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Halloween is an annual event celebrated in many countries worldwide on October 31st, which is often associated with various themes involving the fall season, pranking and horror.
Halloween may have origins in the ancient Irish pagan festival Samhain, which celebrated the end of summer with feasting, bonfires, sacrificial offerings and homage to the dead. The word "Halloween" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening" and dates back to 1745. The mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century is believed to have brought the celebration of Halloween to North America, as many Christian denominations previous maintained opposition to the celebration.
In 2007, Flickr user Stefanie Seskin uploaded a photograph of herself on Halloween dressed as a LOLCat (shown below, left). That year, software engineer Matt Cutts posted a photograph of himself wearing a LOLCat costume for Halloween (shown below, middle). Also for that year's Halloween, Flickr user Alida Saxon posted a photograph of person dressed in a Lime Cat costume (shown below, right).
On October 13th, 2008, the design blog CMD Shift Design posted several photographs of Internet-themed Halloween costumes (shown below). On October 29th, the Internet news sites Urlesque and BuzzFeed published a listicle of meme Halloween costume idea.
In October 2009, several Internet news sites Neatorama and Thrillist highlighted various Internet meme costumes. Additionally, Know Your Meme temporarily launched a DIY "Hallow-meme costume builder." That year, the first Hallowmeme event was held in New York City (shown below, right).
On October 12th, 2010, MentalFloss highlighted a photograph of a man wearing a "Double Rainbow": costume (shown below, left). On October 19th, Mashable published an listicle of "Social Media Halloween Costume Ideas." That year, the online retailer BrandsOnSale listed an Antoine Dodson costume for sale (shown below, right).
On October 31st, 2011, Redditor Snap_Judgement uploaded a photograph of himself dressed as Business Cat to /r/pics (shown below). That year, several news sites published articles about Internet meme Halloween costumes, including The Huffington Post, Oddee, Smosh, Nerve and Neatorama.
On October 21st, 2012, Redditor The_Origami_Man posted a photograph of himself wearing a High Expectations Asian Father costume (shown below, left). On October 28th, Redditor hanako66 uploaded a photograph of himself wearing a Giorgio Tsoukalous costume (shown below, middle). On November 1st, Redditor Magnets_and_Ghouls uploaded a photo of herself wearing a Scumbag Steve costume (shown below, right). That year, several news sites published articles about Halloween meme costumes, including CNN, UpRoxx and The Daily Dot.
On October 29th, 2013, Redditor Zangler posted a photo of a man in a Guy Fawkes costume described as "Adult 4chan Man costume" (shown below). That year, articles listing meme costume ideas were posted on Mashable, Smosh, Time and BuzzFeed.
On October 25th, Redditor scarletregina posted a photograph of a Shiba Inu dressed as Doge (shown below, left). That year, several news sites published listicles containing meme Halloween costumes, including Time, Mashable and Refinery 29.
In 2015, the online retailer Yandy placed a Pizza Rat costume for sale (shown below, left). On October 30th, Redditor Ryanwesley posted a photograph of himself costumed as Kim Davis for Halloween (shown below, right).
Pumpkin Carving Art
Pumpkin Carving Art is the craft of carving images or patterns onto pumpkins. Traditionally known as jack-o-lanterns, photographs of intricately carved pumpkins are shared online every year around the beginning of autumn in celebration of Halloween.
The Pumpkin Dance
The Pumpkin Dance is a YouTube video of a man dressed in all black wearing a Jack O’Lantern mask dancing to the theme song from the 1984 film Ghostbusters. The clip, which originally aired on the KXVO news channel in Omaha, Nebraska during a Halloween broadcast in 2006, went on to spawn several mash-up videos, remixes and photoshopped GIFs.
He's My Favorite
He’s My Favorite! is a Halloween-themed exploitable webcomic of a child trick or treating in a costume. While the original comic features an innocent dialogue between the treat giver and the trick-or-treater, it was soon turned into a fodder for parodies featuring other fan-favorite characters from popular video games and cartoons.
We’re a Culture, Not a Costume
We’re a Culture, Not a Costume was a poster ad campaign that features students of various ethnicity holding photos of people dressed in Halloween costumes that could be perceived as culturally insensitive. The campaign inspired a series of photoshop parodies depicting animals and fictional characters with photos of people wearing their respective Halloween costumes.
HallowMeme is an annual Internet meme-themed costume contest and party held in New York City during the week of Halloween.
