5 Easy Pop Culture Halloween Costumes



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Don’t have your Halloween costume yet? Fear not, friendsicles!

Whether you need something for your adulting parties this weekend or something to wear with the kidlets on Tuesday October 31st, The Pop Culture Rainman™ has got you covered for easy DIY pop culture inspired costumes!

1. Hurricane Melania & Donald

For a couple costume, I recommend the myopically out-of-touch outfit that Melania Trump wore on her way to visit the devastated aftermath of the Houston hurricane. I simply dub this ridiculous look “Hurricane Melania” and it’s really easy to do. Simply grab an all black ensemble and add a khaki bomber jacket, a pair of aviator sunglasses and your highest, most inappropriate pair of black stilettos.  

For Trump, a pair of work boots, beige pants, and white button down and rain slicker will do. The most important element is to get his Doritos dust spray tan down pat, as well as his fly away hair.  

Character Personas: For her, stay absolutely silent with a no-one-knows-what-you-are-thinking-poker face. For him, a general air of douche rocket-ness, with the occasional thumbs up and lampooned facial affectations.

2. Eleven from Stranger Things

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This is a great gender fluid Halloween costume that is sure to be a crowd pleaser for Stranger Things enthusiasts!

It’s all about having the short-hair-don’t-care buzz cut, the pink dress with white-collar, blue jacket, sports knee socks, white Chuck Taylors, a bloody nose and a box of Eggo waffles.  Close facsimiles of her outfit will do, and all are easy to source inexpensively!

Character Persona: A fish out of water air of bewilderment, but a wallflower you are not! You will knock out a bully without batting an eyelash, or at the very least throw a frozen waffle at their head!

3. “Cash Me Outside” Teen Danielle Bregoli

The trash talking teen who made her debut on a Dr. Phil intervention show, is now a bona fide Instagram star (11.6 million followers) and a newly signed rap artist for Atlantic records. Her look? Bad and Boujee!

Her hair is an auburn/aubergine red that you can wear straight, curly or in corn row braids.

Other pertinent details are a shaved eye brow, fake eye lashes, boujee long nails, and to cap it off, a gold grill. Be sure to wear a tank top that shows off your beige bra and ample cleave. Wear your boujee-ist pair of ripped jeans and you are good to GO!

Character Persona: Threaten to beat up every 4th person you meet, and remember to incorporate Ebonics into all of your speech. For example, “I’m going to beat CHU up, dumb HOE.” Pure elegance, ya feel me?

4. Marion Kelly

Toddler Marion Kelly stole the worlds hearts when she interrupted her father Robert Kelly’s BBC interview with her “hippity-hoppity” entrance.

All you need to covet this look is to wear your hair in pigtails, sport a canary yellow sweater, grey jeans, and a pair of pink frames. I say go full-on method and buy a pair of baby frames!

Character Persona: You’re 4! The world has yet to break your heart and crush your dreams. Act deliriously happy while you do the Marion Kelly strut + eat all the candy!

5. Iris Apfel

Fashion icon Iris Apfel is by far my favourite nonagenarian, with Betty White coming in at a close 2nd. The 96-year old’s signature bold + colourful style is easy to mimic with a FABULOUS pantsuit and oversized, chunky baubles and bracelets. 

Add a short and spiky slicked back grey wig and red lipstick, her signature black round specs, and for extra flair a red boa!

Character PersonaNew York Fabulous. Tell everyone about your design restoration projects you did at the white house for nine presidents while telling everyone to put away their phones and “TALK TO EACH OTHER!”

All of these can be turned into sexy costumes, except I draw the line at baby Marion Kelly! Leave her playful innocence in TACT you PERVS!

…I’m all for a slutty version of Iris Apfel however!



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A Very Pop Culture Halloween Wrap-Up 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearGay Christmas Halloween!

This year the celebrations got an anticipatory, LONG lead time courtesy of some Halloween-themed wares that ‘set the table’ for 2014’s hottest night out.

Cue to the opening credits of early September and there was already *huge buzz* surrounding the Mac Cosmetics and Rocky Horror Picture Show collab.


