The Ghost Of Pumpkin Spice & Other Trendy Food Costumes To DIY This Year

Illustration by Louisa Cannell
With October just a week away, the Halloween countdown is about to commence — and this year, we're going the DIY route. Because not only do self-assembled costumes save you from throwing down $60 at a cheesy pop-up Halloween store, they also look way cooler than anything that comes wrapped in plastic could ever hope to. So go ahead and tell your friend who already started planning some intricate group idea that you're doing your own thing this time. (Come on, 'Khaleesi and her dragons' is so last year, anyway.)
Instead of obvious, overdone costume ideas, we're looking to food as the inspiration for our Halloween dress code. But not just any old apple or banana suit. These costumes will bring a dose of pop culture to the party — and can be easily assembled from goods we either already own or can scoop up on the cheap at a nearby craft store. Whether it's a fashionable play on the polarizing pickle trend, an understated ode to the plastic straw ban, or even a strong interpretation on Antoni Porowski's avocado-love, the five costumes ahead capture the major food moments of 2018 with witty subtlety. Scroll ahead to get the recipes for an effortlessly stylish, original, and affordable October 31.
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Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
Sonic's Pickle Juice Slush

Ingredients
Green-hued clothing
Pickle-shaped cardboard cutout (two pieces)
Green and white paint (or markers)
Rope or ribbon
Neon green hairspray (or wig)
Green makeup and other accessories

Instructions
1. Dress yourself in an all-green outfit from head-to-toe.

2. Cut a piece of cardboard or poster board into two pickle-shaped pieces, paint to resemble a pickle, and finish by drawing a Sonic logo on the front.

3. Punch two holes into each top piece of cardboard pickle cutouts and string rope or ribbon through to create a shoulder harness.

4. Finish the look by giving your hair, face, hands, and feet a dose of neon green accessorizing.

*Bonus points if you can get your hands on a real sonic pickle juice slush (or DIY one) to carry around with you.
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Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
The Oat Milk Trend

Ingredients
Off-white or nude-hued clothing
Milk carton-shaped cardboard cutout (two pieces)
Rope or ribbon
Brown and off-white paint (or markers)
Small sunglasses
Your choice of trendy sneaks

Instructions
1. Dress yourself in either an off-white or nude outfit from head-to-toe.

2. Cut a piece of cardboard or poster board into two milk carton shapes for your front and back and paint to resemble a trendy oat milk brand's logo.

3. Punch two holes into each top piece of cardboard carton cutouts and string rope or ribbon through to create a shoulder harness.

4. To complete this lewk, wear small sunglasses, a pair of trendy sneaks, and constantly tell people that, "almond milk is over!"
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Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
Plastic Straw Ban

Ingredients
Nude-hued clothing
Two colorful pool noodles
Rope, ribbon, or duct tape
Caution tape or "Do Not Sip!" signage

Instructions
1. Dress yourself in an all-nude outfit from head-to-toe.

2. Fasten each a pool noodle to your front and back with either rope, ribbon, or duct tape around your midsection.

3. Finish the look by wrapping yourself in caution tape and/or, "Do Not Sip!" signage.
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Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
The Ghost Of Pumpkin Spice

Ingredients
Orange sheet or fabric
Scissors
Green hat (preferably a beret)
Starbucks cup (preferably containing a PSL)

Instructions
1. Cut a jack-o-lantern pumpkin-style face into the center of an orange sheet and drape it over your body (positioning the appropriate holes to fit your face).

2. Finish the look by popping a stylish green beret onto your head (will help hold the sheet in place), holding a Starbucks cup in your hand, and wailing in your spookiest voice, "I'll have a Venti PSL, please."
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Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
Antoni's Infamous Guac From Queer Eye

Ingredients
Green-hued clothing
Avocado-shaped cardboard cutout (two pieces)
Green, white, black, and brown paint (or markers)
Rope or ribbon
*Real container of greek yogurt, cilantro, and lime slices optional

Instructions
1. Dress yourself in an all-green outfit from head-to-toe.

2. Cut a piece of cardboard or poster board into two avocado-shaped pieces, paint to resemble an avocado, and finish by decorating the front avocado half with either drawings or real versions of the following: a greek yogurt container, cilantro, and lime slices.

3. Punch two holes into each top piece of cardboard avocado cutouts and string rope or ribbon through to create a shoulder harness.

4. Finish the look by labeling the front of your avocado costume with, "Made By Antoni Porowski," and spend the night saying things like, "perfectly ripe avocados are really nice," and, "this is how to make your guac super interesting," in your best Antoni voice.
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