Sneaking in just before the Thanksgiving and Christmas craziness is one of the most polarizing holidays of the year. That’s right! It’s almost time for Halloween. If you’re like me, you love a good, creative Halloween costume that stands out from the crowd. We, with the help of Marlon Heimerl from HalloweenCostumes.com, have rounded up some of our favorite health and fitness inspired costumes again this year. Wear one of these, and you’re sure to stand out from the crowd of superheroes, Gatsbys and twerking Miley Cyruses.
Themed Marathon Runner
Themed marathons reached a high point in popularity this year, ranging from Color Runs to Disney inspired races to the slightly creepier Zombie Runs. For a relatively easy costume that’s also comfortable, throw on shorts, running shoes, a T-shirt and pick your favorite theme to accessorize your look.
Rhabdo the Clown
As the unofficial mascot of CrossFit, Rhabdo has gained some notoriety for seemingly mocking the health risks of the intense exercise regimen. He also makes a gruesome Halloween costume choice for those who want to be a little frightening, but don’t want to resort to traditional favorites like vampires and zombies. For this costume, all you need is workout gear, clown make up and wig, and a few organs hanging out of your exercise shorts. To go all out, carry around some heavy-looking weights and add make up to look extra tired and beat up.
Workout Video Star
If you’re looking for something reminiscent of days gone by, try emulating a popular workout video star. Marlon suggests this look, and said it is a popular costume every year. For added fun, get a group together and have them dress as your own background exercisers in brightly colored leotards and legwarmers.
Pop culture costumes are always fun, and nothing took pop culture over quite like Orange is the New Black when it debuted on Netflix this year. One of our favorite characters, Yoga Jones, makes for another easy costume. Just toss on a baggy white long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up, over-sized grey sweatpants, no makeup and a cropped blonde wig. For added oomph, make a name badge and carry around a yoga mat.
Miss Kansas 2013
If you’re looking for something a little more glamorous, try going as one of our favorite new role models, our own Miss Kansas! It’s a great way to go the pretty route for Halloween instead of the been there, done that princess costume. Find an evening gown, get your hair and makeup pageant ready, and don’t forget the sash and tiara. Find a bow in the costume accessories aisle and add a pair of combat boots to complete the look.
This costume is great for people with a serious sense of humor. With her pink jacket and white pants, Joanna Rohrback captured the hearts of most of the Internet when she shared the infamous Prancercising video. For women, Marlon suggests a combination of a pale pink jacket, white leggings and pearls to duplicate the look from the video. Particularly adventurous men can also get in on the fun by combining a pink top with baggier white pants. To ensure you get the best workout from your costume, add ankle weights and Prancersise the night away!
Sometimes the best costumes also offer social commentary. We loved Chipotle’s “The Scarecrow” video featuring a haunting version of “Pure Imagination” performed by Fiona Apple. The tie-in game is also an interesting way the brand is engaging their customers. Show the food company a little love this Halloween by dressing up as the star of the game and video. This costume can be worn by adults and kids. Just add a green bandana around the neck to a farmer’s costume and a little face paint to better resemble a scarecrow.
It invaded school lunches earlier this year, and now you can be one of the most frightening guests at your Halloween parties. Put together a random combination of pink clothing items and don’t worry if they don’t match or resemble an actual outfit. For added punch, carry around a “Coming to cafeterias near you” sign.
Miss Kansas Image courtesy the Miss Kansas Organization; Rhabdo image via library.crossfit.com, Yoga Jones image via washingtonpost.com