As with any other year, 2015 is already jam-packed full of memorable pop culture events, celebrity antics, and explosive viral social media stories. We’ll be the first to confess: it’s never too early to start planning your Halloween costume! So, as the year goes on, we’ll compile the best news stories right here so you can start picking through the best topical Halloween costumes of 2015 and decide what you’ll dress as in October.
Ilana Glaxer and Abbi Jacobson wear Dumb and Dumber suits on Jimmy Kimmel Live
The two stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City
made their debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live in some suspiciously familiar suits. “We don’t wanna, like, match,” explained Abbi, “but, we don’t wanna not
.” Of course, Jacobson and Glazer were decked out as Harry and Lloyd from Dumber and Dumber
in the classic orange and baby blue tuxedos. It was a hit!
Female Ghostbusters Movie Announced
reboot has been in the works for as long as we can remember. Will it star the old cast? Will it star new guys? The frat pack? Unknowns? It was a mystery! Until this January. The Hollywood Report announced the new cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. All female! We’re excited. Even though the movie won’t be out for a while, you can still go out on Halloween with a group of four ladies dressed as the famous quartet in some Ghostbuster costumes
OmgLiterallyDead blows up on Instagram
“Baes gonna bae” reads the bio of Skellie on Instagram. She’s just a basic girl, living a basic live, drinking basic pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks on the daily. The only thing is … the owner of OmgLiterallyDead
is, like, actually literally dead. Skellie is a skeleton. A selfie-taking skeleton, but a skeleton none the less. We can’t. Pay tribute to your favorite lifestyle ‘grammer by bring your own Skellie
with you downtown on the 31st.
Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler Host the 2015 Golden Globes
The true queens of comedy hosted their final Golden Globe awards in January 2015. We’ll miss them because, well … who can top them? But, we’ll always have the memorable moments, like Benedict Cumberbatch’s photobomb leap, Chrissy Teigen’s perfectly adorably-ugly cry face during John Legend’s performance, and, of course, Margaret Cho’s controversial homage to The Interview’s
biggest star, Kim Jong-un.
WWE's Royal Rumble
On January 25th, the WWE held their 28th Royal Rumble event where 30 professional wrestlers duke it out on pay-per-view in an ultimate battle royal. Entrants included The Miz, Diamond Dallas Page, Daniel Bryan, but after the smoke cleared, Roman Reigns was the champion. Fans were upset, #CancelWWENetwork started trending worldwide, but it was over. For Halloween, you can stage your own version of the Royal Rumble with our wrestling costumes
SNL Celebrates 40 Years
Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the return of many famous SNL comedians and their favorite characters throughout the show’s history. During the five minute cold open, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake sing and dance to re-enact some fan favorite skits including Spartan Cheerleaders, Hans and Franz, More Cowbell, and many more. Get some SNL costumes
and see if your impressions are better than theirs!
Left Shark Steals the Super Bowl Halftime Show
We all know the Super Bowl XLIX didn’t end the way the Seahawks had hoped. With a questionable play call leaving them without a back-to-back championship, you would think they would be the talk of the Super Bowl, but you’d be wrong. Instead, Katy Perry’s dancing Left Shark stole the show with his less than synchronized dance moves. Left Shark’s confusion created an instant internet sensation!
Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Sets Box Office Records
The popular book-to-film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey
hit theaters on February 13th and dominated at the box office. The X-rated story set a record on its opening weekend for the biggest February opening ever. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele spent Valentine’s Day with many couples as their adventurous love story played out on screen.
Better Call Saul Premieres on AMCBetter Call Saul
, the Breaking Bad
spinoff, premiered on AMC at the beginning of the month and the show received rave reviews soon after it began. While the story of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad
will be hard to compete with, this show is so far proving to be just as captivating. Walter, Jesse or Saul
for Halloween, how will you decide?
#theDress That Broke the Internet
Is it black and blue or is it white and gold? This dress had the entire internet divided into teams as they argued over the color of the dress. The actual color of the dress is black and blue, but others were seeing white and gold in the viral pictures. Which side were you on? Dare it be a couples costume for Halloween this year?
