Answers to the Punderful Pop Culture Halloween Costume Game!

Halloween has come and gone, but the glorious puns remain.

That’s right, today we’ve got the answers to this year’s edition of the Punderful Pop Culture Halloween Costume Game!

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the answers!


PuzzleNation’s Punderful Pop Culture Halloween Costume Game!

#1

It’s Beauty AND the Beast!

#2

It’s the Black (Pink) Panther!

(Black Panther from the Marvel Universe + The Pink Panther)

#3

It’s the Darth Knight!

(Darth Vader from Star Wars + Batman, aka The Dark Knight)

#4

It’s Ronald McDonald Weasley!

(Ron Weasley from Harry Potter + Ronald McDonald)

#5

It’s a Royal Lifeguard!

(Royal Guardsman from Star Wars + lifeguard)

#6

It’s Gand-ALF!

(Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings + ALF)

#7

It’s Snow-ba Fett!

(Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs + Boba Fett from Star Wars)

#8

It’s Sailor Freddie Mercury!

(Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon + Freddie Mercury of Queen)

#9

It’s OB-GYN Kenobi!

(OB-GYN + Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars)

#10

It’s Doctor Cindy Lou Who!

(Doctor Who + Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas)

#11

It’s Doctor Stranger Things!

(Doctor Strange from the Marvel Universe + Netflix’s Stranger Things)

#12

It’s Hermione Texas Ranger!

(Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books + Texas rangers)

#13

It’s Stevie Wonder Woman!

(Stevie Wonder + Wonder Woman)

#14

It’s a WeresWaldo!

(Werewolf + Where’s Waldo?)

#15

It’s Ash Wednesday!

(Either Ash from Pokemon + Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family OR Ash from Evil Dead/Army of Darkness + Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family.)


How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know!

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Punny Tricks and Treats This Halloween!

Happy Halloween, puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

One of the best things about Halloween is guessing what people’s costumes are. Clever costumes can be great fun, and I’m a huge fan of costumes that only cost a few bucks to put together, because they really let your creativity shine through. (They’d all make terrific #SpookySolvingSelfies!)

Punny costumes lend themselves to the low-budget costume genre brilliantly. So it’s only appropriate that we celebrate Halloween in the puzzliest way possible by looking at some punny costumes!

This time around, though, we’ve got a bit of a twist for you, as each costume is a punny combination of pop culture icons! Can you figure out these punny mashup costumes?

Let’s try one:

Get it? It’s Homer and Marge!

I’ve compiled ten punny mashup costumes for you to figure out. Let’s see how many you can get!


PuzzleNation’s Punderful Pop Culture Halloween Costume Game!

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

#12

#13

#14

#15 (Here’s two different versions of the same pun!)


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Citizen Shoutout: Game Shop Edition!

Welcome to the second installment of a brand-new monthly feature on the blog, Citizen Shoutout!

Each edition of Citizen Shoutout is an opportunity to say thank you. It allows us to put the spotlight on folks in the PuzzleNation community who contribute to the world of puzzles and games in a meaningful way.

And in our sophomore edition, I’d like to highlight my friendly local neighborhood game shop, Gamer’s Gambit!

Danbury, Connecticut is the home of Gamer’s Gambit, a combination comic book store, hobby shop, and hub of gaming activities of all shapes and sizes.

Boasting one of the widest ranges of games for sale in any store in the state, the store is a one-stop shop for all sorts of board games, card games, dice games, roleplaying games, escape room games, and even some video games. Along one wall, there’s a bevy of comic titles and graphic novels, along with all sorts of accessories, collectibles, and gaming paraphernalia. From Funko Pops to paint for miniatures, they’ve got everything.

But behind the game shelves, trade paperbacks, dice, and snacks, there’s the highlight of the store: the play area.

The tables are big enough to accommodate character sheets, DM screens, miniatures, and maps for an immersive Dungeons & Dragons game, yet narrow enough to allow for competitive rounds of card games like Magic: The Gathering.

And the game room is often the centerpiece of whatever’s planned for that day. With demos for new games, tournaments, regular game nights, costume events, and release parties for comic books, board games, and card games, there’s always something going on in the store.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, making their recommendations more reliable than most. After all, you’re getting the skinny from fellow gamers and roleplayers.

I can’t say enough good things about Gamer’s Gambit. It’s a great place to shop, try out new games, and mingle with fellow game enthusiasts. I’m proud to highlight the shop in our latest Citizen Shoutout.

But what about next month? I’m glad you asked.

