Girls Will Be Boys: BYT Halloween 2009
Morgan Hungerford | Oct 30, 2009 | 8:41AM |

Halloween is HERE. Fine – it’s actually here tomorrow, but it falling on a weekend presents not one but TWO nights worth of costume opportunities. Just like last year (and the year before that), we’ve SCIENTIFICALLY TESTED 4 easy-to-throw-together outfits that all equal last-minute Halloween SUCCESS. Our 2007 spread was all about the ladies; 2008 was for the guys; this year we mind-melded and came up with the best of both worlds: because left to their own devices, GIRLS WILL BE BOYS…

At first glance THE DUDE looks like the easiest costume ever – an old bathrobe, a gnar v-neck, sunglasses and Jesus sandals are all sitting in your closet in some form or another – it’s the ETHOS that’s hard to nail. To accurately portray the laziest man in all of Los Angeles County you’re going to have to lay back, take it easy, and throw ambition to the wind. Get in the mindset with a highball glass and a full night’s supply of White Russians, a Creedence cassette, and a healthy ambivalence for the man. To you, EVERYDAY is Saturday – workweek? PSSSHHHHHHT. Last time you had a steady paycheck was as a roadie for the Metallica SPEED OF SOUND TOUR. Bunch of assholes. This aggression will not stand, man.

Wayne and Garth are probably the most righteous BFFS ever – just like you and yours. While it would HELP if you guys owned and operated a totally excellent cable access show out of Aurora, Illinois, don’t worry if you’ve only got REALLY CHEAP WIGS and an ungodly pile of middle school jeans. You’ll make do. Add plenty of joe-jobs (I mean, nothing you’d call a career – let’s put it this way: you’ve got an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets), solid affection for Stan Mikita’s jelly donuts, and a serious predilection for partytime. There’s no better bonding experience than a COUPLES COSTUME, and from here on out you guys will totally be there for each other, even when you’re incredibly humongoid giant stars; when you’re in your hanging-out-with-Ravi Shankar phases; when you’re in your carbohydrate, sequin-jumpsuit, young-girls-in-white-cotton-panties, waking-up-in-a-pool-of-your-own-vomit, bloated-purple-dead-on-a-toilet-phases. You’d be mental not to. ZANG. GAME ON.

The most difficult part of any Rambo costume is deciding WHICH Rambo to give to the world. First Blood Pt. II, mud-wall Rambo? TOO MESSY. Rambo IV, snake-handling Rambo? TOO MANY SNAKES. Old Rambo? TOO OLD. We went with THE ESSENCE of John J – and you should too. Just check in with Trautman, tie on a red headband, grab an army jacket and a gigantic gun or knife, and take to the woods. To survive a war, you gotta become war. TRUTH.

Photographs: Alfonso Rosales ([email protected])
Styling: Morgan Hungerford
Becca Gourley as THE DUDE
Alexandra Verville as GARTH ALGAR
Morgan Hungerford as WAYNE CAMPBELL
Jessica Sheridan as JOHN J. RAMBO
THE DUDE’s hair by Rebekah Calo
THE DUDE’s makeup by Akemi Kanakazi ([email protected])
Special Effects: Erik Loften
Creative Consultant: Mitchell West
OH THANK YOU: Svetlana Legetic, Rory Sheridan, Andrew Herndon.

Recent Comments:
  • cynthia says:

    “that’s just like, your opinion, man.” i wish i had a dingy bathrobe!

  • Alan Zilberman says:


    Great costume! Quick question: Did you pay for the half and half with a check? If so, why aren’t there photos of the transaction?

  • Ghoser the Ghoserian says:

    Dikes…gotta love em!

  • svetlana Svetlana says:

    Becca is probably the only person in the universe that can pull off BOTH Margo Tanenbaum AND The Dude SO FLAWLESSLY.

  • Becca says:

    sometimes you’re so chill you forget the checkbook.

  • Andrew says:

    yeah man, the dude abides, rambo kills, and wayne and garth party on, Mungs, i’m constantly impressed with your ability to channel my inner soul, and by that I mean… ultimate dudliness.

  • Some cool kid says:

    That Garth is hot.