Birdman Wins Best Pictures at Academy Awards
Even though the film only had a limited theatrical release, Birdman
quickly was considered one of the best films of 2014. At the Academy Awards this year, it took home several accolades including Best Picture. If you are looking for some not-so-mainstream Halloween costume ideas for 2015, an awesome Birdman
costume could be a big hit.
Leonard Nimoy Passes Away
Conceivably, Leonard Nimoy was more commonly known as Spock of the Star Trek
franchise than by his actual name. His first autobiography was titled “I Am Not Spock,” followed 20 years later by his second, “I Am Spock.” Nimoy wasn’t half-Vulcan like the iconic character he was so familiar with, but he identified with Spock on many levels. In his memory, you can grab yourself a Spock costume
and walk around on Halloween night using the Vulcan salute while reciting, “Live long and prosper” to all you meet.
Kim Kardashian Bleaches Her Hair Blonde
Kim Kardashian decided it was time for a change so she traded in her long dark locks for a shorter, platinum blonde do. As soon as the photos started surfacing, many people took to social media saying that Kim looked all too familiar to Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter
. For a funny 2015 Halloween costume you could use the big head mask creator
to make Kim and pair it with Draco’s clothing
Purim is a Jewish festival celebrated during the Hebrew month of Adar on the 14th day. On this day, there is a public celebration where they wear masks and costumes, slightly similar to Halloween which is celebrated by many other countries. Even though Purim is at a different time of year than Halloween, it’s a great excuse to use your Halloween costume ideas
Frozen Fever Short Released
We can’t stop talking about Frozen
! The 2013 highest-grossing animated film of all time still has people talking two years after its premiere and we can’t seem to “Let it Go.” Not only did Disney announce a Frozen 2
sequel this month, but they released a seven minute short named Frozen Fever
, which debuted before the live-action Cinderella
, which shows the Arendelle sisters, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa in brand new dresses. Halloween will be filled with new Frozen costumes
, just you wait!
Live Action Cinderella Hits Theaters
While this isn’t a remake of Walt Disney’s 1950 animated Cinderella
film, it takes components of the story and puts them into this live action version. For everyone dreaming of being a princess, you can dress like Cinderella
this year for Halloween. Unless you intend on finding Prince Charming, make sure you keep both your glass slippers on your feet!
Banana Bunker Deals on Groupon
Don’t you hate it when you pack a banana in your lunch and it gets bruised? We do, too, but is the solution as obvious as this banana bunker? Groupon used crude humor to reply to the many customer comments that they received when this special hit the site, and the results were nothing short of hilarious. People everywhere were talking about it and with this DIY
you can make the banana bunker your Halloween Costume for 2015. Just think of all the bananas you’ll be protecting!
Game of Thrones Returns for Season 5
Are you looking to celebrate Halloween this year from the land of Westeros? The popular series, Game of Thrones
, returned to HBO this month for its fifth season and it is living up to its name once again. George R.R. Martin, the author of the books that inspired the show, has a knack for killing off characters and creating scenes that happen to be brilliant Halloween costume ideas. These Game of Thrones
ensembles will likely be a favorite Halloween costume for 2015!
Furious 7 Smashes Box Office Records
The seventh movie in the Fast and Furious
series released this month. It is the last movie filmed with the late Paul Walker. While many fans still mourn his loss, the film was celebrated at the box office as it claimed the top record for the quickest movie to earn a billion dollars. The Dark Knight
was the previous record holder at 19 days while Furious 7
cruised to the top in just 17 days.
Cat on the Stairs Sparks Controversy
Just when we thought the great dress debate was done, in comes a picture of a cat to force the internet to take sides once again. Is the cat going up the stairs or down the stairs? Experts weighed in and still the internet was left undecided. The world may never know. A parallax costume may be extremely difficult to create, but if you do it successfully, you will win the Halloween costume contest hands down.
