9 Unique Halloween Costumes Inspired By The News And Media This Decade

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you still don't have a great idea for a unique costume, you'd better start working fast. Here are Inventor Spot, we've covered Halloween costumes from a number of perspectives, from the hilarious to the terrifying, to those that make you gag. To put a little twist on things, I've created a list of costumes that come from the inspiration of the top media and pop culture events that have taken place in the new millennium. These costumes weren't necessarily the most popular ones used for dress up each year outlined, but they sure would have gotten people talking and given attention hogs their own piece of the media frenzy!

2009's Media Inspired Halloween Costume - The Swine Flu

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2009 has been a big year for irrelevant media stories so far. With the Gosselins from Jon & Kate Plus 8 making major news headlines, and the Balloon Boy hoax capturing hearts and inspiring anger in people all over the world. Of course, one of the biggest events in pop culture also took place this year, with the unfortunate early demise of Michael Jackson...but what's consistently made major news headlines this year has been The Swine Flu.

This Swine Flu costume is sure to get a few laughs, with the pig nose, nurses outfit and box of Kleenex, but I'm not quite sure where the wings come in. Nonetheless, if you want to make a mockery of one of the bigger news events of the year, this Swine Flu costume kit just might be for you!

2008's Media Inspired Halloween Costume -  Miley Cyrus & Hannah Montana  

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Sadly, one of the bigger news headlines in 2008 revolved around a Vanity Fair picture of Miley Cyrus that was rather revealing and lewd for the young Disney star, at least according to outraged parents and the media. This story certainly didn't fade very quickly, with everyone giving their own take!

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While you certainly might not be encouraging your daughter to dress up in imitation of the scandalous cover this Halloween, Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus costumes haven't decreased in popularity with young girls, even in the wake of all this controversy. To get in on the media hype of 2008 with your costume, create your own Halloween garb inspired by Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana or go with one of the many prefabricated costume ideas.

2007's Media Inspired Halloween Costume -Harry Potter

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In 2007, Harry Potter made headlines once again when the final book of the series was released.  Sales were through the roof, with 3 books sold per second from sites like Amazon.com. Prior to the anticipated release of the final book in the series, there was a lot of speculation, and some of the plot was spoiled with leaks. With its worldwide appeal, the Harry Potter franchise can be said to have dominated media headlines and news stories throughout the decade, but 2007 was one of its bigger years!

Harry Potter costumes are available for adult or child; those looking to inflict a little fear can dress as Voldemort or the Death Eaters from "The Half Blood Prince" and children can go with more classic choices like Harry Potter himself!

2006 ‘s Media Inspired Halloween Costume - The Birth of Shiloh Julie Pitt

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Shiloh Jolie Pitt, the first biological child of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt was once named the most influential celebrity child and her birth in 2006 was one of the top celebrity news stories that year. If you're looking to dress your child up this year in a Halloween costume that incorporates a little bit of pop culture, take some inspiration from this celebrity child. All you need is a blanket, and dolly, and blond hair. If you'd prefer to model your costume after the fashion choices of a more modern Shiloh Jolie Pitt, look no farther than the young girl's father since she seems to be taking cues from him; or go with a costume from her favorite movie, Peter Pan and dress your child up as her favorite characters, Peter or John (which dad Brad says she likes to be called today rather than Shiloh)!

2005's Media Inspired Halloween Costume - Hurricane Katrina

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No one will forget the news headlines that Hurricane Katrina made when it devastated New Orleans in 2005, and while the city is still in recovery and in the hearts of people across the United States and the rest of the world, it also acts as inspiration for unique Halloween costume ideas. Natural disasters are unique costume ideas that can be purchased or created quite simply at home. While no where seems to sell prefabricated Hurricane Costumes, tornadoes are available. If you're feeling crafty, however, you can look online for instructions on how to create your own natural disaster costume along with pictures so you'll have one of the most unique costumes this Halloween!

2004's Media Inspired Halloween Costume - George Bush

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In 2004 George Bush was re-elected to serve as President of the United States.  I'll let you form your own opinions about why dressing as George Bush could be a fun idea for Halloween, along with the many reasons why this political leader made headlines after his re-election.

2003's Media Inspired Halloween Costume - Bigfoot  

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In 2003 one of National Geographic's top stories  related to Big Foot, a creature that has received media attention for decades despite the fact that its existence has never been confirmed. Clearly, even with this in mind, stories related to this myth received top reads in 2003! Always a good costume for Halloween, you can go with the authentic look that might create a whole new hoax where you live, or a more humorous take on the character!

2002 ‘s Media Inspired Halloween Costume- Hugh Hefner

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In 2002, the father of Playboy announced  that he would take the magazine from trashy to classy, following more in the footsteps of more modest magazines like Maxim. Dressing up like Hugh Hefner and the Playboy bunnies has always been on trend for Halloween, and for men, it such a costume serves great appeal since it might attract the ladies and offers the ultimate comfort in a smoking jacket that might as well double as pyjamas.

2001's Media Inspired Halloween Costume- Pigs Flying

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The expression "when pigs fly" has been part of our vocabulary as slang for "not in a million years", but in 2001, pigs proved that they can accomplish the impossible - sort of. In Brisbane, Australia, one pig made headlines when she proved she could fly, soaring off a high diving board and impressing viewers even more by swimming upon landing.

Hoax or not, play up on it this Halloween with your own "when pigs fly" costume, not to be confused with the Swine Flu costume above which is strangely similar.

2000's Media Inspired Halloween Costume - Y2K  

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Ok, so if you want to get technical, the Y2K hype was more than likely focused on Halloween 2009, but the topic was in the media on both sides of the new Millennium. Sadly, there are no computer costumes ready-made that I can find online, however, you cam create your own to live out your geeky Halloween fantasies!