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Ideas for halloween 2016

Time to scoop up a pink dress and a bomber jacket. The biggest Halloween costume this year is going to be Eleven from Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things — even for babies — according to an analysis by the .

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Our friend has superpowers, and she squeezed your tiny bladder with her mind. #StrangerThings #eleven

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Lyst predicts the psychokinetic kid will be trending for Halloween 2016 based on the fact that last week, this ASOS Peter Pan dress was clicked on once every three minutes. Plus, a whopping 80% of the folks looking at it also searched for “tube socks,” another element of the Eleven costume. Bomber jackets have also seen a massive spike, says Lyst — all the more evidence pointing to Eleven’s popularity this year.

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Suuuper excited for the Stranger Things costume/dance party tonight! I made myself a purse out of an Eggo box, and the vintage dress was a $5 find at @hipptheatre clean out! Eleven is ready to get down to some 80s tunes!!🎶💕 #strangerthings #eleven #elevenstrangerthings #eggo #costume

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For folks who aren’t (yet) Stranger Things fans, there are lots of other costumes that are sure to be everywhere this year. Here are a few of our biggest predictions.

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The rainbow tears, pretty butterflies and dog noses are bound to be huge. Need ideas on pulling this fun theme off? We’ve got 13 of them right here!

Harley Quinn

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Considering Suicide Squad was one of the most anticipated and highest grossing films of 2016, it’s no wonder that people are already planning their Harley Quinn costumes. Multicolored pigtails, fishnets and ever-so-slightly deranged clown makeup will help you pull it off.

Pokemon

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With the massive popularity of the Pokemon Go app came a renewed love for all things related to the original card game. Expect to see Pikachu, Squirtle and Charizard all over the place this year — here’s how you can join in.

Deadpool

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This hilarious action-comedy broke records to become the highest grossing rated-R movie of all time, so naturally, it’s going to be a huge costume this Halloween. While it’ll be easy to find store-bought versions, you could take it a step further by doing your own Deadpool makeup.

Emojis

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN 👯👯👯👯👯 #emojicostume #est2006 #biffle #twins

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There’s no better way to combine your love of texting with the ease of a simple DIY costume than to dress up as your favorite emojis! These 13 emoji costume ideas should get you started.

Ghostbusters

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This 2016 reboot featured four of our favorite actresses on the planet and was so much fun to watch. So many kids (and adults!) across America are guaranteed to throw on beige jumpsuits and start fighting ghosts all over the place.

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16 Things to Do for Halloween 2016

In a city famed for cosplay and seasonal celebrations, you just know Halloween is going to be epic.

Whether you can’t wait to join the zombies on Shibuya’s crazy streets on October 31, or you prefer to celebrate the occasion with a spot of tea and pumpkin pudding, we’ve got a top lineup of things to do for Halloween right here. Movies, concerts, Skytree sightseeing, clubbing with vamps, Disney fun, parades and pastries – get ready for the next two weeks of Halloween overload.

And while you’re out and about, make sure to have your camera at the ready! If you get some good pictures that you want to share, send your photos to [email protected] and we’ll post a gallery of our favorites. Don’t forget to include your name, where the photo was taken, and if you’d like, a bit about your picture.

Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo 2016

Nothing sets the mood for Halloween better than a good horror. At this year’s Scream Film Fest you can choose from two full-length and multiple short movies. All of course horror themed, but also directed by women. This year’s feature films are “The Love Witch” and “Midnight Show.”

When: October 22-28
Where: Uplink
How much: ¥1,800

More info, map and contact details here

Tim Burton & Danny Elfman Halloween Concert

The world-renowned musical and visual collaboration – Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton – will make a stop in Tokyo for two Halloween concerts. Fans of Burton’s creations are sure to be delighted as their favorite strange, dark worlds and beloved misfit characters are brought to life through Elfman’s enchanting musical scores. The program will include music from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Corpse Bride” and many more!

We don’t think there could be a more perfect way to get you feeling in the spirit of Halloween season – and dressing up as your favorite Burton character is actively encouraged, so check out the cosplay competition on the website to get some inspiration!

When: October 22-23
Where: Tokyo International Forum
How much: ¥5,800-¥9,800

More info, map and contact details here

Halloween 2016 at Tokyo Disney Sea

As Tokyo Disney Sea continues its 15th year anniversary celebrations (“The Year of Wishes”) it’s time for the bad guys to take over as the Disney villains arrive for Halloween and invite Mickey to their Halloween party! All the usual Disney Magic will be combined with the all the fun of the spookiest season, with special merchandise, decorations and events across the resort for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

When: Until October 31
Where: Tokyo Disney Sea
How much: 1 day pass for adults ¥7,400 yen, children aged 12-17 ¥6,400, children aged 4-11 ¥4,800

More info, map and contact details here

Tokyo Skytree Halloween Magic 2016

Tokyo Skytree’s cute star-headed mascot, “Sorakara-chan,” gets a seasonal makeover with a witchy Halloween costume, as the tallest observation attraction in the city transforms into “Sorakara-chan’s Ghost Tower.” October is the perfectly spooky time to get a great view of Tokyo, enjoy the pumpkin decorations and a photo opportunity on floor 345, and even catch some special Halloween performances by Sorakara-chan and friends. We all know that the most important part of visiting tourist attractions is picking up some souvenirs, and the Skytree shops will be ready for you with limited Halloween Sorakara phone straps, mini plush toys, and plenty of candy.

When: Until October 31
Where: Tokyo Skytree
How much: Adults from ¥2,060 to access the first observatory deck

More info, map and contact details here

Pastry Shop’s “Halloween Sweets”

For a limited time only, Pastry Shop’s award-winning Pastry Chef Masaki Okazaki will offer a lineup of creative treats to celebrate Halloween. Highlights include lollipops shaped like mummies and Frankenstein, roasted apples, and Halloween mini pumpkins filled with pumpkin pudding.

