The Polygon employees shares its finest Halloween costumes

Halloween is stuffed with scary haunts, scrumptious sweet, however most significantly, costumes. And at Polygon, we’ve all bought a favorites.

Whether or not it’s a childhood favourite, one thing put collectively for a school celebration, or the winner of an workplace Halloween get-together, there’s a Halloween look that’s caught with us for years after. With the vacation upon us, the Polygon employees share their favourite seems of Halloweens previous — spooky, candy, foolish, and all the things in between.


Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece (2018)

julia lee dressed as luffy

Photograph: Julia Lee

Halloween is simply an excuse for me to do mediocre-quality cosplay. I’ve thrown a Halloween celebration yearly since faculty, and I attempt my finest to have costume, although the yr seen above, I had been in Korea for many of October, and scrambled at Michael’s (like, the craft retailer, not the house of the Polygon editor) to seize some material to throw this collectively.

None of my mates aside from me are into One Piece, however this costume slapped actually onerous. —Julia Lee


Veronica and JD from Heathers (2016)

two people dressed as jd and veronica from heathers

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

two people dressed as veronica and JD from heathers

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

Heathers was the second film that my companion and I watched collectively, so it felt becoming that for our first Halloween collectively we do a {couples} costume (the precise first film was A Clockwork Orange and … properly, that doesn’t lend itself simply to some’s costume). I tracked down assertion items for the outfits, did our “simply tried to homicide a bunch of highschool college students” make-up, after which trekked over to a Kangaroo Categorical Gasoline Station and Comfort retailer to get a slushie (there was no shut 7/11). I actually wished to #decide to the #bit. By doing so, I freaked out a number of of the fuel station attendants, who didn’t notice we had been sporting make-up. Whoops!

I additionally bought a frantic textual content message from my mom asking if I used to be smoking REAL cigarettes in that photograph and needed to reassure her that I simply purchased pretend ones, arguably a greater use of cash. — Petrana Radulovic


Cube and Belle (~1993-1996)

a group of kids dressed like Belle, darth vadar, and barney

Photograph: Nicole Carpenter

I’ve by no means actually had a “good” Halloween costume as an adolescent or an grownup, however my mother and father really rocked it once I was a toddler. My finest costume, simply, was a duo costume with my sister. We had been cube. My mother and father made the costume out of cardboard, naturally. It was big and hulking and I’m unsure how I sat at my desk in school.

Sadly, I don’t have a photograph of that one, however I do have a photograph of the costume that I wore most years as a child: Belle’s yellow robe. I requested my mother why I wore the identical Halloween costume for like 4 years in a row, and she or he stated it was as a result of I someway ended up with strep throat a number of Halloweens in a row — so I not often bought to go trick-or-treating anyway. Why get a brand new costume? — Nicole Carpenter


Generic Ghostbuster (1989)

a wee little chris plante as a ghostbuster

Photograph: Chris Plante

This needed to be the one time my mother and father bought a legit Halloween costume. Each different October, I dressed up as “a set of things from round the home mashed onto the body of a confused youngster.” A bunch of paper towels and duct tape made me a mummy. Some outsized boxer shooters and a smudge of mascara round a watch equaled a bruised boxer. As an adolescent, I lined myself in empty cereal packing containers and ketchup. I used to be a Cereal Killer.

However for this one yr, my mother and father splurged and I lived my dream of being an honest-to-goodness Ghostbuster™. I used to be ecstatic. Not which you could inform from this image. Can we take a second to understand these footwear? —Chris Plante


Child Bop from Barney (1995)

a little girl dressed as baby bop

Photograph: Emily Heller

With a Barney film on the horizon, my time has come. Like most ’90s children, I simply actually liked Barney. That Barney toy I’m holding on this image really got here from my aunt, who handed it to me in a retailer simply to have a look at however I refused to let it go so she had to purchase it for me. I used to be two years outdated and a lady, so naturally I wished to be Child Bop, the two-year-old woman Triceratops from Barney & Pals, for Halloween. I’m simply saying, Mr. Daniel Kaluuya, when you’re casting for Child Bop … I’m accessible. —Emily Heller


Cam’ron (2016)

a man in a pink fluffy coat

Photograph: Josh Rios

I actually love Halloween to the purpose that I make two costumes yearly regardless if I’m doing something. This was the higher costume of the 2, and likewise the warmest with the temperature that night time. Killa Cam season ceaselessly. —Josh Rios


