25 Cincinnati-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween’s fast approaching — and if you’re at a loss for costumes, you’ve come to the right place!

Here are 25 costume ideas for your kids, inspired by Cincinnati. Many of these costumes are very DIY-friendly; you can easily assemble using stuff you’ve got at home or tucked away in the basement. For additional costume essentials or accessories, consider a trip to Cincinnati’s very own costume consigner, Cappel’s.

  1. A Skyline Chili server (or La Rosa’s or Graeter’s)
  2. Flying Pig Marathoners
  3. Thane Maynard and a few zoo animals (great for a big family!)
  4. Carol Ann’s Carousel figures
  5. A Graeter’s ice cream cone (here’s a basic costume — be sure to replace the rainbow sprinkles with Graeter’s signature chocolate chunks!)
  6. The Reds (pick your favorite players — old or new! Pete Rose, Johnny Bench or Barry Larkin are favorite hometown heroes)
  7. A Kroger bagger or parking lot attendant (have your little one push a kid-sized cart full of Kroger bags!)
  8. Bengals or Cyclones
  9. Crosstown shootout players — a UC player and XU player
  10. Nutcracker dancers (ballerinas, the Rat King, Nutcrackers — there are lots of options!)
  11. Local boy band fave 98 Degrees
  12. 27th U.S. President William Howard Taft (famous for his large size and handlebar mustache. And getting stuck in his bathtub.)
  13. Famous author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe
  14. Reds commentators Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxall (go ’70s style with plaid blazers, wigs and microphones and/or headphones)
  15. Doris Day (glam up a little girl with a platinum blonde wig, red lips and ’50s dress)
  16. Big Boy of Frisch’s Big Boy (red overalls, black boots and that iconic Big Boy hair swoop!)
  17. Otis the Tractor (series by local author Loren Long)
  18. A cardinal (Ohio State’s bird)
  19. All Star players with giant, exaggerated moustaches
  20. Oktoberfest kids in lederhosen and boots!
  21. Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel (have your child carry chef’s utensils)
  22. The Genius of Water (the lady at the center of the Fountain Square statue)
  23. A riverboat captain (get a captain’s hat, whistle and white pants/top)
  24. Neil Armstrong (any standard astronaut costume will work!)
  25. Annie Oakley (a fun play on the typical cowgirl costume)

So consider a Cincinnati costume for your kids this year — we live in a great city, and there’s a lot for us to be proud of!

P.S. Any of the characters on this list would be great for the Enquirer’s annual Dress the Turkey Contest* (especially #4 and #19, which are timely as well as local).

*this is the link to last year’s contest; the Enquirer usually opens this contest mid-October, so check back frequently!

Happy Trick-or-Treating!

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