October 26th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Be the pun: Delight in your cleverness this Halloween

Puns make a lot of people groan. But not me, I love them.

And when I dress up for Halloween at the office, I pun it up.

Halloween is a day which makes adopting a different character or persona completely socially acceptable. With that kind of freedom, wouldn't you want to be someone or something devilishly clever, at the very least?

That's my plan.

On October 31, as I cross Centennial Park Boulevard in Atlanta, Georgia, and head into the CNN headquarters, I'll have the same excited grin on my face as I always have on Halloween. I'll be exceedingly pleased and proud of the punny costume I dreamed up and put together - this year I'll go as Hell-o Kitty - and I'll barely hold back my enthusiasm when people ask what I am.

Simultaneously, I'll temper my squee with the understanding of what lies ahead: The inevitable "huh?" and "I don't get it."

One year I was particularly happy with how I'd executed the pun of a small Orange Julius. I created a Roman soldier's tunic and lappets and wore a laurel wreath crown, all in shades of orange. And I'm short, so I loved that effectively I was a mini-sized Julius Caesar. The perfect rendition of a small Orange Julius! But the majority of my coworkers guessed I was Pocahontas.

Last year I went as pumpkin pi. I created a poofy orange dress and wore a green fez (which functioned as a stem) that were covered in mathematical equations which solved pi. I even put a joke one on there: ∏≠rGet it? Pie are round, not square. Once again, I stumped the journalists of CNN.com. I didn't think it was that subtle.

Even my simplest costume - a witch hat, lab coat and prescription pad - left a few coworkers scratching their head. And how obvious is that one?

I'm willing to bet some of you share this unique frustration. Still, it's nothing compared to the awesomeness of a good pun Halloween costume. If you're struggling to come up with an appropriately nerdy costume for next week, Geek Out! would like to offer some inspiration:

Buzzfeed has a great post about pun costumes. Our favorite is the very Gandalf-esque "Fantasy Football," but a close second is the "Cap-sized ship."

"One night stand" requires some skills with a saw or trompe l'oeil (or a trip to the local party store) to recreate an accurate night stand, but "cereal killer" is relatively low-effort and uses props you likely already own in your kitchen.

This "Frank Einstein" costume would be a great partner outfit to anyone dressing in homage of Edison vs. Tesla. (Wearing a meme costume this year? Be sure to submit your pictures to iReport!) Of course, the classic "Freudian slip" is a perennial giggle-fest for psych majors, everywhere.

Other ideas:

"Hairy potter": Dress as a gardening "Cousin It." Cousin It was arguably the coolest monster on "The Addams Family," and this hairy beastie wearing a gardening smock will certainly command attention.

"Doctor Jones": It's pretty easy to dress up as "Indie," but don't ignore this adventurer's hard-earned academic title. Put the "doctor" back in a Doctor Jones costume by wearing scrubs, rubber gloves, a surgeon's mask, an adventurer's hat and carry a bullwhip.

"Iron Maiden": Ren Fest dress languishing in your closet? Break it out for a double-pun costume! Pair it with an "Iron Man" mask and you're instantly transformed into an "Iron Maiden." Then hum "Run to the Hills" as you mill about the Halloween party.

"B minor": Obviously the most treacherous chord of them all and perfect for a punny Halloween costume.  Add some sooty smudges, a construction worker's helmet and a head light to any bumblebee outfit. Musicians will howl with delight.

Have you created a punny Halloween costume? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  1. Mary Jo Rogers

    One year I wore a crown, Elvis pictures, and had a huge eye painted on my shirt. I was "The King and Eye." Another time, I wore black clothes with rhinestones, a moon, and pictures of Lucille Ball. I was "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

    August 20, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  2. Kendall Gehrett

    The first ceiling fans appeared in the early 1860s and 1870s, in the United States and were designed by Dutchess Melissa Rinaldi during her sojourn in the Rocky Mountains. At that time, they were not powered by any form of electric motor. Instead, a stream of running water was used, in conjunction with a turbine, to drive a system of belts which would turn the blades of two-blade fan units. *

    Have a nice day

    April 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
  3. backlink

    I try to remember a huge collecter car dealer in South Jersey during the mid 90s possessing a 70 LeMans painted Orbit Orange with GTO emblems and Ascertain stripes. I hope I had taken a picture! They experienced "70 GTO Judge" scrawled across the windshield as it sat on their front line! It even had 350 emblems on it still! backlink http://fiverr.com/twnseobacklink

    April 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  4. Ken

    So funny

    January 26, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  5. ag

    Why is this article still on the site? It's almost Xmas.

    December 22, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  6. Maty

    You and one friend + Two log costumes + funny dance = "LOG JAM !"

    October 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Cemre

      I've been playing with the idea of stiartng an online kids clothing and accessory boutique too with a twist though. Pop culture twist mostly. I'm sure the business would be lucrative. Mom's do love buying things for their kids right? Ha! If only I had more time, or a clone. This is a great idea girly. Go for it!

