Current Events Costumes
This is more like a trip down memory lane
than "current events." It's hard to make a list because all
"current events" at some point in time. I'm thinking here of
that inspired by the headlines of the day. Here are a few we've
Election year candidates -
These are always popular because they're on during the news, the talk
shows, then the commercials in-between making themselves easy to
Mark Folley - Disgraced
Republican representative from Florida who resigned after being outted
as a serial flirt with congressional pages.
Princess Eugenie of York and Princess
Beatrice of York - Famous for their hats at the wedding of the
prince and her royal hotness Kate Middleton.
Lisa Nowak - Former astronaut
famous for wearing diapers on the trip to kill her romantic rival.
Johnny Hoogerland - I
didn't do it but last year I thought of going as Johnny Hoogerland
(Tour de France 2011) in a pair of shredded cycling shorts with fake
scars. Would have been great if I was willing to buy one of his team
jerseys (they are for sale) but I wasn't up to spending the money and
ruining a good pair of shorts. (Submitted by Mark Shackelford.)
Lance Armstrong - Disgraced
cyclist who apparently did not repeatedly win the Tour de France.
Facebook - Lots of
variations on this: The profile page and the Like button in
particular. Other sites have been parodied as well, whatever was
popular at the time: MySpace, Twitter, etc.
Sigfried & Roy - A few years
ago, shortly after Roy (Sigfried & Roy) was attacked by one of
their big cats, a customer came in on Halloween in a longtail tux with
a little stuffed white tiger on his shoulder and blood all over his
shirt. I didn't get it until he turned around and I saw "Roy" spelled
out with studs on the back of his coat. It was disgustingly irreverent
and hillarious as ever - I laughed for days. (Submitted by Mark
Super heroes - These have become
big since the movies started being blockbusters (which they only
occasionally were when I was a kid, though that was pretty much just
Batman and Superman).
Heath Ledger's Joker - It was a
headline-making performance. I saw tons of these.
Interestingly, the year the movie premiered, about a third of them were
him in his usual outfit. The other two-thirds were in the nurse
uniform. Everyone went with the unexpected so that you were
surprised when someone wasn't wearing that version of the character.
Michael Jackson - Already a
perpetual favorite, the year he died we saw a lot of him.
Surprisingly, there weren't a lot of zombie Michaels. Too soon?