When: Until October 31
Where: Pastry Shop at Andaz Tokyo
How much: ¥550-¥1,350 (consumption tax excluded)

More info, map and contact details here

Flash!!! Halloween Special

Superstar producer/composer and resident Flash!!! DJ Yasutaka Nakata will be heading up a killer line-up for an early Halloween Friday night! Since this monthly club night only started back in July this will be their first Halloween special so make sure to make an effort with your costume, get ready to have your picture snapped by the official photographers and keep dancing all night long.

When: October 21
Where: Womb
How much: Door ¥3,500, member ¥3,500, fancy dress discount ¥2,500

More info, map and contact details here

Vamps Halloween Live 2016

A staple of visual rock fans’ holiday calendar is the annual “Rock & Horror” Halloween party hosted by J-rock band Vamps – a rock and pop live music party where Halloween costumes are definitely expected. This year’s star-studded lineup looks more impressive than ever, featuring a gathering of Vamps’ closest friends and associates like Breakerz, Kishidan and Golden Bomber, in addition to popular idol groups Dempa Gumi Inc. and Momoiro Clover Z.

The shows also feature performances by the infamous supergroup Halloween Junky Orchestra, comprised of a mixture of each day’s lineup and a selection of visual veterans including members of Sid, Mucc, Siam Shade, and Dir En Grey. Be sure to get there early as the party also includes a fancy dress fashion show, photo corner, and on-site body painting in the afternoon – everything you need to get you looking suitably devilish. Check the website for each day’s full lineup.

When: October 28-30
Where: Makuhari Messe
How much: ¥9,300

More info, map and contact details here

“Happy Halloween 2016” Keio Plaza Dinner

The Keio Plaza is celebrating Halloween with a delicious pumpkin menu. On weekends and holidays from 6pm, the pastry chef will offer special pumpkin pancakes with strawberry ice cream at the restaurant’s live kitchen, and on October 30 and 31, kids can look forward to candy gifts. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in the season’s culinary variety.

When: Until October 31
Where: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
How much: Lunch weekdays ¥3,600, weekends & holidays ¥4,100. Dinner weekdays ¥5,600, weekends & holidays ¥6,600

More info, map and contact details here

Halloween Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula

If you prefer a treat rather than a trick, head to The Peninsula’s Boutique and Café for Halloween-themed desserts until the end of October. The menu includes ghost-shaped cookies, pumpkin cheese cake and mousse, as well as pear compote, all available as part of a set menu.

When: Until October 31
Where: The Peninsula Boutique and Café
How much: ¥2,100

More info, map and contact details here

Sumida Aquarium Jellyfish Halloween

Ever noticed that jellyfish look a little like flying ghosts? Sumida Aquarium has, so they’ve turned their already impressive “jellyfish tunnel” into a tunnel of horror with Halloween decorations and a scenic video display.

When: Until October 31
Where: Sumida Aquarium
How much: Adults ¥1,000, children ¥600

More info, map and contact details here

Odaiba Decks Happy Halloween

If you enjoy the brisk autumn air, consider a walk over the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba Decks, which will be illuminated in an array of Halloween colors. In the “Illusion Dome” you can bring dancing ghosts and witches to life with a touch of your hand.

When: October 22-31
Where: Odaiba Decks
Price: ¥1,000

More info, map and contact details here

Scream! Halloween Party 2016

Now in its seventh year, Scream! is one of Tokyo’s original Halloween events. A collaborative effort from some of Tokyo’s top party promoters, this year’s event looks to be another top party with DJs spinning cutting-edge disco, house and techno. This year the Scream team moves to new club, Vent in Omotesando, which has been on the rise as of late with a killer soundsystem and sleek design.

When: October 29
Where: Vent
How much: ¥3,500 (¥3,000 with costume)

More info, map and contact details here

Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Fest

Although cosplay is a year-round activity in Japan, Ikebukuro will be going all out for their Halloween Cosplay Fest. The most impressive cosplayers will have the chance to strut their stuff on the stage, but those new to grownup dress-up can also have the chance to try cosplay props and get their faces painted. Note: Cosplaying visitors are asked not to arrive in full costume but change in the provided changing rooms.

When: October 29-30, event 10am-5pm, parade 2pm-3pm
Where: Around Ikebukuro Station
How much: Free

More info, map and contact details here

Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade

Roppongi Hills will be filled with the Halloween spirit from October 7 to October 31, but the big costume parade will only be happening on the 29th. The theme for this year’s parade is “movies,” and participants should dress up as their favorite movie character. Children who are joining the parade will get candy, making the parade a treat for old and young alike.

When: October 29
Where: Roppongi Hills
How much: Free

More info, map and contact details here

Omotesando Halloween Parade

The Omotesando Halloween Parade will be a big blast for the whole family. If you’re looking for a parade where you can enjoy Halloween with your kids, this is the place to go. Every Halloween a celebrity, such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, participates in the parade, and this year’s special guest should be quite a treat. Children under 12 years can be registered to join the parade, so make sure your little ones are in their spooky finest as they join in the fun.

When: October 30
Where: Omotesando area
How much: Free

More info, map and contact details here

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

It’s the 20th anniversary of Japan’s most famous Halloween Parade and it’ll be a blast for sure! DJ Taku Takahashi will be playing live, and dance duo AyaBambi will perform with support by DJ LEOCANDYCANE. A kid friendly parade takes place one day prior.

When: October 30, 2pm
Where: La Cittadella
How much: Free to watch, ¥1,000 to participate

More info, map and contact details here

Veuve Clicquot “Yelloween Night”

MHD Moët Hennessy Diageo hosts this Halloween event at Madame Clicquot’s “mysterious mansion” in Roppongi. On October 28 and 29, the “Yelloween Lounge” presents DJ acts and dance performances, and guests can sip on Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne (¥1,500 per glass, ¥15,000 per bottle). If you feel peckish, meals are available at the bar at an additional cost.

