Top 10 Pop Culture Halloween Costumes for 2012

Thinking of dressing up as a witch or vampire this Halloween? You’re not alone. Witch, vampire and pirate getups are the three most popular costumes this Halloween season, according to the National Retail Federation. But if you want to look beyond the broomstick, think about costume ideas based on pop culture and current events from 2012.

Here are 10 ideas for pop culture Halloween costumes this year:

1. Gangnam Style

PSY’s Gangnam Style, a rap song that parodies an upscale district in Seoul, South Korea, is 2012’s biggest viral video. Throw on some shades, tuxedo and sneakers and enter your Halloween party doing the horse-riding dance and you’re a shoe-in for best costume of the night.

2. President Obama or Mitt Romney

It’s election day just six days after Halloween. Dressing up as the incumbent or his rival is sure to spark a debate amongst your friends, especially if you bring along a birth certificate or tax return.

3. Big Bird

Everyone is rallying behind Sesame Street’s main personality, after Mitt Romney proposed cutting PBS funding in the first presidential debate. Buy a bunch of yellow boas to fashion a Big Bird costume, and be prepared to entertain the kids.

4. Lost Tourist using Apple Maps

Apple Maps, part of the new iOS6, is notoriously bad. Hospitals are misnamed as supermarkets, bridges plunge into water and entire cities disappear. (CEO Tim Cook had to issue an apology about it all.) So it’s not all that far fetched to dress up as a hypothetical tourist, lost from using Apple Maps. Or, even better, don a black turtleneck and be Steve Jobs rolling over in his grave.

5. Olympian McKayla Maroney

Alright, so you can dress up as any of the Fab Five, or maybe Ryan Lochte if you’re comfortable in a speedo. But our pick for the best Olympian costume would be gymnast Mckayla Maroney of “Mckayla’s not impressed” meme fame. A leotard, tight ponytail and pursed, unapproving lips are all you need for this costume.

6. The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen or Effie Trinket

If you’re a fan of going all out for Halloween, Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games is your girl. White hair, gaudy makeup and outlandish clothing will make you an Effie lookalike. Minimal more your style? Channel Katniss Everdeen’s hunter chic with some cargo pants, boots and braided hair. Don’t forget your bow and arrow.

7. Prince Harry

What happened in Vegas is all over the Internet for this royal. A Prince Harry costume? Hmm, how about boxers and a beer can? Not much creativity is required to mimic the party boy.

8. Justin & Selena

If you need a couples costume idea, try lovebirds Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Shaggy hair and hightops for Biebs, wavy locks and boho chic clothes for Selena are all you need. Oh and memorizing the lyrics to “Baby” wouldn’t hurt.

9. Sam Shakusky & Suzy Bishop

Hipper than Justin & Selena? Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom featured a quirky young couple in love. Wear a scouting uniform for Sam Shakusky, and a vintage pink dress for Suzy Bishop.

10. Snooki’s baby boy Lorenzo

Slather on some fake tanning lotion, pop in a pacifier, and you’re set! Alright, we’re sorry Lorenzo, you’re pretty cute.

What do you think of our ideas? If you have any of your own pop culture themed costume ideas, let us know in the comments. If nothing struck your fancy from this list, don’t worry. Answers.com contributors have your back. Check out the answer to What are some good Halloween costume ideas? for tons of ideas.

Answers.com gets a VIP pass to Justin Bieber!

It is a rare day that an Answers.com employee doesn’t encounter one of the 63,000 questions asked about international teen sensation Justin Bieber on the site. So when Justin Bieber fans were just a block away from Answers.com headquarters Wednesday to stand in line to meet their idol, we couldn’t help but see them for ourselves.

Teens came from Uptown Manhattan and Brooklyn and as far away as Norway and Florida, at Macy’s Herald Square to purchase his new perfume “Someday” and get a VIP pass to see the star Thursday. Our summer intern, Brooke, went to meet the Bieber Fever-ed Fans and somehow got so swept up in the commotion that she, too, will be seeing Justin Bieber on Thursday!

One group of teens from New Jersey said it was their fourteenth attempt to meet him. They were successful at 12 attempts and have seen him on the Today Show and at a book signing at Barnes and Noble.

