Each year, some shrug off the more standard witch or police officer costume and choose to go with something more creative. There are those who specifically turn toward the latest news headlines inspiration — just check out this Anthony Weiner costume from last year.
What will this year's hot topic-inspired costume be? You've probably been waiting for just this moment when someone would create...the Ebola costume.
What will such a costume look like? It could take various forms: a simple Ebola zombie, a sexy hazmat suit, an ornate replica of the virus itself.
Dr. Gil Mobley, a Missouri doctor, checked in and boarded a plane dressed in full protection gear Thursday morning, Oct. 2, 2014, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was protesting what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He devised his own getup to portray personal protective equipment used by heath workers dealing with Ebola, and some think similar ideas will become Halloween costumes this year. (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink)
Richard Parrott, president of the costume shop, Ricky's NYC told the Associated Press "people are definitely asking about an Ebola-type costume."
The website Brands on Sale has one such costume on the market for nearly $80.
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Some think it's not only "too soon" for people to consider such a getup but that it shouldn't be portrayed in this manner at all.
Maria McKenna, a 26-year-old physician's assistant and Philadelphia, said the idea of an Ebola costume "definitely rubs me the wrong way."
"Normally I think that irony and humor is funny, but this thing with the costumes, is it really that funny? I mean, Ebola's not even under control yet," she said told the Associated Press this week.
Even Parrott, who said his costume shop toyed around with the idea of creating an Ebola costume and donating the proceeds of it to research, said they decided against it because "it probably crosses a line that we don't want to cross."