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The 20 "Healthiest" Halloween Costumes

Whether you're desperate for costume inspiration or just want some entertainment, these getups will get the job done.
Healthy and Hilarious Halloween Costume Ideas
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Healthy and Hilarious Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s the biggest decision of the month: selecting the perfect Halloween costume. The pressure’s intense: We’ve got to out-do last year, show a little leg, prove how hip we truly are—and, of course, we simply must wear a healthy costume. OK maybe that last part isn't actually important to you. But regardless of whether you’re going as a Ninja Turtle (Michelangelo FTW!) or a zombie for the sixth year in a row, we’ve rounded up the healthiest looking get-ups people have ever worn while bobbing for apples. We’ll be the first to admit it: Most of these costumes are incredibly creepy. But anyone dressing their dog, small child, or self as a superfood is a total health inspiration to all the vampires and sexy hamburgers out there. (Disclaimer: Dressing up as an apple for a night will not in fact make you any healthier).

 

1. Grapes

This budget-friendly costume is totally customizable. Like green grapes better? Grab green balloons instead! You’ll be snazzing up for a good cause: Real grapes, which are actually a type of berry, help maintain a healthy heart [1]. (Photo: awesomebitch.wordpress.com)

2. Wine

Red, red wine, you make us feel so fine. Props to this dude for some costume commitment. Red wine in moderation can increase life span (when consumed, not worn) and protect the body’s cells from oxidative stress [2]. (Photo: endlesssimmer.com)

3. Tea

This costume is simply genius. Plus, this woman killed two birds with one stone by raking her leaves the very same day. And while it’s clear that tea is awesome, here’s something you might not know: To get the most out of tea, add a squeeze of lemon to up the antioxidant ante. (Photo: flickr user sabine01)

4. Strawberry

We’ve all seen the sexy nurse and the scantily clad schoolgirl, but our new favorite is the studly strawberry. Strawberries have a whole lot of vitamin C, which may inhibit wrinkle formation—keeping us extra studly all year round [3]. (Photo: bonappetit.com)

5. Pumpkin

If you’re no longer teething or in diapers, it’s likely you’ll pass on this iconic Halloween costume. But that doesn’t mean adults can’t get in on the pumpkin fervor (just ask anybody with a pumpkin spice latté in their hands). The fibrous superfood has loads of vitamin K, and the seeds make for a nutritious zinc-filled snack [4]. (Photo: Ebay user costumealibi)

6. Pistachio

This little number tops the genius costume scale. Pistachios are high in fiber and protein, plus they’re like a really challenging game to open. They’re also a healthier choice when picking from a bowl of mixed nuts. (Photo: wonderfulpistachiosprocycling.com)

7. Peas

It’s like three peas and a floating head in a pod! Peas aren’t just healthy for us, they’re also pretty great for Mother Earth—the magical little guys produce their own fertilizer. Want to get in on the benefits? Feed your belly with our fresh pea and radish salad. (Photo: halloweencostumes.com)

8. Baby Carrot

Since orange is the go-to Halloween color, you’ll be all the rage this year dressed as a carotenoid-packed veggie. That’s the stuff that’s converted to vitamin A and helps maintain skin, teeth, and immune system health [5]. For a recipe that enhances carrots’ natural sweetness, try our honey orange carrots(Photo: Etsy TheCostumeCafe)

9. Onion

Look how happy this young lady is to trick-or-treat! (And it could be you, for just $99.99!) Rather pass on dressing as the aromatic veggie? Then try our fig and onion pizza to load up on flavenoids, the antioxidants that scientists say have memory- and mood-enhancing properties. (Photo: costumesupercenter.com)

10. Chili Pepper

Heat things up in this hot get-up! (On the reals: That baby must have some serious perspiration going on). Studies show capsaicin, found in peppers like the Chili, can raise metabolism and lower blood pressure [6]. (Photo: halloweencostumes.com)

11. Veggie Man

Struggling to decide on the very best veggie to dress as? Duh, just hit up the Halloween party as a walking garden. To the question “Did you eat your vegetables?” we respond, “Dammit, we don’t care… because we're wearing them.” (Photo: thedailyweird.com)

12. Egg

Ah, the incredible, edible, (and wearable) egg. Throw on some devil horns and doggonit, you’ve got yourself a deviled egg. Eggs have gotten a bad rap of late, but most recent reports support the angelic nature of eggs [7]. Just one of ‘em has only 70 calories and 6 grams of protein. And they’re a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for overall health [8]. (Photo: costumes4less.com)

13. Veggie Fam

Don’t want to wear all the veggies yourself? Assign roles to the entire family! This trio of broccoli, tomato, and carrot are setting a healthy Halloween example. (Photo: burdastyle.com)

14. Green Giant Man

So it’s unclear if the Green Giant man is in fact asparagus, but for all intents and purposes we’ll say the verdant lad is in fact the detoxifying vegetable. The stalks help the brain fight cognitive decline thanks to their high levels of folate, a B vitamin that helps produce and maintain new cells [9]. (Photo: costumesupercenter.com)

15. Popcorn (& Popcorn Vender)

Never has popcorn looked so snuggly. The popped stuff is one of our favorite high fiber snacks. (Photo: thisplaceisnowahome.wordpress.com)

16. Banana

One of the Greatist Team’s very favorite superfoods, the banana, can go bare this October 31st. But if it’s chilly, we recommend dressing as a banana in pajamas (find a friend to do the same). Bonus: After all that exercise from walking down driveways and ringing doorbells (and, for the non-infant bananas among us, maybe downing some booze…), bananas can help replace electrolytes [10]. (Photo: wondercostumes.com)

17. Chiquita Banana Lady

Just like Mr. Veggie Dude, the Chiquita Banana Lady doesn’t discriminate against fruits. For a versatile any-kinda-fruit recipe, check out our harvest fruit compote. (Photo: Etsy DIPdesigns)

18. Apple

The hat on this ensemble (not to mention the giant hands) is pretty terrifying, but the Fruit of the Loom look-a-like is one of our go-to midday snacks. Apples are great for dipping into yogurt or topping oatmeal. Check out some of our favorite apple recipes! (Photo: halloweencostumes.com)

19. Taco

We’re not sure what this costume will look like on a human, but it’s totally genius. For a fishy version of the tasty favorite, try our healthy fish tacos for a light dinner or appetizer. (Photo: msn.com)

20. Chia Pet

We like to toss chia seeds in our oatmeal, or whip up some pumpkin chia seed pudding, because chias boost energy and help keep the body hydrated [11]. But we’re not so committed to the little seeds that we’ll leave the house looking like them—mad props if your dog will. (Photo: xaxor.com)

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