10 Last-Minute Tech-Inspired Halloween Costumes
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It's that time of year again and as always, nothing’s going to stop us from getting into the spooky spirit.
With just weeks to go, you might be panicking about what to wear. Well, don’t fear, as we’ve been on the hunt for last-minute, easy-to-make costumes to save you the job. Here’s a list of our top 10 terrible tech-inspired Halloween costumes – you’re welcome.
1. The Error of Terror
Starting off strong with possibly the best costume out there for techies. It’s a really effortless one – perfect for a last-minute DIY job. All you need is a plain white t-shirt and marker pen, and you’ve got yourself an Error 404 costume. Terrifying.
2. Phishing Emails
It’s always a scary day when you receive a warning email from your boss about scammers and hackers trying to break into your systems. So, why not make phishing emails your costume this year? Don your best angling gear, don’t forget a rod and reel, attach something to your hook labelled ‘confidential’, and there you have it. You’re ‘phishing’ emails.
3. Remote Worker
This is definitely the easiest costume on our list and one that requires minimum effort. Since many of us are still regularly working from home, the remote worker persona is now deep-rooted in us. Wear a pair of joggers or pyjamas, but style them with a fancy shirt for your Zoom meeting and you’re good to go. Bonus points for involving any interrupting unwanted guests.
4. Cybersecurity Threat
Possibly even creepier than a ghost is the cyber threat. Put on a scary hacker mask and an all-black ensemble and you’re guaranteed to give people a fright.
5. The Blue Screen of Death
Is there anything scarier in the digital world than the blue screen of death? Aptly named for Halloween, this is by far the spookiest costume on the list. Props for the effort that’s gone into this one too.
6. The Symbols Nobody Wants to See
Anyone who works in tech knows the symbols that you just never want to encounter – low battery, no Wi-Fi, or a slow loading speed. Horrifying stuff.
7. QR Code
Ah, the QR code. It’s one of those things that no one really thought we’d get much use out of, but then 2020 came along and QR codes were everywhere. Ordering drinks straight to your table and avoiding an overcrowded bar queue? Ideal. Print out a QR code, stick it to your outfit – a simple and relevant costume.
This might be an unpopular opinion, but we kind of miss Clippy. Sure, they were a bit attention-seeking and annoying, but they just wanted to help! Whether you had a love or hate relationship with the famous Word paperclip, this costume is great and super recognisable whether you’re a techie or not. All you’ll need is some tin foil and old coat hangers. To add some extra spice, annoy anyone you come into contact with.
9. Google Maps
Everyone uses Google Maps. This is another easy-to-make at-home option from things lying around the house – cardboard or perhaps an old bedsheet. Get your fellow household members involved for this one so you can all be various locations.
10. Amazon Prime
Who doesn’t love a play on words? The Amazon Prime costume combines an unusual blend of Transformers Optimus Prime and online shopping giant, Amazon. Plus, you’ll get good use out of all those Amazon delivery boxes you’ve been hoarding for the past year and a half.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.