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Halloween 2015 costume ideas

Although October has only just begun, trick-or-treaters everywhere are already scrambling to assemble that perfect costume for "All Hallows Eve."

But how does one top their Despicable Me minion from lat year's Halloween bash? And don't answer with a poorly imitated version of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover.

For the more tasteful horror heads out there, this list should whet your appetite for what's to come this Halloween. Inspired by the cultural roller coaster that is 2015, here are some costume ideas to spark the imagination.

The Weeknd

No costume list would be complete without fashion
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No costume list would be complete without fashion trendsetter and sexy singer/songwriter Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd. Ever since the artist paired up with Ariana Grande for her hit song "Love Me Harder," this man has been an inescapable presence in the pop scene, though he's pigeonholed as indie R&B. So how do you pull off his signature style? Grab your favorite military jacket and wear some baggy jeans. Next, buy enough hair gel to fill a kiddie pool and work some magic on your head, using a picture of The Weeknd's luscious locks as inspiration.

Buy the jacket for $39.80 at Allexpress.com

Miley Cyrus

It seems as though Ms. Cyrus perfectly
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It seems as though Ms. Cyrus perfectly plans her jaw-dropping style choices in the months leading up to Halloween. Her iconic, too-tight-for-television nude bikini and foam finger were staples at Halloween parties back in 2013. This year, as the host of MTV's Video Music Awards, Miley wore a number of exotic outfits that could easily be replicated at this year's costume contest. Her "eyes and lips" ensemble can be achieved with a little DIY action. Transform a strapless bra with some oversized googly eyes and feathers, which act as the lashes. For the bottom, sew yourself some ample, Kylie Jenner-like lips and attach them to a red skirt. Finish the look with an orange visor and some blonde dreadlocks.

Buy the red skirt for $26.40 at kohls.com and the visor for $.99 at bjcraftsupplies.com

Netflix and Chill

This cultural phenomenon is taking millennial bedrooms
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This cultural phenomenon is taking millennial bedrooms by storm. To give your partner the hint that you'd rather have a treat than a trick this holiday, have the Netflix logo printed on a red t-shirt, and pick up a bag of ice right before your soiree. Parade around the party proudly, like you yourself have just "watched Netflix." An added bonus to this costume is that you can supply some "chill" for the party punch.

Dressgate

If you really want to watch the world
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If you really want to watch the world burn this Halloween, wear a blue and black dress out on the town, asking everyone you meet if they think it looks white and gold. Buy it for $77 at RomanOriginals.co.uk

"Bad Blood" Music Video

This group costume involves a lot of leather
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This group costume involves a lot of leather and a lot of red lipstick. Grab your best girlfriends and channel your inner Catastrophe, or have each girl choose her favorite cast member to duplicate. Don't forget your (fake) weapons! You can start with disco shorts from American Apparel and a pair of knee-high boots from Asos.

Riley's Emotions

For another awesome group costume, you and four
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For another awesome group costume, you and four of your friends can dress up as the different emotions from Disney-Pixar's Inside Out. Simply assign an emotion for each of your friends, keeping in mind the color coordination: Joy would wear yellow, Sadness, blue, Anger, red, Disgust, green, and Fear, purple.

Raptor Squad

Another standout movie from 2015 was Jurassic World,
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Another standout movie from 2015 was Jurassic World, which did surprisingly well at the box office despite disputes that it would ruin the originals. What put the blockbusting films over the top was Chris Pratt's interactions with the raptors. Moviegoers couldn't help but get emotional when Pratt's babies - ahem, dinosaurs - turned on him in the heat of the moment. When the raptors restored their loyalties to their master by helping him escape death by dinosaur, a beautiful moment was had. You need a seriously tight squad to achieve the emotional evocations of the film - the only hard part will be deciding who gets to play the Hollywood hunk.

Pizza Rat

Who would've thought that a rodent carrying a
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Who would've thought that a rodent carrying a slice of pizza through the subway would become a cultural icon. This star of the sewer system has stolen the hearts of New Yorkers and pizza-lovers worldwide. And since imitation is the highest form of flattery, you can honor Pizza Rat this Halloween by donning some Mickey ears and a tail while chowing down on a slice or two. Or go for the sexy version.

Pope Francis in America

The Holy Father made a stop in NYC
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The Holy Father made a stop in NYC during his visit to the U.S. last week, and his presence was felt the borough-over. To replicate his holiness on Halloween, simply dress in white robes, adorning the look with a silver cross and a white cap, and maybe even a Statue of Liberty crown. Bonus points if you can fashion your bike to look like the Popemobile. Buy the pope costume for $25.98 at OrientalTrading.com and the crown for $12.99 at HalloweenCostumes.com

"Sushirrito"

If you're aiming for a trendy costume this
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If you're aiming for a trendy costume this Halloween, look no further than the latest "it" street food. Born from two delicious cuisines, the "sushirrito," or sushi burrito, is an oversized piece of sushi that has New Yorker's praising Hai Street Kitchen, the parents of the food baby. To channel the "sushirrito," buy a bunch of different colored fabrics to wrap yourself in - you'll need black for the nori, white for the rice, light green for the avocado, and a pinkish-purple color for the seafood. Fasten each "ingredient" to your outfit with safety pins, layering each color how it would correspond to the construction of your basic sushi roll. A fun addition to this costume would be to stick some chopsticks in your hair.

A Pop and a Fizz

You couldn't go on Instagram this summer without
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You couldn't go on Instagram this summer without seeing some business about popsicle cocktails. The famous drink, which is served up at Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar on North End Avenue in Downtown Manhattan, consists of an alcohol beverage with an ice pop submerged in the fizzy drink. To bring back the long-gone days of summer this Halloween, buy a clear bubble umbrella and (carefully) remove the handle. When the umbrella is open and inverted, you can step into the top of it, appearing as if you are in a "glass." To complete the look, wear a plain, single-colored outfit to act as the "pop." Buy the umbrella for $14.19 at Target.com

Happy Halloween!

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