Halloween 2016 is all about saying f*ck you to gender
In a world where Target's toy aisles no longer care about gender, and mainstream fashion stores like Zara are making gender-neutral clothes, it's getting harder and harder to argue that Halloween costumes need to be confined by gender.
And, really, they don't: It's getting easier and easier to rep your favorite cultural phenomena without worrying about if the costume matches your gender or not. Here are a few ways you can celebrate All Hallow's Eve while expressing whatever gender, or lack of gender, you want.
Pokémon and Pokémon Go
Thanks to the arrival of Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sun and Moon, these little creatures are back in a big way. And here's the thing: They don't need to have a gender. In fact, becoming your favorite pocket monster might be as simple as finding the right-sized unisex hoodie.
Pokémon Go was everyone's obsession for quite a few months this summer — so why not resurrect it and go as one of the trainer outfits offered in the app?
The app famously disposed with gendered language and asked users "What's your style?" when choosing an avatar rather than asking for the user's gender. In that spirit, go in whatever style best fits you.
The wall from Stranger Things
Sure, we all have a favorite character from Netflix's breakout sci-fi show — it's Barb. But, why just be any character when you can be the most memorable scene from the entire show — the light-up wall.
Being the wall of Christmas lights from Stranger Things is a totally DIY, genderless way to show your fandom. And, hey, maybe you can get someone to dress up as Winona Ryder and try to speak to you?
No matter how much the internet may not like it, being a ghostbuster is a job for anybody of any gender.
Now that the 2016 Ghostbusters means anyone can kick supernatural ass, there's no better time to show that off than Halloween. And, making a DIY Ghostbusters costume doesn't have to break the bank.
A lot of emojis are genderless and have made lots of strides when it comes to racial diversity, which means anyone can feel comfortable expressing themselves with these — either through text message or through costume choice.
There are also some pretty good DIY emoji guides out there, whether you're looking to just put an emoji mask on your face or cover your whole body in emoji poo.
Drag or faux queens
If you're looking to play with gender, there's no better place to start than drag culture. Dressing up as your favorite queen or faux queen — whether she's pageant, comedy or high fashion — shouldn't be limited by whatever gender you are.
As evidenced by the story of the little boy who dressed up as Bob the Drag Queen in the "Purse First" music video, drag is a great Halloween option for anyone, regardless of gender or age.
Bob has even made online tutorials on how to make dresses out of regular button down shirts.
They can be fluffy, furry, scaly or slimy, but there's one thing about an animal costume that won't steer you wrong — they're fun for anybody to dress up in. Being an animal is also customizable — you can just put on some ears and call it a day.
Or go full body suit. Just don't accidentally end up in a furry convention.
Now that the glass ceiling is all but shattered, isn't it time to shatter the costume ceiling? When women can be presidents and Alexander Hamilton can be Latino, maybe it's time for people of any gender to rethink some of our Founding Fathers.
Regardless of gender, go as Abraham Lincoln (let's call her Abbie!) or George(tte) Washington. Besides, they did have some pretty fabulous wigs.