When: October 28-29
Where: 7-15 Roppongi
How much: advance ¥3,000 (with one drink), regular ¥4,000 (with one drink)

More info, map and contact details here

Most popular Halloween costumes of 2016

This year, expect to see the usual ghosts and goblins on Halloween — but also, be on the lookout for politicians, Pokemon players and superheroes.

eBay data collected in September showed comic book characters, Star Wars, Pokemon and typical witches and vampires slaying sales. Party City is predicting the 2016 Election, Snapchat filters and new movies will also sway trick-or-treaters and party goers. But, don’t underestimate the power of superhero costumes either.

Rubie’s Costume, Co., Inc. in New York, advertised as the world’s largest designer, manufacturers and distributor of Halloween costumes, told USA TODAY superhero and Star Wars costumes are topping its sales with the exception of Paw Patrol characters climbing to the No. 1 spot for toddlers.

Of course, don’t discount the classics. Walmart reports Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Minnie Mouse, Monster High and Ariel from The Little Mermaid are still popular with kids. The retailer also said animal costumes (lamb, elephant, bear, lion) are also still a top seller among babies.

Children

Batman: Superheroes still triumph at New York’s Rubie’s Costume, Co., Inc. For boys, Spider-man comes in second and Superman flys into fourth. The dark side prevails on the shop’s list of most popular costumes for boys, with Darth Vader coming in at No. 3. Walmart also reported superhero costumes are strong pick for boys and girls — best sellers include Captain America.

Wonder Woman: A strong female character is Rubie’s top costume for girls, followed by characters Harley Quinn and Rey.

Princess: It’s hard to resist a jeweled, puffy dress and a wand or crown, which is why princess costumes come in at No. 2 on the National Retail Federation list for top choices for children this year. The costume held a spot at No. 1 for the past two years, but was booted down because of action/superhero choices. Princess costumes are a top pick for female children shopping at Goodwill, and shoppers won’t let Frozen go — Frozen-themed costumes are at No. 3 on Goodwill’s top costumes for female children.

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Adults

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: Party City said election season is spurring its shoppers presidential candidate choices. Devin Rubink with HalloweenCostumes.com said Trump costumes are outselling Clinton costumes by 30% on the site. The National Retail Federation has any kind of political costume pegged at third most popular choice for adults this year, behind witch and pirate.

Pokemon: Party City and eBay data show Pokemon Go-themed costumes have captured a lot of costume sales so far this year for those trying to catch ’em all.

Game of Thrones characters: Winter is coming, and so is Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Arya Stark, according to eBay.

Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad): Harley is an extremely popular pick for adults and children this year, showing up on several top lists. It’s a costume that lends itself to DIY, a trend Goodwill reported as on the upswing this year. Plus, who can resist the pink and blue dipped pigtails?

Clowns: Costume chain Halloween Express reported sales of clown masks are up 300% since last year. Goodwill reports clown costumes are a top pick (coming in at No. 5) specifically for adult males. This year, people from more than 20 states reported seeing creepy clowns, some causing criminal activity.

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The 10 most popular Halloween costumes for kids in 2016

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The 10 most popular Halloween costumes for kids in 2016

Halloween is just around the corner. According to the National Retail Federation, “More than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, spending an average $82.93, up from last year’s $74.34. Total spending is expected to reach $8.4 billion, an all-time high in the history of NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights. The survey finds that 7 in 10 consumers plan to hand out candy, and nearly half will decorate their home or dress in costume.”

Here’s their list of top kid costumes for 2016, with superheroes dethroning princesses in 2016.

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10. Spider-Man

Spider-Man is big this year. You can get classic Spider-Man costumes at Spirit Halloween and Party City for 19.99 or the muscle costume versions for 29.99.

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9. Zombie

Zombies are big. You can make your own at home by shredding some clothes, but if you want to buy one, you can get Kids Deadly Diner Zombie Costume at Spirit Halloween for $36.99 or a Zomberina (zombie ballerina) costume at Party City for $29.99.

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8. Marvel superheroes

Superheroes are, well, super. For boys, check out the Kids Captain America Costume at Spirit Halloween for $36.99, and for girls, check out Black Widow for $29.99.

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7. ‘Frozen’ characters

You can get a Kids Anna Costume for $39.99 from Spirit Halloween or an Anna costume from Party City for $19.99.

Want to be Olaf? $24.99.

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6. Tie: Witch and DC Superheroes

Witch is an easy one to do at home with a black dress and a broom, though you might want to buy a witch’s hat. If you want to go for something more elaborate, check out the Kids Storybook Witch Costume, $44.99.

DC is bigger than Marvel this year. Check out the Kids Flash Costume Deluxe, $34.99, or Wonder Woman at $29.99.

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5. Star Wars characters

This one’s been popular for, what, 30 years? But the newest installment in the films brings it back into the top 10. Check out a Kids Kylo Ren Costume for $39.99 or Rey for $29.99.

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4. Batman

Kids Grey and Black 3D Batman Costume for $39.99 or this classic blue and grey version for $19.99.

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3. Animals

What’s your kid’s favorite animal? Pig? Here’s Peppa. Bumblebee? Here you go. Unicorn? Here’s a magical animal. Cow? Why not?

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2. Princess

Every year, there are new princesses, but the classics are still popular, too. Check out Kids Snow White Costume Deluxe for $34.99 or Belle for $39.99. Or just grab a tiara and a fancy dress.

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1. Action/Superhero

So superheroes have now made this list five times, including at the number one spot. Spider-Man, Marvel, DC, Batman and generic. Check out this Kids Fighter Ninja Costume, $26.99, or just make your own. All you need is a cape and a mask. Set your kids to work with some felt, glitter glue and sequins.

Happy trick-or-treat!

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What are your kids planning to wear?

What are your kids wearing for Halloween, and how much are you spending on the costumes? How much do you THINK you should spend? Let us know in the costumes.

Check out these helpful Halloween links for:

  • trick-or-treat nights;
  • trick-or-treat safety tips;
  • Halloween parades;
  • Halloween events for adults and kids;
  • and pet costumes, including pizza cat.

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Girls Costumes

Girls Halloween Costumes

This year’s largest selection of girls costumes are here at Halloween Express! We feature the best selection of Halloween costumes for girls in unusual and hard to find styles and sizes. Shop for Halloween costumes for Teen Girls as well as Halloween costumes for Tween Girls.

Top 5 Girls Halloween Costumes

# Girls Halloween Costumes Range Year Model
1 Girl’s Mermaid Costume $46.99 – $74.49 2017 IC8036
2 Girl’s Disney Cinderella Costume $35.99 – $49.99 2017 DG82902
3 Girl’s Pink Ranger Dino Charge Costume $25.99 -$42.99 2016 DG82737
4 Girl’s Bad Witch Costume $41 – $54.89 2016 FW123362
5 Descendants 2 Uma Classic Isle Costume $41.79 – $57.99 2016 DG23977

Today’s girls have come a long way from the females of yesteryear. The sky is the limit when it comes to where girls want to take themselves and they are curious and anxious to learn about the world around them. Girls have a wide variety of interests and don’t want to be limited in any way by what used to be considered more traditional female roles. Today’s girls are interested in everything from aeronautics to zoology and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be.
When it comes to costumes and dressing up, a girl’s imagination has no limits and she is ready to fully engage in all that the world has to offer from everything that is very historic to all that is exciting, modern and new. Girls love dressing up and it goes far beyond wearing a feather boa and mom’s high-heeled shoes. (Although we understand that that can be great fun, too.)
Our huge collection of “just for girls” costumes has a large range of ensembles that have been selected just for the young female consumer. You are going to find many different varieties of dress up attire here, from traditional Halloween characters to more whimsical and cute selections to even some amazing historical figures as well. No matter what your girl is looking for, when it comes to shopping for the perfect girls costume, you’ve come to the right place!

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Let’s just get this outta the way first: A helluva lot of people will be spending their Halloween as either the Joker or Harley Quinn.

That’s not just our gut reaction, mind you, even though we’ve already encountered a gazillion different versions of the famed DC Comics characters this year. According to Google’s Frightgeist site, which tracks Halloween costuming trends, both Harley Quinn and the Joker are the most most popular costume choices, both nationally and here in Arizona.

Thankfully, there are plenty of other options when it comes to choosing what you’ll be going as for Halloween.

To wit: If you’re a fan of Stranger Things (and you really oughta be), you could always go as Joyce Byers, Eleven, or even the silver-haired Dr. Brenner. Or you could dress up as Kylo Ren or Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, go as your favorite Pokémon, or spring for one of those nifty inflatable T-Rex deals you’ve seen on YouTube.

Put simply, you’ve got plenty of things to choose from. One thing you don’t have, however, is time, as Halloween is a week away. So in order to help you decide, we’ve assembled a rundown of the biggest and hottest costume trends this year.

Inflatable T-Rex
As countless viral videos can attest, that inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costume that’s become a thing over the last year will never not be funny. Maybe its all the absurd situations we’ve seen it in (pole dancing, horseback riding, ballet classes, even running the course on American Ninja Warrior) or the comical manner in which it bumbles and bobs about, but it’s always hilarious to watch. So much so that you don’t mind forking over upwards of $100 to get one. It certainly hasn’t stopped people from buying it at local shops like Groovy Ghoulies Costumes in Mesa. “It’s been popular throughout the whole year,” says assistant manager Patricia Colomy. “We’ve sold out and reordered it a couple of times now.”

David Bowie
Its been 10 months since the world was robbed of the tremendous talents of David Bowie and we’re still very much in mourning. If you’re feeling the same and would like to offer tribute to the late, great musician, Halloween would be the perfect time to do so, considering his penchant for theatricality and over-the-top artistic flair. And thanks to the sheer multitude of projects (both acting and music-related) that dot his prolific career, there are plenty of potential costumes to choose from. You could mimic the lightning bolt face-paint and glammy hairstyle of Aladdin Sane, go all out to replicate the fantastical look of Jareth the evil Goblin King from Labyrinth, or recreate his dapper look playing Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.

Ghostbusters
If there’s one thing we can take away from the unfortunate controversy surrounding the new Ghostbusters film (other than the fact that chauvinistic trolling by creepy male geeks is sadly a thing), it’s that people still love the supernatural comedy with a passion. Hence the reason why interest in Ghostbusters costumes is big this year, albeit more in the ‘80s version rather than the reboot. “People want to be Ghostbusters,” Colomy says. “But they’re more interested in the original costumes instead of the new ones with orange stripes.”

Deadpool
Let’s face it: Everything about Deadpool is cool. Not only an ass-kicking comic book character who sports a rad costume and lays waste to bad guys, the “merc with a mouth” tends to get all the good one-liners. He was wildly popular and oft-mimicked by countless geeks even before the hit Deadpool film from earlier this year raked in a gazillion dollars and made Wade Wilson’s alter ego a household name. As such, prepare to see several Deadpools raising hell and having fun during Halloween.

Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton
Election Day truly can’t get here fast enough for us, especially since it seems like the never-ending battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dominates pretty much everything. That includes Halloween, as evidenced by the multitude of masks depicting either candidate that are available for purchase at local costume stores. As is often the case with Halloween, some folks will take things to extremes, such as wearing a Clinton mask with a prisoner outfit in reference to the whole “Crooked Hillary” thing or dressing as a Mexican version of Trump for obvious reasons. If nothing else, it would be befitting of the WTF nature of this whole election.

Star Wars
Thanks to the fact that Disney will be busting out Star Wars films annually, the legendary sci-fi franchise will probably be a staple of every Halloween for years to come. (At least until everyone gets sick of the whole thing, that is.) At the moment, people are still going gaga over The Force Awakens, especially for its two biggest characters. “Star Wars is still a big seller for us,” Colomy says. “There’s a more interest in The Force Awakens, definitely with Kylo Ren and Rey. We just got a few costumes in for the new film, Rogue One, and have sold a few of ‘em.”

