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Got an office party you need to make an effort for? Do you actually have friends and they actually invited you to a party? Staying home with your dog to pass out (or eat) candy? It’s not too late to pull together any of these last-minute costumes using things you can likely find in the garage. Bonus points if you make any early-season turns while in character.
1. Saucer Boy
If you’re aiming to put out a very extreme vibe this Halloween while paying homage to one of skiing’s legends, the late, great Shane McConkey suiting up as the godfather of extreme snow blading is the move. Safety first, of course, so toss your climbing rope over your shoulder and step in your harness. Click into your snow blades, bring your cheese grater, a bottle of Jack, and of course, your big red saucer. Really want to sell it? Take a page from McConkey: Stop taking yourself so seriously.
2. Glen Plake
As long as we’re playing homage to legends of the sport, the Mogul Master, Hot-Dogging King of the Bumps, Heavenly Mountain’s own Ski.E.O., Glen Plake, deserves the honor. Spray the tips of your bleach-blonde hair with a little pink and purple color, then it’s up in a mohawk for you. Apply glue. Let dry. Apply more glue. If you want a retro look, it’s a neon one-piece you’ll be wearing for the Trick-or-Treaters. If you’re going for a more modern Plake, pin that name tag on your PSIA instructor’s jacket. For inspiration, check out the latest instruction course, “Bump Like Plake” and hit the bumps.
3. #vanlife Influencer
Go to the gear closet. Pull out anything that has a visible brand logo. Extra points for Patagonia or The North Face swag. Slip into your favorite black leggings, Sorel boots, and beanie with a pom-pom. The bigger the pom-pom, the closer to God. Don’t forget the selfie stick and ring light. Have a dog? Even better. He’s now your party prop. Carry your skis backward, thank your sponsors, and take your top off (but only when visible from behind). You classy.
4. Liftie of the Year
This is an easy costume, but a worthy one. Throw on your favorite hoodies, the rattier the better, and your old, worn-out ski bibs. You’ll need a pair of Kinkos gloves in your back pocket and a resort-branded beanie or buff to complete the look. As any great lift operator knows, it’s the permanent grin, good-vibes music playing on the boombox, and bacon sizzling on the charcoal grill that pulls the entire offering together. Need more candy? Just make the call on your pocket radio.
5. Lindsey Vonn
Find a speedsuit you can still fit into from your college racing days. Blonde wig. A LOT of gold medals. BOOM. DONE. Bleat like the G.O.A.T. you are. Use crutches or carry a small dog to really drive this one home.
6. Park Rat
Whatever gear you have that’s way too big will finally get a chance to shine. Utilize that XL hoodie left behind but whats-his-name (maybe give it a wash first) and dial-up your favorite tunes on your Beats by Dre. Keep your pants around your quads with an Arcade belt and drag your twin-tips hand-in-hand behind you all evening. Throw one arm in a sling and unbuckle that helmet, if you’re even wearing one. Bonus points for a real cast.
7. Cloud 9 guest
Are you ready to party? There are a few things you’ll need to blend in with Aspen’s see-and-be-seen après crowd at Highlands. Start with your zip-up Gucci sweater. Now unzip it. Lower than that. You’ll need stretch ski pants if you want to be authentic, but anything Gore-Tex will do, especially if the tags are still on. Accessorize with a headband, mirrored Oakley goggles, fake eyelashes, and a chilled magnum of Veuve. Shake and spray, baby. Those bubbles aren’t for drinking. Editor’s note: Please get a ride home.
9. Volunteer Mountain Host
Wear a monochromatic ski kit, a name tag, and spend the evening passing out Nature Valley bars, tissues, and sunscreen. “Have a snowy day, Sir!”