The Fantabulous Halloween Costume Contest

I need your help.

Yes, you. Yes, you who is reading this, who reads this site now and again or who just came here for the first time ever today.


(But read on, there’s something in it for you, too.)

Here’s the deal – my beloved company is having a Ghoul-gly Halloween Party, and while I love this holiday (as evidenced by my yearly Hallo-Wienie Roast Bash), I’m in a quandary. I have NO idea what I can dress up as.

In the past, I’ve been:

  • a flapper
  • Marilyn Monroe, complete with white dress
  • Audrey Hepburn (or actually, Aubrey Hepburn)
  • a Kissing Booth
  • the Walk of Shame
  • a Care Bear (ok, I was in 2nd grade.)

Anyhoo, I can’t exactly be any of those again, due to either a) semi-nudity or b) impropriety (somehow I doubt my manager would go appreciate the subtle humor of my kissing booth costume.) So here I am, a month-ish out (which I’m sure you think is a ton of time to come up with something, but I’m Type-A, so let me go with it), and costumeless.

That’s where YOU come in.

YOU (collective, in the “Vosotros” sense, of course) have a LOT more (collective) knowledge of quirky, fun, creative halloween costumes than I do. You’ve seen things that are hilarious, unique, ingenious, and now I need you to share them with me. Either leave a comment below or send me an email with your ideas. The only request is that it’s somewhat creative or unique (and office-worthy, though a little raunchiness is always appreciated!) Can’t think of anything? Pass this on to your sister. Your friend. Your husband. Honestly, I’d be forever grateful.

Now to that “what you get out of it” part. The winning idea will win a FABULOUS prize of Googly-ness amazingness – trust me, it will surprise & delight. Fo’ shizzle.

So please, please, I’m at your mercy – help a sistah out, and FIND ME A HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEA.

31 thoughts on “The Fantabulous Halloween Costume Contest

  1. Well, I don’t actually have a suggestion for hallowe’en (although I’ve dressed in the past as a hippy and a television), and I don’t actually know you, but found your website through All-Consuming. I only noticed because you have my name, and since it’s not exactly a common name, I decided to see who you are a bit. Good luck with hallowe’en!

  2. Last year I was a bag of Jelly Bellies and I have to say it was the cutest costume ever – and super cheap to make. Get 2 clear bags from the dry cleaners, a couple bags of water balloons or regular balloons, and some cute ribbon. Blow up the balloons and fill the dry cleaner bags about half way. Use the ribbon to tie the bags to your front and back (like a sandwich board). Go to, copy one of their logos, super-size it, print it, and tape it to the front of your bag. Although this costume is super cute, I will caution you – it takes up a lot volume. If you are heading out to a party that may be crowded then that crowd is not gonna be happy with you. I spent the whole night trying to sqeeze my balloons through doorways and groups of people, all while making sure no one tried to pop the balloons. But on the up-side, when the alcohol kicks in you can yell to everyone that passes by “I’ve got the FLAVA!” As in the flavor assortment…yeah, drunk college parties are soooo hilarious. Some other big hits of the night: Jesus, secret service agent (just use the cordless mic from your cell phone as the ear piece), a mad scientist, and a clan of Smurfs.

  3. A stripper BEFORE the batchelor party. Fully dressed as:
    a delivery woman
    meter maid
    nurse (my favorite)
    Just carry a boom-box with a copy of Warrant’s “cherry pie” in it(or get a strapping male friend to be your “protection) and you are officially a stripper!

  4. One year, I was invited to a Halloween party about four hours before it started. I had to think of something quick and witty. So, I went to a cosmetic counter and bought a tube of facial mask that (this is key) dried clear. I dressed normal and applied a thick layer to my face, neck, and arms. After it dried, I partially peeled it away from the skin in different directions. Then, I reapplied the mask to any areas exposed from the peeling, let it dry, and did the partial peel again. With creative application and partial peeling, the dried mask looked like hanging skin. I went to the party and told guests I was a tanning salon owner.
    Yes, it’s gross! It’s Halloween! Besides, it gets laughs and your fading Aruba tan would enhance it well. It’s a ‘break-glass-if-needed’ costume, at least – yeah?

  5. Probably a stupid idea, but maybe strangely appropriate.
    My suggestion is either:
    a) A hurricane. Would probably be difficult, but there’s lots of room for creativity. Besides, Hurricane Aubrey has a nice ring to it. And by the looks of it, your life is rather stormy.
    b) A hurricane reporter. You know, one of those wackos that stands in the middle of the hurricane as it makes landfall so they can report on the obvious (hey, it’s really windy and wet). With this option, you can do something cool-ish like hairspray your hair so that it’s completely horizontal and therefore looks like you’re standing head-on in hurricane force winds. There’s some room for creativity here, too.

  6. VOTING booth – that’s a GREAT idea. Especially since my manager is super pro-Bush and let’s just say I’m the antithesis of that.
    (And not sure who Lyndie England is – sorry, I’m a bit slow today…must be a hurricane effect or something)
    Keep the great ideas comin’!! There’s PRIZES to be won!

