If you thought that preparing for Halloween means investing a lot of your time and resources into an elaborate, tricky and unique costume, you’ll be surprised to see how people came up with smart ideas to avoid the hassle of spending all of their time creating crafty costumes. 

2 years ago was the first time when Bored Panda presented how the Japanese found a smart way to get involved in Halloween festivities with simple yet clever costumes. This funny idea spread throughout the world, and those who “borrowed” the idea also decided to share their interpretations of “ordinary” costumes depicting everyday situations. With this in mind and following the tradition of “Mundane Halloween,” Bored Panda is ready to present you with this year’s costumes. 

Which one do you find the most interesting or most surprising? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments down below! And if you’re curious about the costumes from previous years, you can check them out here and here

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Tissue Box

Tissue Box

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#2

That One Person Who Lost The Right Timing To Throw Their Trash Away On A Plane

That One Person Who Lost The Right Timing To Throw Their Trash Away On A Plane

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#3

Youtubers Who Are Apologizing After Backlash To One Of Their Previous Videos

Youtubers Who Are Apologizing After Backlash To One Of Their Previous Videos

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Jimi Halloween (地味ハロウィン), also known as “Mundane Halloween” was started in 2014. Its main idea is that people dress up in simple, everyday clothes instead of a usually self-explanatory costume. Their “costume” should also have a very boring story from everyday life such as going to take the trash out, spilling coffee all over yourself, standing in line in a shop, etc. This trend started in Japan but soon was picked up by people in other countries too.

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The Guy At The Office Whose Turn It Is To Empty The Shredder

The Guy At The Office Whose Turn It Is To Empty The Shredder

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Kim Blizzard
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I applaud his dedication to hauling that bag around!

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#5

That One Person Who Has A Cat That Wants To Be In Every Zoom Meeting With Her

That One Person Who Has A Cat That Wants To Be In Every Zoom Meeting With Her

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Calypso poet
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That beautiful cat should be in ALL Zoom meetings!

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This trend was created by people who work at an online site called Daily Portal Z that provides people with entertainment content. Their main goal was to have fun and celebrate Halloween without going through the difficulties of having to wear uncomfortable and embarrassing costumes. And it seems that no matter how much some people love to come up with intricate and extraordinary costumes, the simplicity and charm of this idea is taking over. 

#6

Guy Who Leans In As His Mario Kart Character Turns A Curve

Guy Who Leans In As His Mario Kart Character Turns A Curve

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#7

A Girl Who Just Gave Blood And Now Can’t Do Anything For A Few Minutes

A Girl Who Just Gave Blood And Now Can’t Do Anything For A Few Minutes

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#8

A Gaijin Who Is Upset Because He Accidentally Bought Doggy Snacks Instead Of Human Snacks

A Gaijin Who Is Upset Because He Accidentally Bought Doggy Snacks Instead Of Human Snacks

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Kayla J
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My father will be the one dressed up as the guy who ate the doggy snack thinking it was a human snack.

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Bored Panda contacted Daily Portal Z to find out more about “Mundane Halloween” and Yuji Hayashi, the webmaster of the site, revealed some more details about this phenomenon. 

Hayashi shared that it was surprising to see so many people who didn’t want to miss an opportunity to do something humorous. He also admitted: “I thought it was just a Japanese domestic joke, so I was surprised that people in the US and UK were talking about it on Twitter.”

#9

Someone Who Got Eaten By The Zoom Background

Someone Who Got Eaten By The Zoom Background

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That Person People Erase From A Picture On Photoshop

That Person People Erase From A Picture On Photoshop

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Even though it might seem that there is nothing too hard or complicated when your costumes are that simple, the creator stated otherwise: “All the participants struggle with ideas for costumes every year. But I think they enjoy thinking about it. Stores, train stations, and people working in the city all become role models for the costumes.” Hayashi also revealed that it takes about a week for participants to make their costumes but some of them disclosed that they start to think about the next year’s costume right after the Halloween festivities.

