10 Costume Ideas Only DC Could Love
BYT Staff | Oct 30, 2014 | 11:00AM |

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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Caroline Rhea from The Caroline Rhea Show and Biggest Loser LIVE at Arlington Drafthouse @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
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Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work. In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up comedy. She studied in the stand-up program at the New School of Social Research and trained at the comedy club, Catch a Rising Star. With nightly gigs at New York's venerable clubs, Caroline's status quickly grew and she became an integral part of the city's comedy scene. Her career was further boosted by numerous appearances on "MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour," "Comic Strip Live" and "Caroline's Comedy Hour." For the last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out audiences in top comedy clubs all over the country and in Canada. Her feature credits include, "The Perfect Man," with Heather Locklear, a supporting role in "Man on the Moon," the story of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, co-starring Jim Carrey, "Christmas With the Kranks," opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the wrestling film, "Ready to Rumble," opposite Oliver Platt, David Arquette and Scott Caan. Caroline's television career has taken off since she first starred as Aunt Hilda on The WB's sitcom "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She will next be seen in Lifetime's made for television movie "Fat Like Me," airing on January 8th, 2007. She was last seen in a one hour stand up special, part of Bravo's "Funny Girls," entitled "Rhea's Anatomy," which aired on Halloween 2006. Other credits include; host of "The Caroline Rhea Show," regular guest on Whoopi Goldberg's "Hollywood Squares," Drew's girlfriend on "The Drew Carey Show," the made for television movie "Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire," "Pride and Joy" on NBC, Host of NBC's "The Biggest Loser", Comedy Central's "Pulp Comic," "Comic Relief 8" and "HBO's One Night Stand 2005." She also appeared in the pilot of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," written byLarry David. A Montreal native, Caroline currently resides in New York and Los Angeles.
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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.


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