Joaquin Phoenix from I’m Nonetheless Right here (2011)

a man in a fake beard

Photograph: Matt Patches

I don’t love dressing up on Halloween, so my costume aim is all the time to seek out one thing I can pull straight out of my closet and look respectable in when it will definitely falls aside. This look really took some work — to get a sufficiently big beard to match Phoenix’s burned-out-actor look from his covert, Jackass-like mockumentary I’m Nonetheless Right here, I needed to vogue a second curly hair wig into facial hair. I additionally spent an evening karaoking with sun shades on. Dedication! (Observe: I felt impressed by I’m Nonetheless Right here properly earlier than director Casey Affleck was sued for sexual harassment in the course of the making of the film — if I had identified on the time, I’d have discovered a greater solution to roam round Halloween events incognito. However the success of trying like a large ball of hair stands.) —Matt Patches


The Authentic Sport Boy (1991)

After I was eight, the unique Sport Boy was all the trend. I assumed it could make for a stellar costume, and doubtless not an excessive amount of of a attain to only discover a big cardboard field and draw some buttons on it. My mother had extra artistic ambition on the time and determined to do a throwback Sport Boy. She went via all of our outdated board video games that had been lacking varied items and glued/pinned all the boards to a single long-sleeve shirt that I then needed to put on. There have been most likely about 12 recreation boards on there. It was … cumbersome. And like all nice Halloween costumes, nobody bought it and it required me to repeatedly clarify what I used to be. Thanks mother. —Russ Frushtick

Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)

In 1993, I had simply moved to a brand new college in a brand new city. So to cement my standing as an enormous dork to a brand new group of fourth graders, I dressed up in a Sonic the Hedgehog costume from a mail-order catalog. It was a easy jumpsuit factor with material spikes on the again, and a fabric headpiece with much more quills, and cut-outs for my eyes and the decrease half of my face. It form of appeared sufficient just like the Sonic from the early ’90s cartoon, which I watched religiously each weekday morning earlier than college. I used to be so hype for this costume that I wore it consistently at dwelling earlier than, throughout, and after Halloween, and to my college’s Halloween carnival, regardless that it appeared like none of my new classmates wished to speak about how wonderful Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was. —Chelsea Stark

The Headless Horseman (1981)

My mom hated stitching. Asking for my Cub Scout patches to be sewn onto my uniform was an enormous carry, and neglect about really placing numbers on the Pittsburgh Steelers jersey I bought for Christmas. Such issues had been usually farmed out to a girl throughout city. However for Halloween 1981, Mother turned a stitching machine, and gave me the most effective costume any little child may ever hope for.

The Headless Horseman! Sleepy Hole was one in every of my favourite childhood tales, however after all my costuming ambitions had been vexed by the issue of creating my head disappear. Mother, a heady horsewoman since her teenage years, was hit by a bolt of inspiration. She disappeared into the bed room with a stitching package and a black adult-size foxhunting jacket, promising she had simply the factor in thoughts.

When Mother got here out, she had match collectively the jacket with false arms and padding, such that it could trip up above my shoulders, and I may see out the neck, with my eyes hid by the folds of a white scarf. I wore a black kerchief to cowl the highest of my head, and held my fingers down at my lap, beneath the jacket entrance. Mother cradled a plastic jack-o-lantern sweet bucket beneath the false arm, and with a pair of black using britches and matching boots, I used to be an ideal match for the undead Hessian searching for his noggin.

However wait, there’s extra! The horse! We saved two in an outdated secure behind our dwelling. One would function my mount, and no lie, I used to be the Headless Horseman using an honest-to-God horse to the Cub Scout Halloween Costume Contest on the Methodist Church simply up our road.

I made a show-stopping look — actually. When Mrs. Thomas, our Cub Scout chief, launched me, she marched everybody exterior to the car parking zone, the place I posed menacingly aboard a brown horse we referred to as Pokey. I requested Mother if she may make Pokey rear up for me. Mother demurred, and stated I ought to snarl some demand that Ichabod Crane present himself. However I didn’t win. It was clear that I had parental help (like, Mother made all of my costume). Who cares. No 7-year-old has any proper to an entrance that grand, however Mother gave me it anyway.

For trick-or-treating later that week, I didn’t trip Pokey. My large brother walked with me, as my imaginative and prescient was restricted. Imply outdated Damon Chappell, a troublemaking teenager from one other neighborhood, ambushed us with eggs by the Methodist Church. We ran, terrified, to the Myers’ dwelling, and banged on the door till Clint’s older sister allow us to inside. After I slipped off the costume, an egg fell out, unexploded. It was stopped by the padding beneath the false arms. That’s how good Mother’s Headless Horseman costume was: it was even impervious to a Halloween egging. —Owen S. Good

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