Mac Cult Classic Collab

Mac Cult Classic Collab

When the collection was finally released on October 2nd—an ode to the 40th anniversary of the quintessential Halloween cult film classic, it took a mere week before it sold out in most stores!


To my utter delight, General Mills—the makers of crack in a cereal box, reissued their saccharine Transylvanian trifecta for the month of October. For this limited engagement, classic characters Boo Berry, Count Chocula and Franken Berry were ‘re-imagined’ by DC Entertainment comic book artists and illustrators.

In Canada, FrankenBerry showed up at Metro supermarket, and Count Chocula was available at Target. Not sure exactly where all three were showcased together, but as you can read here Canada and General Mills cereals have always had a tricky trajectory.


I don’t know about you, but I prefer the old school versions of the trio. They had a cozy Saturday morning cartoon/Hanna-Barbara vibe to them. These new interpretations remind me of the harder edged characters from virtual music group Gorillaz

I respect the fact that they didn’t add the egregious LIES as per the laughable vitamin content like did on the old school boxes, and that the lure of prizes akin to the tactics of pedophiles and kidnappers-–are also a thing of the past.

Through my astute adult optics, its oh-so clear that Count Chocula was a mack-daddy pimp by nightfall, and that Boo Berry had an underlying anxiety issue that lead to benzo addiction (the newer version drives that point home.) 


Nail Art isn’t going anywhere.

In fact, when the Alien/Isis/Ebloa apocalypse comes—all that will remain in a post dystopian foggy wasteland will be cockroaches, Nail Art, the Kardashian sisters and Charlie Sheen. Naturally, Sheen will enthusiastically offer up his ‘seed’ to repopulate the planet.

Canadian Youtube STAR Sandi Ball (aka @CutePolish) has DIY versions of Halloween Nail Art via her many social media channels with easy to follow tutorials.

…But this Black Cat Halloween Manicure courtesy of Katie Cazorla from LA’s The Painted Nail is a master-class in Halloween Nail Art!


And finally here are some last-minute pop culture infused costume ideas for Friday night adult-only parties. I emphasise adult-only because let’s face it, older-peeps Halloween is all about getting slutty

I don’t care if you are at the most wholesome Halloween party, after a couple of drinks at the bar, dim lighting and glitter adroitly sprinkled in all the wrong places, the whole scene can become highly erotic. There’s a performance art to it; the big *Tah-Dah* reveal of it all.

Oftentimes there’s a palpable sexual undertone, that at any moment, this party can turn into a full on Caligula-like Bacchanalia. 

…But back to costume ideas.

1. Tony Bennett + Lady Gaga

These 2 have been attached to the hip since they recorded their Jazz record Cheek to Cheek [Interscope/Columbia] and will be seen together in the new Xmas holiday campaigns for H&M.

This is an EASY, last-minute costume for couples.  For Her: A curly wig + general sluttiness. For Him: Silver hair paint or wig, self-tanner,  a Tux and you are good to GO!

2. Big Butts.


Could it be possible that the BIG BUTT phenom is even BIGGER in 2014 than it was in Twerk-tastic 2013? Perhaps you are naturally ‘gifted’ in the posterior region or you need a little or a lot of cushioning. There are several apparatuses to pump up your JAM that you can find at last-minute Halloween shops, or attempt a DIY balloon version! 

We Love Big Butts + We Can Not Lie!

3. Jay, Bey + Solange 

It was the elevator ride heard ’round the world. The Solange/Jay beat-down—was the stuff of Pop Culture folklore. Signature details like Jay’s White Tux, Beyoncé’s black widow veil and Solange’s short hair and hideous peach-parfait prom gown, should all be noted. 

In all earnestness, I still don’t know the correct protocol when it comes to dressing up as a fun tribute (not to degrade) African American celebrities? Just remember what happened last year with the Julianne Hough controversy. I personally believe there’s a difference between dressing up as a famous starlet like Beyoncé or Rihanna as opposed to the classically offensive vaudeville Black-Face character. Is a reasonable color-range of tan to brown (not black) self tanner acceptable? I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and again, my intention is not to offend or alienate anyone on such a sensitive issue.

