10 Costume Ideas Only DC Could Love
BYT Staff | Oct 30, 2014 | 11:00AM |
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We originally ran this piece in 2013. -ed.

Here are some D.C. appropriate costume ideas, some easy to pull-off, some that require trips to Home Depot, all do-able.

Brandon Weight’s/Wetherbee’s picks:

BYT hosts the 2013 Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival in Washington, D.C. on October 10-13, 2013.

  • Costume: Tourist
  • What you need: The ability to always be looking up with awe, guide book, travelers checks (those are still a thing, right?), a smile
  • Where to wear it: Everywhere: stand on the left side of the escalator, on a Segway, in every Smithsonian, in line at Ben’s
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: You get dirty looks but are really, really happy so you win!
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Man Repeller Leandra Medine visits the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. for a book signing on October 9, 2013.

  • Costume: A lobbyist that orders $22 Martinis
  • What you need: An ill-fitting American Psycho style suit, belief that Wall Street is an inspiration film, a copy of This Town
  • Where to wear it: Where you don’t order $22 martinis
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: You end up going on dates with escorts, a job on K Street

  • Costume: Washington Nationals Bryce Harper
  • What you need: a good haircut, abs, blue underwear
  • Where to wear it: You get asked clown questions, bro
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: You get asked clown questions, bro/become a bro

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  • Costume: Medical Marijuana Card
  • What you need: Cardboard, a smile. Think Beyonce and Instagram.
  • Where to wear it: Everywhere you want to make friends
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: You have met the most gullible person ever. Do not ruin their perfect worldview.

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Flickr photo by Al Pavangkanan

  • Costume: Food truck
  • What you need: food to give away/sell, a truck costume, clever name
  • Where to wear it: Anywhere that doesn’t serve food
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: Sell your product and watch the money roll in

Svetlana’s picks:

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  • Costume: Marion Barry
  • What you need: A suit, lip plumper and a combed out “thinning on top, party on the sides” Jheri curl wig. A sign saying “BITCH SET ME UP” or “BYTC set me up” if you’re feeling the way we’re feeling circa 2008
  • Where to wear it: Everywhere
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: You score.

  • Costume: Ben’s Half Smoke
  • What you need: One of those hot dog costumes, distressed. A bag of crinkle fries. A bow of chill to smear on (the smearing part can be actually probably achieved by simply eating at Ben’s before going out)
  • Where to wear it: Up and Down U Street, In front of white house with a sign “Eat Me Barack!” and beyond.
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: You get invited to the best after parties

  • Costume: The Metro (potentially good group option)
  • What you need: Some white or black jumpsuits, and a bunch of ribbons in designated colors.
  • Where to wear it: Anywhere you may be running a little late to.
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: You get yelled at via Twitter

  • Costume: 50 Shades of (Vincent) Gray
  • What you need: A gray suit, a Gray attitude, whip on the side
  • Where to wear it: To a house party where Marion Barry’s costume may not show up
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: We are afraid to think about this, actually.


  • Costume: Ian MacKaye
  • What you need: a tiny woolen hat, an extremely sober, intense facial expression, some Dischord vinyl, a pint of Haagen Dazs for old time’s sake
  • Where to wear it: House Parties in Mt. Pleasant in hopes of running into the real Ian MacKaye
  • What happens if you’re mistaken for the real thing: Henry Rollins comes up to you and hands you his kid.



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Recent Comments:
  • cg says:

    Get a giant penis costume (or paper mache one?) and wear a sandwich board/name-tag over it reading “Hi, my name is Congress.” And ask people how you can fuck them over today.

  • Dcgirl23 says:

    If you’re gonna be a tourist, don’t forget to take staged pictures in the places everyone has to walk, and go to a metro station, head for an escalator, scooch on over to the left side, and stand.

  • STDC Mike says:

    While the idea of dressing up as (9:30) Josh is a great one, there is no chance of actually being mistaken for him. I have travelled the world and never met his doppleganger, so that shit is out. Proper get-up though is have a friend dress up as trusty Wall of Beard co-captain (9:30) Ross the Boss. Then shake down drunken partygoers with subtle psychology and calm but firm talking-to.

    STDC Mike

    • Nadine says:

      dange thats nice, but my buck is bigger and I’m gonna get me atheonr big buck tommorrow so good luck to you guys and I’ll see yall tomorrow.

  • Logan Logan Donaldson says:

    Challenge: accepted

  • joe says:

    These are great.

  • naked juju says:

    naked naked naked everyone just go naked