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Houston-Themed Halloween Costumes

Haley Kurisky
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Do you love Houston? Me too. Do you need a Halloween costume? Have no fear! This year I’ve decided that Halloween should be Houston- or Texas-themed. If you want a costume that only true Houstonians will connect with, here are some ideas.

Sheldon Cooper

A little-known fact is that the actor who plays Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, is originally from Houston. He is an avid Houston supporter, and his character references his hometown in Texas frequently on the show. For this costume, get a science or Star Trek-themed graphic t-shirt and pair it with jeans and snarky comments.


Beyoncé is a Texas icon. Bring out your inner superstar and rock a sparkly bodysuit or chic mini-dress for your Beyoncé costume. 

James Harden

If you’ve always wanted a chance to work a beard, now is your time. A Rockets jersey, fake (or real!) beard, a basketball and Harden’s signature “cooking” move are all you need for this costume to be a slam dunk (ha!). 


This is generally Texas-related, but it’s a classic. It also has to do with the largest rodeo in the world, held in Houston every spring. Identify with your Southern roots and pull out your boots and 10-gallon hats to show everyone why they shouldn’t mess with Texas (or you).

A Doctor

Yes, this one is a classic in general. But how many doctors do we have working in the Houston Medical Center (the largest in the world!)? Do your civic duty and thank your local Houston doctor for his or her service by dressing up as a doctor for Halloween. Bonus points if a friend or partner goes with you as a nurse or doctor’s assistant. 

An Astronaut or a Planet

With NASA’s Houston location, anything space-themed is a given. Either make an astronaut suit (I know people who have made helmets out of cardboard boxes) or be creative and dress like a planet (get a hula hoop around you for Saturn). The possibilities are endless. Like space!

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