11 Hottest Halloween Costume Trends for 2014

Quick question: If you could be anything for Halloween this year -- and we mean anything -- what would you choose? And forget about doing the pirate, vampire, or steampunk thing yet again. Ditto for Miley Cyrus, Walter White, or Daft Punk. Those are sooo 2013.

Since Halloween is essentially wish fulfillment writ large, perhaps you could become some of the larger-than-life heroes and villains you've seen on television or the big screen recently, especially if you've got a surplus amount of cash, craftiness, and cosplay savvy to make such a fantasy a reality (or at least a few geek friends willing to help). One thing that's inevitably in short supply, however, is time, as there's exactly a month to go until Halloween.

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