These St. Louis Halloween Costumes Are Very Specific and Very Good

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COURTESY OF AURORA BIHLER
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Halloween does not technically fall until tomorrow, but thanks to the huge number of parties last weekend, most people have already revealed their 2018 costumes. There were a lot of spectacular and spooky looks — and they weren't all standard vampires or superhero costumes or those rubber monster masks that smell like toxic farts.

In fact, a few of you went all in on city pride and DIY, and we are here for it.

Just look at that toasted ravioli costume up there. Aurora Bihler says she spent three weeks planning it out and crafting its golden-brown perfection, destroying a foam mattress in the process. She even made a freaking MARINARA CAPE. Please, everyone, clap for that cape.

And who did Bihler run into at a Halloween outing but another St. Louis icon — the grim reaper of motor vehicle ownership: Expired Temp Tags.



It's a match made in St. Louis heaven.

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  • COURTESY OF AURORA BIHLER
But even the specter of years-old temp tags is less terrifying than the next on-point St. Louis costume, which was created with presumably divine inspiration by local dude Mike Caraffa.

You may recognize Caraffa's costume from that car turning left from the middle lane, or from an SUV taking up three parking spots at Walgreens.

Oh, joy.

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You can almost hear the disbelief from Mike's friends in the background, as if they're groaning the same question all St. Louisans mutter at the sight of the notorious pink sticker: "Are you fucking serious right now?"

Mike's costume, clever as it is, has a worthy competitor from friend-of-the-RFT Jered Schneider, an occasional contributor who has won our homophone hearts with a couple's costume that's not just beyond compare, but would absolutely kill at a Panic! At the Disco concert.

Behold, this year's hottest Halloween topic: Emos at Imo's.

COURTESY OF JERED SCHNEIDER
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Jered and his wife Jordan absolutely nail this look, from the hair to the piercings. But we'd argue it's their perfectly sullen expressions that make this costume pipping hot .... just the way Imo's is meant to be enjoyed.

COURTESY OF JERED SCHNEIDER
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Lastly, it wouldn't be St. Louis if there wasn't someone who went with a costume so specific that only fans of a particular pizza restaurant will get the reference.

Call it a deep cut, a B-side, a hidden track. Although, since we love the punk rock pizza parlor Pizza Head, we call Kiah Storm's rendition of the shop's mascot "perfect."

COURTESY OF MILES STORM
  • COURTESY OF MILES STORM
Quite a resemblance, no?

MABEL SUEN
  • MABEL SUEN

Take some inspiration from these Halloween-winning looks, St. Louis. Next year, we want to see even more creativity. And more foods. In fact, after the impressive local costumes on display this year, if we don't see a human gooey butter cake wandering around CWE in 2019, we're going to be totally disappointed.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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