I am looking for a last halloween costume? Why not treat it as a 30 minute phone call that really could have been an email. This is one of many creative 2022 costume ideas from Spirit, America’s seasonal pop-up Halloween costume retailer. Well, one of the ideas from the Internet is to dress up as a Spirit.
The Fake Spirit Halloween costume meme involves adding an image and text to a blank template of a pre-packaged Spirit costume. The meme was born in 2019, but it really caught on this Spooktober with Halloween just around the corner. Spirit himself even got in on the joke by going meta with a fake costume that turns you into an actual Spirit Halloween store. The suit comes with a sign of an abandoned building you take and a “desire to exist for only three months”.
The meme can be quite sharp and political (ie there is Internet after all). British Prime Minister Liz Truss in a fake costume that didn’t last long (“to be discarded after 45 days,” says the packaging for trass parody costume); President Joe Biden; Representative Marjorie Taylor-Green, California Governor Gavin Newsom and local politicians. But many parodies simply poke at professional stereotypes and pop culture.
There’s a venture capitalist suit that will wow any party with its “general advice” and “aggressive terms.” And a private equity executive suit that comes with an “elitist persona” and “business jargon cards” (sorry, newsletter subscribers sold separately).
Pro tip: When you’re wearing the knit sweater that comes with your geospatial professional suit, be sure to read the phrases from the included phrasebook for added realism: “No, PDF spreadsheets are not a database.” “It’s like Google Maps with more layers.”
If you’d rather avoid the worlds of Wall Street and Silicon Valley and gravitate towards celebrity culture this Halloween, you can step up as “the biggest bully in Hollywood and everyone knows it,” aka Lisa Rinna. If you follow The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills , you know that cast member Kathy Hilton accused fellow housewife Reena of being just that during a highly publicized reunion earlier this month.
To play Rina, you’ll need a shiny silver pantsuit, jewelry, and heavy makeup. If you want something a little more low maintenance, try becoming a financial podcaster CNET’s Farnoosh Torabi, or as an aerospace intern in a simple black t-shirt, jeans and Converse. For an unprepared tourist costume, all you need is flip-flops and a tan. Then there’s the screenwriter’s professional suit. All you need is a robe, slippers and a look like you haven’t showered in days.