7 Halloween Costume Ideas Based on Local Hot Topics

Skip the traditional Halloween costume this year and go for one with more local and topical ties

It’s an election season and while many Seattleites are choosing to express themselves by voting, we think Halloween costumes are far more effective at shaping society. Should you opt to dress in one of these seven highly topical (and highly ridiculous) costume suggestions, we are not liable for any embarrassment, pointing or injuries that may occur at your Halloween party.


Parklet

Seattle recently built its first parklet, which is a mini public park in place of a parking spot. Simply attach two lawn chairs to your front and backside for people to sit on. You’ll be of great service at parties and food trucks. If you want to risk it, go stand in an actual parking space.


Whiny 49ers Fan

Apparently, CenturyLink Field is too loud for the San Francisco 49ers to remember how to play football, thus eliciting complaints from their fans. For this costume, buy a Colin Kaepernick jersey, paint tears under your eyes, keep your hands over your ears and fret that it's too loud wherever you go.


$15 Minimum Wage Increase

Show your awareness for this issue by donning a giant check made out for $15. If you’re opposed to the increase, write "Never" in the check’s date area and "Not Economically Viable" in the memo section. If you support it, opt for "About Time" and "To Live." Note: Having a giant check printed will cost way more than $15.


Confusing Marijuana Laws

Washington legalized marijuana, but many people still have no idea what the rules are. Express that confusion by wearing a t-shirt featuring state laws on one side and federal laws on the other. Carry a magnifying glass and a bag of pot, and gesture to the laws while asking, "Is this legal?"


Bike Lane

Bike lanes are literally divisive
. Your costume can bring cyclists and drivers together. Paint your chest a concrete gray, add a bike symbol and lie down at a Halloween party, saying, “Hey, this is a bike lane!” (Don't do this on an actual road.) Have a friend dress like a car and argue with him.



GMO Label

Countless advertisements have run in support and opposition to genetically modified food labeling. If you’ve eaten anything in this country, you most likely have some GMOs in you right now. You might as well wear a giant label informing people of this. It will be especially useful if society resorts to cannibalism.


Food Truck

Everyone loves mobile food. Cut a rectangular hole in cardboard as your serving window, carry around some food, have someone stand next to you taking orders and hold a cigarette above your head (or some dry ice) to act as smoke. Bam! You’re a food truck, sort of.


If you actually dress up as any of these, please send us pictures.

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