With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to decide what you should (or shouldn’t) dress up as. These are some of the best and worst costumes.

“Great Gatsby” is the best Halloween theme of 2013, so get your flapper dresses and sequins out. We won’t be young and beautiful forever, especially if we live the way Miley Cyrus does.

That brings up the worst Halloween theme of 2013. Prepare to see many foam fingers, tongues and scantily clad girls.

Everyone loves to get creative with his or her costumes, but sometimes even creativity can’t justify what you’re wearing. For instance, if you’ve opted to be a milk carton this year, perhaps you should reconsider. Just because you can make it doesn’t mean you should.

On the opposite end of the creativity spectrum we have our forest animals. There are bunnies, mice, etc. All you need is a tail and ears, but be warned that there will be 40 other people wearing the same thing.

Risky business, (not to be confused with “morning after”) is another popular costume this year, which entails girls wearing oversized collared shirts, high socks and Ray Ban sunglasses. This costume is really a hit or miss, because if it’s not executed correctly it would be one of the costumes you’d look back on five years from now and truly wonder what you were thinking.

The last thing you probably shouldn’t do is douse your face in fake blood and call that a costume. Although it may be scary, it is definitely way too gory for most people’s taste. Unless you’re attending a die-hard Halloween party, you should try your best to avoid this and zombies too. Everyone loves the television show “The Walking Dead,” but if your clothes are ripped, your face appears to be decaying and you’re limping around, people are going to probably assume you are homeless.

On the positive end of things, dressing up as police officers and army men are two ideas for guys that are essentially foolproof. Not only does it give guys the chance to appear to be macho and powerful (for a night), but it’s also age-appropriate. Even though it is not very original, it’s sometimes better to stick to the classics.

Television shows, movies and video games consume our everyday lives. So it’s only expected that people will dress up as their favorite characters. There is the dynamic duo of Mario and Luigi, the “Despicable Me”’ minions and the characters from the “Hunger Games,” and there are thousands of others, so you can get creative with this.

If you have a group of friends you might consider themed costumes. Holidays (Christmas, Easter, 4th of July), iPods and M&Ms are just a few of the many examples that are fun, simple and easy costumes.

Fairies and angels can be good ideas, especially since there are so many variations. The wings alone often look like works of arts. True, they won’t help you fly, but at least you’ll look the part.

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