Time, So This Costume Seemed Inevitable

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Screen_Addict
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dude in the left is trying so hard to keep a straight face lol

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I Normally Don’t Make Halloween Costumes But I Love The Way This One Turned Out!

I Normally Don’t Make Halloween Costumes But I Love The Way This One Turned Out!

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Lauren McMenemy, a south London-based writer of gothic-influenced folk horror and an editor of Trembling With Fear, HorrorTree.com’s weekly zine full of dark fiction stories, told Bored Panda that just like for many other horror aficionados, Halloween is her favorite time of year, “if only because I get to indulge all of my spookiness.” Lauren is also a creative coach with more than 20 years’ experience in journalism and marketing, and she is a host with the London Writers Salon’s daily virtual writers' hour sessions.

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, Lauren enjoys the creativity in a lot of house decorations you see at this time. “It’s not as prevalent where I live, but I do appreciate the efforts I see online. Did you see the family who had a floating Max from Stranger Things in their driveway?! That was awesome,” she said.

#4

Buying The Cool Costumes As An Adult That My Mom Couldn’t Afford To Get Me As A Kid

Buying The Cool Costumes As An Adult That My Mom Couldn’t Afford To Get Me As A Kid

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#5

My Halloween Costume !

My Halloween Costume !

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Red Wyvern Emperor
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK, had I not known this was a halloween costume, I would actually guess it's her. XD

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“Jack o’ lanterns are also a creative highlight - the efforts some go to with them are just incredible. Even trick-or-treating can encourage a community feeling. But there are also some of the really innocent party games that are fun, like bobbing for apples,” Lauren told Bored Panda and added that her husband grew up in the Middle East in the 1980s where “bobbing for apples at home was really the only Halloween tradition he could indulge in; he has very fond memories of it.”

#7

My Halloween Costume

My Halloween Costume

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waddles
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

they look more like shrek than SHREK looks like shrek

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#9

A Rockford Tree And Their Peaches

A Rockford Tree And Their Peaches

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On the other hand, there are many Halloween skeptics who see the celebration as just another opportunity for excess consumerism and waste. Lauren argues that inevitably, when something becomes commercial, it can easily become overdone, tacky, or even ridiculous.

“There is quite a bit of this in Halloween these days - heck, I was on public transport on Saturday night with a lot of very drunk people in costumes! It is increasingly seen as a time to dress up and party.”

#10

Mr. Clean Made "Sponge" Cakes To Help Clean Up All The Blood This Halloween!

Mr. Clean Made "Sponge" Cakes To Help Clean Up All The Blood This Halloween!

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#12

We Were Told Next Year His Costume For The School Halloween Party Needs To Be A Little Less “Intense”

We Were Told Next Year His Costume For The School Halloween Party Needs To Be A Little Less “Intense”

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Nathan Pogorzala
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

stop preventing kids from expressing themselves just because a few kids get scared. that is the point.

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However, Lauren said she would ask critics of Halloween to look deeper than scratching the surface and look for the origins of the celebrations. Like many things, there is folklore and ancient traditions behind the scenes.”

In fact, “Halloween gets its beginnings in the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. This is, after all, the time when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest, and our ancestors had their own ways to try to ward off evil spirits looking to wreak havoc on their livelihoods,” Lauren explained.

#13

City Builds Multimillion Dollar Concrete Pillars, They Crack In 6 Months. Woman Dresses Up As One For Halloween. She Writes, "Just Wanted To Show My... "Support"!"

City Builds Multimillion Dollar Concrete Pillars, They Crack In 6 Months. Woman Dresses Up As One For Halloween. She Writes, "Just Wanted To Show My... "Support"!"

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#14

Every Year, I’m Pam For Halloween. I Tell People It’s Just When I Can’t Find Another Costume, But In Reality I Never Try To

Every Year, I’m Pam For Halloween. I Tell People It’s Just When I Can’t Find Another Costume, But In Reality I Never Try To

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And for those who still think that Halloween is a modern invention, let us tell you that even trick-or-treating is centuries old. “It comes from the Scottish and Irish tradition of guising, where people would go from house to house and put on a small performance to be rewarded with food or treats. It’s definitely not as overblown as, say, Christmas!” Lauren concluded.

#16

Emperor’s New Groove Villains Yzma And Kronk

Emperor’s New Groove Villains Yzma And Kronk

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#18

My 4 Year Old Won The Halloween Contest In Our Town!

My 4 Year Old Won The Halloween Contest In Our Town!

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Dr M
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Glad the internet didn’t exist when I was a kid; my mom dressed me up for the clout without any regard to what I actually wanted to be as well. Yay, so much fun…

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#21

Wife And I Won The Costume Contest At Our Friends Halloween Party

Wife And I Won The Costume Contest At Our Friends Halloween Party

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#22

I Made An Undead Strange Costume For Halloween This Year

I Made An Undead Strange Costume For Halloween This Year

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Red Wyvern Emperor
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For a second I thought one of the hand was holding the guitar and it was super awesome. Still is though. XD

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#23

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

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waddles
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is almost as good as the creative cosplay guy- didn’t he do something like that?

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#25

This Alien Costume

This Alien Costume

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Sam Juan
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It really is a good costume! That Play button looks totally realistic!

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#28

The Princess And The Pea

The Princess And The Pea

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Donkey boi
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its cut the most important part of the picture! Attached in full for your enjoyment. FgRP7R-WAA...a1dbdd.jpg FgRP7R-WAAEE6gI-63613c7a1dbdd.jpg

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Angie Taylor
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In case you don’t live in the U.S., where there is a CVS pharmacy in about every town…their receipts come out ridiculously long because they have a bunch of coupons on the end. So many people can relate to that moment where you are waiting for the ridiculously long receipt to print when you run in to buy a soda, making this an amazing costume idea!

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#31

My Sandman Halloween Costume

My Sandman Halloween Costume

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#32

Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna

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#33

My Last Minute Halloween Costume, Hahahaha

My Last Minute Halloween Costume, Hahahaha

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#38

The Gossip Girl Meme

The Gossip Girl Meme

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Phill
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Er…should read the title correctly next time. I read the left photo wrong (looked at it first) the slight gap did not help between the “O” and “P”

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#39

Turning Red’s 4 Townies

Turning Red’s 4 Townies

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serial citrus
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

omg!!! i have a friend who looks exactly like miri :D

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#40

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

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#41

Acnh Switch Controllers! We Won Cutest Costume At A Halloween Party

Acnh Switch Controllers! We Won Cutest Costume At A Halloween Party

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Jameson Lechner
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The relationship won’t last. They’ll drift eventually.

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#42

Shrek

Shrek

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Esther
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You know they've cancelled the Halloween party: You:

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#45

Happy Halloween Guys God Save The Queen

Happy Halloween Guys God Save The Queen

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