Roundup: Top 10 Last-Minute, Philadelphia-Inspired Halloween Costumes For 2014

Halloween hits this Friday — yup, this Friday — and to all those who’ve been sleeping on coming up with a costume, we’re here to help.

Fortunately, Philadelphia is an endless source of inspiration for dress-up ideas. Costumed historic characters roam the streets around town daily, so Halloween costumes based on historic figures are a gimme.

Beyond Ben, though, we think there are other Philadelphia icons worth knocking off for Halloween – and showing some love for Philly in the bargain.

Here are 10 Philadelphia-inspired Halloween costume ideas, most of which are fairly simple to pull-off.

(Know of an amazing Philly-inspired costume? Let us know in the comments or tag @Uwishunu in your Instagrams.)

1. Rocky

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Toss on some sweats — don’t forget the sweatband — lace up retro sneakers, wrap your hands in tape, maybe pad those shoulders and you’re Rocky Balboa on his iconic movie-moment run through the streets of Philadelphia. Of course, a red bathrobe and matching trunks could serve as an alternative for those who’d prefer to be Rocky in the ring. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

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Also, if you’re going to dress up as Rocky, don’t forget to bring the accompanying music… it’s essential. (Image via Rocky)

2. Ben Franklin

Costuming yourself as a historic figure may take a little effort, but dressing up as Ben Franklin is for the win. Options for costumes range from full-on Colonial garb (a la Historic Philadelphia History Makers) all the way to a simple powdered wig, tri-corner hat and a blazer. Huzzah! (Image via Flickr)
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd as Ben Franklin
Even Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd wanted to rock Ben Franklin costumes for Halloween in the 2014 romantic comedy/parody “They Came Together.” (Photo via Bauer Griffin via BuzzFeed)

Also, this.

3. The Liberty Bell

Staying with the historical theme, but moving to an inanimate object, next up is the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation, and few symbols represent that history better than the Liberty Bell. A creative costume could involve a stenciled brown dress or shirt and carved foam. (Image via Flickr)

Lots more Philadelphia-inspired Halloween costumes, below.

4. A Philly Cheesesteak

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The iconic Philadelphia cheesesteak can also be a costume! Spring for an awesome pre-made hat, or get creative with art supplies at home. (Image via Costume Craze)

5. A (Wawa) Hoagie

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Brilliant costume alert: Kate Leshko from Technically Philly created a completely handmade Wawa Shorti Hoagie costume last year. Get a glimpse of how to make it in this time-lapse video. Pretty resourceful.

6. Betsy Ross

The maker of America’s first flag needs little introduction, especially if the imitator has an American flag as a prop. Add a long skirt, a cotton mop cap and maybe a sewing basket for good measure to become Betsy Ross.

7. The Phillie Phanatic

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The Phillie Phanatic is an obvious and great choice for Phillies fans both young and old. For inspiration, check out the Phillies’ #HalloGreenContest submissions on Instagram.

8. A Tastykake

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Sweet! The Tastykake is the quintessential Philadelphia snack cake, and though getting your hands on a Kirbee Krimpet getup, like the one shown here, might be tricky, you could simply dress as a baker and hand out Tastykakes, which ought to win the hearts of any costume-contest judge.

9. Bradley Cooper and/or Jennifer Lawrence from Silver Linings Playbook

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You could dress up as Bradley Cooper and/or Jennifer Lawrence from Silver Linings Playbook, the awesome movie set in Philly that was nominated for eight Academy Awards last year. (Image via Silver Linings Playbook)

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The Bradley costume will probably be a little easier and more recognizable – just put on a gray hoodie, top it with a black trash bag, grab a football and ta-da, you’re done. (Image via Silver Linings Playbook)

10. Green Man from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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The obligatory entry from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has to be Green Man, a mascot invented by Charlie Kelly on the show that wears a green Lycra bodysuit, white socks and boots. The official FX online shop sells them. (Photo courtesy FX)

FOR OUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO HALLOWEEN WEEKEND IN PHILADELPHIA 2014 — CLICK HERE.


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  1. Hey, check out carboncostume.com. They have costume guides for Rocky, Silver Linings Playbook, and the Green Man! Plus there’s costume ideas for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia characters.

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