We've already come up with some very topical Halloween costume ideas for 2012, but now it's time to focus on the one thing that has truly dominated this year: the presidential race.
This election has produced some pretty amazing figures, characters and memes to inspire Halloween costumes. Of course we'll see plenty of Barack Obamas and Mitt Romneys this year, but you can count on seeing at least a few Big Birds, Clint Eastwoods (or chairs) and some of our favorite people from the GOP primary race (we're looking at you, Rick Perry). And let's not forget about the undecided and swing state voters. With the fate of the nation in their hands, they obviously deserve to be lampooned with the rest of it.
Check out 20 political Halloween costume ideas below and share your own in the comments.
It might be hard to track down an eight-foot yellow bird costume before Oct. 31, but it would be so worth it.
There are plenty of <a href="http://www.costumecraze.com/MASK173.html">borderline frightening masks</a> online that you can choose from if you want to go as the President. Or, you could go as Obama at the Republican National Convention (which would just be a chair).
Again, you could go <a href="http://www.costumecraze.com/MASK171.html">the scary mask route</a>, but this one's all about the grey sideburns.
This picture pretty much says it all.
Break out your bronzer, get a hold of a golden hair piece and tweet your arbitrary opinions all night and you'll be set.
In 2012, it's all about having <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/09/joe-biden-cruisers-diner-_n_1869063.html"> a lady biker friend</a> as an accessory.
The key to a good Paul Ryan costume lies in two things: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/paul-ryans-abs-must-be-disclosed-to-american-public_n_1776299.html">great abs</a> and your best <a href="http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2012/01/matt-damon-gives-his-dave-eggers-script-to-gus-van-sant/jim-face2">"Jim from 'The Office' face."</a>
Take a few cues from <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/23/ann-romney-weekend-update-snl-video_n_1907175.html">SNL's Kate McKinnon</a>: Wear a red jacket, practice your wide-eyed smile and repeatedly say "Beyonce" in the funniest way possible. Bonus points if you go around saying "I love you, women!" all night.
Swing State Voter
You can get pretty creative with this costume. Just remember: the fate of the nation lies with you!
He may be out of the running, but a Rick Perry costume would be funny, memorable and... Uhh... One other thing.
If you already look somewhat like Herman Cain, you might consider adding accessories such as an empty pizza box with a $9.99 price tag. Don't forget <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/09/stephen-colbert-herman-cain-pac-ad-video_n_1334846.html">the infamous smile</a>!
Clint Eastwood's Chair
See slide #1.
The Bill Clinton costume of today is far different than the 90s interpretation. Lose the Lewinski references, add a Vegan diet and you'll be heading in the right direction.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/jimmy-fallon-julian-castro_n_1860618.html">Unless you're Jimmy Fallon</a>, this one might be tricky to do (but definitely topical).
If you can get a hold of a Portuguese Water Dog costume by the end of the month, we're sure you'd be a hit.
For the hefty gentleman, a Chris Christie costume is easy to pull off (given that you also include the New Jersey 'tude).
You can go traditional Hillary (think pantsuit) or the even cooler <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/texts-from-hillary-tumblr_n_1406207.html#s846673">"Texting Hillary."</a>
OK, we thought Obama and Romney were bad, but Newt Gingrich wins the <a href="http://costumezone.com/Mr_Speaker_Halloween_Mask_Political_Gingrich.asp">"creepiest mask EVER"</a> award, hands down.
The 99% (Or The 47%)
Grab a sign and tell the world what politically-charged "percent" you identify with.
Flawless beauty and a staunch support of healthy eating might not come easy for everyone, but they are a big part of the Michelle "look."
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