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Harambe
The obsession over the tragic death of the now-famous gorilla, who was shot and killed by snipers at the Cleveland Zoo back in May, has reached a fever pitch over the last several months. And since certain costume companies have little shame or have never seen a trend or scandal they couldn’t exploit, there are a wealth of Harambe-related items and getups for sale. That includes the “sexy gorilla” outfits or Harambe cardboard masks, as well as more tasteless items like a T-shirt resembling a gorilla’s chest that’s been riddled with bullet holes. Seriously. And if you’d like to get a jump on the holidays, there are already Harambe ugly sweaters available.

Pokémon
Dressing up as characters from the phenomenally successful video game/anime/pop culture franchise has been a thing dating back to its debut in the late ‘90s. (Fast fact: local superstar cosplayer Jessica Nigri rocketed to worldwide fame after wearing a sexy Pikachu costume in 2009.) However, with Pokémon Go becoming a national obsession this summer (with everyone and their mothers playing the augmented reality game), it’s guaranteed that tons of people will become anthropomorphized versions of Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Snorlax, or any of the other creatures from the Pokedex. Just refrain from tossing any Pokéballs at ‘em. That’s rude.

Stranger Things
Good news for anyone hoping to put together a Stranger Things costume this year: Most of what you’ll need can be found at local secondhand shops and thrift stores, whether its Eleven’s pink collared dress and denim jacket, Barb’s ruffled shirt and big glasses, or Nancy’s cable-knit sweater. (Or if you want to be the Ouija wall from the Byers’ residence, you can probably score a shirt mimicking the ugly floral pattern of the wallpaper before painting letters on your chest and wrapping yourself with Christmas lights.) The bad news? Everyone else is probably hitting up the same places for the said items. In other words, better get a move on.

Harley Quinn and the Joker
Suicide Squad was an awful movie. Phenonemally awful. Probably the worst superhero movie since either Superman IV: The Quest for Peace or Batman and Robin. Seriously. That said, it was also phenomenally popular (earning in excess of $743 million worldwide) and – for better or for worse – cemented the character of Harley Quinn as a pop-culture icon. So, as we previously discussed, you’ll encounter doppelgangers of both her and the Joker in great abundance at Halloween events this year. While it’s understandable if you prefer Margot Robbie’s sparkly, pants-wearing, bat-wielding Harley Quinn from the movie, it’d be cooler (and a lot less exploitative) if you did the OG version from Batman: The Animated Series. Just saying.

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Happy Halloween!
Grab your wand and help fend off a ghostly catastrophe. Press play to swipe spells, save your friends, and help restore the peace at the Magic Cat Academy.

This year’s Halloween Doodle follows freshman feline Momo on her mission to rescue her school of magic. Help her cast out mischievous spirits by swiping in the shape of the symbols above the ghosts’ heads. And you’d better pounce fast—the ghost that stole the master spellbook is getting away!

From the team that created the Magic Cat Academy:
The inspiration for this year’s cat spell-casting game came from a real-life black cat named Momo that belongs to Doodler Juliana Chen. It seemed like a good opportunity for a cat hero, since the winner of last year’s Candy Cup Doodle was Yellow Witch and her black cat.

Momo the muse

The original concept for the game involved a magic cat making a soup that was so good, it raised the dead. Connecting soup to Halloween proved too abstract, so the team shifted to the idea of a wizard school. This opened the door to a more robust world filled with interesting characters and paw-some themes.

“Graveyard” concepts included vacuums, candy-eating ghosts, and hiss-worthy exams.

The game includes five levels set in a school environment: the library, cafeteria, classroom, gym, and the building’s rooftop. We had lots of fun ideas for the resident foe of each level, including a chef ghost, a venn diagram ghost, and a big whistle ghost that summons other spirits.

Early mock-up of gameplay

Doodling for a whole Doodle game was very exciting for us. We had so many ideas for elaborate symbols to draw, like a witch’s hat that would appear on the character’s head after it was drawn! In the end we decided that for a short game against the clock, simple was better. Plans like the “Eiffel Tower spell” were abandoned, and similarly, gag spells didn’t make the cut. Regardless, we loved the process of dreaming up the possibilities.

Cat Hat Spell in a previous concept

That’s all for meow. We hope that every human, creature, and ghost has a purrfectly magical day.

Meow-loween Team

Art

Olivia Huynh

Juliana Chen

Kevin Laughlin

Leon Hong

Kevin Burke

Engineering

Kris Hom

Jacob Howcroft

Mark Ivey

Will Knowles

Production

My-Linh Le

Perla Campos

Brian Kaas

Ryan Germick

External Help

Harmony Music (David Levison & Nicole Paul)
Momo (black cat)

Ripley (black cat)

Nimbus (black cat)

Harley (black cat)

Baxter (black cat)

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The top 10 things to do on Halloween 2016

Wondering what to do on Halloween this year? There are some bloodcurdlingly brilliant events taking place at theme parks and attractions all over the UK! Some are perfect for taking the kids for a bit of spooky fun, and others are so totally petrifying you might want to bring a change of pants….

1. Phobophobia at The London Bridge Experience

When: Every evening from 22nd – 31st October 2016

What’s Happening:

  • This massively popular week-long Halloween spectacular is so utterly terrifying they’ve given it a 16+ rating!
  • Expect to be harassed, held hostage and experience a new breed of evil you never imagined was possible. Once you’re inside, they may never let you go….
  • Very little is ever revealed about the shows themselves, but rest assured that this year Phobophobia is going to do its very best to ruin you.
  • Dare you enter? Will you make it out alive?….