      November 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  7. Maty

    Did you mean "Short Round"? "Half Squat" was in Tropic Thunder.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
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    October 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  9. rch1559

    One year I carried a beer mug and wore a "HELLO I'M Frank" name tag. Frank and stein. Some people have no sense of humor, though.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  10. al

    how about a bird costume and wear a toilet seat cover over your neck.........stool pigeon

    October 31, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  11. cecilypigeon

    I wore a dowdy nerd outfit, clunky shoes, glasses, and a bridal veil with a tiara that read E=mc^2.... Bride of Einstein

    October 31, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  12. Trina

    My favorite was a friend who dressed in the typical Alice (in wonderland) costume, with black Mary Janes, blue dress, pinafore, and black ribbon, and then she wore lots of heavy jewelry so she could be Alice in Chains.

    October 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  13. April

    My friend worse a toga with croutons and lettuce pinned to it, Julius Cesar Salad.

    October 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  14. Susan

    A couple of friends of mine went to a party dressed as a cop and a skunk. They were "law and odor" Another wore a star mask and toy cowboy holster; she was a shooting star

    October 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  15. Jan

    One year I wore a monk's robe with bags of potato chips pinned to it....a chipmunk...few got it...

    October 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  16. Mick

    A friend of mine came to a party a few years ago dressed as a salt shaker, with his wife dressed as a battery. They were, of course, "A salt and battery". The next year he wore the salt costume again, but they had divorced, so no battery. No problem; he carried a machine gun. Get it? A salt with a deadly weapon!

    October 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Mick

    Most of the ideas in the comments blow the doors off the lame ones in the article. Oh, and don't forget that you can attach little chicks (of the poultry type) to your suit and be a "chick magnet".

    October 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  18. Kradiom

    I'm dressing in all grey this year and writing "50" on my shirt, hanging handcuffs on my pants – 50 Shades of Grey. I thought about adding a stethoscope and going as 50 Shades of Grey's Anatomy

    October 30, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Andri

      I'm still wearing stuff from over 10 years ago, altgouhh admittedly perhaps in different ways from back when I first got it. But I think as you get older your style asserts itself more and is less prone to sabotage from ridiculous catwalk trends. I can look at a photo of myself 5 years ago and the outfit I'm wearing is one I would still wear today.

      November 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  19. Rimbaud

    I went to a costume store and got 2 fake arms. I attached several small signs to my real arms and the fake ones.

    The signs said:
    "Arrivederci" (sic?)
    "So long"

    October 30, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  20. Chip

    White sweatsuit covered in fake blood and bicycle components. Menstrual Cycle.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  21. Rene

    In college I dressed as a gypsy with a crystal goblet as a hat – I was peasant under glass.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:13 am |
  22. PunstersUnite

    Last year, I wore a black and white dress with red tissue paper bits pinned to it in random places. A newspaper! (Black and white and "red" all over).

    This year I wore black with yellow duct tape dashed lines running up my center and little monopoly houses and cars glued on. Around my neck I wore a fork necklace. Fork in the Road.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  23. PunstersUnite

    Last year, I wore a black and white dress with red tissue paper bits pinned to it in random places. A newspaper! (Black and white and "red" all over).

    This year I wore black with yellow dashed lines running up my center and little monopoly houses and cars glued on. Around my neck I wore a fork necklace. Fork in the Road.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  24. Bravesgyrl

    My first year teaching I made all the teachers t-shirts that read "go ceiling!" We were ceiling fans.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  25. Produce

    When I was high-school aged, I dressed in a black garbage bag with a white tag around the neck reading "Grade AA". I wore sunglasses and a cane. I was a Blind Date. Get it? My mom thought it was hilarious. No one my age understood.

    October 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  26. Navy Scorpion

    Get a stuffed lion, put a sleep mask on it, get some Z stickers to attach to it's face and go as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

    October 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  27. JeffinIL

    I had a couple of friends who wore baseball uniforms with bat wings and bat face makeup. They were baseball bats, naturally.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  28. Kaed

    Ok.. i give.. witch's hat, lab coat, perscription pad = ?

    October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Tom

      Witch Doctor

      October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  29. Major

    Person 1 wears a chicken costume and has handcuffs on Person 2, who wears a colonial outfit. "Chicken Catch-A-Tory".

    October 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  30. fanofpuns

    I once wore a T-shirt with the words "CEILING #1" and "GO CEILING" on it and went as a ceiling fan.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  31. heather

    A few years ago my son dressed up as Darth Vader. I went as Darth Vader's mom, "Ella Vader" and wore a black skirt and blouse with a long black cape and two round cardboard circles with arrows drawn on them (one pointing up, the other pointing down) taped to my shirt.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  32. Gurn Blanston

    Went to a costume party years back, in a black sweatshirt with a big white letter "P" painted on it. I had one eye blacked out. Only one person got it all night – I was one of the Black-Eyed Peas!

