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The 10 Hottest Halloween Costume Trends of 2017

It’s a question that many people ponder this time of year: What are you going to be for Halloween?

The good news is you’ve got plenty of time to decide, considering that Halloween is a few weeks away. And, even better, there are countless possibilities to choose from when it comes to inspiration.

There are old standbys, like pirates, ninjas, and zombies, as well as always popular options like superheroes (Spider-Man’s pretty big this year due to the new movie) and Star Wars (there’s another movie due out in December).

If all of that is old hat by now, we’ve got a few suggestions that are quite timely and popular, most of which are based off current pop culture trends, blockbuster movies, and television shows.

As we’ve done each year, we’ve scoured social media and the internet for ideas and also consulted with local costume shops (including such Valley favorites as Groovy Ghoulies in Mesa and Easley’s in Phoenix). The result is our annual list of the biggest costume trends of the year.

Check it out and get planning. After all, you'll want to look your best come Halloween weekend.

Fidget Spinners
When it comes to the fads of 2017, the biggest one, by far, has been all those dang fidget spinners. You’ve likely seen ‘em in every single convenience store or being clutched in the hands of bored people everywhere. And come Halloween, there’s a good chance that a few life-sized fidget spinners will be getting down at costume parties or knocking on your front door in search of candy.

If you’d like to be one of ‘em, a few tutorials can found online (including this one and this one) that detail step-by-step instructions on how to build a fully operable spinner costume for less than $50. But don’t be surprised if total strangers try to play with you, particularly if they're drunk.

click to enlarge The stars of GLOW. - COURTESY OF NETFLIX
The stars of GLOW.
Courtesy of Netflix
Professional wrestling’s burgeoning status as a legitimate geeky pursuit got a big shot in the arm this year thanks to the popular Netflix series inspired by the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling from the ‘80s. And like anything having to do with wrestling, it’s a colorful show that embraces its time period with gusto. You can recreate the look of any of its characters – including Ruth "Zoya the Destroya" Wilder, Justine "Scab" Biagi, or Sheila "the She Wolf" – pretty easily with some leotards, makeup, and (naturally) spandex.

David S. Pumpkins
It started out as a one-off skit starting Tom Hanks from Saturday Night Live last fall that was dumb, goofy fun. Then, as such things are wont to do, David S. Pumpkins transformed into a viral thing when people across the internet embraced the character.

Now, it’s become a commodity with no less than four different costumes for sale online and at chain stores like Party City and Halloween Spirit. Word even has it that SNL is bringing back the character in the near future. In other words, it's pretty much guaranteed that David S. Pumpkins doppelgangers will be a part of Halloween parties everywhere this year (with or without his dancing skeletons). Any questions?

click to enlarge The small screen version of The Defenders. - COURTESY OF NETFLIX
The small screen version of The Defenders.
Courtesy of Netflix
The Defenders
They may not have the blockbuster status and cinematic pedigree of The Avengers, but the super-powered stars of Netflix comic book-inspired series The Defenders are still wildly popular. As is the show itself, which debuted in August to rave reviews from critics. And if you and your crew want to dress as the ensemble (which includes Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and, um, that other guy) as part of the group costume, the good news is that their get-ups are basically ordinary clothes. As for deciding which one of you will be unlucky enough to portray Iron Fist, we’ll leave that up to y’all.

click to enlarge Emilia Clarke in season seven in Game of Thrones. - HELEN SLOAN/COURTESY OF HBO
Emilia Clarke in season seven in Game of Thrones.
Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
has not only become one of the biggest TV shows in history, it’s also a major cottage industry come Halloween season. “A lot of people come in looking for stuff for Game of Thrones costumes,” says an employee of Groovy Ghoulies in Mesa.

In addition to all the officially licensed items available, there are also tons of medieval gear and accessories that can be found at any and every Halloween store, including knock-off items and apparel that’s clearly inspired by the show. Hell, you could also do what the show’s costume designer have done and repurpose some rugs from IKEA for an authentic-looking cape.

But if you’d like to go as the deliciously evil Olenna Tyrell (a popular choice, considering her now-famous quip “Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me”), you’ll either have to sew one yourself or scour Etsy.