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Halloween is the perfect time of year for people who love to get their hands dirty and make something creative. From an array of home decorations, and monument-like yard decorations to delicious fall baked goods, there is a little something for everyone. 

But at the top of most people’s minds are the Halloween costumes. From spooky to topical, each year brings out a collection of folks who make brilliant and creative outfits, either for good, old trick-or-treating, a party, or just for the fun of it. So get comfortable as you scroll through and be sure to upvote your favorites from this year. 

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My Wife Is Bedbound So I Made Her This Halloween Costume

My Wife Is Bedbound So I Made Her This Halloween Costume

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While Halloween or at least the North American interpretation of it comes from the Celtic tradition of Samhain (Calan Gaeaf in Wales and Cornwall,) many cultures have their own variant of a holiday based around dressing up and perhaps going over to the neighbors to demand treats or songs. 

In nearly all cases, these traditions had pagan roots, focusing on appeasing spirits, helping one survive winter and perhaps communicating with loved ones who had passed away. Post-Christianization, in many places, the church simply chose to “adopt” the ideas and shift them in a more “acceptable” direction. 

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Come Play With Us... Forever + Ever, + Ever

Come Play With Us... Forever + Ever, + Ever

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This reminds me more about Fullmetal Alchemist. And if you know what I mean you will never get over the trauma😱

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At the time, the equivalent of a trick-or-treat was the practice of guising, where a group of children would dress up and go door to door in search of treats. The term “guising” comes from the dis-guises the children would wear. As many a curmudgeonly adult has said, children these days have it too easy. Back in the day, getting a treat from a house would require at least a verse or a song. 

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Wheel Chair Costume

Wheel Chair Costume

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On the other hand, the guisers had more responsibilities as well. Trick-or-treat was taken more literally, where a lack of a treat would lead to tricks, or, in other words, mischief from the costumed children. These days, you are a lot less likely to encounter a child who will vent their fury at not getting some candy, unlike the guisers of the past.

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Happy Halloween From Your Friendly Neighborhood Wild Thing!

Happy Halloween From Your Friendly Neighborhood Wild Thing!

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My Sister’s Husky Has A Fantastic Costume This Year

My Sister’s Husky Has A Fantastic Costume This Year

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The form of trick-or-treating, as we know it today, was first recorded in Kingston, Ontario, in 1911, where it looked much like the guising described earlier. In general, at the time there was a resurgence in interest around Halloween activities, as costume parties began to become more popular again. 

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I Make My Own Costumes Every Year

I Make My Own Costumes Every Year

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once got in a rap battle with Mr Peanut... He was roasted then a got a salted

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My Kid Won Her Elementary School Costume Contest!

My Kid Won Her Elementary School Costume Contest!

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American historian Ruth Edna Kelley wrote in 1919 that "The taste in Hallowe'en festivities now is to study old traditions and hold a Scotch party, using Burn's poem Hallowe'en as a guide; or to go a-souling as the English used. In short, no custom that was once honored at Hallowe'en is out of fashion now,” which with some minor modifications could be said to be true of today as well.  

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I’m An Amputee. Here’s My Costume. The Terminator!

I’m An Amputee. Here’s My Costume. The Terminator!

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Headless Horseman Halloween Costume

Headless Horseman Halloween Costume

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Soon after, the more common “trick-or-treat” demand emerged as standard. The Sault Daily Star, also based in Ontario, wrote that “Almost everywhere you went last night, particularly in the early part of the evening, you would meet gangs of youngsters out to celebrate. Some of them would have adopted various forms of "camouflage" such as masks, or would appear in long trousers and big hats or with long skirts.”

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“But others again didn't..."Tricks or treats" you could hear the gangs call out, and if the householder passed out the "coin" for the "treats" his establishment would be immune from attack until another gang came along that knew not of or had no part in the agreement,” the newspaper reported in 1917. 

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My Homemade Halloween Costume This Year - I Was A Wine Bottle Opener

My Homemade Halloween Costume This Year - I Was A Wine Bottle Opener

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Some alternative theories even argue that the tricks came first, and treats existed as a means to pacify them. Louise and Gary Carpentier, editors of Halloween Postcards Catalog, wrote, in 2007, that “"There are cards which mention the custom [of trick-or-treating] or show children in costumes at the doors, but as far as we can tell they were printed later than the 1920s and more than likely even the 1930s.”

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"Hello Mah Baby, Hello Mah Honey, Hello Mah Ragtime Gaaaaal!" Should Have Had The Soup!

"Hello Mah Baby, Hello Mah Honey, Hello Mah Ragtime Gaaaaal!" Should Have Had The Soup!

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Bob Ross And Painting Costume

Bob Ross And Painting Costume

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“Tricksters of various sorts are shown on the early postcards, but not the means of appeasing them," so perhaps it was simply people treating these folks as another racket. In the US, it was also not exclusively seen as a Halloween activity, as an older part of the Thanksgiving celebrations also involved going around in a costume. 

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Til The UK Doesn’t Dress Up For Halloween Like Americans Do

Til The UK Doesn’t Dress Up For Halloween Like Americans Do

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very well done. I'm sure he meant his coworkers didn't dress up, and not taking a potshot. Calm down sheesh

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Either way, these days, costume making has been elevated to an art form, as one can see here. If you still want to see other, brilliant and creative costumes, Bored Panda has got you covered. Check out our article on folks with disabilities who made awesome costumes. Or see what outfit one-legged comedian, motivational speaker, and former US Paralympian Josh Sundquist made this year.

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Makeup Test For My Clicker Halloween Costume

Makeup Test For My Clicker Halloween Costume

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Bela Dimitrescu Costume For Halloween! Done By Me

Bela Dimitrescu Costume For Halloween! Done By Me

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What the hell. That's perfect. Flawless. Beyond reproach. Amazing. It must be so low because people don't know the source. Here : belladumit...95bcd0.jpg belladumitrescu-65439c295bcd0.jpg

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Pretty Proud Of My Costume This Year

Pretty Proud Of My Costume This Year

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Well My Freaky Tiki Won The Costume Contest Last Night

Well My Freaky Tiki Won The Costume Contest Last Night

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You look rather intimidating in a nice way, super costume.

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The Penguin! ('92 Danny Davito)

The Penguin! ('92 Danny Davito)

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone calm down. Although it may be disappointing to some, you are all getting worked up by a pillow. It is the end of the pillow he used for the stomach.

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Wazowski… You Forgot To Hand In Your Paperwork… Again.. 😑

Wazowski… You Forgot To Hand In Your Paperwork… Again.. 😑

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Barbenheimer - An Atomic Duo

Barbenheimer - An Atomic Duo

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My DIY Slenderman Costume

My DIY Slenderman Costume

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This Year I’m Going As My Biggest Childhood Fear For Halloween. I Think I Nailed It

This Year I’m Going As My Biggest Childhood Fear For Halloween. I Think I Nailed It

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I Made My Friend A Opossum Costume

I Made My Friend A Opossum Costume

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Sophie And Howl

Sophie And Howl

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