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Phish costume ideas

Posted by shore On October - 23 - 2009

phishcostumes @AndyShore Festival Crashers wanted to throw out some Phish related costume ideas with Festival 8 officially a week away. If you’re like me, you put things off to the last minute. Most of the costume stores are picked through by now and none of the good costumes remain, but this is going to be a special Halloween.

So many sets of Phish! Why not honor the special weekend by dressing up as your favorite Phish character or song? Here’s how you can pull it off:

Tela: The jewel of Wilson’s foul domain

You can’t be Tela without a multi-beast, which is written as an enormous shaggy horse-like creature covered from head to tail with alternating blotches of brown and white. Could work as a solid couples costume.

In my mind’s eye, the whole story of Gamehenge looks like Medieval Times. Tela should probably look like Guinevere. As for the multi-beast. I’m hoping to see some version of the two-man horse costume. You know the ones you see on TV and in movies, when they have to argue over who will be the ass? Just add some white and brown yarn to make it shaggy, and you’ve got Tela and the multi-beast.

Colonel Forbin: A retired colonel who embarks on a mission to rescue the Helping Friendly Book from the tower of Wilson’s castle. He has a dog named McGrupp.

Go to any army surplus or thrift store and pick up a pair of old army fatigues. Use black marker to write Forbin over the pocket where the name usually goes. Either get a friend to dress up as McGrupp and wear a dog collar, or grab a stuffed animal and make him a McGrupp tag.

Wilson: King of Prussia, Duke of Lizards*

Will have to figure out something to identify as Wilson, or everybody is just going to think the hairy, unkempt hippie wearing a crown is just a Wild Thing.

Rutherford the Brave:

Gnarly armor. His mission, or quest (to save his people form the fate that lay before them), is the best one since the Blues Brothers. Just don’t try and swim any rivers.

Think knight of the round table. To really make yourself Rutherford the Brave, wear an inflatable tube around your waist and floaties.

Icculus: He is the great and knowledgeable. He is the one, the only author of the Helping Friendly Book. He is the man, the great man. The only, the special…HE WROTE THE F-ING BOOK, OK! And his name. Is. ICCULUS!

What will make this costume isn’t what you wear. This costume will be made in the four and a half minute explanation of who you actually are. Just make sure to make it sound more epic, the longer you go in and drop some choice f-bombs. Oh, and maybe get yourself a Helping Friendly Book to carry around.

Dog Faced Boy:

Pretty simple. Just get yourself some floppy ears and a snout. This costume is better for those not planning on consuming adult beverages. The snout will undoubtedly impede the drinking process.

David Bowie:

If you go for Ziggy Stardust  or Aladdin Sane Bowie, please come find me. We have to take a a picture.

Dinner & a Movie:

Get creative with this one. Part of your costume should resemble dinner, and part a movie.


An ugly pig that can dance a jig. He can also pull weapons from his coat, and hold them against your throat. It might be bad timing for a Guyute costume this year. Everyone is going to think you’re Swine Flu, or its version of the Aids Monkey. If you dress as a pig, just get a trench coat and some fake weapons (if they still allow those in this day and age).

Harpua: A fat, sweaty bulldog.

Harpua and the Dog Faced Boy are probably similar type costumes. For Harpua, I’m seeing the body of Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and some ears and a snout to look like a bull dog.

Brett: is in the bathtub making soup for the ambassadors…is tasting all the soup to see if it is done.

Get a large box, like a refrigerator box, and cut out leg holes. Make some straps to put over your shoulders and attach to the box to hold it up. Bring along some ingredients for soup, and maybe a chef’s hat and you’re good to go.

Mexican Cousin:

Pretty self explanatory. Insert stereotypes and racism here. Members of ZBT from Illinois should connect with this one.

Makisupa Policeman:

Like Colonel Forbin, you can be a Makisupa Policeman with simple tweaks to any standard policeman costume. Even if you just wear a navy button down and buy yourself the standard hat, badge, aviators and handcuffs.

Best of PT: A PHISH BINGO card.

PHISH across the top with the “FREE” space in the middle, song titles when #’s go. Bring a marker and X out songs as played. Get close to stage, and see if they call out bingo for you. Make sure you put a few of you’re favs on it. It may be a good way to direct a set.

*worth being Wilson just for the cool job titles.

8 Responses

  1. Rob O'Connor Said,

    I like the Bingo card, but unless you are clairvoyant, or they play 50 songs on Halloween, you are not getting a bingo.

    Posted on October 23rd, 2009 at 9:44 pm

  2. Rob O'Connor Said,

    Also, some you missed:

    Wolfman’s Brother
    Once again it is more about the explanation than the actual costume. When people ask who you are, you simply tell them “I am not who I would be, if I wasn’t who I am.”

    Budist Weasle with band aids on his nips

    Floyd the Gorilla
    Gorilla with similarly placed band aids.

    A whole bunch of Lumps on your head and make sure you scare the shit out of any and all rams you see.

    Girl with evil Puppet held high… possibly wet.

    Armenian Man
    Greasy fat man with Doll in a bucket

    Tough one. He had some sort of unspecified horrible disease and an apparently fluffy and floamy head… I would go with cotton wig.

    ACDC Bag
    The infamous Robot Hangman. I am thinking tinfoil and a black hood should do you.

    Big Black Furry Creature from Mars
    Pretty self explanatory.

    And my personal favorite:

    Caesar with a Tweezer.

    Posted on October 23rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

  3. phletch Said,

    I think Makisupa Policeman should look like the Beastie Boys in the Sabotage video. You know, fake ass cops, “Mark is super police, man”

    Posted on October 23rd, 2009 at 10:32 pm

  4. Rob O'Connor Said,

    One more.

    Buffalo Bill

    You can either go as the famous circus preformer, or you can just bend over and tie yourself to a log.

    Posted on October 24th, 2009 at 2:15 am

  5. fee_LA Said,

    here is a great way to kill time, as well as really good inspiration for phish related costumes…..

    Posted on October 24th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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