In the future, I’d like to take suggestions from my fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers for those we highlight in each month’s post.

It could be a puzzler or designer who inspires you, a constructor who challenged you or surprised you with a puzzle, or someone who did something kind in a puzzly way.

Maybe you have a favorite local game shop / hobby shop where you meet other puzzlers, or that introduced you to a favorite game. Maybe your local library held an event that piqued your puzzly interest.

Maybe you’d like to give a shoutout to an escape room you think others would enjoy, or to a puzzly event (a scavenger hunt, a tournament, a collaborative event, etc.) or to someone who went above and beyond to make a puzzly experience truly memorable.

You can submit your suggestions for the next Citizen Shoutout on Facebook, on Twitter, or in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.


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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Halloween Answers edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday! Last week, we had two terrific Halloween-themed games for you, and it’s time to reveal the answers!

First up, it’s our Johnny Depp Cosplay Challenge! I posted this picture and challenged you to identify elements from as many Johnny Depp roles or films as possible:

  • The Lone Ranger / Tonto: bird on head, sheriff’s star
  • Edward Scissorhands: scissorhand
  • Dark Shadows / Barnabas Collins: long vampire nails/claws on other hand
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas / Raoul Duke: sunglasses, cigarette holder, camera
  • Pirates of the Caribbean / Captain Jack Sparrow: bandanna, coat, beads in beard
  • Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter: socks, scarf hanging from his pocket, pocket watch on chain
  • The Tourist / Frank Tupelo: bow tie, tuxedo vest

Did I miss anything?


Secondly, it’s time to reveal the puns behind our annual PuzzleNation Punderful Costume Game!

We challenged you to figure out these clever costumes, so let’s see how you did!

#1

She’s the Life of the Party!

#2

They’re the Spice Girls!

#3

He’s the guy that walks into the bar!

#4 (the gentleman next to Woody from Toy Story)

He’s Maroon 5!

#5 (under the red arrow)

She’s a copycat!

#6

He’s a formal apology!

#7

The one on the left is Oh Deer! and the one on the right is Holy Cow!

#8

She’s the Lorde of the Rings!

#9

She’s Ariana Grande! (R E on a grande)

#10

She’s someone you can count on!


Special thanks to the folks at The Chive and The Thinking Closet for their assistance in compiling this year’s punny costumes!

How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know!

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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Halloween Pun edition!

Happy (almost) Halloween, puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

For the last two years, we’ve marked the spookiest of holidays by posting some punny costumes for you to figure out, and it’s only appropriate that we celebrate Halloween AND Follow-Up Friday by bringing you our third edition of the PuzzleNation Punderful Costume Game!

It’s simple. I post a picture, and you guess what the costume is.

For example:

He’s Batman! (With Catwoman beside him!)

I’ve compiled ten costumes for you to figure out. Let’s see how many you can get!


PuzzleNation’s Punderful Halloween Costume Game, Volume 3!

#1

#2

#3

#4 (the gentleman next to Woody from Toy Story)

#5 (under the red arrow)

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10


Special thanks to the folks at The Chive and The Thinking Closet for their assistance in compiling this year’s punny costumes!

How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know! And Happy Halloween! (If any of them stumped you, don’t worry! I’ll be posting the answers next week!)

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A Costume That’s Off the Depp End!

Halloween is this Saturday, and one of the best things about the holiday is how creative people get with their costumes.

This creativity can come in several forms. Sometimes, it’s the costume itself, an idea that wows you as ambitious or clever or totally unexpected. Other times, it’s the execution of the costume, either in how impressive the effort involved is OR how ingeniously they’ve kept their budget reasonable.

In college one year, I was short on funds for a costume. But one thing never in short supply around Halloween are empty candy wrappers. So I took an old shirt, glued candy wrappers to it (along with some stray kernels of popcorn and an old cell phone) and I went to a costume party as the floor of a movie theater.

It’s one of my favorite costumes to this day, because it required me to think outside the box.

Today’s post is also about a costume that’s outside the box. Many people dress up as celebrities or famous fictional characters for Halloween, but rarely do they dress up as many characters simultaneously.

Check out the photo below! Our costumed gentleman has decked himself out in the trappings of numerous Johnny Depp films. Can you name them all?

This is a great costume, not only because it’s ambitious and meticulously put together, but because there’s clearly a great deal of thought behind it. Terrific stuff!

Oh, and if you’re looking for more puzzly costume fun, check out our Follow-Up Friday post this week, as we celebrate our Third Annual PuzzleNation Punderful Costume Game!


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