10 Hudson Valley themed Halloween costume ideas

Since anything upstate is all the rage, Halloween 2022 clearly warrants a Hudson Valley-themed costume. But what to become? Dressing up as Airbnb regulations is a tricky prospect. The costume should be something with regional appeal, do-it-yourself, and recognizable.

The anonymous (and hilarious) human behind The Hudson Wail, the cult Instagram account, says a good Hudson-themed insider costume would be “the trash bag machine outside City Hall “You can then use the bags afterwards. Also, the Kinderhook Blob or an Earl Swanigan painting. Group ideas could be the different lighthouses on the Hudson River or different variations of Route 9.”

While the lighthouses will be universally recognizable, hyperlocal concepts like the Blob are probably best worn in a city with an annual parade. Would a Mohonk Preserve duck pond costume be identifiable anywhere outside of New Paltz? Would dressing like Sinterklass translate beyond Rhinebeck?

Attached is a list of the best Hudson Valley Halloween costumes for 2022, in no particular order. If you have more, send them to us.

1. “I voted” sticker spider

Dress like the colorful bug-eyed creature that went viral in July when it was submitted by a local student to the Ulster County Board of Elections’ second annual ‘I Voted’ sticker contest . Old stockings and pillow stuffing might work for the legs, though multicolored teeth might prove difficult to replicate.

The winning submission by 14-year-old Hudson Rowan in the Ulster County Electoral Board ‘I Voted’ sticker contest screams civic engagement.

Hudson Rowan

2. Spotted Lantern Fly

We’re all supposed to kill this invading hopper if we see it, but hopefully people don’t obey kill-on-sight orders and run over anyone in costume.

If you're feeling creative, grab any costume with wings, apply some paint, and voila: you can be a spooky lantern for Halloween.

If you’re feeling creative, grab any costume with wings, apply some paint, and voila: you can be a spooky lantern for Halloween.

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3. Pat Ryan

The teenage duo behind the county executive turned congressman’s Instagram superfan account may have “something in the works” for Halloween. Beat them by donning its clean, accessible look for going to Washington: jeans with a pressed shirt, sleeves rolled up just right and no tie. If it’s cool, put a half-zip fleece over it. If you can find a Dan Torres mask, that might also be a great group idea for a family with kids.

4. Cider donut

Love them or hate them, they’re a regional delicacy – and maybe a great Halloween costume. Should you go for diet or plain? Your choice. Bonus points if you carry real donuts with you to distribute to the masses.

Put on all the orange clothes and cover yourself in glitter to become an apple cider donut.

Put on all the orange clothes and cover yourself in glitter to become an apple cider donut.

LUANNE M. FERRIS

5. Leaf peper

The leaves have been slow to change this season, but we’re nearing peak foliage, and voyeurs are out in droves, clogging local roads and spending big bucks on apple picking, hiking, shopping and more. Again. There are many ways to wear a peeper costume. There’s the city dweller: all-black, impractical shoes. Or opt for the “cidiot”: overalls, flannel, etc. Either way, you can’t lose.

6. Pink Rosendale

Grab some red and pink fabric and start swirling it around you to transform into one of the giant flower murals that New York City graffiti icon and Hudson Valley resident Lady Pink has created. installed throughout Rosendale in July.

One of the Rosendale murals that Lady Pink painted this summer.

One of the Rosendale murals that Lady Pink painted this summer.

Provided by Lady Pink

7. Legal Cannabis

Whether you go for a joint or a giant head, you’ll be in the news, because recreational marijuana is on its way to a dispensary in town near you. Kids, watch out for gummies being handed out by anyone in this outfit.

8. Gustave yellow gold

This wondrous fictional character – a solar alien who lives, incongruously, in the woods of Minnesota – was created by beloved songwriter and cartoonist Morgan Taylor. Dressing up as Gustafer would be a wonderful tribute for Halloween 2022; Taylor, a longtime Hudson Valley resident, died in August.

Through his character Gustafer Yellowgold, musician and cartoonist Morgan Taylor promoted themes of acceptance, friendship and curiosity.

Through his character Gustafer Yellowgold, musician and cartoonist Morgan Taylor promoted themes of acceptance, friendship and curiosity.

Morgan Taylor / Audible

9. The Hudson River

How to make the mighty Hudson work as a suit? Choice of the artist. Maybe you go as a tributary – Esopus Creek is a good one, of course. This could be the type of costume a large group of friends could try on as part of a long, smooth, and interconnected experience. Or maybe get a group together and everyone goes like the same thing, interpreted differently, all preferably PCB-free. Then take him to the parade in Woodstock.

10. Climber

If you already climb, dressing up as a climber is cheating. This is a costume for non-climbers only. See if a climber friend would let you steal some costume gear (promise to treat them well!). No climbing friends? Head to the West Trapps trailhead at Mohonk Preserve to watch the climbers in ceremonial dress to see what they’re wearing, then head to Rock & Snow Annex in New Paltz to pick up some signage gear.

Honorable Mentions

Any type of apple, a solar-powered and highly addictive bag of BjornQorn popcorn, a container of Stewart ice cream, any Storm King sculpture, a boutique hotel, and Levon Helm.

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