Health and Fitness Inspired Halloween Costumes
By: Guest Blogger Danielle Pastula
We’re half-way through October, which means the clock is ticking down on finding your Halloween costume.
And before you chime in on how Halloween costumes should be left to the kids, we think it’s time to loosen up, get creative and embrace the one time of year where it’s perfectly acceptable to go out and have fun with your friends looking like a fool, not that there aren’t other opportunities to do that throughout the year, Halloween just happens to be our favorite.
Why? Because we can channel our favorite fitness icons and athletes to make the best costumes ever! So, if you’re at a loss for who to be this year, feel free to take some inspiration from our favorite health and fitness-themed costumes for All Hallows’ Eve:
As arguably the most talked about and inspiring athletes we’ve seen in the spotlight this year, Ronda Rousey makes for a no-brainer choice if you’re wanting to channel a badass athlete this Halloween. You can either go for the in-the-rink Rousey or promo poster Rousey, either way, you’ll look like a knockout.
If you’re a fan of the 80’s, and let’s be real, who isn’t? Jane Fonda is the obvious choice for channeling the 80’s fitness era. The best part about this costume is that it can mostly be DIY’ed with a leotard that your mom probably still has from her floor aerobics days, dancer socks, and a full can of super strength hairspray.
I don’t know anyone who didn’t dream of gracing the front of their very own Wheaties box when they were a kid, but thankfully, even if that dream has long past, you can still make it true for at least one night. This costume can usually be found in your local Halloween Sprit store, but if all else fails, you can make it yourself and put as many accolades on your Wheaties box as you want. Dare to dream big.
Hanz and Franz
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one fitness celeb you might be thinking of as a costume choice, but we guarantee you’ll see a couple other Arnolds at the party, so to avoid costume duplication, and be able to have a costume buddy, we suggest Arnold-wannabes, Hanz and Franz. However, if you’re not ready to pump up the party wherever you go, you might want to reconsider this costume choice.
Not for the faint of heart, this costume requires truly getting in to character, so pull out your best spandex shorts and cut off tanks, and dig out those old Tae-bo tapes to get in the Billy state-of-mind. And if you really want to look legit, fashion yourself a headset microphone piece and work up a good sweat before hitting the town.
This costume is perfect for people who aren’t about to search for the harder-to-find costume pieces, all that’s needed is the obligatory sports bra and black spandex capri pant Jillian always wears, a great blowout, and a fierce bark that will simultaneously instill both fear and inspiration in to everyone you meet on Halloween.
The ultimate display of athleticism and fitness happens at the Olympics, so this costume choice was a must-have on the list, plus, you can take this costume several directions. You could be a specific Olympian (Michael Phelps), a certain type of Olympic athlete (gymnast), or you can simply go the route of being all about repping the stars and stripes while kissing your fake gold medal.
Finally, we’d be remiss to not mention the ultimate legend and icon in fitness history, Richard Simmons. Sure, his likeness may be overdone, but it never gets old. Also, with as much as he loves everything colorful, glam, pizzaz, there are a ton of outfits you could create to make up your version of Richard Simmons.
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