It's always a little deflating to see someone else in the same costume you're wearing. It's like what happens in 2000s high school rom-coms when the nerd-made-over goes to prom and the snobby popular girl is wearing the same dress she is and then throws punch on her.
The way to get around this, of course, is to pick costumes that most people won't recognize, even after you tell them what you're dressed as. The trick is to go for a costume with a small core following -- you want one or two people to really get it even as the majority of them will look at you smiling while trying to think of a nice way to say that they are confused by what you're wearing.
For example, dressing as "True Blood"'s Sookie Stackhouse will probably get you your fair share of "Oh yeah!"s in recognition, but dressing as Ginger, the sweet, dumb Fangtasia waitress, probably won't. If you're the kind of person that likes to test people on their pop culture compatibility with you before you even give them a chance, you've probably already thought of most of these costumes already. You're also probably kind of an asshole.
Of course, obscurity depends on who you're with. If you dress as Cthulhu at an H.P. Lovecraft convention, you'll probably be recognized. This won't be necessarily be true at your five-year-old cousin's Jack-O-Lantern carving party.
This is Halloween. You want to look like a normal person who's dressed up on purpose and not a crazy person who doesn't know what day it is. With that in mind, we've gone for costumes that retain enough zany to qualify as such, rather than for plainclothes outfits that'll just make you look like someone who thinks they're too good for Halloween.
Check out our choices below: