Pop Culture Halloween Costumes 2016

Pop Culture Halloween Costumes 2016

America is doomed.

Halloween is drawing near! Costumes, candy, ghouls, scary movies, you name it, I love it. For one day out of the year, you get to be someone other than yourself. Here are some of the best pop culture costumes making their way to the block this year:

1. Sexy Harambe

Harambe died for all of us. Poor gorilla. Alas, he started a whirlwind of memes and pop culture references, with people even noting that they'll vote for him for president this year. Probably better than the two choices we have already! "Dicks out for Haramabe!" Not only that, we have a sexy female version:

2. The Female Donald Trump

I don't know why anyone would want to be this man for Halloween. Here we have the female version, with blue shorts, a blue jacket, and that good old Republican red tie. Don't forget the "Make American Great Again" hat.

3. Harley Quinn and the Joker

Had to include a couples costume in here. Suicide Squad was one of the major money makers when it came to the box office this year. Frankly, I'm a little tired of the superhero/Marvel/DC thing we have going on here. Spiderman was enough for me. We all know every basic bitch is going to dress up like her for Halloween. Didn't we already do the joker with Batman? Ugh, I'm tired.

4. Flower Crown Girl

Safe to say, Snap Chat blew up this year. I sometimes use it, mainly just to watch DJ Khaled make a fool out of himself. I love to see pictures and videos of my friends kids and pets. But we all know everyone did the crown of flowers on their heads, even if it meant white washing some people. Still, this sometimes "racist" filter was used by one and all. Now you can be the filter for Halloween. Go figure!

Bonus: The Butterfly Crown

5. Luke

I'm sorry, but I love Gilmore Girls. My sister and a couple of friends turned me on to the series within the last year, and I find myself watching it over and over again. One of the main characters, Luke, is the diner owner of their little town called Star's Hollow. With it's recent revival set to premiere on Netflix in November, I'm sure many will love this costume.

6. 11

Stranger Things has hit the world like wild fire. People are screaming "Justice for Barb!" Whatever that means. While I haven't watching the series yet, I know it's pop culture genius.

7. Oh, Nostalgia.

Pokemon Go hit our phones and tablets like wild fire this summer. It had us all get up off the couch, walk around, and catch those little guys we have been longing for since we were 11. So, I give you, the Pokestop:

8. John Snow White

"You know nothing." "Winter is Coming." Game of Thrones has become a pop culture phenomenon, with people tuning in every Sunday night to watch. Sorry, I'm watching sports usually. Even so, men and women alike watch this incestual, dragon slaying, whatever you want to call it, show. Here I give you:


Purple Rain! Oh Prince, the gender bending, one of a kind, superstar. Gone too soon. People will try to emulate and immortalize him this year.

Well, there you have it. The snap chat filter ones are going to be everywhere. Ugh.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun


To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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