Suitable for Children? No – over-16s only

Included with standard admission? No – you’ll need to book a separate Phobophobia ticket

Book Phobophobia tickets

2. Fright Nights at Thorpe Park

When: 7th-9th , 14th-16th & 21st-31st October 2016

What’s Happening:

  • The carnival comes to Thorpe Park Resort for the UK’s most thrilling Halloween event!
  • Twist your way through THE BIG TOP – a scare maze set in an abandoned carnival, where long-dead Circus entertainers come back to life to haunt those who dare to trespass….
  • Dare to enter award-winning horror mazes and scare zones based on cult classics The Blair Witch Project; My Bloody Valentine, The Cabin in the Woods and SAW Alive.
  • NEW FOR 2016: Walk the island’s deserted railroad in the newest live action scare maze PLATFORM 15, to trace the last known route of a mysteriously vanished locomotive. Can you outrun what lies at the end of the line, or will your journey terminate here?…
  • Enjoy some of Thorpe Park’s most terrifying rides IN THE DARK as the park stays open til 10pm!

Suitable for Children? Not recommended for under-13s

Included with standard admission? No – you’ll need to book the special Fright Nights ticket!

Book Thorpe Park Fright Nights tickets

3. The Witch Hunter at The London Dungeon

When: 1st – 31st October 2016

  • Are you brave enough to join the witch hunt?? Matthew Hopkins, known as 16th-century England’s Witchfinder General, was thought to be responsible for the hangings of over 300 women, all suspected of witchcraft.
  • You’ll be lured into Hopkins’ Witchfinder’s den, where you’ll find yourself part of his latest witch hunt investigation and he is determined to locate his next witch!

Suitable for Children? Not suitable for young children or those of a nervous disposition

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book London Dungeon tickets

4. Frightwater Valley at Lightwater Valley

When: 27th – 30th October 2016

  • Experience a whole host of mini, mega and ultimate scares as the nights get darker and the frights get scarier!
  • Great fun for the whole family
  • Don’t miss the Frightwater Fireworks Finale as dusk starts to fall…..

Suitable for Children? Yes

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book Lightwater Valley tickets

5. Cadbury World’s Halloween Spooktacular

When: 22nd – 30th October 2016

  • Get ready for a whole load of magic and mischief over October Half Term, as a very yummy kind of Hocus Pocus is cast over Cadbury World!
  • Get your spookiest costume on to take part in the best fancy dress competition, and make sure you visit the World’s biggest Cadbury Shop to stock up on some terrifying treats.
  • Pre-book your half term tickets now for more chocolatey chills!

Suitable for Children? Yes

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book Cadbury World tickets

6. Howloween at Chessington World of Adventures

When: Every night from 21st – 31st October 2016

  • Chessington World opens until 8pm every night for a week of fiendish family fun!
  • Enjoy some of Chessington’s best rides – in the dark!
  • Head to the zoo and SEA LIFE centre for some creepy crawly animal shows
  • The bravest guests can enter the Curse of the Lost Tomb maze (if they dare!), and courageous little explorers will love the Trick or Treat Wood

Suitable for Children? Yes

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book Chessington World tickets

7. The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle

When: 22nd – 31st October 2016

  • The Haunted Castle promises fearful levels of fun for all ages during the day and then, after dark, the fright factor is cranked high as the Castle remains open until 9pm.
  • In the safety of daylight, kids can enjoy some spine-tingling storytelling!
  • Good witches will besiege The Witches Tower so little hands can get creative with spell-writing and dress up as their favourite witch!
  • Get lost in the all new Horrible Histories Maze
  • Enter The Haunted Hollows and explore a spookily fun Halloween trail – where there isn’t always a happy ending!

Suitable for Children? Yes

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book Warwick Castle tickets

8. Trolls Takeover at Shrek Adventure London

When: 22nd -30th October 2016

  • Get ready for some hair-raising Adventures this October Half Term as the Trolls take over!
  • Sing, dance and have lots of fun in the vibrant world of Trolls Village filled with rainbow colours, feel-good songs and plenty of celebrations. You’ll even have the chance to meet and have your photo taken with these colourful characters.
    As the hugely anticipated Trolls film is released on October 21st, this half term is the perfect time to embrace the zany world of Trolls!

Suitable for Children? Yes

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book Shrek Adventure tickets

9. KidZania’s Scary Fun Halloween

When: 15th – 30th October 2016

  • This half term, kids can enjoy a variety of fun-filled Halloween activities as they take part in more than 60 real-life role play adventures at KidZania London!
  • The scary fun includes ghost tours, fashion shows, ghoulish green milkshake making, transforming into creepy characters with the help of face paints, and a Tricky Treasure Trail throughout the City of KidZania!

Suitable for Children? Yes

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book KidZania tickets

10. Brick or Treat at Legoland Windsor

When: 17th October – 5th November 2016

  • This October half term bring your little monsters to the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for spook-tacular activities and fun to celebrate Halloween with the family!
  • Join Frankie the Friendly Monster, Lord Vampyre and Orange Brick to get stuck into a range of themed LEGO builds, solve a spooky quiz trail and show off your best costumes in the daily fancy dress competition.

Suitable for Children? Yes

Included with standard admission? Yes

Book Legoland Windsor tickets

Whether you’re on the hunt for Halloween costume ideas and DGAF if you see 50 other Harley Quinn’s out on October 31, or you want to inform yourself so as to avoid that scenario at all costs, it’s best to come prepared.

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And since those who prefer planning ahead to the last-minute scramble for a DIY costume have been searching, Pinning, and purchasing for weeks or even months already, the internet has a pretty good idea of what everyone is going to be dressing up as in 2016. Thanks to data from Pinterest, eBay, Lyst, and Polyvore, we know, for instance, that Eleven from “Stranger Things” is going to be very popular as a costume choice this year, and that you’re likely to see more than a few Snapchat filters come to life in your Instagram feed (alas, that’s one area where Stories can’t compete).

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Of the latter, Pinterest clocked a nearly-1500 percent increase in searches year-over-year, part of an overall trend for pop-culture costumes that also includes Hillary Clinton (up more than 500 percent) and Donald Trump (up 179 percent).

