October 21, 2022

St. Louis-Specific Halloween Costumes Perfect For 2022


Anybody can go to Johnnie Brock’s and buy a Batman outfit. But if you want to look apropos for 2022, we recommend going with something much harder to pull off: a St. Louis-specific Halloween costume. Some of these let you show off your inner snark. Others simply allow you to declare your love for all things St. Louis. Either way, you’ll make an indelible impression — and cement your place as someone who knows what’s up.

Read on for some inspired St. Louis ideas.
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Josh HawleyWhat could be more 2022 than the grandstanding junior senator from Missouri raising his arm with a clench-fisted salute to would-be rioters assembling outside the Capitol — only to take off running once the invaders invaded? Key to this look: a skinny suit, a smug expression, and a stack of manila folders in your hand as you run like a total chicken.
Left: Francis Chung/Courtesy of E&E News and Politico / Right: Jan 6. Committee / screengrab via Twitter

Josh Hawley

What could be more 2022 than the grandstanding junior senator from Missouri raising his arm with a clench-fisted salute to would-be rioters assembling outside the Capitol — only to take off running once the invaders invaded? Key to this look: a skinny suit, a smug expression, and a stack of manila folders in your hand as you run like a total chicken.
Stan KroenkeContinuing the bad guy theme, how about putting forth your best Stan Kroenke? Wear a trenchcoat, shades, a bad wig and a bad mustache — and bring St. Louis a check for $571 million.
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Stan Kroenke

Continuing the bad guy theme, how about putting forth your best Stan Kroenke? Wear a trenchcoat, shades, a bad wig and a bad mustache — and bring St. Louis a check for $571 million.
Bruce Sutter, RIP
With a Cardinals uniform, a magnificent beard and a halo overhead, you could easily be the recently departed pitching ace.

Bruce Sutter, RIP

With a Cardinals uniform, a magnificent beard and a halo overhead, you could easily be the recently departed pitching ace.
One of Eric Schmitt's many failed lawsuits
For this one, you can just tape a bunch of paper and ripped up Monopoly money to your clothes and head on out. Whenever anyone asks what you are, you can take your pick of which failed lawsuit of Eric Schmitt's. Are you his most recent failed lawsuit à la student loan forgiveness? Are you that finnicky (and also failed) China suit? What about the unpopular lawsuits against school districts for having kids wear masks in a global pandemic? The costume is your oyster.

One of Eric Schmitt's many failed lawsuits

For this one, you can just tape a bunch of paper and ripped up Monopoly money to your clothes and head on out. Whenever anyone asks what you are, you can take your pick of which failed lawsuit of Eric Schmitt's. Are you his most recent failed lawsuit à la student loan forgiveness? Are you that finnicky (and also failed) China suit? What about the unpopular lawsuits against school districts for having kids wear masks in a global pandemic? The costume is your oyster.
Toasted ravioli  — and a side of marinaraEveryone’s always happy to see St. Louis’ favorite app, so this costume is a great way to instantly take your place as the life of the party. St. Louisan Aurora Bihler shows how it’s done, complete with a marinara cape.
COURTESY OF AURORA BIHLER

Toasted ravioli — and a side of marinara

Everyone’s always happy to see St. Louis’ favorite app, so this costume is a great way to instantly take your place as the life of the party. St. Louisan Aurora Bihler shows how it’s done, complete with a marinara cape.
ProvelDeploy squiggles of white yarn strategically around your head and shoulders. Wear a cardboard grocery label around your neck making clear you are a processed cheese product and not actual cheese.
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Provel

Deploy squiggles of white yarn strategically around your head and shoulders. Wear a cardboard grocery label around your neck making clear you are a processed cheese product and not actual cheese.
 A car with a Joy FM sticker, or 12
Oh the humanity!!! Is anything scarier to a St. Louisan than a car bedecked with Joy FM stickers? You just know these pop-music-loving Christians will be running your sorry ass down on the road. When you see this costume — successfully pulled off a few years back by Mike Caraffa — we have just one word for you: RUN!
COURTESY OF MIKE CARAFFA

A car with a Joy FM sticker, or 12

Oh the humanity!!! Is anything scarier to a St. Louisan than a car bedecked with Joy FM stickers? You just know these pop-music-loving Christians will be running your sorry ass down on the road. When you see this costume — successfully pulled off a few years back by Mike Caraffa — we have just one word for you: RUN!
John Collins-MuhammadMalcom X glasses? Check. Sharply tailored suit? Check. Expired driver’s license and indictment for bribery? Easy to fake with cardboard and a cheap printer. You got this one! If your friends want in on the action, they can head to the party as fellow indicted aldermen Jeffrey Boyd and Lewis Reed.
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John Collins-Muhammad

Malcom X glasses? Check. Sharply tailored suit? Check. Expired driver’s license and indictment for bribery? Easy to fake with cardboard and a cheap printer. You got this one! If your friends want in on the action, they can head to the party as fellow indicted aldermen Jeffrey Boyd and Lewis Reed.
Emos at Imo'sYeah, we’re totally stealing this from former RFT contributor Jered Schneider and his wife Jordan, but they’re good people who totally won’t blame us … and the costume is an instant conversation starter. Pure genius, and also easy to try at home.
COURTESY OF JERED SCHNEIDER

Emos at Imo's

Yeah, we’re totally stealing this from former RFT contributor Jered Schneider and his wife Jordan, but they’re good people who totally won’t blame us … and the costume is an instant conversation starter. Pure genius, and also easy to try at home.
 A Kia. 
The Kia Boyz have hit St. Louis hard, no doubt. But if we can't find a little humor in the situation, would we really be St. Louisans? Dress up as one of our beloved vehicles with all black clothes and a printout of a KIA logo, and maybe if you have a spare wheel lock, carry that one around. You can also add those Nintendo Switch steering wheel consoles as a prop if you want to add a little pizzazz to the costume.

A Kia.

The Kia Boyz have hit St. Louis hard, no doubt. But if we can't find a little humor in the situation, would we really be St. Louisans? Dress up as one of our beloved vehicles with all black clothes and a printout of a KIA logo, and maybe if you have a spare wheel lock, carry that one around. You can also add those Nintendo Switch steering wheel consoles as a prop if you want to add a little pizzazz to the costume.