Every year, without fail, pop culture acts as a huge influence on Halloween, and 2015 is no different. The year's top movies, television shows, celebrities, politicians and scandals all serve as fodder for juicy costumes. When it comes to Halloween, it seems nothing is off limits.
So, some are controversial, while others are just creative. "Inside Out," the smash hit Disney/Pixar children's film about the emotions at play within us, for example, is burning up the internet as an innovative group costume idea for adults. Trendy website Brit + Co even has a DIY tutorial for how to make the costumes at home.
Good group costumes are always in high demand. So, the upcoming DC Comics antihero film, "Suicide Squad," has made a lot of Halloween enthusiasts very happy.
In fact, according to Bing's Ads Insights team, the single most searched specific costume idea from September 1 to October 7, 2015 was Harley Quinn, the crazed female super villain from "Suicide Squad."
Bing's Ads Insights Team also predicts that Minion costumes are going to be everywhere. Adults, kids, pets, you name it... Search data from September 1 to October 7, 2015 shows that the goofy yellow creatures from "Despicable Me" are the second most searched specific costume on the web.
Halloween costume inspiration is also drawn from pop culture personalities. In 2015, for example, Spirit Halloween debuted a corset and wig set fashioned to look like Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover.
Celebrities don't even have to be human to inspire red hot Halloween costumes. So, in 2015, prepare to see a lot of trick-or-treaters and partygoers dressed as viral video phenomenon, Pizza Rat.
Here, costumeish.com offers a couple's costume option for dressing up like America's favorite hungry critter.
Sexy pizza rat
Or, you can head over to Yandy.com and pick up the "Sexy Pizza Rat" costume. Because what isn't sexy about a rat crawling down the filthy stairs of a New York City subway with an old slice of pizza?
It's a safe assumption Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video will inspire a number of group costumes in 2015, particularly for groups of female friends looking to dress up together.
San Francisco-based media and e-commerce website, Brit + Co, has a page that will even teach women how to create the looks at home.
According to the National Retail Federation's 2015 Top Costumes Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, "774,000 adults chose a political character as their preferred costume this year;" making it the tenth most popular option for 2015. And during campaign 2016, what better political character than Donald Trump?
Sexy Trump costume
Funny enough, there's also a "Sexy Trump" costume available for women on Yandy.com. So, if you're a female and you're looking to "Make America great again" this Halloween on the power of raw sex appeal, this is the costume for you.
For men looking to do a solo "Suicide Squad" costume, Jared Leto's Joker character offers the perfect DIY option. Just buy some green hair dye, get a friend to draw thick black tattoos all over your chest, and start perfecting your crazy faces. It'll be hard to top Leto's, though.
"Star Wars" costumes
According to Bing's Ads Insights team, the sixth most popular specific Halloween-related search from September 1 to October 7, 2015 was for Star Wars costumes. With all the hype surrounding the upcoming film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," it's not difficult to understand why.
"Star Wars The Force Awakens"
In fact, according to the National Retail Federation's 2015 Top Costumes Survey, "Star Wars" is the only costume option other than Minions that makes an appearance on all three lists: adult, children and pets.
NRF estimates that more than 1.8 million children and 1.4 million adults will dress up as their favorite characters from the "galaxy far, far away." It will be the eighth most popular option for furry trick-or-treaters.
Remember the 15-year-old boy from Iowa who registered as an aspiring presidential candidate under the name Deez Nuts? He was an Independent. He singlehandedly personified the absurdity of campaign season. And now, he's a trending Halloween costume.
Netflix and Chill
In 2015, Halloween enthusiasts can even dress up as cultural phrases. HalloweenCostumes.com is featuring a fairly simple "Netflix and chill" costume for couples that's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
In 2015, a number of sports scandals dominated pop culture as well. While FIFA might be difficult to emulate in costume form, several options have been circulating the internet for DeflateGate costumes. This one from Costumeish.com is essentially just a giant man-sized football.
Alternatively, you could always dress up as Tom Brady and just hold a deflated football in your hand as an accessory.
The 2015 Disney channel musical, "Descendants" is predicted to inspire a slew of teen group costumes, as the plot centers around four teenage children of famous Disney princesses and villains, all attending a prep school together. Early search trends in 2015 show that "Descendants" is the 12th most common specific costume search term of the Halloween season.
Maleficent, the fictitious mother of one of those teen "Descendants," also made the list. Despite the Angelina Jolie-led box office hit being over a year old now, the Disney villainess came in as the fifth most searched specific adult costume of 2015.
"Orange Is The New Black"
While there have already been three seasons of the popular Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black," it remains a fan favorite for Halloween inspiration. Perhaps that's because there's such a wide variety of characters to choose from. Perhaps it's because the show can accommodate large groups. Or, perhaps it's because orange prison uniforms are frankly much more comfortable than most of the other costumes on the market.
Bruce Jenner costume
While Caitlyn Jenner costumes are being sold for both men and women this Halloween season, Spirit Halloween is also selling a Bruce Jenner costume for men. Well, they call it the "Decathlon Track Star" costume, but it's pretty clear what it is.