Ten People Who Are Already Winning Halloween

Pugs, flamingos, ghost drones and more.

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Halloween may be more than a week away, but America’s been playing the game for months.

Here are some of the more inspiring ideas we’ve come across so far. If you’ve seen any others, leave them in the comments.

This Baby:

Photographer Royce Hutain works with LED lights in a lot of his art. This time he applied the technique to his 22-month-old toddler. And then laughed at her from behind a camera.

He promised to upload a how-to later today.

Paralympian Josh Sundquist:

This isn’t the first year Josh Sundquist has blown the collective mind of the internet with his Halloween attempt. In 2010, he dressed as a half-eaten gingerbread man. In 2012, he was the leg lamp from A Christmas Story.

But this year he’s excelled himself. Presenting: the flamingo.

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And here’s a lovely YouTube where he explains what the whole thing means to him.

This Dad:

He dressed as Disneyland. As in, the entire theme park. Go to his website to find out how.

Neil Patrick Harris’ Adorable Family:

Sigh. So happy.

This Pumpkin:

From Canada-based artist Tripperfunster comes the terribly named Breaking Bad o’Lantern.

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She also has a grumpy pumpkin, a happy pumpkin and a fucked up terrifying pumpkin.

Ellen DeGeneres:

Each year, Ellen sends her skittish writer Amy to a haunted house for Halloween. This year, she sent the even-more-terrified executive producer Andy along too.

Watching them both try to make their way through Universal Studios’ Walking Dead maze is the funnest five minutes I’ve spent in a while. I particularly like the poorly-thought-out determination of Andy’s stern rousing — “Stop that! Stop it!” — and his apparently unconscious but consistent use of Amy as a shield.


These Dogs’ Owners:

You might recognise Maymo the lemon beagle from The Ultimate Dog Shaming of 2012. This is him and his sister, Puppy Penny, wearing a variety of different Halloween costumes and not being happy about any of them.

They are getting some terrible treats, also.

Ghost Drone:

This has so much potential to be truly terrifying, but in the video below it’s defused completely by the bizarre soundtrack choice… ladies.

Collin Nissan for McSweeneys:

America has watched in horror as Halloween has slowly stopped being about the tricks and treats, and become instead about the smug hipster decor. Nothing expresses it better than this satirical piece for McSweeneys: ‘It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.

“When my guests come over it’s gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes. Guess what season it is—fucking fall. There’s a nip in the air and my house is full of mutant fucking squash.”

Read it here.

This Stupid Pug:

“Don’t you ever say I just walked away / I will always want you,

I can’t live a lie, running for my life / I will always want you.”