What Are the Best Halloween Costumes?

Raid your gear shed before this weekend’s party

Oct 27, 2015
Outside Magazine
What Are the Best Halloween Costumes?

Repurposing your gear has never been so culturally relevant.    Photo: Joe Jackson


No Halloween costume? No problem. All that dorky-looking outdoor gear you wear on the river, trail, and slopes can be transformed into a great trick-or-treating outfit—if you get creative. Here are four options you can pull from your closet or shed.

Wetsuit Ninja 

  Photo: Joe Jackson

Slap on a wetsuit, throw a Buff Balaclava over your face, break out your old FiveFingers shoes (or Injinji socks), and be the best-dressed ninja at the party. This costume gets a little hot, but you’ll be plenty warm collecting candy. 

Drysuit Starship Troopers Trooper

  Photo: Joe Jackson

Drysuits are expensive and super-specialized, so it’s nice to repurpose them once a year as futuristic alien-slaying outfits from Starship Troopers. (If you don’t have a drysuit, you can use base layers instead.) Add a cool helmet and goggles and the costume gets even better. Bonus points if you have a fake laser gun.

Adventure Cats 

  Photo: Joe Jackson

I obsessively follow Adventure Cats (@adventurecatsorg) on Instagram (hey, it’s fun!). The feed is great inspiration for a costume. Put on your harness, tie into a rope, slap on a life jacket, paint on some whiskers, and boom: You’re an adventure cat, too. The costume takes a bit of explaining, but it’s a great conversation starter.

Jerry of the Day

  Photo: Joe Jackson

Jerry (noun): Someone who misuses his gear or gets in over his head. Some of the best Jerries pop up on the ski hill (documented by the Instagram feed @jerryoftheday), so this costume is simple: Throw your helmet and bibs on backwards, wear your goggles upside down, and then walk around documenting yourself with a GoPro attached to a selfie stick. 

Need More Ideas?

Check out the DIY costumes we pulled from our gear shed last year

More at Outside

Elsewhere on the Web

Not Now

Need a Gear Fix?

Open email. Get latest gear. Repeat.

Thank you!