Daredevil Television Series Comes to Netflix
Based on the Marvel comic character, the Daredevil television series was released on Netflix this month and was immediately renewed for a second season. Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and crime fighter by night, has become a common household name as the buzz still continues around the series. Throughout the years, the Daredevil costume has changed several times; will your favorite style be your 2015 Halloween costume?
Full House Spinoff Show Announced
After a long 20-year lull following the end of Full House
, fans were finally given the news they have been waiting for: a spin-off show. The show will follow the oldest daughter D.J. who is recently widowed and left to raise three kids. She invites her sister and best friend to come live with her to help her raise her children. Sound familiar? You can expect that this won’t be the end of Full House
news this year and Halloween costumes are bound to surface.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Comes to Theaters
After three long years, the Avengers are back in action! Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk are just a few of the members that are back on screen. While the movie release is certainly exciting, it sure makes choosing your Halloween costume for 2015 nearly impossible. How will you ever decide on who to be!? One thing is for certain, if you dress up as any of the Avengers
, you won’t be alone as it is likely to be a hot trend this year.
May the 4th
Every year, May the 4th comes and goes without much thought from anyone other than your dedicated Star Wars fans. However, this year things are a little different. With Episode 7 pegged for release in just eight short months, Star Wars die-hards are going crazy and they aren’t the only ones. Star Wars costumes
are destined to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes of 2015. May the 4th be with you!
Mad Max Movie ReleaseMad Max: Fury Road
takes us to a post-apocalyptic world where Max and Furiosa join forces to cross the desert in an attempt to escape their enemies. This is the fourth film, and the first one in many years. Since Mel Gibson first portrayed the character in 1979, the costumes have noticeable changed, but for the better. In fact, you can check out this 2015 Halloween costume idea and create your own Mad Max costume this year.
Mad Men Series Finale
After seven seasons, the popular Mad Men series is coming to a close. Don Draper, a shady executive, is the most notable character of the series as it follows him through the 1960s, with flashes back to his troublesome past. Even though his constant drinking, chain smoking, and sketchy antics have landed him in some sticky situations, he is still a fan favorite and a fun option for a Halloween costume party goer. No accessories needed! (Maybe a cigarette or ten.)
The original Poltergeist
movie released 33 years ago has been recreated despite some doubt from fans and critics alike. Poltergeist
for many reasons has been a film well remembered and because of that, it carries a lot of stigma. For the reboot, there is a lot of pressure to do the original justice, but it can be done. Let’s just hope that the set isn’t haunted like the original one was rumored to be.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao Head to Head
Before it happened, the professional boxing match between Mayweather and Pacquiao was being referred to as “The Fight of the Century” and was expected to be the highest-grossing fight in history. While that didn’t exactly pan out, the fight still brought in records for pay-per-view purchases despite the fight being rather disappointing. Some critics went as far to call the fight “Better Never than Late,” rather than “The Fight of the Century.”
McDonald’s Hamburglar Gets a Redesign
In an attempt to revive the brand, McDonald’s has brought back the Hamburglar. He is no longer the ginger-haired, pudgy, little guy we all recognize. The Hamburglar of today is back with a modern (hipster?) look and is ready to steal your burgers. Some have called the makeover creepy, others have encouraged him to steal their burgers. This new beef thief has the public divided once again between a handsome suburban dad and a creepy man in a dark alley with a shiv.
Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in the United States
On June 26th
, the United States Supreme Court ruled that banning gay marriage was against the Constitution. Previously, same-sex marriages were legal in 36 of the 50 states, but many beamed with PRIDE as the 5-4 ruling was read. The White House projected rainbow-colored lights on its exterior to celebrate the decision after Obama called it a “victory for America.” Additionally, Facebook allowed you to put a rainbow overlay on your profile picture.
Jurassic World, Finally!
The long-awaited fourth Jurassic Park
film has non-stop buzz surrounding it and rightfully so. Finally, the series has expanded and dinosaur talk is everywhere. Not only that, dinosaurs will likely be roaming on Halloween night this year, too. There might just be a dinosaur everywhere you turn because Jurassic World
is expected to be one of the more prominent Halloween costumes in 2015.