  7. I was Jesus last year but that probably works best for a guy. The best costume, which is easy and still relevant, was a person dressed head to toe in black, with black face paint on, wearing an iPod and a day-glo orange piece of paper stuck to his back – the iPod guy from the commercial…

  8. With all the retro toys from our generation making a comeback, go as Strawberry Shortcake or Rainbow Brite! Silly, yes, childish, yes… but no one will ask, “uhhhhhh, who are you supposed to be?”

  9. If you can have a partner in crime, one of you could wear a t-shirt with big black letters that spell “ALL THAT” and then the other one could wear a big plastic bag made to look like a giant bag of potato chips.

  10. Eh, can’t you… y’know, Google “Lyndie England”?
    All you need are military fatigues, a cig, and someone to follow you around the party, taking pictures of you pointing at them.

  11. How about a thermometer.
    Last year my son went as a condom dispenser (like one you may see in a gas station bathroom). It was for a college party. Not sure it would be appropriate for an office party.

  12. I went as a pylon last year. Made the base out of cardboard and covered it with bright orange clothe with duct tape where the reflective bits are supposed to be.
    This year, I think I’ll be going as a bottle of Corona, complete with a lime hat. 🙂

    With Satan slash, handcuffs, black eyes and such.
    A friend dressed up in this cosume last year and won first place. You can add your own imagination to it.

  14. My fiance and I are going as black eyed peas (P’s). We’re going to wear shirts with the letter “P” on the front, wear boxing gloves and paint black circles around our eyes to represent black eyes. Hence- Black eyed “P”‘s!! Get it??!!!
    You could also wear all black and put a big, white number 8 on the front of you and go as the magic 8 ball and put quirky ans. in your pocket on paper to pull out when someone asks you a ques.

  15. i sent a post to the wrong place earlier, i think. My suggestions were:
    A “boo” bee…A bee with the sign that says, “boo”
    a bag of groceries…piggly wiggly rocks!
    a club sandwich..foam cut to look like bread, felt to look like chees, tomatoes, lettuce, etc, a club in your hand, and a pickle hat
    a toilet…dress all in white and put cardboard under your shirt to make the tank, then add a seat to your lap, tissue box to your shoulder, and TP to your arm
    A midget…this requires belly baring..your tummy is the face, a giant top hat, shirt from hips to knees and kids pants from knees to feet
    Invisble man….an oversized trenchcoat hides your body and face, and a piece of wire suspends a hat and glasses about the coat
    I love 80s charachters…gizmo, smurfette
    Bright Idea: dress as a lightbulb

  16. Here’s a costume idea for halloween:
    Go as a drunken Bush. You will scare everyone, even conservatives.
    All you need is a Bush mask and a bottle and some moderate drunken acting skills.

  17. I was having the same problem but I always come up with something. here a few ideas of costumes I have been in the past & won contests with:
    Mr. Peanut, a book of matches or lighter (you can use the quote come on baby light my fire, a Jack in the box,a charge card (Visa, Amex), a flower, a box of tissues, a Shrimp cocktail, The Mona Lisa, If you have another person you could be 2 trees & a cloths line (each person is a tree & you hold a line with clothes pinned to it like a bra, boxers),2 people (guy/girl) go as streakers but the guy has the woman parts vise versa(it will make them look twice),If you have 3 people be a Ham & Cheese sandwich (2 people are slices of bread, made of foam, and the other is the Ham,made of a sheet, lettuce, cheese & tomato)when the ham is not with you, you are a Wish sandwich, wish you had some meat-ba ba balls. If all else fails you can be Martha Stwart she is this years big headliner.
    Well those are some ideas I have more but I think that is enough for now. GOOD LUCK finding a costume.

  18. I’m going as a hurricane…Hurricane Trey. I’ll simply draw the eye of the storm and some wind bands on a white t-shirt. I’m also going to get one of those fan/spray bottles and some leaves. when people ask me what I am I’ll tell them that I’m Hurricane Trey and spray them with the water bottle and throw leaves at them (wind, water, debris).

  19. I too am considering some last minute alternatives. Here were some ideas from my co-workers.
    Fallen Angel – Angel w/ cruches
    Brown(i)E – Dress all in brown w/ a cardboard E
    taped on
    A sweater – wet hair and mouse it, damp clothing (although this may not be great in cold environs)
    I think I’m going a the Purple People Eater. Dressed all in purple, with ginger bread men cookies, or if I don’t have time to bake them, cardboard cut outs of people w/ bite marks.
    Good Luck

  20. My personal favorite costume is a nerd. All you need are some suspenders, glasses taped at the corners and just add some dorky clothes. This is easy to put together and not too bad for the office party.

  21. Wear all blue – tape cotton balls to you & carry a spray bottle full of water. When someone asks tell them you are PARTLY CLOUDY (spray them) with a CHANCE of RAIN.

  22. ok…
    suicidal barbie- dress preppy, blonde wig(unless ur a blonde), makeup 2 make u look dead, and a rope around ur neck(or some way of killing ur self).
    this 1 iz easy… a nudist on strike- just wear regular clothes and carry a strike sign.
    last but not least…
    the chiak filet cow- wear all white and just pin black felt spots all over u and have a sign on ur shirt that says eat more chiken(but get the saying off of the website so that it looks right
    GOOD LUCK!!!!:-D

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