Halloween approaches, and perhaps even more important than stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters is assembling a killer costume. This year, consider skipping the store-bought sexy ladybug outfit and going the DIY route instead with one of these food world costume ideas: replicate the signature look of America’s favorite television chefs, dress up as the year’s hottest Frappuccino flavor, or pay homage to the year’s best viral food meme.
Hell, no need to wait for Halloween: Any day is a good time to terrorize co-workers by dressing up like human firecracker Guy Fieri. Now go forth and crush that office costume contest.
Ina & Jeffrey Garten costume
Lifestyle maven/newfound resistance hero Ina Garten and her husband Jeffrey are the reason the hashtag #relationshipgoals was invented. Those ready to take their own courtship to the next level can try out this advanced couple’s costume: Ina’s look will require an expensive, oversized button-down shirt (hers are custom-made, naturally) and a sassy bob wig. Replicating Jeffrey’s affluent professor vibe necessitates a sweater vest and carrying around a roast chicken (while one homemade with love is preferred, a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store will do). As Ina would say, how bad can that be?
Unicorn Frappuccino costume
Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino was truly the most obnoxious beverage of the year. Unlike the mythical creature it was inspired by, this drink was very real — much to the chagrin of the poor baristas, who had to wash endless blender jars as tweens swarmed Starbucks locations across the nation in pursuit of this technicolor concoction. Thankfully, the drink’s run was limited to just a few days, but this costume will traumatize poor baristas all over again. Pair a signature green apron with a candy-colored unicorn wig and horn combo, and throw in a Frappuccino cup for good measure.
Bobby Flay costume
Food Network icon/restaurateur/Instagram-famous cat owner Bobby Flay has the kind of enviable ginger hair that cannot be replicated with a wig, so consider looking into temporary copper-colored hair spray. Imitating the rest of his look is easy: Put on a henley and an expensive-looking apron and grab a stuffed Maine Coon cat that looks just like Flay’s favorite feline companion, Nacho.
Anthony Bourdain costume
What better way to honor world traveler Anthony Bourdain, who died in June of this year, by dressing as him this Halloween. Here’s how to replicate his signature, “casual badass” look: temporary hair color spray in a distinguished shade of silver; a Ramones t-shirt under a black blazer; candy cigarettes; and dark sunglasses (to hide those hungover eyes after a long night of drinking with locals in Tbilisi). Bonus points for copying his forearm tattoos with a Sharpie.
Guy Fieri costume
Get ready to paint the town with Donkey Sauce this Halloween. To do the mayor of Flavortown justice, requirements include a blonde spiky wig along with an outlandish pair of wraparound sunglasses (wearing them on the back of the head is optional), and a button-down shirt emblazoned with flames. Most important is an arsenal of catchphrases such as, “I’d eat that on a flip-flop,” “That’s outta bounds,” and “Welcome to Flavortown!”
René Redzepi costume
Take a freshly pressed blue apron, a wig to imitate his casually coiffed mane, and a perfectly scruffy beard (stop shaving for a couple weeks or buy a stick-on version), et voila — it’s Copenhagen golden boy René Redzepi. Drive the theme home by handing out ants on a log to trick-or-treaters; whether that’s celery topped with peanut butter and raisins or actual ants à la the famous Noma dish depends on one’s personal level of commitment to the costume. After all, Halloween is basically the greatest foraging holiday.
Giada de Laurentiis costume
Vegas restaurateur and cooking show icon Giada de Laurentiis has cultivated a signature style over her years on the Food Network: At least one round of Crest Whitestrips will be required to imitate her dazzling smile. Add a low-cut sweater, grab a box of pasta, and be sure to over-enunciate Italian words. Say it with us now: spah-GEH-tee!