Halloween's about the thrill of stretching boundaries. Embracing imaginary frights is a way to push back against a real world that often feels scarier than fiction, maybe.
But, there's always someone who takes things over the line. In 2014, that included "Ebola House," a University Park home with an elaborate yard display poking fun at Dallas' scare du jour. Some were dismayed, but others jumped on the bandwagon -- so many, in fact, that Halloween stores in Dallas sold out of hazmat suits.
A year later, Sexy Donald Trump fell out of our nightmares and onto our doorsteps. It was joined in 2016 by a Sexy Little Gorilla, just a bit too reminiscent of Harambe, the Texas-born animal fatally shot at the Cincinnati Zoo. Zombie Babies that terrorized Katy, Texas, in 2016 seemed adorable in comparison.
Predictably, 2017 is already reveling in its own questionable judgment.
The first addition to the list is also one of the tamest: the sexy goldfish. It's not the most inflammatory costume you might see this year, but it is one of the weirder trends to bubble up to the surface, as Twitter users have noted. H/t to The Daily Mail, which went deep in its analysis on this head-scratcher.
Variations on American immigration policy
Party City and Spirit Halloween have raised eyebrows with varying takes on one of this year's most fiercly debated topics. Twitter response from both sides has been extremely heated, and almost always in ways that we are unable to publish.
Some have noted that the font on Party City's "The Wall" costume looks as though it might have originally been intended as a reference to the Pink Floyd album, but unless you're actually Roger Waters, wearing it in public will require a lengthy explanation that eventually devolves into an argument about Dave Gilmour's guitar solos.
Pregnant Kylie Jenner
This one kind of explains itself...
But, in case you haven't heard, Kylie -- daughter of Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner, twin sister of Kendall Jenner and half-sister to the rest of the Kardashian clan -- is expecting a daughter with boyfriend Travis Scott. Kylie also really likes taking selfies.
Sexy fake news
This is, absolutely, the least sexy kind of news ever.
Baby Post Malone
We love this Grapevine-raised rapper who, at 22, is arguably still a baby himself, but when it comes to outfitting an infant in his signature braids and gold grill... just, no.
Real Housewife Body Paint
As Cary Deuber established on a recent episode of Real Housewives of Dallas, she's earned her right to walk around naked -- as she practically did at a Halloween party last year -- after diligent hours of yoga. Girl, we are not arguing.
Reality check: Most of us can't pull it off as confidently.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Couples Costume
Oh, you know it's going to happen. In fact, a quick Google search suggests fans have been coupling the King in the North with the Mother of Dragons for years prior to the confirmation this summer of what we already suspected during Game of Thrones' blockbuster season 7 finale.
You know that they are ... you know, right?
Still unsure if your idea should remain just an idea?
Elite Daily has a good guide, the main takeaway being:
"Punch up, not down."