PolicyMic Staff Throwback Thursday: The Greatest Halloween Costumes From Our Pasts

Happy Halloween PolicyMic readers! This most hallowed of holidays has auspiciously fallen on a Thursday this year, meaning its the perfect time for the second installment of our PolicyMic Staff #TBT!

This round, we've dug up some photos of the most memorable costumed moments from our pasts. Scars, blood, poultry, jorts  we've got a little something for everyone. So take a look at our getups, and then answer this question in the comments: What is the greatest Halloween costume you ever wore?

1. Thomas McBee, Identities Editor

I wanted desperately to go to Space Camp (who didn't?), but instead I got an elaborate astronaut costume and a helmet with a super sweet red flashing light. And probably the best picture of my brother and I on record.

2. Caira Conner, Community Editor

2010: Year OF the Bat. Not Batwoman. Not Sexy Bat. Just a bat. Eat your heart out, Mean Girls.

3. Elena Sheppard, Arts & Entertainment Editor


I think I'm about 11 here. My best friend and I went as the sun and the moon (I'm the sun). It took us forever to make these and I still have an X-Acto knife scar on my leg from trying to cut perfect sun rays out of cardboard.

4. Sam Meier, Identities Editor


Strong Female Characters FTW. I believe I tried to drag my roommates to a riot grrrl cover band show at [Harvard Square hotspot] Tommy Doyle's in honor of my birthday (November 1st!). The noise was terrible, but wearing spandex in public was great.

5. Julianne Ross, Arts & Entertainment Editor


My bologna sandwich costume was not conducive to walking up the neighbors' steps for candy.

6. Jordan Fraade, Politics Editor

This was the year I went as Julia Child, after spending lots of time in her reassembled kitchen at the American History Museum in D.C. Extra credit to my roommate at the time, who got the brilliant last-minute idea to cut out rectangular strips of paper, write "BUTTER" on them in huge letters, and have me throw them into the mixing bowl all night. 

7. Ben Naddaff-Hafrey, Arts & Entertainment Editor

This was a recurring costume from second grade on, well into college.

8. Laura Dimon, Politics Editor


I think that year, I was feeling pretty low key and just wanted to be myself. So I dressed as Lady Macbeth: a sadistic, sociopathic, conniving, bloody, psychopathic, badass, Scottish OG. Except I'm not Scottish. And this isn't from Halloween. It was probably just another Monday afternoon.

9. Chris Miles, Founding Editor

No comment.

10. Ben Cosman, Breaking News Editor

My friends and I went as Never-Nudes one year. We realize now our costumes were insensitive. We did not mean to mock such a serious condition that millions live with every day.

11. Anthony Sessa, Lead Developer

I've been a clown three times in the last six years. The messy make-up was intentional. My mom sends me a "drinking cup" (that I am holding) for Halloween every year. I believe playing the part is a necessity to a  good costume, and given I was a psycho clown, I had a lot of fun.

12. Tom McKay, Politics Editor

This was for a Game of Thrones thing.

Don't tell the office I'm a nerd.


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Julianne Ross

Julianne is the Opinion Editor at Mic. Her writing has also appeared in places like TheAtlantic.com, Boston.com, Everyday Feminism and Role Reboot.

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