The results are in! Google just released a list of the most popular Halloween costumes this year (according to the most searched costumes in Google Shopping) and, if you guessed that Walter White/Heisenberg (among other “Breaking Bad” characters) and Miley Cyrus topped the list, then congratulations, you’re alive.
However, some of the other top contenders for hottest Halloween costume of 2013 just might surprise you. Also on the list: the adorable green minions from “Despicable Me,” Daenerys Targaryen from “Game of Thrones,” the dude in the fox suit from the improbably popular viral video "What Does the Fox Say?", “Great Gatsby” characters and .... the bearded hillbilly water fowl hunters from “Duck Dynasty.” Yeah, that last one surprised us too.
If you want to be en vogue this All Hallow's Eve (or if you’re just too damn lazy to come up with an original costume — hey, we feel you), we’ve rounded up some quick tips for getting into character this year, without breaking the bank. And, for those who don’t want to get confused with 15 other guys at the party, we’ve offered up a few alternate suggestions.
If you’re going as Walter White/Heisenberg:
There are tons of complete costumes you can buy on the Internet, but a lot of them will cost you. Don’t want to have to start your own meth lab to afford a costume? Go as Walter White from the early episodes, when he’s seen in his meth lab in nothing but his skivvies and a green apron (this costume is not for the modest.) You can snag a green apron pretty much anywhere, and for cheap. That, plus a pair of wire-rimmed glasses and socks and shoes, and you’re cooking with gas! (But hopefully not cooking meth.)
Go as another lead character from a recently ended hit show. Dexter! All you need to go as America’s favorite psychopath is yet another apron (thought this one should be black, and preferably made of rubber), a brown shirt and “bloody” knife. And now you’re killing it!
If you’re going as Miley:
Oh, the options are endless. We’re not going to suggest you go “Wrecking Ball” Miley, though THAT would be an easy costume (just go naked). If you're not down with public nudity, the obvious choice is VMA Miley — complete with tiny bun “horns,” nude-colored booty shorts (or regular shorts, if you’re modest) and bathing suit top (or tank top, if you’re modest), and a big foam finger (grab one at a sports store, or order one for cheap on eBay). And, of course, let your tongue hang out of your mouth all night long. You won't be original, but you'll be unmistakable.
Seriously, you're going to see more Mileys shivering in their skivvies en route to the bar this year than sexy kittens. Be original — and awesome — and go as Billy Ray Cyrus instead. All you need to be dear old dad is a mullet wig, some kind of cowboy shirt, giant fake soul patch, and a guitar slung around your neck. Done and done.
If you’re going as Daft Punk:
Dude, people are obsessed with Daft Punk right now. Dressing up as the famously secretive French DJ duo is a fairly costly endeavor. Some of the more authentic signature “space mask” helmets are going for upwards of $100 on sites like eBay and Etsy and, in our opinion, if you want to go as a member of Daft Punk, you should do it right. There are ways to get around dropping half your paycheck on a space helmet you will literally never have an occasion to wear again, if you have the time and patience. We found a ton of online tutorials for making your own helmet (people are weird) but most of them take a weird amount of dedication. The easiest bet? Buy a fake motorcycle helmet from a kid’s toy store/costume shop and spray paint it gold or silver.
Go as another masked DJ: Deadmau5. His incognito style is easier to replicate (or at least allude to). Either invest in a complete mouse mask or go the lazy route and buy a pair of mouse ears (they have them at any costume shop) and fake microphone, throw on a well-fitting suit and skinny red tie, and you’re done. Don’t forget to bring the swagger. Bonus points if you walk around with a boombox playing Deadmau5 beats all night.
If you’re going as Daenerys Targaryen:
Again, you can purchase a ready-to-wear costume on the web, but they’re pricey, and sort of cheesy. Instead, buy a platinum blonde wig (bonus if you find one with a braid), a Grecian-style dress (you can buy one of these for fairly cheap at most costume stores), a pair of strappy sandals (most chicks probably own some semblance of these already) and — the crowning detail (no pun intended) — a stuffed dragon toy. Now you’re ready to conquer civilizations. Or at least all the eligible dudes at the bar.
Go as another popular TV character — a zombie from “The Walking Dead.” Yeah, this is neither sexy nor pretty, but zombie is a timeless — and ridiculously easy — costume. Some face paint to make you look undead, bit of fake blood around the mouth, torn up clothing, and you’re ready to go. Braiiiiiins.