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Miley Cyrus, cronut burger and three other costume ideas ripped from this year’s headlines

You want scary? Ditch the ghosts and go as a cronut burger this Halloween

Cronut Burger
Two swimming pool rings; cotton stuffing; brown and yellow paint; airplane barf bag.
Method: Paint the swimming pool rings and stuffing to look like the buns, patty and cheese of the burger. Put the swimming pool rings around your waist, and add the cotton stuffing in the middle. Keep airplane barf bag in hand.
Overall effect: A heaving homage to one of the grossest food stories of the year.

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Miley Cyrus Foam Finger
Foam sheets, glue, red marker.
Method: Cut the foam sheets in the shape of a hand with one finger pointing up. Use the red marker to paint nails on each finger. Glue them together, leaving an opening for your body in the bottom and room for your head to poke through at the top.
Overall effect: Cyrus’s foam finger shenanigans at the MTV Video Music Awards will make this costume instantly recognizable. You’ll be marked as a cheeky pop-culture commenter. Just be careful where you put that thing.

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Chris “Ziggy Stardust” Hadfield
Spacesuit; blue, black and red face paint; ability to sing Bowie songs optional.
Method: Once you’ve suited up, it’s time to call ground control to major face paint. By which we mean paint the iconic Bowie lightning bolt on your face.
Overall effect: Commander Hadfield was probably the most beloved person in Canada this year, so you’ll earn the esteem of everyone just by paying homage to him. Use that goodwill to lead the party in a rousing rendition of Space Oddity. Commencing countdown, engines on, go for it.

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Expensive Canadian Senator
Blond wig; power suit; glasses; adding machine; briefcase with expense reports sticking out.
Method: Put on the power suit, glasses and wig. Make sure to flail your briefcase around irresponsibly, because that’s how you behave when you’re a senator dealing with expense reports.
Overall effect: Political satire always plays well on Halloween. Put on a lavish show of acquiring whatever you want from the party and make it known that it’s on the taxpayer’s dime. Be careful not to run into any smart aleck who’s dressed up as the Taxpayer’s Dime. Because that could get ugly.

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Baby North West
Bib; footed onesie pyjamas; shutter shades; compass.
Method: Put on the pyjamas and bib, and sunglasses that Kanye made famous. Then hang the compass prominently around your neck. Make the compass a drawing with the needle pointed northwest, for clarity’s sake.
Overall effect: In honour of your pop-culture parentage, act as vapidly and arrogantly as possible to stand out as one of the year’s biggest celebrity babies – it’ll be pure comic gold.

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