Halloween 2020

This is easily my favorite time of year (and it’s always over way too fast). Halloween is the freest day of them all when it comes to self-expression. You can be as spooky or as funny–or as genuinely yourself–as you like. No one is going to give you any weird looks; they just applaud you for getting into the spirit of the season. You can take your personal creativity to the next level, experimenting with anything you desire.

It’s just tops.

2020 has changed things for us, though; it can’t be denied, and this holiday won’t be any exception. A worldwide plague is going to mean there will be restrictions. No costume parties or haunted houses. No big fall festivals. And trick-or-treating…might be ill-advised. There’s just no room for all the usual social mingling this time. It’s dangerous. We can’t get around that.


Very much like I refused to be sad on my birthday, there’s no way I’m just going to let my favorite holiday pass me by. Literally nothing is stopping us from still going full-throttle in the costume department, and I say we go hard.

Maybe even harder than usual. Just for spite.

Like, do this and then just sit in your kitchen eating cookie dough. That’s the vibe I think we should go for. The perfect 2020 vibe.

If you’re stuck on costume ideas (I know I always am), I personally think TV is the direction to go this year. Basically all we’ve been doing for the last seven or eight months is watching Netflix anyway. And dressing up as your favorite character will always be relevant. Tiger King might be…a little too on the nose. But on the other hand, you’d definitely be recognizable.

The Office is a classic, a very well-known staple, and I daresay Dwight is the easiest one to make a costume out of. And you could give it a fun twist by going as Jim-dressed-like-Dwight.

Just look at him. Have you ever seen anything so Insta-worthy?

Schitt’s Creek is the new, up-and-coming classic, in my opinion.

Moira alone is #goals, honestly.

And I’d dress like David every day if I could.

The Good Place would be another fun choice, and I feel like the looks would be fairly easy to copy.

I admit, as popular as this one is, I myself am way behind. I only just got started, and I’m still in season one. But I can already tell that I love it.

If you haven’t watched any of The Great British Baking Show, you might wanna get on it, because it’s one of the most pleasant, most relaxing things in the world. Fantastic stress relief, and we could all use some of that.

I decided to go with what’s most popular at the moment because, let’s face it, Halloween will be mostly on social media this year. Our big costume party is going to be 99% in the form of posting selfies and then liking other people’s selfies. So if you can mimic the steely blue gaze of Paul Hollywood, all the more power to you.

Bonus if you pose with a delicious cake or something (before crying and eating it alone in your bathtub).

If you’d rather be more nostalgic than current, older favorites like Downton Abbey are always an option. The 1920’s glamour would only be too appropriate, since it is the 20s once again.

That’s what I did for New Year’s Eve, back before 2020 lit itself on fire.

Going back even further, Seinfeld is easily one of the most recognizable (and most quotable) shows of all time. Maybe it’s because I’m a millennial, but anything really iconic from the 90s in crazy nostalgic for me, and this show in particular has been a lifelong fave.

I think Elaine especially would make for an easy (and awesome) costume.

And these ideas don’t have to be restricted to TV alone. Movies are just as special to us all, if not more so. Within my generation, I feel like we all more or less grew up with the same classics. Home Alone was definitely one of them, and have you ever seen such a fantastic Marv costume?! Whoever that guy is, kudos to him.

And any one of the innumerable looks from The Devil Wears Prada would be an instant hit. Hell, even beyond Halloween, if you can dress like that, you should.

And as I’m thinking about it, you could achieve a similar level of chic by going as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. You can’t go wrong emulating a feminist legend.

Superheroes are, of course, a Halloween mainstay, and there are so many to choose from.

Special appreciation to all of you going as Black Panther this year. The loss of Chadwick Boseman was one of 2020’s hardest blows, and I wish his family my deepest condolences.

Now of course, it should go without saying that when it comes to Halloween costumes, there are certain things that one simply does not do. It should go without saying, but people, as we’ve learned, can be horrible, so, just in case, here’s a quick guideline:

No blackface! Jesus Christ, you should never ever do blackface under any circumstances! It was never okay to do, and it would be an unfathomable level of disgusting to do it now.

No tacky Native American costumes. You can still find these offensive scraps of bullshit at stores like Spirit Halloween, and I have no idea how that has been allowed to continue. Don’t dress up as a culture that isn’t yours! Especially a culture that has faced oppression and genocide.

Same deal with sugar skull makeup. People’s heritage and traditions are not yours to play with. It’s not aesthetic. It’s disrespectful.

No cops. Cops aren’t sexy anymore. If they ever were, those days are over.

If you still want to go in the public hero direction, consider actual heroes as an alternative, like firefighters or mail carriers.

And there you are! Easy peasy! I know all of you were going to approach Halloween with a spirit of good-natured fun, but if this has helped sort out the dos and the don’ts for anybody at all, I’ll be forever thankful.

Just picture this guy wearing a Batman costume. (In his kitchen, not a public bar). Would he still be drinking alone? Yes. Would he be happier? How should I know? But he’d be the perfect poster child for the Halloween 2020 vibe.

I don’t think we should force happiness if we’re not happy, but at the same time, I really don’t think we should let any potential fun pass us by. This year has put us all in a unique, and in many ways, a very difficult situation. The truth is, too many people are struggling, and even having the option of eating an entire bowl of Halloween candy by yourself while wearing a Pokemon onesie is a privilege.

And coming to understand our privilege is what 2020 has been all about. It’s the first step in working towards a better tomorrow. Not just for people we easily relate to, but for everyone.

This was me last Halloween.

Remember, Halloween is an all-encompassing and all-inclusive holiday, one of those rare occasions when you really can be anyone and still have fun. We should relish in it every year, but especially in 2020.

Have a beautiful week.

(Please take a few extra seconds to click this link. It will take you to a reference page where you can find several different resources for helping the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, if you live in my neck of the woods, early voting has begun, so don’t delay! Vote!)

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