Inside Out Animated Movie Premiere
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside your own head? The new movie Inside Out
takes you on a journey inside the head of a young girl where five different emotions guide her through life: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. Come Halloween 2015, you can bet that emotions will be running a bit higher than usual...in costume
Batman: Arkham Knight Game Released
The Dark Knight has returned. For another video game that is! Sorry, movie fanatics, you’ll have to wait another year for a film. Batman: Arkham Knight
is the newest release this year, the fourth installment in the series. While the game might not be the biggest hit of the year, we will undoubtedly see several Batman, Joker, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn costumes
Donald Trump Announces Run for President
Donald Trump announced that he will be running for president in 2016. The Republican candidate made his first snafu within a month as he released a campaign ad that featured Nazis. Don’t worry, the Trump campaign responded. The tweet was removed, but it was the intern’s fault. For a fun couples costume pair your Trump wig
up with a Hillary Clinton mask
and go as the controversial 2016 candidates. The costume duo will be sure to trump the others!
Stuart, Kevin, and Bob and a few of their other Minion friends are back in action this summer. The new Minions movie takes these little yellow guys all the way back to a time before Gru. You can bet that their slapstick antics will be plenty and your heartstrings will be pulled all at the same time. This just in: new 2015 Minion Halloween costumes
slated for October takeover.
Ant-Man Movie Debuts
Who says that you can’t be strong if you are small? Ant-Man is the perfect example – when he decreases in size, he just gets stronger. The technological secrets behind this complex conundrum is what he must fight to save, well, along with the world. It may be a bit of a disappearing or shrinking act if you want to dress up as Ant-Man this year, but those with creative Halloween costume ideas for 2015 might be up to the challenge.
20th Anniversary of Clueless
Twenty years ago several youngsters envied the likes of Cher Horowitz and her teenage friends. They were wealthy, popular, and attractive; they had it all! Sure, their superficial nature wasn’t necessarily an aspiration for many young girls, but to live in Beverly Hills, now that was a dream. The success of the film was unexpected and to this day, it remains a popular Halloween costume idea for many females.
The Terminator Returns
Over the years and previous four installments of the movie series, we have gotten to know Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator
, a cyborg who originally was depicted as a programmable hitman that has perished at the end of every film, but returns as a different model. With each new machine comes new costumes and even more Halloween ideas! 2015 Halloween costumes will be no different. “Hasta la vista, baby!”
What would happen if an arcade game came to life? Would you be spared? The new Pixels
movie takes this to the next level as we watch a giant, pixelated Pac-Man destroy everything in its path. Take a venture back to old arcade and cell phone games to get some inspiration for your 2015 Halloween costume. Anyone have dibs on snake for the old Nokia phone?
Comic-Con International: San Diego A Success Again
San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is what many still consider the Comic-Con International: San Diego event, despite the 1995 name change. It is where many of the coolest (okay, geekiest) people gather in costume to listen to panels filled with their favorite celebrities and interact with others who are just as nerdy. It’s like paradise, but better! This year, panels for Batman v. Superman
, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
, and Suicide Squad
excited fans for their upcoming films!
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Gets Poor Reviews
After the dark horse made-for-TV movie Sharknado
turned out to be a smashing success, it was followed by a second and third film. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
premiered on Syfy this month and a fourth installment was also announced. The film received poor reviews at best from sites like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean Sharknado won’t be one of the hottest Halloween costumes of 2015.
Hulk Hogan Fired From WWE
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) dismissed Hulk Hogan from their working relationship by terminating his contract. While the reason for his dismissal has yet to be confirmed, rumors state it is because a tape released by the media contained footage of him using racist remarks while referring to his daughter’s boyfriend. He has since apologized for his offensive language, but the WWE still cut him loose. Hulk Hogan for Halloween anyone?
