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Brainstorming Penn State-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Gone are the days of space cowgirls and Hugh Hefner costumes. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find the happy medium between basic and too specific that people have no idea what you are. Halloween is a stressful time of year!

In 2019, Penn States students flooded downtown with chains and mustaches to represent Ice God Jake Zembiec, a football sideline icon. Last year, we created a TikTok with costume ideas ranging from the Willard Preacher to the Hot UPS Bae.

We couldn’t let down our fellow Penn Staters for year three, so we compiled a list of individual, couple, and group Halloween costumes. Check out our latest Penn State-related costume ideas, but don’t take them too seriously:

Dirty Sprite

Every Penn State student who is 21 and older has probably experienced the delectable taste of Champs’ famous Dirty Sprite. If you roll up to Champs with this costume, you’ll almost be guaranteed to skip the line.

To prepare for this costume, do not shower or shave for a week straight. Throw on your stained, sweaty clothing and top it off with a liter of Sprite. Real ones will get it.

The Obelisk

This one is for the tall, lanky men of Penn State. All you have to do is wear a groutfit and throw on a pointy gray hat, and you’re set. Give the Obelisk the credit it deserves with this last-minute costume.

Kids On Leashes

Seeing the babies walking around on leashes gives you an instant boost of serotonin. The toddlers that are a part of the on-campus daycare occasionally take walks around campus. Penn State’s a busy place, so their teachers make them hold on to a long fabric chain to keep them near.

Well, this Halloween, you have the chance to make every student happy by gathering your five closest friends and dressing as babies. Purchase a multi-person leash on Amazon, and you’ve got yourself a group costume.

Micah Shrewsberry

Dressing as James Franklin is sooo last year. Break out the bald cap and lace up your high school basketball shoes. Penn State men’s basketball head coach Micah Shrewsberry sports a cute but comfy look. Besides, all you really need is some Penn State gear and a basketball.

Yallah Taco

All I’m saying is a friend of the blog dressed as a Yallah Taco two years ago and scored herself some free late-night food. You can find taco costumes all over the Internet, and it’s even available through Amazon Prime. Splatter some white paint across your costume to signify Yallah sauce, and boom — Yallah Taco.

HUB Dining Legend Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan, also known as the HUB dining legend and former Chick-fil-A gatekeeper, is the glue that keeps the HUB running. Donovan flexes his prescription aviators and dark blue visor day in and day out. And remember, “Mask above the nose!”

Penn State Reject

Where do high school seniors go when they can’t get into Penn State? The University of Pittsburgh, of course.

Borrow some Pitt merch from your friends back home, and you’ve got yourself a Penn State reject costume.

Blue Band

If you’re looking for a niche couples costume, Blue Band is the way to go. If you happen to have a friend in the band, you could borrow their uniforms. Or, one person can dress head-to-toe in blue, and the other person can cover themselves in rubber bands. Blue Band. You can even order a cheap inflatable instrument off of Amazon or finally put your fourth grader recorder to use.

In A Pickle

Redifer Common’s “In A Pickle” is the closest thing to fine dining at Penn State. Those chicken pesto paninis and subs are to die for. Though In A Pickle has been closed for the majority of the pandemic, it’s now open, and that’s all that matters.

Order a pickle costume off of Amazon, and you’re literally in a pickle.

Chicken Basket

Fine dining at Penn State sports facilities always involves purchasing a chicken basket. Chicken costumes are everywhere online, and a traditional Easter basket serves as the perfect prop to complete the ‘fit.

21st Birthday Girl

Imagine the look on the face of the Phyrst bouncer when you show up dressed like it’s your 21st birthday when it’s actually not. If you’re of age, someone in your house or apartment is bound to have a 21st sash and their green plastic hard hat. Chances are, you’ll get free drinks if you wear this costume out, too.

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Colleen Nersten

Colleen is a junior biology major from York, Pa and is one of Onward State's associate editors. She overuses the ~tilde~ and aspires to be no other than the great Guy Fieri. You can find Colleen filling up her gas tank at Rutter’s, the ~superior~ Pennsylvania gas station. Please direct any questions or concerns to [email protected]


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