Ah, Halloween! A time for ghosts. A time for ghouls! A time to look at io9's annual list of the most confusing, most dubious, and most awful costumes of the season.
[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 9/24/2021. This article was updated on 10/18/2021.]
What seems to set 2021's costumes apart from the badness of 2019 and 2020’s offerings is how little their makers gave a crap about them. What you’ll see here are some of the laziest-designed, least imaginative, cheapest-looking outfits you can overpay for, and there are so many available that we had to limit our list to solely nerd entertainment-inspired costumes (and I mean “inspired” incredibly loosely). I don’t know if low sales during the pandemic wiped out the companies’ creativity for this year’s offerings but ex-staffer Beth Elderkin, who normally puts this list together (Beth, we miss you!), really left me with the Halloween dregs.
As always, we’re not condemning sexy costumes here—you should wear whatever feels good, whenever you want!—we’re condemning very, very bad costume creations. Expose as much flesh as you want at your pandemic-safe Halloween parties this year! Just wear something better than these nightmares.
- I’ll Be Your Guide Sexy Safari Costume
- Mean One Sexy Movie Character Costume
- What a Doll Sexy Movie Character Costume
- Infinity Space Voyager
- Dangerous Lil’ Mouse
- Cruel Madam
- Haunting Hottie
- Avenging Assassin
- That Solves That Sexy Cartoon Character Costume
- Fab in the Lab Sexy Cartoon Character Costume
- Monster Slayer
- Fawn Cropped Hoodie With Antler
- Nobody’s Fool Jester Costume
- Poisonous Babe
- Feline Felon Villain
- Naughty Nerd
- Super Hottie
- Dead Assassin