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7 Halloween Costumes You Won't Believe Were Actually Invented

By Pippa Raga

In a way, it feels like the more we progress as a society, the less there is to invent. After all, we have computers so small they fit in our pockets, vacuum cleaners that move themselves, and all the nutrition of a regular meal packed into a beverage — and that's just in America. Don't even get us started on what's available in Japan.

So, as autumn rolls in and apple-bobbing grown-ups are beginning to think up their Halloween outfits, we've compiled some of the strangest costumes you won't believe were actually invented. They range from trendy to straight-up offensive, with a lot of trashy in the mix.

This list will confirm the notion that just because a concept was approved, it doesn't necessarily make the idea behind it a good one. Or at the very least, it'll leave you scratching your head, thinking WT actual F?!

1. Ghosted Costume

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Ghosting is a dating trend that's been around as long as time. As Issa Rae hilariously jokes in the "Wine Down" segment after the Insecure episode "Obsessed-Like," even cavemen were probably ghosting the women they were dating — but the cave-women weren't able to keep tabs on their men through social media. 

And Instagram-stalking is why ghosting seems like such a modern phenomenon. So modern in fact, costume companies are trying to capitalize on the trend in time for Halloween. 

Party City released this printed shirt-dress as a Women's Ghosted Costume with the following accompanying description: "If someone's blowing up your phone, ghost them in a Ghosted Costume for women! The costume is a hooded white dress designed to look like a ghost with a series of unanswered texts on the front. The texts include '???,' 'R U OK!?,' and more. Eager texters will know not to bother you in this Ghosted Costume!"

Honestly, we feel attacked.