Halloween Costumes (With a Twist)

It seems like every year, costume shops offer the same outfits:

  • Sexy [insert occupation here]
  • Lingerie-clad version of a Marvel/DC superhero
  • Sexy [insert cherished childhood cartoon character here]
  • Costume that insults someone’s heritage, culture, or ethnicity

Navigating Halloween stores this time of year can be challenging when you’re trying to be original. Luckily, with a simple twist, classic characters can be reimagined into something unique.

So, this year:

Instead of sexy Pikachu


Be hungover Pikachu!

You’ll probably be hungover the day after the Halloween party anyway.


Here’s what you need:

  • Pikachu kit
  • Fake cigarette
  • Beer bottle in a paper bag
  • Dark under-eye circles (If you’re like me, these are free!)
  • 5 o-clock shadow
  • Pajama pants
  • White tank top
  • Kimono

Instead of slave Leia…


Be slave Jabba the Hutt!

I’m sure you could even be “sexy slave Jabba the Hutt” if you layer the slave Leia costume over your new lumpy facade.


Here’s what you need:

  • Brown sleeping bag (Get tired during the party? Just collapse like a fainting goat mid-sentence!)
  • Chains
  • Slime
  • Deep voice
  • Long tongue
  • Bulging eyes

Instead of Iron Man…


Be Ron Man! Or, (as my mom called him one day) Ironing Man!

Who wouldn’t want to be the breakfast-loving, government-hating, woodworking Ron Swanson for Halloween? Why not step it up by pairing your mustache and grimace with a Stark original?

Not a Parks and Recreation fan? Go with Ironing Man! Personally, I don’t think that suit could be ironed, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen the tag with care instructions.

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.16.05 AM ironing_manHere’s what you need:

  • Mustache
  • Hate/Love for people named Tammy
  • Cedar chips
  • A steak
  • Iron Man Costume
  • Iron/Ironing board (for ironing man–Ron Swanson doesn’t iron. He sweats the wrinkles from his shirt the way nature intended.)

Instead of Han Solo…


Be Han Solo Cup!

I’m sure Han could have used a drink after all that. I know I’d want a beer after being stuck in carbonite for that long. Extra points if you team up with slave Jabba on your travels.


Here’s what you need:

  • Han Solo costume
  • Blaster (to shoot first with)
  • Friend to dress as Chewy to follow you around
  • Giant solo cup


  • Regular-size solo cup
  • Growth-Ray

Instead of Heisenburg…


Be Heisen-burger!

What better insult to Gus than giving Los Pollos Hermanos some burger-based competition?


Here’s what you need:

  • Goatee
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Bag of meth (or rock candy, up to you)
  • Burger costume

Instead of Handsome Jack…


Be Handsome Jack Daniels!

Everyone’s favorite antagonist mixed with whisky — what could go wrong?


Here’s what you need:

  • Handsome Jack Mask
  • Jack Daniel’s t-shirt, dress, or epic cardboard box costume (left)
  • Interest in being a dictator

Have an idea for another costume mash up? Using one of ours? Let us know and send photos of your 2015 costume!

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