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Halloween costumes come in clear life stages.

When you're little, you grab your favorite theme character from the big box store.

When you're in high school, you try to dress cool enough to fit in at the party, but not so cool as to get turned away from trick or treating in your neighborhood. Candy is important. Always.

When you're in college, you waver between "Sexy Whatever" and whatever mashup you can create from your closet, like a Euro-chic Farmer.

And then you hit post-college, when it's not acceptable to go as a Sexy Unicorn to the office Halloween happy hour, you need to put a little more effort into your dress up game. You're among adults... you need to demonstrate wit. If you're like me, your closet is pretty depleted of costume ideas at this point, unless you're willing to wing it as Malibu Barbie and chance it being 30 degrees that night. So if you have any sort of Halloween agenda (even if it's more like your kid's Halloween agenda) it's actually worth it to order a costume and save yourself the mental energy of figuring out what kind of farmer you can be this year.

We've gathered the best Halloween costumes (for kids and adults) of 2016--food-themed--naturally. And not one of them is a Sexy Soup Can. You can thank us later.

  1. Instant mac-n-cheese cups, because you are what you eat and, sorry kids, mama's got to work until it's time to go.
By Ashley Kappel and Ashley Kappel