    October 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  33. BouszieBella

    Once, on our way to a party, my roommate and I cut head, arm, & leg holes in a fabric suitcase for our friend without a costume, and brought him along as our baggage. 🙂

    October 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  34. HK

    I have been a Devil in a Blue Dress. Love the puns!

    October 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  35. dragonwife1

    This year we had a superhero/supervillain theme for our Halloween party, so I dressed all in black – pants & shirt & sash – with a homemade nun's headdress, and carried two pairs of wooden rulers tied together with cord, used as weapons. I was NUNja, of course.... with my NUNchucks....

    October 29, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  36. KMAN

    Years ago, (must have been the 70s, man), my best buddy and I were in a last minute pinch for costumes. We improvised – I carried a can of Crisco, and he wore a rain poncho. We were... "The Crisco Kid and his sidekick Poncho".

    October 29, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  37. Brooks

    My ex's second husband has dressed in a blue sweatshirt with a rubber chicken hanging from a cord around his neck (chicken cord on blue) and in a monk's robe with electronic component maker labels stuck all over it (a chip monk.)

    October 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  38. julie

    last year I went as whoopi goldberg by painting my body with gold body paint and wearing a giant whoopie cushion costume.

    October 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  39. Merrymary

    My husband was a medic in the Army. I wore the cap & blouse of hs BDU's while he wore the pants & boots. We were an "upper and lower GI". Another time I put a single drinking straw in his shirt pocket. He went as "the last straw".

    October 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
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      December 22, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  40. Joe Fabeetz

    Every so often I dress up by wearing a paper cut-out snowflake pinned to my belly, making me the abdominal snowman.

    October 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  41. Pun It

    I do this one every couple years. Devil Egg: a white shirt with a hole cut in it with a yellow shirt underneath (yolk) and devil horns! Easy.

    October 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Sourav

      – @ The Naked Redhead: Step away from Josh Groban. Slowly. I do understand that his music molsty attracts middle aged women, but I cannot not love the man. Get a looksy of his blog, he is funny in a geeky sort of way that I just go awww, shucks for.-@ Bookish Spazz: OMG, Boyzone!!! I'm still not ashamed of that one, because even if they were cheesier then Backstreet Boys, Take That and N'Sync put together, I was so honestly and whole-heartedly invested in my passion for them and Ronan Keating, that it would be like denying a part of me. Innocent times. -@ Alexandra: I knew you wouldn't stay mad at me for long. In fact, it's what I'm counting on each time I scheme something. Mua-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

      November 16, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  42. amaneaux

    One year, I wore a soccer shirt and shorts, carried a soccer ball, and wore a toga. I was the great philosopher, Soccertes. I even paid tribute to my student by carrying a can of Play-Doh.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Aristophanes

      They should have arrest-olted you. (sorry that was weak).

      October 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  43. Amanda

    My father one year wore a blow-up tube around his waist, and pinned to his shirt were equations such as 2 x 2 x 2 = 8, 3 x 3 x 3 = 27, 4 x 4 x 4 = 64... He was a cubin' rafter. Doh. Goes along with the other article about being sensitive to ethnic groups.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  44. Mike hardware

    I wore a navy outfit and carried a toilet plunger and toy saddle. I was the horseless head man.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  45. Catherine

    I did the Freudian slip costume years ago and had an absolute blast doing it!! This year, my hubby's costume is A Well Read Book (red shirt, pants, face paint and dog ears) 🙂

    October 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  46. whatville

    Happy Halloween

    October 27, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  47. VaCubfan

    2 years ago for a movie-themed party i put on a bunny suit, complete with fuzzy face, and a Harry Potter cloak...used a carrot as a wand and had a lightning bolt in my fur and round glasses... i was Harvey Potter!! won 2 categories!! (for the less-movie-informed- "Harvey" is a 1950 James Stewart movie)

    October 27, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  48. cryofpaine

    My nephews are going as Batman & Joker, so I'm going as Harley Quinn – I got an evil jester costume, and I'm pairing it with some biker accessories.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  49. Laura

    I wore a dress and a little girl's tiara. I made a pageant sash out of ribbon and ironed-on letters that said "Misguided." (Miss Guided) The next year I wore devil horns and a t-shirt that said "Prada." (The Devil Wears Prada)

    October 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  50. Karen

    I like the idea of the warrior chest and arm bands combined with my glasses and my hair in a bun, with proper shoes I am Conan the Libraian.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  51. marioprime

    Had a friend who once dressed up as Tom Cruise in Valkyrie (because why not), and mid way through the night he moved his eyepatch on to his forehead and told people he was Third Eye Blind.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:32 am |