By Olivia Hitchcock
In Athens, home of Ohio University, the end of summer marks the beginning of fall and more specifically — Halloween.
The moment sweaters appear on campus, the hours students spent at the library convert into hours costume hunting.
How does one pick the perfect Halloween ensemble? Pop culture is influential. Here are five adult costumes you’ll see most this year.
• Jay Gatsby: Who better embodies classic literature and fabulous parties than Mr. Gatsby? The iconic figure graced Halloween festivities for years, but with the revival of the book in Hollywood fashion, the lavish life of the enigma our high school teachers taught us to love will undoubtedly charm guests, hopefully with Daisy close behind.
• Duck Dynasty: Taking a turn for the not-so sophisticated comes another costume you’re likely to run into. Whether it’s the beard, chewing tobacco or cigarettes that make the outfit, I would not insult a Robertson — costume or not — or get too close. Spending days making products for duck hunters doesn’t always leave time for, well, anything that would make you want to stand next to a person at a party.
• Minion: Though “Despicable Me” was made for an audience who giggles at the idea of being born in the 20th century, no one can deny the simple cuteness of a minion. Compiling a minion-approved outfit is a breeze, and the kid-friendly nature makes it a perfect family theme.
• Miley Cyrus: Warning: This costume is not suitable for anyone older than 30, parents with kids of any age or individuals who think this is a good idea. On a college campus, it’s inevitable I’ll be forced to see this get-up, but it pains me others outside of Athens may have to do the same.
• Fox: The viral video, “What Does the Fox Say,” will simultaneously horrify and bring you joy. Perfect for teaching children animal sounds, this tune demonstrates the obvious in a way only YouTube can. With the ability to laugh at oneself and get enough friends to do the same, you too can have more than 140 million views and spark this year’s top Halloween costume.