Not everyone can bring down the house with a CosPlay-level Halloween costume. But you can still wow a crowd even if you're only one part crafty—by being three parts clever. My shortlist of witty approaches to costume creation includes get-ups that bring a play on words to life; costumes that show off your ability to do a lot with a little (time, materials, skills); and costumes that invite others to play along. (There are other ways to be clever on Halloween, of course, like creating an amazing optical illusion costume, but that's for another day.)
Fired up? Here are twelve ideas to help you get clever!