MAL-o-ween Costume Review of Awesomeness

Welcome, November! That fine autumn month, full of pumpkin spice and everything nice. But wait, what’s that I hear? The sound of… CHRISTMAS MUSIC? Waitwaitwait, I’m not done with Halloween yet!

Personally, I’m a bit resistant to jingling bells prior to Thanksgiving week, but YMMV. Since Halloween may be the craftiest of holidays, we’re still hanging on to a bit of that spirit over here at the Lab. D’you wanna see how we all spent last weekend? Of course you do.

Now, we all know the finest Halloween costumes are still being tweaked as we walk out the door, so photos are generally not taken until day-of. And then we’re out at a party, and hand someone else our phone, and… well… maybe we should just take selfies. Basically, just know that most of us did not have professional photographers following us around on Saturday. 😀

And with that caveat, here we go!

Many of us have seen Ryan’s costume before, but perhaps not in such a corporate environment.

MAL contributor Ryan dressed as Mad Max. In the middle of an office.

Julie says, “Here’s a terrible phone cam shot of me taken by my daughter of me in my Robot Monster costume. It’s from the bad 50’s sci fi movie of that name. It combines a gorilla costume, space helmet, theremin sound FX (off the phone) and bubbles.”

MAL contributor Julie dressed as Robot Monster, with a gorilla suit body and a space helmet.


MAL contributor Lauren dressed as a Chotchkie’s employee (Office Space) in a green and white striped shirt with suspenders covered in "flair" buttons.

It was inevitable that Katie would eventually do the Fiona Apple squid hat. I am uncertain as to the significance of the hula girl as makeup brush.

MAL contributor Katie dressed as Fiona Apple with a stuffed squid on her head.

Chris just yells, “THIS IS ME NOW!!”


Brian and Kelly fought. Epically.

MAL contributor Brian in a lightsaber battle with Kelly. Both are in Star Wars costumes.


dis is me dressed as Marty McFly.

Marty supposedly lived in California, I understand, but was wearing UMPTEEN LAYERS: a tshirt, a button-down, a denim jacket and a down vest. WTF. Let’s just say I wasn’t cold. In Chicago. In October.

Amy and Johnny stayed in to hand out candy, but the Force is strong with them.

Boss-lady Amy and Johnny on Halloween

Jamie is FURIOSA! No more need be said!

Skepchick contributor Jamie as Furiosa from Mad Max

Julia as Slash. Because how could you not?

Julia as Slash in a red leather jacket with her super-curls exploding from under a black hat

Olivia is JOY! (And I still really, really need to see Inside Out!)

Olivia as Joy from Inside Out

…and then we have the Bruces. Which someone will hopefully explain to me a bit more in the comments.

First up, Nicole is a Monty Python Bruce. Lacking Fosters, she had to make do with Australian wine.

Nicole as a Bruce, wearing a khaki brimmed hat with corks hanging from it and a white button-down, carrying a bottle of Yellow Tail wine

Next we have Liz and Tim as two additional Bruces. Or two sides of a single Bruce. Or… never mind. A Bruce party was held. Many Bruces were there. What sort of Bruce would you be?

Liz and Tim as two versions of Bruce Banner

Finally, even pets can get in on the Halloween action! This is Nicole’s WonderDog, Macey. On the sort of lovely campus one gets to run around on when one’s human is a brilliant professor.

Nicole's dog Macey, dressed as Wonder Woman

Do you have a great costume to share? Let’s hang on to Halloween a bit longer! Post your photos in the comments, which are new and improved WITH PEEKATURES!

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Beth Voigt

Beth Voigt

Beth is a graphic designer in Chicago, a superhero in her own mind, and absolutely nothing on TV. She wrangles fonts professionally, pummels code amateurishly, and has been known to shove fire in her face for fun. Fond of volunteering, late-night bursts of productivity, and making snacks, she dislikes grocery shopping and public transit and is still on her first smartphone. Her opinion is that you should try everything twice; if you don't like it, you were probably doing it wrong the first time around.


  1. November 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    “…and then we have the Bruces. Which someone will hopefully explain to me a bit more in the comments.” There is no explanation of the Bruces. They just are. 

  2. November 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    You all look so amazing and wonderful and fabulous and I’m sorry to break this to you but MACEY WINS HALLOWEEN!

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