10 Hottest Halloween Costume Trends of 2013

So watchu going to be for Halloween this year? It's a question that often perplexes anyone who plans on participating in the holiday, whether that involves attending some massive masquerade ball or just hitting up a friend's house party.

Typically, the more creative, impressive-looking, or outlandish costumes are the ones that are the most memorable and -- more importantly -- stand a better chance at winning all those costume contests that are the norm this time of year. In other words, the usual fallback of a bedsheet ghost or some other half-assed getup isn't going to cut it, so better start rubbing a few brain cells together if you want to have a cool costume in time for Halloween. We've got a few suggestions that might help.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.