Halloween 2018 In Review


HalloweHalloween costumes have become indicative of the past year’s cultural highs and lows. Often the difficulty in choosing a costume falls more on the cultural relevance than the spook factor. Originality and accuracy are the key components in piecing together the perfect ensemble, while avoiding cultural appropriation and insensitivity that the Internet preys on. Although classics like witches and black cats will never go out of style, some creative costumes have alluded to 2018’s defining moments.

In light of both the #MeToo Movement, and the June 2017 release of the “Wonder Woman” movie, it is not surprising that the red, white, and blue clad heroine remains a top pick for women’s Halloween costumes. Emma Watson, no stranger to using her platform to empower women and advocate social change, chose the DC Comic superhero as her costume this year.

The Kardashians always go all-out for Halloween, and their masterful team of hair, makeup, and wardrobe experts never disappoints. This year the five sisters borrowed Victoria’s Secret wings to transform into a pack of scantily clad angels. Of course, this was only one look for the reality star family. Both Kourtney and Kim chose to embody real-life celebrities, Ariana Grande and Pamela Anderson, respectively. Kendall Jenner opted for an “Austin Powers” inspired look as Fembot. Kylie Jenner couldn’t settle for just one look either- she posted an elaborate Barbie photoshoot on her Instagram, along with a series of shots of her and her infant daughter, Stormi, dressed as butterflies. Mom and daughter later posed as “Stormy weather” with Kylie in a fluffy cloud dress and Stormi in a gold, lightning set. Khloe Kardashian went with simple, comfy costumes for her and daughter True Thompson dressed in unicorn onesies.

Saint West dressed up as his father, Kanye, and his cousin Reign Disick posed as Lil Pump complete with the block costumes from their “I Love It” music video. Similarly, North West and Penelope Disick wore kid-sized versions of Kanye and Lil Pump’s Fiji and Perrier water bottle costumes from their infamous “SNL” performance. North and her younger sister, Chicago, also dressed up as characters from this year’s Pixar hit, “The Incredibles 2”.

2018 also saw the release of the highly-anticipated “Black Panther” movie, which broke box office records and immediately became a symbol of black excellence and pride. Ciara dressed up as Princess Nakia, featuring the Wakanda royal’s signature Bantu knotted hairstyle.

Post Malone had a banner year with the massive success of his sophomore album, “Beerbongs and Bentleys”. His line of Crocs recently sold out in ten minutes, and on October 28 he hosted “Posty Fest” in his hometown of Dallas. Needless to say, he has become an undeniable star and maverick in pop music. His signature look, face tattoos and messy braids, has resulted in an unexpectedly popular Halloween costume. Rita Ora completed her Posty ensemble with fake facial hair and chains.

Kate Hudson and friends paid homage to Netflix’s hit documentary series, “Wild Wild Country” as the cult leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers. The costumes received immediate backlash online for dressing up as a group accused of bioterrorism.

Shaun White has been riding a high since his historic triumph at the 2018 however his Halloween costume was not nearly as triumphant. The snowboarder dressed up as Simple Jack, a learning disabled character from the 2008 blockbuster “Tropic Thunder”.The Special Olympics’ senior director of global youth engagement, Soeren Palumbo, expressed the groups disappointment in the 32-year-old athlete’s poor choice: “We are truly disappointed that Shaun White, an acclaimed Olympian, would choose this costume which is so offensive and causes so much pain. Disability is not a joke nor should it be a punchline. We hope that Shaun White and others learn that this just continues stigma, stereotypes and discrimination.” White quickly issued an apology via Instagram. However, Ben Stiller, who played Simple Jack in the film, came out in support of White’s costume choice. Ten years ago when “Tropic Thunder” was released, it was boycotted by disability groups for the Simple Jack character, a trope meant to satirize actors’ thirst for awards and the frequent success of dramatic films tastefully portraying disabled characters. Stiller tweeted, “It was always meant to make fun of actors trying to do anything to win awards. I stand by my apology, the movie, Shaun White, and the great people and work of the @Special Olympics.”

Next year’s costumes will likely continue to celebrate celebrities and superheros, and discourage anything remotely tone deaf or insensitive.