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15 Halloween costume ideas for 2012

Posted by Robyn Urback / October 8, 2012

Halloween costume ideasHalloween costume ideas are the loathsome pursuit of the lazy celebrant. Before recycling that tired police office costume from several years past, we try to coyly swipe suggestions from friends, asking, "So, what are you wearing this year?" It never works. This year, I decided to ask staff at various Toronto costume shops for their suggestions for the top Halloween costumes for 2012. Overwhelmingly, I heard "Avengers." Here are some of their suggestions (plus many more) for the best Halloween 2012 getups.


This year was a big one for tights-clad, city-saving action heroes at the box office. No surprise, then, that costume staff are anticipating that more than one Toronto Batman will roam the streets this Halloween. Their picks include:

The Caped Crusader himself. Be sure to walk around muttering, "My parents are dead," under your breath.

Captain America
Unless you have some sort of pacifist objection to the concept.

Not to be confused with Bain Capital (though you could). Less delightfully sinister than the Joker costume of 2008, but no need for uncomfortable smeared lipstick on your cheek.

Iron Man
Or, more simply, Tony Stark. This guy had the right idea.


These ideas won't work if you're planning to leave the 416 (or 647?) for Halloween. But if you're sticking around, why not capitalize on the chance to make fun of your city? Or at the very least, the "important" people in it.

Zombie Princess of Wales Theatre
It's not dead yet, though some of the city is already in mourning. Will require an excess of blinking light bulbs.

Councillors Gord Perks and Giorgio Mammoliti (Couple's costume)
Following their recent City Hall almost-brawl, the couple that adopts this costume idea needs little more than a couple of suits, pairs of boxing gloves, and a couple of terribly inflated egos. The Gord Perks costume should also be wearing a cup.

Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale
Optional props to compliment costumes for this embarrassing, drawn-out saga: Dale's Blackberry (held by Rob Ford), chain link fence, 14 front-page stories.

Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar
This costume, of course, necessitates a Jays' uniform and the words ""TU ERE MARICON" written in your eye-black. Probably won't be a huge hit if you plan on heading to Church Street this Halloween, unless you pair the costume with a sign that says, "Suspended."


Gangnam Style
Perhaps a little obvious, but with the right pelvis thrusts, you'll surely beat out all the posers.

The iPhone 5
This one is an easy one. Just re-use last year's iPhone 4s costume, scribble over the maps icon, and add a little length to the top.

Pregnant Snookie
Or did she have that baby? I think so. Either way, terrible.

Honey Boo Boo Child
This costume necessitates a spray tan (just borrow from your pregnant Snookie friend, above), and obnoxiously ostentation pageant gown, and something called, "Sketti."


Out-of-Work Big Bird
If you watched the first U.S. presidential debates, this is a clear costume contender.

Justin Trudeau
Optional accessories: boxing gloves, bowing Liberal caucus. Mandatory: great hair.

A take on the conventional Care Bear costume but with a mandate for social justice.

Stephen Harper and Enbridge (Couple costumes)
It might be difficult to craft a bed for the two of you to occupy, but try to at least share the same pillow.

Do you have any great ideas for Halloween costumes this year? Add your suggestions to the comment thread below.

Photo by Qinn in the blogTO Flickr pool



soAwesome! replying to a comment from Damien / October 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm
talk about hammering the nail on the head over and over and over... : )
Ramona replying to a comment from Damien / October 8, 2012 at 01:01 pm
Read my mind completely.
Jason / October 8, 2012 at 02:20 pm
THIS - - is the best Hallowe'en costume idea I've seen so far this year.
Bradletta / October 8, 2012 at 05:08 pm
I hate to bear poo news but those costume ideas are stupid lol, furthermore, if one is seen wearing one of these BlogTO ideas they will be called on it and put on the NON CREATIVE LIST lol.
Grandma Glory Hole / October 8, 2012 at 05:11 pm
Oh, I just love the sperm costume! Right up my alley.

And to the commenters: lighten up! I think the Hallowe'en costume list is well thought out and just great! Some excellent ideas. Thank you, author, for your hard work.
Drake / October 8, 2012 at 06:06 pm
Great article.

Funny and with much with, love the iphone joke.
Drake replying to a comment from Damien / October 8, 2012 at 06:17 pm
I was thinking of going as poster / poser Damien.

All you need is some scissors and glue...

Wait until the last minute, then go around cutting pieces of other people's costumes, poop all over other people's hard work, then paste other people's work to yourself and call it your own idea.

Just to make sure people notice you - run around patting yourself on the back all night.

Happy Hallowe'en !!!
Drake replying to a comment from Drake / October 8, 2012 at 06:18 pm
GirlPower / October 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

Written by a female writer

2 Female costumes on the list out of 20
one of the female costumes is snooki and the other honey boo boo.

Just the facts.

That's All Folks / October 9, 2012 at 01:00 am
My two friends and I are condos. We're planning to go out for Hallowe'en this year as sculptures.
Josh / October 11, 2012 at 12:27 am
Loraine replying to a comment from Damien / October 20, 2012 at 09:18 pm
best comment ever
Gary Bettman / October 26, 2012 at 02:51 am
Just came up with the most brilliant costume idea ever, in my opinion: The dead NHL!! Guess I'm spending tomorrow buying foam, grey and white spray paint, and a lot of fake blood ;)
No No Coco / November 4, 2012 at 02:31 pm
Great suggestions. I came up with an easy way to recreate Natalie Portman's spooky look in Black Swan check it out:
Mr. Cosplay replying to a comment from GirlPower / December 19, 2012 at 03:28 am

1) Writer did not know about there being a ton of female costumes because writer is not a big cosplayer.

2) Girlpower needs to get a life, and free her mind from dogmatic thinking.
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