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Brainstorming More Penn State-Inspired Halloween Costumes

It’s officially spooky season, folks.

As the pumpkins start rolling in and the leaves begin to change, you’re probably in the process of figuring out your slate of costumes for Halloweekend. However, the search for Halloween costumes can be both challenging and stressful.

Two years ago, we thought of some Penn State-themed Halloween costumes to help alleviate some October pressure, but we figured it was time to think of a few more.

So here’s a handful of Happy Valley Halloween costumes to help you stand out at any costume-required function.

James Franklin

Celebrate the Nittany Lions’ winning streak this Halloween as Penn State football head coach James Franklin. All you need is a snazzy bald cap, a football, and a tracksuit, and you’re good to go. Show the party-goers dressed like Barbie or a boxer who’s boss.

Old Coaly

Before we were gifted with our beloved Nittany Lion, Penn State had Old Coaly, a mule who worked his ass off across campus day in and day out.

Throw on a groutfit and some mule-esque accessories, and you’re sure to be the smart ass of the party.

Dorito Church

Ah, the Dorito Church. We know it, we love it.

Pick up a party-sized bag of Doritos from McLanahan’s and throw on a priest outfit to show the iconic Dorito Church some love.

With this fit, you won’t have to worry about getting hungry during your night out, either.


This one goes out to all the stoners.

Show some appreciation to the neighborhood smoke shop by rolling into the function as a LionsDeliver man or woman.

Beaver Stadium

Nothing says Penn State quite like our beloved Beaver Stadium.

Grab a beaver costume and add some gameday accessories to rock that classic stadium look.


Because the pool bar has been around for decades, Sharkies is definitely an ideal costume candidate. Although the bar may not be a hot commodity like Champs or Doggies, this costume will be much appreciated by the townies and old souls at the party.

Skull & Bones

Skull and Bones, Penn State’s very own secret society, is the perfect costume for those who are going for a mysterious vibe. This one is niche and might require a brief explanation, but at least you don’t have to worry about someone copying your fit.


Nothing is more calming than connecting with nature and going on a stroll in the Arboretum, so why not bring that nature to the function? Order a ghillie suit off Amazon (or DIY it with some shredded, green shirts), grab the random leis sitting around your home, and boom, you’re the Arboretum.

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About the Author

Evan Halfen

Evan Halfen is a junior broadcast journalism major from Newark, DE, and is one of Onward State's writers. Evan loves all things Penn State, tailgating, being loud, just about any beach, and his puppies, Butterscotch and Wentzy. You can direct all your suggestions, roasts, and jokes to his Instagram: @evan.halfen or email: [email protected].

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