In the gallery, we’ve pulled together some of the highlights from the sites’ findings, and you can check out the full lists below

Polyvore’s most-searched costumes from August 1 through September 28, 2016:

Harley Quinn (up 265 percent over the same time period in 2015)
Beer Wench
Poison Ivy (up 48 percent over the same time period in 2015)
Fairy
White Queen
Cheerleader
Bunny
School Girl
Witch (up 52 percent over the same time period in 2015)
Unicorn

eBay’s top costumes and themes for adults, based on sales between September 1-26, 2016:

Harley Quinn
Batman
Pokémon
Joker
Vampire
“Game of Thrones”
“Star Wars”
“Deadpool”
Wonder Woman
Alice in Wonderland

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Eleven from “Stranger Things”

The Netflix series is trending hard on Pinterest, with this how-to DIY costume pin being particularly popular.

Photo: Netflix

Lyst reports that this dress—which looks a whole lot like the one Eleven wears in “Stranger Things”—was viewed once every three minutes one week in late September.

Peter Pan Collar Smock Structured Dress, $34 (was $57); at ASOS

If you’re still not convinced that’s the reason for all the interest, 80 percent of people who searched “pink collar dress” over the same time period also searched for “tube socks”—and sales of the retro style have increased 34 percent over the past month.

Stripe Knee-High Socks, $10; at American Apparel

Barb from “Stranger Things”

Also per Lyst, 271 people have typed simply “Barb” into the search bar since August 1.

Photo: Netflix

Plus, more than 3,000 people have searched “gingham ruffle shirt”—and while we’re not sure how many people are spending $5K on their Halloween costume, this Vetements dress is now sold out in the UK.

Vetements Chain Detail Frilled Plaid Shirtdress, $4,915; at Nordstrom

Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad”

Margot Robbie’s character topped the list for both eBay and Polyvore, with the latter reporting a 265 percent increase over the same two-month period in 2015.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics

Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Costume, $58.99; at Target

“Some of eBay’s top-selling women’s costumes this year include pop culture favorites like Harley Quinn of “Suicide Squad” and Daenerys Targaryen from “Game of Thrones”, as well as classic characters like Wonder Woman, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood,” said an eBay spokesperson.

Daenerys Targaryen Costume, $92.99; at eBay

Gigi Hadid’s Sandy from “Grease” costume is trending on Pinterest.

Photo: Getty Images

Searches for food-related costumes are up 47 percent year-over-year on Pinterest, while punny costume searches are up 73 percent. Naturally, this homemade “Taco Belle” ensemble is very popular.

Photo: Fancy Made

The most on-point costumes for 2016 have a major theme in common: They depict powerful, independent, winning women you want to be even on days that aren’t Halloween (well, with the exception of the homicidal antiheroine Harley Quinn). Sexy maid costume? Nah. You’d rather go around feeling comfortable and warm in your Ghostbusters jumpsuit yelling, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” Scroll on for more of this year’s biggest pop culture costumes.

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1. Eleven from Stranger Things

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2. The Final Five

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Noble Replica Leotard With Matching Scrunchie, Under Armour (Available at Elite Sportswear), $70; Gold Medals, Quill.com, $12 for pack of 12; Triumph Replica Leotard With Matching Scrunchie, Under Armour (Available at Elite Sportswear), $80

3. Beyoncé in “Hold Up”

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4. Nancy Adams from The Shallows

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5. Ghostbusters

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Ghostbuster Costume, Party City, $50

6. Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad

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7. Misty from Pokémon

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8. Hillary Clinton

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9. Rey from Star Wars

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Rey Costume, Target, $50

10. Kendall Jenner

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9 Nerdy Plus Size Costumes For Halloween 2016 That Are Easier Than Cosplay — PHOTOS

Halloween is the perfect time of year to let your freak flag fly and embrace anything you adore, full force. For those who can’t afford to cosplay regularly (or simply don’t want to), finding the perfect nerdy plus size costume for this year’s Halloween parties may be the only time you get to celebrate your nerdiness in all its glory.

Take pride in knowing your costume is culturally relevant, has many, many references and will be totally adored by those who get where you’re coming from – some of the best friends you can make are on Halloween, where you can connect with people who have costumes that are just as nerdy as yours. With this in mind, take the time out of your night out to compliment other people’s costumes and share that nerd love.

As a plus size person though, it can be harder to get a great plus size Halloween costume together. You either have to spend half a million or plan months in advance to get your costume together. That said, if you know the right corners of the web to look in – including stores that aren’t actually selling Halloween costumes – it can be easier than you think.

These outfits might make no sense in their separate parts but put together, they make a great nerdy Halloween costume.

1. The 11th Doctor

If you’re a giant Doctor Who fan, then get ready to rock the most iconic Doctor outfit, the 11th Doctor. These items come together to create the ultimate Whovian look: All you need is a tweed blazer, a red bow tie and a some plaid pants. If the ones below don’t take your fancy, or you already have these clothing items at home, this costume is a lot more open to interpretation.

Plus Size Eleventh Doctor Jacket (One Size), $50, Halloween Costumes

Plaid Stretch Pants (Available to Size 30), $41, Torrid

Bow Tie In Burgundy, $8, ASOS

2. Harley Quinn

Fresh out of Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn is the perfect character to play for any comic book nerd. While you’re rocking this costume, you can also educate everyone on all the facts about Harley Quinn. This look is based on the newest interpretation of Harley Quinn, as acted by Margot Robbie, and kind of depends on getting the right, specific elements together.

Blonde Wig With Detachable Pigtails, $33, Hot Topic

Harley Quinn Raglan Tee (Available to 5x), $30, Hot Topic

Harley Quinn Spandex Shorts (Available to 5x), $38, Etsy

3. Princess Leia

Dressing up as Princess Leia is instantly recognizable in nerd world (and just about everywhere else), so you don’t have to worry about being too obscure at your Halloween party this year. This is a pretty iconic look but if you can get your hair in those buns, don’t worry about purchasing a wig. If you can’t? A wig can be included when purchasing the costume below.

