Illini Insider | Students’ unique Halloween costumes

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Welcome to “Illini Insider,” your regular dose of University of Illinois news from beat writer Luke Taylor. Fresh out of college himself, he’s always looking for story tips, photo ideas and social media mentions. Email him at [email protected] and he’ll give chase.

Halloween costumes always seem to trend around the most recent blockbuster movie – remember when “Suicide Squad” came out and there were thousands of Harley Quinns running around?

This year, my prediction was that “Barbenheimer” references would sweep the nation, but maybe that wasn’t the case on UI’s campus.

I wanted to go straight to the source for what’s in this year..

I asked r/UIUC on Reddit one question: what are you dressing up as for Halloween?

Not a Barbie in sight. Here’s a rundown of some of the unique choices students went for this year.

— Group costumes are having a moment: one set of friends dressed up as all the McDonald’s mascots, including the Hamburglar and Grimace, while another dressed as characters from “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”

— The entire Theta Xi fraternity went on a bar crawl as minions from “Despicable Me” with their president in the role of Gru.

— Fifteen people put together a “shadow wizard money gang” look, which references a TikTok trend that’s a bit hard to explain – picture 15 wizards straight out of a story book wearing sunglasses and waving wads of cash around.

That wasn’t the only meme costume.

All that you need for a Kevin James outfit is a green flannel shirt and a shrug.

— One for the sports fans: a football sideline coach with a clipboard complaining that “Jim Harbaugh stole my signs.”

— Characters from pop culture were a common choice, of course, including Marvel’s Loki and The Punisher, Billy the Puppet from the “Saw” franchise and Wednesday Addams.

— A frog, a dinosaur and a string of pearls plant represent nature themed looks, while others chose to dress up as real people like DJ Khalid and the Pope.

These aren’t even all the costumes I heard about, but I have to fit in one final honorable mention for those who said the only thing they’d be dressing up as was “a student studying for midterms.” Good luck!

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