Is your meme game slipping? It’s OK, because unless you’re just skating by at work or school, you likely aren’t all spending your free time on the internet, chortling at viral videos and photos, your eyeballs filled with snark spelled out in 48-point Impact font over some photo. So, together, let’s try to guess some of these costumes and their accompanying memes from the annual HallowMeme party, which went down on Thursday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn. We’ll go first. (If you can name one, leave a comment.)
Third place: Gem Stone as Lipton tea-sipping Kermit the Frog.
Second Place: Ryan Broderick, who went as Every Man on the Internet, scrapes all of the scum of YouTube commenters and Gamergate dudes into a tidy costume (nice Doritos & Mountain Dew belt).
Winner: Lauren Thompson as Renée Zellweger.
This guy went as Pharrell’s hat.
A reference to the #1 viral video of every Halloween: KXVO Pumpkin Dance.
The Wasco clown, we think, but could be any creepy clown, really.
The dancer from Sia’s “Chandelier” music video, maybe? The hair is wrong, and she wears a leotard, not a dress, but it’s evocative!
The Sign Bunny.
Another Sign Bunny.
Another Sign Bunny.
The nude leak scandal wins for probably the most tasteless costume, and Shia LaBeouf is just …Shia LaBeouf.
This guy went as his future Instagram account on Throwback Thursday.
This is @SubtweetCat.
The gang from Homestar Runner.
Just a real @ChillSitch 😉
Old-school meme: Nyan Cat.
Another Poo emoji.
A meme inspired by Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”
Ellen taking a selfie at the Oscars…
…And the selfie she took! (Couples costume?)
You may have heard about the little scare we had a couple of weeks ago in Brooklyn….Ebola on the L train: a truly terrifying costume.
The elderly woman who botched a “restoration” of the Spanish fresco Ecce Homo, and SNL’s Stefon.
We take it back — the nightmare known as #gamergate is actually the most terrifying costume.
Taylor Swifts of “Shake it Off.”
Just Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Louvre, casually posing in front of the Mona Lisa.
Office Space‘s Bill Lumbergh, and/or the That Would Be Great meme.
Who could forget the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
See all the photos in our slideshow: Internet Memes Come Off the Screen at HallowMeme
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 31, 2014