HallowMEME: Internet Costume Party Makes You Feel Old, Irrelevant

  • (Photography by Nick McGynn)

    If you aren’t feeling bad about the relative sexiness of your Halloween costume yet, don’t worry, we have something new for you to fret about: Like if you are cool enough, young enough or at least Internet-savvy enough to correctly identify the one-third of the costumes paraded at the Brooklyn Bell House last night during the annual Hallowmeme party?

    Hosted by Forced Meme Productions, some of the more outlandish outfits of the party were too esoteric even for us, and we spend all day on the Internet. Just imagine explaining these costumes to your parents, who don’t even know what a meme is. (“It’s a GIF, mom! Stop asking me!)

  • Meme Origins: Tumblr-based.

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: 60 percent. (They might not know the meme, but it's kind of self-explanatory.)

  • Meme Origins: A Vine .

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: Well, first they have to figure out who Ryan Gosling is and go on from there.

  • Meme Origins: None? Patrick Bateman isn't really a meme, and this guy just seemed like a really big fan of American Psycho. He memorized the entire business card scene, which he delivered while handing us his own, which means he went out and paid to have a bunch of Patrick Bateman's business cards, which would be perfect if he had remembered to misspell " AQUISITIONS." He also had a briefcase full of seriously troubling gear, like women's hair, and duct tape, and trashbags for the body parts. Very realistic, bro.

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: Pretty good, if you could get him to stop bitching about getting a reservation at Dorsia.

  • Meme Origins: The Internet's collective freakout about 'Rains of Castamere.'

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: 50-50, we'd say. The better question: Have they read the books? Because these are some intense spoilers!

  • Meme Origins: The much-loved Nickelodeon show from the 90s, The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: Certainly less than the percent of sweaty hipster Internet nerds who recognized him that evening and nearly lost their minds.

  • Meme Origins: It's a shark made of tornados (d'uh) that played a large part of its self-titled TV movie for SyFy.

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: Zero, unless they are a fan of Shark Week.

  • Meme Origins: On the streets (and buildings of) New York!

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: It depends. Did your dad accidentally buy a $31,000 canvas from a street artist the other day?

  • Meme Origins: Fry from Futurama squinting in a macro with a formula of "Not sure if X," on top; “or just Y” on bottom.

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: Pretty bad. Parents don't understand memes, but they really don't even know what a Macro is.

  • Meme Origins: Mashup of NSA leaker Edward Snowden and X Factor contestants Jedward.

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: When we ran into this gentleman, only one other person at the party had correctly guessed his costume. And this was a party for Internet memes. So what do you think?

  • Meme Origins: That Onion article? We assume?

    Chance of your parents correctly guessing this costume: Ah, they could have figured it out.

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