It's that time of year again. Prepare yourself for another round of people dressed as visual gags among the vampires and witches. The best pun costumes make people look at you, think for a moment, and then laugh. Here are some that might make you laugh right now!
1. ASSAULT AND BATTERY
When Above the Law held a costume contest for legally-themed Halloween costumes in 2010, they likely weren't surprised when they got submissions like a ninja warrior or Lady Justice with her scales—but they probably didn't anticipate two NYU students dressing up as a box of salt and a D battery. The pair won first place, based on votes from the site's readers. When asked to comment on his loss, the ninja lawyer could not be found.
— Foot Pound Force (@FootPoundForce) September 23, 2016
When a cat-eating alien from Melmac meets the Lord of the Rings, you get GandALF. This ingenious costume was spotted at DragonCon this year.
3. ASH WEDNESDAY
Combine main Pokémon hunter Ash Ketchum (as in "You've gotta 'Ketchum' all!") with Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family, and you get this amazingly dour costume. Bahamet234 shared this picture of her boyfriend’s punny Halloween look, probably telling him, "The world should get a good peek-at-you."
4. BLACK-EYED PEAS
Instagram user mad_irene and a friend got together to make themselves into Black-Eyed Peas for Halloween in 2014. Band, chain restaurant, or legume reference? You decide.
5. HAN SOLO CUP
Who poured the shot first? Our favorite smuggler from Star Wars gets the “before and after” treatment. Pamela Kemp Grabinski wore this costume to DragonCon in 2013. And here’s a guy who pulled off the same idea in 2015.
6. JON SNOW WHITE
This guy knows something about a good punny costume. Jon Snow White definitely has something to crow about. Redditor mankardo posted this picture of his sister’s co-worker dressed as both a Disney princess and the Game of Thrones hero for Halloween. A commenter took this one step further and gave us Jon Snow White Stripes by replacing the sword with a guitar in Photoshop. Things got out of hand with the suggestion of Jon Snow White Walker Texas Ranger, but if you can pull that look off, we might see you on next year's list.
7. THE SECOND AMENDMENT
Here's Instagram user Rebecca Jobe exercising her right to bear arms.
8. JACKIE O. LANTERN
Combine Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's iconic ’60s hairdo and pillbox hat with a Halloween pumpkin, and you get Jackie O’Lantern. Very clever, and easier to pull off than Patty O’Furniture. Be the first lady at your party to try this look.
9. HOMER AND MARGE
This is what happens when you tell your husband he should dress like Homer, but don't explain you're dressing up as Marge. A Greek tragedy? More like a modern classic. All puns aside, the bubble wrap hair is a clever move.
Zombies are everywhere on Halloween, so you need to up your zombie game if you want to stand out. Majorxerocom used his brains and created a lot of buzz at a costume contest by dressing as a Zombee. Be prepared to weather a hundred Blind Melon references if you recreate this costume, though.
11. CEREAL KILLER
What’s one of the scariest things in our spooky campfire tales? A cereal killer. A punny costume classic that still earns its fair share of laughs.
12. CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT
Instagram member rbooboo could have been a Halloween hit with just the cat costume, but she went for the deep cut, referencing the old adage purrfectly.