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Passes Away
On July 31st
, the pro-wrestler best known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away. The WWE aired a tribute to the star soon after, featuring every current cast member wearing his famous “Hot Rod” t-shirt. Pay homage to the one of the original wrestling stars of the 80s with Piper’s classic kilt and leather jacket costume
this Halloween. If you don’t want to dress up as his WWE character, maybe you’ll be inspired by the cult classic science-fiction film “They Live,” which starred Piper and a lot of ugly aliens. Just don’t forget the bubblegum!
Fantastic Four Reboot
There are so many superhero teams saving the world this year, and this Fantastic Four
reboot is no different. After four scientists accidentally teleport themselves to an alternate universe, they acquire superhuman abilities that they must use to save the world. Fantastic Four
costumes might just be “The Thing” this year. Get it?!
Giant Minion Takes Over Dublin
Dublin faced the epitome of irony this month as a giant inflatable Minion let loose in a strong wind and covered a Dublin roadway. **SPOILER**
At the end of the Minions
movie, a machine makes one of the Minions, Kevin, as large as Godzilla (albeit less destructive). Drivers were furious as the inflatable Minion blocked traffic until he could be deflated and hauled away. The Minion reportedly took out a side mirror in the process.
Hotel Transylvania 2
A sequel to the first Hotel Transylvania
movie, the newest film follows our favorite friendly vampires in their hotel, but with a few changes. For one, the hotel now accommodates human guests instead of being a monsters-only getaway. Vampires
are usually associated with the scary side of Halloween, but how could you pass up an opportunity to be a cute little creature of the night this year?
Force Friday Hits Shelves
To any outsider, Force Friday doesn’t sound like a real day. But for every Star Wars
fan, it is the most anticipated day of 2015… with the exception of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens
release on December 18th
, 2015, of course. Force Friday takes place on September 4th
and all the newest Star Wars
products will officially hit the scene, including Star Wars costumes
. We can hardly contain our excitement!
Back to the Future Date
October 21st, 2015 -- need we say more? This is the day that Doc and Marty fast forward to in Back to the Future II
. While the predictions in the movie for 2015 might not seem accurate, it is because they were never intended to be. A flying car? A hoverboard? Self-lacing sneakers? Okay, the laces happened, but it will cost you. As a cheaper alternative, you will likely see fans cruising around as Marty McFly
in their light-up Back to the Future
sneaker replicas this year for Halloween.
Ermahgerd Gersberms! Just admit it, you spent countless hours of your childhood reading Goosebumps books or watching it on Nickelodeon. Your pre-teen self was impatiently awaiting a revival, and this October, your dreams are coming true. Now, to think of the most genius, Goosebumps-inspired costume that Halloween has ever seen! Gersberms girlllllllll!
Pan Movie Set for Release
After being delayed several times to avoid competition with other potential box office hits, Pan
is being released this month. Some think it is a remake of the Robin Williams hit, Hook
. However, this film is an origin story that whisks a young orphan away to Neverland. This same boy is the one who becomes known as Peter Pan. Being that the release is the same month as Halloween, Peter Pan costumes
might be a fun 2015 Halloween costume.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
The fourth Hunger Games
film is the final book-to-film adaptation for Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. Katniss Everdeen has become a household name ever since the first movie premiered in spring of 2012, and year after year we follow her back to Panem to watch her battle for her life in the arena. On Halloween, you can bet on seeing several different Katniss costumes
out roaming the districts.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A long awaited seventh installment of Star Wars is on its way and the force is strong with this one. This will be the first film in a third trilogy planned by The Walt Disney Company. Not only can we not stop talking about it, but at what point is it perfectly acceptable to go everywhere is Star Wars costumes
? Filled with Jedi prodigies and Star Wars fanatics will Halloween be. Yes, hmmm.
Christmas is always such a happy time, but not when Krampus is around. He is known in German folklore as a monstrous demon who punishes children for behaving poorly. While the myths surrounding Krampus
have always been open for a bit of interpretation, the new movie will likely add a comedic component. Half demon and half goat...sounds like an epic Halloween costume for 2015 waiting to happen. Are you up for the challenge?