One teen from Long Island said she heard about the contest last night and said she decided to “Never say never” by taking a chance to come wait in line and buy a ticket.

A family of five stood in line as their youngest daughter simply wept. They were in New York City on vacation from Norway and the daughter appeared to have missed her chance to see Justin Bieber.  But no, she was actually just crying because she was so happy her biggest dream was coming true.

Men in business suits were seen standing in the line. No doubt to purchase the tickets for their Bieber-obsessed daughters.

One teen from Washington, D.C. took the bus down Wednesday morning with his mom to buy tickets and surprise his girlfriend with them. Justin Bieber is her favorite, he said.

Only 325 VIP passes were available for fans to purchase. The VIP ticket included a perfume package of Bieber’s new perfume “Someday”  and a pass to meet the star and get a professional photo with him on Thursday. Check the blog tomorrow for a photo of Brooke with the teen idol!

Here are some of Answers.com’s most popular Justin Bieber questions:

What is Justin Bieber’s official fan phone number?

What is Justin Bieber’s official fan mail address?

How old is Justin Bieber?

How tall is Justin Bieber?

Who is Justin Bieber currently dating?

Does Justin Bieber have siblings?

6 quotes from Carol Burnett

Comedian Carol Burnett celebrated her 78th birthday this week.  The Texas native is best known for her variety show on CBS, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 278 episodes. Interestingly enough, the redhead was always insecure about her appearance, causing her mother to say: “You can always write, no matter what you look like.” Ouch. Even so, we’re glad she stuck with TV!

Here are some of our favorite Carol Burnett quotes over the years:

“Comedy is a tragedy plus time.”

“I think we’re here for each other.”

“Because nobody goes through life without a scar.”

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

“Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.”

“I was once asked to do my Tarzan yell at Bergdorf Goodman, and a guard burst in with a gun! Now I only do it under controlled circumstance.”

Of course, you can learn more about Carol Burnett at Answers.com.

The latest Q&A categories for your asking, answering pleasure.

A Q&A category doesn’t have to exist on Answers.com for you to ask a question about it! That’s why this is a site where you can ask about… anything.

But it sure does help keep the Q&As organized, doesn’t it? The team behind the scenes is constantly adding new categories to make it easier to find questions in your favorite topics. We’re up to nearly 8,000 cats (that’s a lot of mewing).

Here is a sampling of the latest Q&A categories on Answers.com… which, in themselves, fall under all kinds of categories!

TV, for all tastes:

Celebrities, now and then:

Hobbies, crafts and interests:

Edibles (or just barely):

And for the purely practical among us, who just need to get it done:

Check out the full list of Q&A categories and suggest one you don’t see!

Did you hear about…

I admit it. I’m obsessed with celebrity gossip. I read The Superficial every morning before I start my day and am constantly checking the headlines throughout the day to see what kind of coffee Britney Spears has ordered today or who Paris Hilton is dating. I want to know what countries Brad and Angelina are adopting from next and I have to be the first to know when Beyonce finally ties the knot with Jay-Z. Yes…I do.

I thought I’d take a quick look at the WikiAnswers Celebrity topic…just to see what everyone else is buzzing about. A little bit of Hannah Montana, er, Miley Cyrus…some Hillary Duff…a dash of Zac Efron. It’s amazing to see the rumors that fly around. Good thing there’s a public forum to discuss and dispel!

Check out some of these classic Celebrity gossip questions:

Got some inside scoop on YOUR favorite celebs? Ask and answer questions about Celebrities on WikiAnswers now!

Answers in the (cyber) news.

You know what I love finding on a Sunday afternoon? Cyber journalists and bloggers referring to Answers.com when they are looking for information for their articles. Doesn’t matter what the subject – sports, celebrities, politics – I love it all.

Here are some of the latest – in fact, they cover sports, celebrities and politics!

  • At SeattlePi.com, Jim Moore learns a new word – internecine – from Answers.com. While he now gets the meaning, he has yet to figure out how to pronounce it (hint: use the pronunciation tool at the top of the page!)
  • The Gaston Gazette celebrates the works of John T. Biggers with an article about the world-renown artist; credit for facts about his life go to you-know-who.
  • OpedNews researches the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act as part of their article on government snooping.