14 Nerd Halloween Costumes Inspired by Memes

Out of ideas? Try one of these!

Are you looking to spice up your Halloween with a fun Halloween Internet meme costume this year? You need not look any further than your favorite social networking sites to find some great ideas for DIY costumes — that's where we got inspired!

If you’re looking for something a little more creative than the traditional pumpkin, pirate or fairy princess costume for Halloween, get some of your inspiration from modern day technology you use every day. 

Here are some great, geeky Halloween costumes all inspired by some of your favorite online trends, gadgets, ​memes, games, and websites.

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Instagram Costume

Instagram Costume

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Why not be your own Instagram selfie for Halloween? It's an easy enough idea that will surely give everyone a few good chuckles. You can use a piece of cardboard to recreate a giant, physical version of an Instagram photo, cut out the middle, and hold it up in front of your face. Don't forget to add a ton of hashtags in the description!

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Grumpy Cat Costume

Grumpy Cat Costume

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Cat costumes are usually pretty popular come Halloween, and Grumpy Cat is the perfect character you can use to step things up a little. She was arguably the most famous and beloved cat on the Internet. The challenge with this costume is to remember not to smile. Grumpy Cat does not smile, ever. (RIP Grumpy Cat.)

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Emoji Costume

Emoji Costume

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Let's face it — emoji is now basically a language of its own. Almost anyone who owns a smartphone can recognize one, and there are hundreds to choose from for Halloween costume inspiration. Like the Instagram costume, making your emoji costume is as easy as drawing it out on a large piece of cardboard and securing it to your clothing.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Costume

Pumpkin Spice Latte Costume

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Coffee lovers have been welcoming Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte back annually with open arms for several years. The seasonal drink is a big deal on Instagram and social media in general. It even has its own Twitter account! There was enough social media chatter about the PSL this late summer and early fall to last us a lifetime. How about dressing up as one to keep the trend rolling?​

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Doge Costume

Doge Costume

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The Doge meme is still hanging on strong, despite reaching the height of its meme popularity in 2013. Admit it; it's still a great meme. For a costume inspired by the mighty Doge, print out the face of a Shiba Inu with the meme's distinctive wording style, like "wow" and "such scary" (or write them directly on an old piece of clothing if that's your thing).

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Minecraft Costume

Minecraft Costume

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Anyone with a knack for getting creative with making their own Halloween costumes can probably come up with a pretty great one inspired by Minecraft — that awesome game about building things with blocks. All you need are some cardboard boxes and some paint. What could be easier?

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Mozilla Firefox Costume

Mozilla Firefox Costume

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What's your favorite web browser? If it's Firefox, then you've got an easy Halloween costume idea right there! Grab a pair of fox ears, a fox tail too, put on something orange and carry around an Earth-like beach ball. It's a quick, but creative, sexy (and geeky) costume. And if you've got friends in on the trend, why not get them to dress up as some of the other popular browsers? (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.)

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Snapchat Costume

Snapchat Costume

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Put a spin on the classic ghost costume by adding a few features to it, so it looks like the Snapchat ghost! Both spooky and geeky, all you need is a white sheet and some craft supplies that you can pick up almost anywhere to create the iconic smiley face of the Snapchat ghost.

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Hashtag Costume

Hashtag Costume

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Again, if you've got a random piece of cardboard handy, you can create a trendy costume for almost anything — from social profiles and emoji to your favorite hashtags or just the ​hashtag symbol on its own. For a group hashtag costume idea, have a friend dress up as a trending keyword and stand next to them! #PartyAnimal

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Facebook Profile Costume

Facebook Costume

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As one of the most popular internet-inspired costumes of all time, past Halloween parties at universities and colleges around the world usually, see at least one person dressed up as a Facebook profile at Halloween. Similar to a lot of other costumes on this list, most can be homemade with a large piece of cardboard, some blue paint or markers and a cutout square where the profile picture should be. It may be slightly overdone by this year, but it's still a lot of fun to look at it.

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Angry Birds Costume

Angry Birds Costume

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You’ve probably spent hours on your mobile device launching virtual birds into virtual mid-air so you can knock down some virtual blocks and kill some virtual green pigs. Now, you can dress up as your favorite Angry Bird for Halloween. Try a pop-up Halloween store in your neighborhood for costumes. They are available for adults and babies for the red birds, the yellow birds, the black birds, and even those pesky green pigs.

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Old Spice Guy Costume

Old Spice Guy Costume

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Who could forget that manly-scented hunk who graced our computer screens on YouTube a few years ago? The Old Spice Guy sparked the fastest growing viral campaign the Internet has ever seen. Why not charm the ladies by pretending to be him for one night? All you need is a white towel, and a bottle of Old Spice body wash. 

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Nyan Cat Costume

Nyan Cat Costume

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The Internet can’t get enough of cats. Cats seem to be the ultimate meme. The “Nyan Cat” was just a short YouTube video of an 8-bit animated cat that had a Pop-Tart as its body, with a rainbow coming out of its rear end. The animated cat flies through the air past several 8-bit stars to a ridiculous song that sings “Nyan, Nyan, Nyan” over and over again. Some people have gone so far as to dress their pet as the Nyan cat.

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Apple Gadget Costume

Apple Gadget Costume

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What better way to honor the life of Steve Jobs by dressing up as your favorite mobile device this Halloween? You can get creative with a homemade costume if you’re willing to put in the work. All you need is a large cardboard box or old black outfit. Decorate it any way you like by adding a few iOS icons.