2Spooky is an abbreviation of the phrase “too spooky” that is typically associated with pictures and animated GIFs of skeletons and the song “Spooky, Scary Skeletons” by Andrew Gold.
Spoopy is an intentional misspelling of the word “spooky” which is associated with a Halloween sign written in a human skeleton typeface. The phrase is often associated with the abbrebiation 2Spooky on the microblogging site Tumblr.
Skeleton War is an inside joke which originated in 2013 and circulated through Tumblr in October 2014, as a way to tag GIFs or pictures of skeletons used to celebrate the month leading up to Halloween, similar to 2spooky.
Nightmare Fear Factory Photos
Nightmares Fear Factory is a haunted house attraction located in Niagara Falls, Canada. Since the early 2000s, they have photographed the reactions of their visitors as they go through the venue to capture their candid fear. In the past few years, collections of these photos have gone viral every October.
Steal Her Look
Steal Her Look is a series of instructional posts for costume ideas on Tumblr that offer a list of high-end, boutique clothing items and fashion accessories required to achieve the look of an Internet meme, such as a fictional character, viral video celebrity or inanimate object, as a parody of the familiar "lookbook" format widely used in fashion magazines and seasonal catalogues.
Blackface Costume Controversies
Blackface Costume Controversies refer to a series of online backlashes prompted by Halloween costumes that entail painting one's own face in black or brown as to emulate the darker skin tone of black people. Despite the widespread cultural stigma surrounding the practice in North America, many celebrities and other individuals have come under criticism for sporting the blackface as part of their costumes.
On October 15th, 2014, late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon posted a tweet launching the hashtag #HalloweenFail to share "funny, weird or embarrassing" Halloween stories (shown below).
In the first 24 hours, #HalloweenFail became a worldwide trending hashtag, with over 6,900 mentions according to the Twitter analytics site Topsy.
Sexy Halloween Costumes
Sexy Halloween Costume Parodies are humorously revealing Halloween costumes associated with a variety of pop culture topics, including film, television, politics and internet memes.
Couples Costume Idea Parodies
Couples Costume Idea Parodies refers to jokes in which people post pictures of a humorous duo in sarcastic suggestion that two people in a romantic relationship could dress up as the pair for Halloween.
Candy Corn Debate
The Candy Corn Debate refers to the online discussion about whether or not the seasonal confection candy corn tastes good.
 Twitter – JimmyFallon
 Twitter – #HalloweenFail
 Topsy – #halloweenfail
 Flickr – I can has internet meme costume (must be signed in to view)
 MattCutts – Halloween 2007 LOLCat
 BuzzFeed – Internet Meme Halloween Costumes
 Flickr – Halloween 2007
 CMD Shift Design – Internet Halloween Costumes
 Urlesque – Be an Internet Meme for Halloween and Out-Nerd Your Friends
 Mashable – 5 Fun Social Media Halloween Costume Ideas
 MentalFloss – 10 Amazing Costumes for Halloween
 Brand On Sale – Antoine Dodson costume
 Tumblr – Hallow-meme costume builder
 The Huffington Post – Halloween 2011
 Oddee – 10 Best 2011 Meme Halloween Costumes
 Nerve (via Wayback Machine) – Internet Meme Halloween Costumes of 2011
 Neatorama – 10 Best 2011 Meme Halloween Costumes
 Smosh (via Wayback Machine) – Marvelous Meme Costumes
 Reddit – My Business Cat Halloween Costume!
 Reddit – My HEAF meme costume last Halloween
 Reddit – My friends Halloween costume tonight
 Reddit –
So I was Scumbag Steve for Halloween
 CNN – Memes inspire creative Halloween costumes
 UpRoxx – Heres a Golden Treasury of Memey Costumes
 The Daily Dot – 11 DIY costumes of the Internet famous
 Mashable – 22 Hallowmeme Costumes
 Smosh (via Wayback Machine) – 18 Hilarious Halloween Meme Costumes
 Time – 17 Ways to Be a Meme for Halloween
 BuzzFeed – 18 Timely Halloween Costumes For 2013
 Reddit – Go as 4chan Man this Halloween
 Reddit – This is my shibas halloween costume
 Reddit – Kermit the Frog meme costume
 Time – 11 Halloween Costumes for People Who Spend Too Much Time on the Internet
 Mashable – 32 Halloween Costumes
 Refinery29 – 20 Amazing Costumes from Hallowememe
 Yandy (via Wayback Machine) – Pizza Rat Costume
 Reddit – Kim Davis costume
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