5 Outdoorsy Halloween Costume Ideas

As much fun as it can be to dress up for Halloween, coming up with a good costume can be the hardest part. But with enough planning and a few good ideas, dressing up on October 31st is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your creativity. With a bit of time still to go before Halloween, here are five outdoorsy Halloween costume ideas to help you be sure you're ready to take on the holiday!

Zombie Park Ranger


After a long day of hiking and a big dinner on a recent trip, a group of friends and I got a bit loud at a local state park campground. As darkness fell, flashlight beams appeared out in the distance and before we knew it, three state park rangers descended on our campsite to request we abide by posted quiet hours. Imagine the horror if those rangers had been dressed as zombies! You'll need white cream makeup, some sort of black eyeliner or makeup, and fake blood to create your zombie park ranger costume. Rip up a pair of old khakis and a brown or green button down shirt, grab a ranger hat and you're good to go. Don't forget your flashlight!

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Vintage Hiker or Past Explorer of the World


With all the fancy new gear available for outdoor enthusiasts these days, this costume gives you an opportunity to pay homage to past adventurers. Start by raiding the basement of an older outdoorsy friend who might have vintage gear stored. Borrow a metal framed pack, beat up leather hiking boots, thick wool socks, a plaid or other buttoned shirt and anything else that's a least 20 years old. If you can't find real vintage gear, visit a thrift store; you'll be amazed at what you can find. For accessories, you'll also need an old compass, a hiking stick, and a worn out bandana.

Outdoorsy Halloween costume ideas

Gear Addict and Know-It-All


If the vintage hiker concept doesn't appeal to you, go in the opposite direction. Wear the newest outdoor apparel you have in your closet, sport the newest backpack you can find, and spend the night spouting off information about deniers, R-values and more. The more items you can wear with the price tags still attached, the better.

Color Run AND Mud Run AND Zombie Run Participant


With the prevalence of themed running races these days, odds are you either know someone who's participated, or you've done one yourself. For this costume, imagine you completed a Color Run, Spartan Race, Zombie Run, and Tough Mudder all in the same day. Start with an old pair of running shoes, shorts, and a running-themed t-shirt. Cover yourself in colored paint and mud, stuff some twigs and leaves into your shoelaces, pin a race bib to your shirt, don and old race medal and you're set.

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Color Run Participant. Photo by Brian Kingsley

The Woods


Most of us with a penchant for playing outside know how to appreciate the woods. What better way to show true appreciation than to be "the woods" for Halloween? Visit a local craft store for leaves, twigs, branches, sticks, local flowers, moss and more; they'll stay attached more effectively than the real thing. Grab a glue gun and stick everything to a pair of pants and a shirt or a dress. Rub some dirt or smudge dark makeup on your face and you're good to go. Bonus points for messy hair with twigs and leaves in it!

What other outdoorsy ideas do you have? What's been your favorite costume over the past years?

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Katie Levy
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Katie Levy
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Katie Levy is a self-proclaimed outdoor adventure addict and loves sharing her passion for playing outside with anyone willing to listen. Though currently based in Philadelphia, spending her formative years in upstate New York and two years in Alaska fostered a lifelong passion for the outdoors. After 13 years as a competitive swimmer, she followed that passion on backpacking trips in the Adirondacks, on sub-zero winter hikes in the Chugach Mountains and up Mount Rainier. These days, if she's not out on the trail, you'll find working on her other passion, Adventure-Inspired, or getting her WOD on at CrossFit Love. Team Sierra bloggers receive promotional consideration from Sierra Trading Post.
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