It’s never too early to start planning your next Halloween costume, but maybe this year you want to go a little more hardcore than a Mario-esque plumber costume. Of course, plumbers can be awesome inspiration for costumes, complete with some of the coolest gadgets like a (hopefully new) plunger for collecting candy or cocktails. Plus, men and women alike are really into the service/contractor fantasy so there’s plenty of sex appeal embedded in these options.
If you have a flair for getting your hands dirty, it’s time to start thinking about some more realistic costumes for this year. Plus, right now is the best time to pick up some authentic goods at consignment shops or on eBay, before the last minute partiers decide to lay siege on the good hunting spots. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. The energy service repair man or woman
You can either figure out what uniform your local providers wear and try to score a used one, or you can go more generic. Maybe you specialize in HVAC units, heat pumps or you’re a hipster ready to install solar panels. Get creative with your props, and remember that a tight fighting contractor’s shirt can work wonders.
2. Gas station attendant
The innuendos with this costume are limitless, and it’s pretty easy to find an attendant’s shirt and cap when thrifting. Add in some makeshift grease, grow out a moustache (or fix one on if you’re a woman) and even consider picking up an old gas pump nozzle for added effect.
3. A real plumber
Being Mario was fun, but now it’s time to up your game even more. Plumbers have some of the best equipment on the market like snakes, and the options for props (such as hairballs) only end with your imagination. For bonus points, make sure that stereotypical crack is on full display.
4. Cable installer
It worked when the guys on The Big Bang Theory posed as cable repairmen to get into the house of America’s Next Top Model, and it might prove to be lucky for you, too. Again, your city might have uniforms up for grabs at consignment shops, or you can create your own personalized costume. Props can include tool boxes or remote controls.
When it comes to dressing up, why not try out a new profession this year? Who knows, you might look good rocking that repair uniform.