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Halloween Costume Ideas: 2023 Version

Annemarie Mullet

It’s October and you all know what that means: Halloween, the best time to show out with the best costume. Below you’ll find some ideas that are trending in 2023 for individual and group costumes.

Duo Ideas

Daphne and Velma

Scooby-Doo is a classic, and frankly, one costume that will never die out. Better yet, you could level this one up to a whole group costume idea — incorporating the whole gang.

Men in Black
Iconic movie, an iconic duo costume. Just get your black suits and some cool shades and you’ll be set.

Dionne and Cher From “Clueless”
Twin flames, literally.

Trio Ideas

The Powerpuff Girls
A perfect costume for the besties of three. Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles make for the perfect trio, and who doesn’t love their colors?

Mean Girls
Every girl gang has to do this costume at least once in their life. Even though Halloween is on a Tuesday and not on a Wednesday, we’ll make the exception that you can wear pink.

Timmy, Wanda and Cosmo
This costume is about to be magical. With two fairly-odd parents, Halloween will be a night to remember.

Large Group Ideas

How could this not be included on the list? ‘Come on Barbie,’ let’s get going on this costume. Everyone in the group can dress up as a different variation of Barbie, or even make it your own. You can’t forget Ken either.

Some argue that this one is basic, but it’s easy and cheap for a big group who want different variations of the same costume.

Destiny’s Child
Just get you and your girls in some shiny dresses of your choice and hit the stage.

What to Avoid
Sexualizing costumes
Racial discrimination

Some Halloween costumes have tended to be inappropriate and discriminatory. It’s important to recognize that someone’s culture is not your costume, to be mindful of what your costume is portraying and if it has any negative associations. Be respectful and if you’re not sure, just ask. There are so many resources to consult before choosing your costume. Halloween is a time to have fun and dress up, just do so appropriately.

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Mariah Johnston
Mariah Johnston, Life and Culture Editor
Mariah Johnston is a junior JAMS major and anthropology minor. While being born and raised in Elko, Nev., she always knew she wanted to move to the PNW. She is editor of the Life and Culture section of The Linfield Review. When she is not working for The Review, she is involved in other jobs on campus, such as writing for Voices of Linfield, a member of the JAMS promo team and a member of Alpha Phi. Recently, she started an internship with the Willamette Valley Visitors Association serving as a content creating intern. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, and anything outdoors, as she has recently gotten into snowboarding and surfing. After college, she hopes to pursue a master's degree in photojournalism, and land a job writing in the travel industry.
Annemarie Mullet
Annemarie Mullet, Managing Editor

Annemarie Mullet is a senior from Kirkland, Wash. She is a digital arts major and creative writing minor. Annemarie also works at the Writing Center and in the digital art lab. When not working or doing school, Annemarie can be found doing art, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her ESA bunny, Mocha.

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