It’s just that ‘errrbody wanna be BEY.

Have a safe and sexy Halloween friendsicles! 

It’s just a jump to the left,”

XOXO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Pop Culture Rainman™

Orange is the new Black [face?]

Around 6 weeks ago I posted this picture on my Facebook with the caption:

My Halloween Costume This Year, Please Don’t Steal it!”

Actress Uzo Aduba playing her character Suzanne aka 'Crazy Eyes'

Actress Uzo Aduba playing her character Suzanne aka ‘Crazy Eyes’

I was met with overwhelming laughter and encouragement from all of my friends.

OMG Crazy Eyes, That’s so Funny!” said one.

I Can’t Wait to see your Pictures. Please Post them on Halloween!” wrote another.


About ten posts into the thread, a relative by marriage living in the States wrote “isn’t this offensive?”

To which I quipped back; (not entirely devoid of feeling huffy that I was being called out on my OWN FB board)…

Offensive? To whom? This is a great character on TV from a show I adore. I’m not reading into it more than that I assure you?”


And then last weekend…this happened.

Dancer/Actress Julianne Hough Dressed up as 'Crazy Eyes' for Halloween

Dancer/Actress Julianne Hough Dressed up as ‘Crazy Eyes’ for Halloween

Immediately like wild-fire, there were allegations that Ms. Hough was racist, that her outfit was offensive and that she was misguided in thinking it could ever be appropriate.

This jarred me to my marrow, as, this was my idea only 6 weeks prior?

In the end, Ms. Hough put out an apology tweet, that in my opinion was vetted by her PR team who implored that she do so. I believe that she felt bad that she was offensive in any capacity as well, but had she truly understood the implications and backlash, I don’t think she would have ever done it in the first place? She truly had no idea!

The apology in full read like this: “I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize


Ok, so back to topic.

Disclaimer: My intention here is not to offend ANYONE, but rather curry a dialogue about how people can see things so differently, especially people of different races, cultures, and even ages.

I have to be honest and this is truly with zero intended malice or disrespect, but I didn’t think there was anything wrong with Julianne Hough’s costume? Not to get into a debate about color or hues…but I see her as ‘orange-faced’ at best, and didn’t even think that something like this would offend? Honest!

Is it possible that it’s because the character is based on someone who is both mentally ill and incarcerated? The latter being an overused stereotype in the black community or inversely as negative ammunition towards the black community?

What if Julianne had dressed up with her ex-boyfriend Ryan Seacrest as Mr. & Mrs. Obama; The President & First Lady of the United States?  Would the maelstrom reaction have existed as badly? Or how about someone like the beloved and gorgeous Beyoncé–successful & strong people of color?

I’m not the one who is offended here, so I’m truly asking? Is this more about negative stereotypes, than a case of Blackface?

I pride myself as someone who is moderately educated and informed on historical matters and even *I* thought that there was a very different interpretation of Blackface. (I’m not even *certain* I’m spelling Blackface properly, and even that gives me anxiety that I’m offending someone!)

Inset:1)Ted Dansen shocks the world as he wears Blackface in a 1993 Friars Club Roast to then girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg, 2)1900 Minstrel show poster, 3)Entertainer Al Jolson in Blackface.

I HONESTLY thought that the Vaudeville era of white entertainers who wore ‘Blackface’, were what was offensive to the African American community et al. The notion that a white entertainer would dress up in such a lampooned manner, depicting a black clown face and emphasizing the larger lips, as if to denote that for them to ‘entertain’ they felt the need to project the ‘black face clown image’ ie; that white people don’t have to cower to entertain the masses, that the clown ‘entertainer’ should be a black person (long sentence, mea culpa).

It’s not perfectly articulated, but this is what I ‘thought’ was the offensive Blackface in question. I know there are many other offensive depictions of black culture such as the ‘Mammy/Aunt Jemima house servant’ or other overt Blaxploitation characters that exist that I haven’t touched on, but my intention here is NOT to write-up a laundry list, so bear with me.