Princess Leia Costume (Available to 9x), $50, Sanctuarie Designs

Lace Up Gladiator Sandals (Available to 13), $39, Torrid

4. Dr. Crusher

For those who are more into Star Trek than Star Wars, Halloween this year is just waiting for you to execute the perfect Dr. Crusher costume.

Ginger Celebrity Wig, $22, Amazon

Custom Star Trek Costume (Available in Blue, up to 4x), $59, Etsy

Grey Straight Leg Pants (Available to Size 28), $42, Evans

5. Brienne Of Tarth

The most underrated character on Game Of Thrones, Brienne of Tarth is a curveball that people may not be expected to see this Halloween but who will definitely be appreciated as a costume. This is another costume where you have to be pretty specific to get it right and it’s doubtful you already have a full set of armour in your wardrobe just in case you needed this costume.

Short Blonde Wig, $10, Amazon

Warrior Armour Costume (Available to 4x), $149, Etsy

Plate Mail Armour Leggings (Up to 4x), $23, Etsy

6. Link

Link from The Legend Of Zelda may be an animation from a game, but that doesn’t make him any less fun to dress up as this Halloween. Thanks to the glory of the internet, Link’s shield and costume isn’t hard to come by so you can dress up at this character totally authentically.

Legend Of Zelda Shield, $45, Etsy

Classic Link Costume (Available to 2x), $30, Halloween Costumes

7. Misty

Misty from Pokemon was the first girl crush for many of us, and the sense of nostalgia this costume will bring you makes it the perfect pick for Halloween 2016. Although the two piece includes a skirt, all you’re really looking for is a yellow t-shirt so if you have one? Just wear that. Same goes for the denim shorts! If you have a pair already, you’re good to go for your Misty costume.

Cosplay Orange Wig, $23, Amazon

Yellow Skater Set (Available to 5x), $36, Reb Dolls

Distressed Denim Short (Available to Size 20), $24, ASOS

Solid Red Suspenders, $8, Amazon

8. Gandalf

Lord of the Rings nerds know that Gandalf the Gray is the OG Gandalf, but you could easily replace the cloak and hat with white versions to level up to Gandalf the White.

Premium Gandalf Costume, $190, Halloween Costumes

Gandalf Wig And Beard Set, $34, Amazon

9. Leela

You may be wondering how exactly you can dress up as a cyclops for Halloween but it is possible and here’s how you do it. Wear the cyclops mask on your forehead so you get the Leela effect but still have a way to see at the Halloween party.

Ultimate Cami Vest, $13, ASOS

Black Cotton Legging, $19, ASOS

Cyclops Sleep Mask, $11, Etsy

Purple Cosplay Wig, $20, Amazon

Some of these costumes may be easy to make with items you already have in your wardrobe – everyone has a pair of black leggings lying around somewhere – but others you do have to invest in. But once you have? You’ll have a great, nerdy costume on hand for any fancy dress party.

Images: BBC; Warner Bros Pictures; 20th Century Fox; NBC; HBO; Nintendo; TV Tokyo; New Line Cinema; FOX; Courtesy Brands

Heidi Klum finally revealed this year’s Halloween costume — along with 5 clones of herself

The INSIDER Summary:

• Heidi Klum is renowned for her elaborate Halloween costumes.
• She finally revealed her 2016 look: An army of Heidi doppelgängers.

Heidi Klum goes all out for Halloween. She’s arrived at her annual costume party dressed as chimpanzee, a glitter-drenched robot, and even a frighteningly realistic, 95-year-old version of herself.

But her costume for this year might have taken the least preparation of all. That’s because she showed up as herself — plus five models dressed as identical Heidi clones.

“Are you seeing double, triple, quadruple, quintuple, sextuple?!” she wrote on Instagram before the reveal.

A photo posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 11:44pm PDT

For hours Monday afternoon and night, she teased her followers with sneak peeks of the look. Fans endured the torturous wait as the costume took shape (but not without a healthy dose of complaining in the comments section). By the time photos of Klum in costume surfaced, Halloween was already over on the East Coast.

Here’s a look at the tantalizing series of hints that preceded the final reveal:

It started with a video of a bare-faced Klum around 2:30 pm.

A video posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 11:05am PDT

Then she prepped her hair.

A video posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 11:19am PDT

Next, she revealed some type of prosthetic being applied to one of the model’s faces.

A video posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 12:25pm PDT

Then, one of Klum’s prosthetic artists promised that this would be “the best” costume she’s ever worn.

A video posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 12:35pm PDT

But she sounded a little concerned when she asked her makeup artist whether or not the costume would be pretty. Klum was tring to throw us off her costume’s scent!

A video posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 2:23pm PDT

More vague clues!

A video posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 3:33pm PDT

What could all these boots be for?! Six different Heidis, apparently.

A photo posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 3:46pm PDT

Are there multiple people involved in this costume?!

A video posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT

Yes, definitely a group outfit.

A photo posted by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)Oct 31, 2016 at 8:59pm PDT

She’s inside a giant crate?!

Getty/Neilson Barnard

Finally, we got the big reveal: A group of 6 Heidi Klum doppelgängers (the real one’s in the center).

The other Heidis are models altered with prosthetics. Getty/Neilson Barnard

This is the first time that Klum has arrived in a group costume since she began her annual Halloween party 17 years ago. The look is classic Klum-on-Halloween: Just like her Jessica Rabbit costume last year, it’s little sexy, a little creepy, and definitely jaw-dropping.

Mike Coppola/Getty Images

The real genius is that Klum herself didn’t even dress up — she just wore some makeup and a leotard. Instead, she made a costume by dressing up other people and placing them nearby her. That’s next-level costume design.

Can you spot the real Heidi? Getty/Dimitrios Kambouris

In the end, Heidi Klum once again raised the bar for Halloween revelers worldwide. What will she think of next year?

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