Gear Guy

Q:

What Are the Best Halloween Costumes?

Raid your gear shed before this weekend’s party

What Are the Best Halloween Costumes?

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

A:

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 

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  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

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  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 

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  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

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  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

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