My intention here is to express my own confusion and naiveté about what is acceptable for Halloween, as a white Canadian who considers herself responsible and compassionate (OMG, I’m writing in 3rd person…super ick!)


Another set of photo’s surfaced this week. That of a private party that was thrown in Italy called “Hallowood Disco Africa 2013.” It was attended by various taste makers and fashion designers and the pictures that surfaced were shocking to say the least.

Below famed fashion designer Allesandro Dell’Acqua is wearing dark face paint and big white-painted lips while posing in a picture with a feather adorned Stefano Gabbana from Dolce & Gabbana (pictured on left).

In addition, there were various people who were sporting this slave-like costume? I’m unsure if these were actual guests or were male models who were hired as ambient props for the evening.

Either way, it was in the utmost of poor taste, and I certainly didn’t need an Internet outcry to make me see that it was offensive and utterly disgusting.

N.B. The organizers of the “Hallowood Disco Africa” have issued an apology via Instagram in the wake of all the controversy.


While I didn’t think anything could trump that revolting display, I learned of a photo that was taken by some young white adults (ages 22-25) re-enacting the death of Trayvon Martin and his assailant George Zimmerman. While the photo was eventually taken down, it had already gone viral and out of respect for Trayvon Martin’s family I would never repost it here. This particular Blackface of Trayvon was so caricature that I don’t even know what it was made from (a mask or paint?) but the entire picture, which included a bloodstained gun shot wound on the sweatshirt made me want to projectile vomit all over American stupidity and arrogance as a whole.

Again, my reaction was one of disbelief and moral outrage.

Apparently the parties involved issued some sort of an apology via I-have-no-idea, and with that image on permanent record I’m certain that this group is having to super-glue their lives back together and rightfully so, as it will probably haunt them for the remainder of their pathetic existence on this planet.

It doesn’t end here friends.

A couple of days ago, this happened to the daughter of Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger–Miss Ireland Baldwin.

Ireland was on vacay with her mother in Disneyland for Halloween weekend (which as you can see was when most people dressed up who were above the ages of twelve). She posted the following picture via Instagram, and almost immediately she was inundated with accusations of RACISM?!?!

She was earnest in expressing that as someone who is part Cherokee on her mothers side, was emulating this Disney character…BECAUSE  DUH,  SHE WAS IN DISNEY LAND; get a GRIP ‘Merica!

Being that she is the daughter of the famed Twitter outlaw Alec Baldwin, I’m not surprised she stood up for herself and good for her!

She had this to say…

And this…


And ultimately this…


I can’t say I understand what its like to have lived under a narrative of oppression, and I’m sensitive and have compassion for all forms of suffering, bullying or racism→ but hasn’t this all gotten out of hand? Should all racial parody costumes cease? I don’t know the answer to that, but I felt compelled to immediately take down my original Facebook post about my Halloween plans, of which didn’t actually exist, and was just a fun post about what I would want to be this year if I could. I have a long history of dressing up as various characters from ‘TV’ or ”Media’ some of them from different cultures, but I definitely won’t be doing that in the future any longer. Through all of this, I learned something new, and I’m thankful for a heightened awareness in my sensitivity footprint. I guess it’s back to the Sexy Nurse, Sexy School Girl, Sexy Meteorologist Halloween garb for me!

"Its going to be MUCHO  Caliente in the Gulf of Mexico today Papi..."

“Its going to be MUCHO Caliente in the Gulf of Mexico today Papi…”

…Until the meteorologists get offended that is.

I sincerely wish everyone and their families a safe and joyful Halloween eve.

One Love,

The Pop Culture Rainman

*I have used the term black community in the majority of my expression above. Again this is in no way to disrespect anyone. I was brought up in Canada, and in my experience I don’t hear the term African-Canadians used very often, but understand that it is a valid, and often desired expression and way to address the black community. I do use it more when describing an African-American as I feel that this is the general term used. Might I also add candidly, that as a white person, I get frazzled when it comes to the right and wrong way to address people of color, and I believe it’s an anxiety shared by many conscious white people.