12 More Punny Halloween Costumes

It's that time of year again. Prepare yourself for another round of people dressed as visual gags among the vampires and witches. The best pun costumes make people look at you, think for a moment, and then laugh. Here are some that might make you laugh right now!

1. ASSAULT AND BATTERY

When Above the Law held a costume contest for legally-themed Halloween costumes in 2010, they likely weren't surprised when they got submissions like a ninja warrior or Lady Justice with her scales—but they probably didn't anticipate two NYU students dressing up as a box of salt and a D battery. The pair won first place, based on votes from the site's readers. When asked to comment on his loss, the ninja lawyer could not be found.

2. GANDALF

When a cat-eating alien from Melmac meets the Lord of the Rings, you get GandALF. This ingenious costume was spotted at DragonCon this year.

3. ASH WEDNESDAY

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Combine main Pokémon hunter Ash Ketchum (as in "You've gotta 'Ketchum' all!") with Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family, and you get this amazingly dour costume. Bahamet234 shared this picture of her boyfriend’s punny Halloween look, probably telling him, "The world should get a good peek-at-you."

4. BLACK-EYED PEAS

 

Instagram user mad_irene and a friend got together to make themselves into Black-Eyed Peas for Halloween in 2014. Band, chain restaurant, or legume reference? You decide.

5. HAN SOLO CUP

 

Who poured the shot first? Our favorite smuggler from Star Wars gets the “before and after” treatment. Pamela Kemp Grabinski wore this costume to DragonCon in 2013. And here’s a guy who pulled off the same idea in 2015.

6. JON SNOW WHITE

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This guy knows something about a good punny costume. Jon Snow White definitely has something to crow about. Redditor mankardo posted this picture of his sister’s co-worker dressed as both a Disney princess and the Game of Thrones hero for Halloween. A commenter took this one step further and gave us Jon Snow White Stripes by replacing the sword with a guitar in Photoshop. Things got out of hand with the suggestion of Jon Snow White Walker Texas Ranger, but if you can pull that look off, we might see you on next year's list.

7. THE SECOND AMENDMENT

 

Here's Instagram user Rebecca Jobe exercising her right to bear arms.

8. JACKIE O. LANTERN

 

Combine Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's iconic ’60s hairdo and pillbox hat with a Halloween pumpkin, and you get Jackie O’Lantern. Very clever, and easier to pull off than Patty O’Furniture. Be the first lady at your party to try this look.

9. HOMER AND MARGE

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This is what happens when you tell your husband he should dress like Homer, but don't explain you're dressing up as Marge. A Greek tragedy? More like a modern classic. All puns aside, the bubble wrap hair is a clever move.

10. ZOMBEE

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Zombies are everywhere on Halloween, so you need to up your zombie game if you want to stand out. Majorxerocom used his brains and created a lot of buzz at a costume contest by dressing as a Zombee. Be prepared to weather a hundred Blind Melon references if you recreate this costume, though.

11. CEREAL KILLER

 

What’s one of the scariest things in our spooky campfire tales? A cereal killer. A punny costume classic that still earns its fair share of laughs.

12. CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT

 

Instagram member rbooboo could have been a Halloween hit with just the cat costume, but she went for the deep cut, referencing the old adage purrfectly.

Presidents Day vs. President's Day vs. Presidents' Day: Which One Is It?

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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" implies that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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California Retirement Home Put Residents' Vintage Wedding Dresses on Display

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You know you’ve reached a certain level of maturity when many of your once-modern day belongings can be described as vintage. It’s a term the residents of the Stoneridge Creek retirement community are taking in stride this month, because some of their (yes, vintage) wedding dresses are now on display.

The Pleasanton, California retirement home has created an elaborate presentation of more than 20 dresses with various laces, styles, and lengths, some of which date back to 1907, along with wedding photos and other memorabilia to commemorate Valentine’s Day. The public is invited, but if you’re not local, you can catch a glimpse of the dresses in the video below.

This isn’t the first time Stoneridge Creek has made news. In 2015, a number of residents came together to craft quilts for residents who had served in the military. The group worked in secret to make the customized quilts honoring their service, then surprised them with the gifts on Veterans Day.

[h/t ABC7]

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