Top 13 most Minnesota Halloween costumes
The following are a few ideas for costumes with a decidedly local flavor.
13. Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
Formal attire is required here: black dress or tuxedo with a white bow tie. Don't worry about bringing your instrument to the party. Just grab a receipt for the six-figure salary you used to make. Then, quietly in the corner, play the world's smallest violin.
12. Twin Cities Mayoral Candidates
There are so many to choose from. The wonderful difference between the clowns running for election in Minnesota and everywhere else: ours dress the part. Even New Yorkers are scoffing at Sharon Anderson's urban pirate getup, which she displayed at a recent forum in St. Paul: eye patch, a black T-shirt declaring "Lawless America," and as much gold as you can find. In Minneapolis, Jeff Wagner may be the easiest: search the dumpster behind your home for a scrap of old carpet and glue it to your chin. There's bound to be a pair of blue boxers and a mug if you dig deep. Hey, maybe you'll even find Jeff. Bring him to the party and you can both shout campaign slogans that sound like they were dreamed up by the Onion.
11. Marathon-Running Chewbacca
This is an easy enough getup, insofar as all you have to do is buy a regulation Chewbacca costume and tape a 1258 runner's number to it. But to really pull it off, you'll have to assume the happy, arms-pumping gait that was so deftly displayed in the viral photo. By the end of the night, your arms will no doubt be tired, and you'll be sweatier than a mother, but your irony-loving friends will be forever impressed.
10. Spoonbridge & Cherry
This look is for all you artsy folks out there who want to put a lot of impact into a sartorial statement without all the hassle of a huge costume. Get a styrofoam ball (at any craft store) and spray a quick layer of red paint over it. Then poke a hole into it near the top, stick a pipe cleaner (or a few woven together for added stability) in there, bend it a little, secure with some hot glue, and you've got a stem. Next, secure the whole thing to a headband, and you're a veritable piece of art.
What's a Minnesota Halloween without a Prince costume? Not anything we'd want to be a part of, that's for sure. It's an easy look to put together, too: First, get a purple velvet suit. (You can find those in any thrift store -- just not in the men's department.) Second, find a ruffled shirt. And third, finish it off with a jheri curl. For a more modern take on the Purple One, switch out the curls for an afro, add a pair of sunglasses to wear while you're indoors, and wave a silver cane over your head. In either case, don't forget the pancakes.
8. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
This outta be easy for pretty much everyone, since flannel is practically an official state uniform. Flannel, jeans, boots, and suspenders make up the brunt of Paul's (or Paula's!) costume. Beards are optional, but always awesome whether they're the real deal or a fun faux masterpiece. For a hipster Babe, you'll need blue flannel, blue wig, some horns, and you're good to go. And if you really want to have fun with this, you can go for MNsure's advertisement approach and make Paul a little accident prone: Ax accident? Pesky woodpecker? Sled crash?
7. Jean Lundegaard from Fargo
Slip into your modest, pale-pink pajamas (we know you've got them), throw on a knit sweater, and tease up your God-fearing Midwestern mom bangs because you're about to be kidnapped. Spend the rest of the evening running around your Halloween party (or neighborhood?) flailing, with a shower curtain over your head. Sure, it's an obscure costume to some people, but not to the cool kid crew you hang with. Bonus points if you can bring your hapless car salesman husband Jerry along for the evening.
6. Minneapolis Mayoral Ballot
For this costume, just go to your local Kinko's and have the Sample Ballot enlarged to life-size proportions, then glue it onto a sandwich board. You're sure to get giggles and knowing nods from fellow citizens who have been seeing this monstrosity in their mailbox this week and shaking their damn heads. As a bonus, drunk party guests can plan their Ranked Choice Voting strategies.
5. Crowd-surfing R.T. Rybak
To pull this off you'll need a blue button-down shirt, jeans, maybe a little button that says "Mayor of Minneapolis," and a piece of paper proclaiming it's Trampled By Turtles Day. And, oh yeah, like a half-dozen friends to hoist you into the air as you extemporize to anyone who'll listen about how the best music in the world comes from Minnesota. Even better? Get your
crowd-surfing enablers friends to be Trampled by Turtles. How? Read on.
4. Trampled By Turtles
The Duluth-bred band's name says it all. Hot-glue a bunch of plastic turtles to your clothes (or sew your old turtle Beanie Babies to your shirt -- since that was a failed investment anyway, right?). Bam, you've been trampled by turtles in the cutest way possible.
3. L.A. Nik
Got a black wig (or mop), a fedora, and a vaguely rock-ish tee around the house? Throw the lot together, add silver jewelry and leather for bonus points, and call yourself L.A. Nik. The beauty of this costume is its versatility: If your friends are the type who rarely venture downtown, and may not have crossed paths with Minneapolis's self-appointed "mayor after dark," you can also offer up for explanation things like, "legend in my own mind." To really get in character, start quoting some of Nik's best advice: "I left my girlfriend by the motorcycle, joined the guys, and did a few lines of coke... "
2. This week's Vikings quarterback
Grab a Vikings replica jersey, some tape, and a sharpie. Cover the name on the back of the jersey -- it almost won't certainly be of the QB who's actually starting on Sunday -- then place horizontal strips of tape along the back. Write the names of the plausible candidates on the strips -- you know, "Ponder," "Freeman," "Cassel," "Webb," hell, even "Favre" -- then simply create a little arrow made of tape that you can point toward the appropriate name. Of course, we probably won't know who's starting this week's game until the day after Halloween, so simply tell your pals you're dressed up as the Vikings quarterback quagmire rather than a specific player.
1. Pedal Pub Accident Survivor
Either paint your face rosy red to simulate the rapid consumption of a dozen beers, or pound a case of Hamm's. Grab some bandages and any fake blood left over from Zombie Pub Crawl, and strategically dress up your elbows and forehead as if you've just survived a drunken crash that actually wasn't your fault. Then, repeat phrases like "I'm never doing this again," "At least I wasn't on a Segway," and "Where's the bathroom?"
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