#11

Someone Who Has Spilled Coffee All Over Himself

Someone Who Has Spilled Coffee All Over Himself

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Miss Frankfurter
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would have no problem with wearing this "costume". I'd have so many tops to choose from and probably add on a few spills while I was there just for unintentional effect.

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#12

A Person With A Fever And In Pain Trying To Look On Their Symptoms Online

A Person With A Fever And In Pain Trying To Look On Their Symptoms Online

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Enby.Minecraft.Bee.
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you're looking it up online it'll tell you that you're pregnant or you have cancer

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Hayashi was the one who came up with the idea to organize the event in 2014 with a bunch of his friends. A year after, they invited other people to join and in 2018, the event grew to 700 participants. This sudden interest made them limit the number of participants in 2019. And in 2020, the pandemic made them make some changes, so the event was minimized and a new condition was introduced—they started accepting online submissions. 

The creator also shared that they would love this phenomenon to become as wide as possible: “We don't have any claim to any rights regarding Jimi Halloween. We want people to hold it at work or school or with their neighbors. It is also held in Taiwan. We'd love to have it in the US too!”

#13

"Man Who Really Wants You To Ask Him About His Camera"

"Man Who Really Wants You To Ask Him About His Camera"

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Deutschland Mädchen
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*asks about camera* *collapses into a coma three hours into his speech*

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#15

A Rink-Side Figure Skating Coach

A Rink-Side Figure Skating Coach

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#16

A Guy At The Hotel Breakfast Buffet

A Guy At The Hotel Breakfast Buffet

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#17

The Girl Who Starts Sorting Through Her Stuff (Aka Danshari/ Konmari-Ing) And Ends Up Fiddling With Her Phone

The Girl Who Starts Sorting Through Her Stuff (Aka Danshari/ Konmari-Ing) And Ends Up Fiddling With Her Phone

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Kona Pake
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People prefer fooling around with their phones than eating, doing their job, Loving their family, getting out of the way of that tractor-trailer rig that’s going to hit you.

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#18

A Figure Skater

A Figure Skater

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Kayla J
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one and the coach should definitely meet up

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#19

The Store Doesn't Accept Paypay?!?! (Electronic Payments)

The Store Doesn't Accept Paypay?!?! (Electronic Payments)

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#20

A Good Dad

A Good Dad

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Paul Davis
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing how Halloween brings out the ideas for such imaginary creatures . . . . joking, I hope I was a good dad, myself.

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#21

The Type Of University Student Who Hangs Their Mask Below Their Nose

The Type Of University Student Who Hangs Their Mask Below Their Nose

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Paul Davis
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jeez a lot of people dressed like that this year. Like about half of the people in the stores I went to.

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#22

Moody Girlfriend Because Her Boyfriend Keeps Playing Games In His Phone During A Date

Moody Girlfriend Because Her Boyfriend Keeps Playing Games In His Phone During A Date

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#23

The Kind Of University Professor Who Would Try To Have An Affair With A Student When Given The Chance

The Kind Of University Professor Who Would Try To Have An Affair With A Student When Given The Chance

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#24

Someone Who Can't Use Chopsticks Right

Someone Who Can't Use Chopsticks Right

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#25

Someone Who Just Got Rained On

Someone Who Just Got Rained On

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The Woman Who Watches A Bodybuilder Youtuber And Feels Like She Got A Workout

The Woman Who Watches A Bodybuilder Youtuber And Feels Like She Got A Workout

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#27

Someone Who Dropped His Phone On His Head After Waking Up

Someone Who Dropped His Phone On His Head After Waking Up

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#28

Killing Time While Dyeing Her Hair

Killing Time While Dyeing Her Hair

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#29

Someone Who Forgot Their Ecobag At The Worst Time Possible Ever

Someone Who Forgot Their Ecobag At The Worst Time Possible Ever

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April W
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Would be funny if those were tampons, hemorrhoid cream….whatever you would prefer to be IN a bag

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That One Student Who Pretends They Are Actually Looking For Something On Their Bag

That One Student Who Pretends They Are Actually Looking For Something On Their Bag

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