The search for a? Consider making a 30 minute phone call that really could have been an email. It’s one of many creative 2022 costume ideas from Spirit, America’s seasonal Halloween outfit retailer. Well, one of the ideas of the internet disguising itself as a Spirit, that is.
The Fake Spirit Halloween Costume Meme involves adding an image and text to a blank template of a prepackaged Spirit costume. The meme started in 2019, but it really took over this Spooktober as Halloween approached. Spirit himself even got in on the joke by going meta with a fake costume that turns you into a real Spirit Halloween store. The costume comes with a sign stating the abandoned building you’re taking over and “willingness to exist for just three months.”
The meme can get quite pointed and political (this is Internet after all). Fake suits hit short-lived British Prime Minister Liz Truss (“discard after 45 days,” the package reads for the Truss parody costume); President Joe Biden; Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene, California Governor Gavin Newsom and local politicians. But a lot of parodies just attack professional stereotypes and pop culture.
There’s the venture capitalist costume that will have you wowing any party with your “generic advice” and “aggressive termsheets.” And the private equity associate costume, which comes with an “elitist personality” and “business jargon flashcards” (sorry, newsletter subscribers sold separately).
Pro tip: If you’re donning the rusty cable-knit sweater that comes with the professional geospatial suit, be sure to read the phrases from the included phrasebook for realism: “No, a PDF of tables is not a basic of data.” “It’s like Google Maps with more layers.”
If you’d rather avoid the worlds of Wall Street and Silicon Valley and aim for celebrity culture this Halloween, you can become Hollywood’s “biggest bully and everyone knows it,” aka Lisa Rinna. If you follow The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you’ll know that cast member Kathy Hilton accused fellow Housewife Rinna of being precisely that during the show’s high-profile reunion earlier this month- this.
Going as Rinna will require a shimmering silver pantsuit, jewelry, and heavy makeup. If you want something lower maintenance, try being a financial podcaster like, or as an aerospace intern in a simple black T-shirt, jeans, and Converse. The unprepared hiker costume only requires flip flops and a sunburn. Then there is the professional screenwriter costume. All you need is a bathrobe, slippers and a look that hasn’t showered in days.