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Clever Costumes Based on Puns

Updated on January 11, 2015

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If you're looking for some clever Halloween costumes, I've come up with a few based on puns. Shoot, these costumes based on puns would also work for all sorts of other occasions when a bit of levity is in order.

Puns are jokes that are a play on words. The words that make up the pun can have more than one meaning or take advantage of another meaning for the same words.

An example is the costume shown here. Give this guy a gun or other weapon and this Halloween costume becomes "A Salt with a Deadly Weapon."

In case these puns make no sense, I've briefly explained them. I hope you get them, and yes, please feel free to groan.

Image of Funny Adult Salt Shaker Couples Halloween Party Costume Adult One size fits most courtesy of Amazon.

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Return a Dress

Clever Costumes Based on Puns - Return A Dress

For the "Return a Dress" costume, wear a slip, like this one, and carry an old ugly dress on a hanger with a price tag dangling from the sleeve. Another option is to carry a shopping bag with the dress you're returning falling out the side.

The pun: Return Address (like you write on an envelope)

You can return a dress in just your slip but since you can't go return a dress without a purse and shoes, here are some options to keep you covered.

Planet of the Grapes

Planet of the Grapes - For When You're Feeling Fruity and Fun

For the Planet of the Grapes costume, start with a basic purple canvas like the purple pajamas or sweats shown below. Add some grapes and planets here and there. Off you go!

The Pun: Planet of the Apes

You'll need some planets and purple background clothing to pull of this outta this world costume.

A Salt with a Deadly Weapon

A Salt With a Deadly Weapon - Punny and Funny

This salt shaker costume just needs a toy gun to complete it. Wear this clever Halloween costume and listen to the groans. I just love puns!

The pun: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

And to complete this costume, "deadly" weapons. Be sure to keep it fun for this one.

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Pun: the usually humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings or the meaning of another word similar in sound

Source: Merriam-Webster

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Agent Orange

Agent Orange - Agent Orange Is His Name, Subtle is NOT His Game

Agent Orange is a crime-fighting Fed. His suit may be gaudy but he gets noticed. Whether that's good or bad is beside the point. He's Agent Orange.

The pun: Agent Orange was a chemical used in the Vietnam War, which is not at all funny.

Even Agent Orange needs a little help. Make sure to carry some helpful accessories for when you spot a crime.

Iron Man

Iron Man -- Getting the Ironing Done One Shirt at a Time - He's Neat, He's Tidy, He's Iron Man

Iron Man is a super hero. He irons! Iron Man can iron pleats, starch a shirt, and put a crease in slacks you could cut butter with. Be a hit with the ladies. Be Iron Man.

The pun: Iron Man is well, Iron Man. This Iron Man carries a big iron and helps with the laundry.

Start your ensemble with a neutral background like a plain colored sweat suit, then walk softly and carry a big iron. Just don't plug it in. Hangers and spray starch are optional, but recommended!

Hairy Houdini

Amazing Hairy Houdini

Hairy Houdini is an amazing magician, but he's not such a great escape artist. He (or she) can untangle his (or her) hair like nobody's business, if he (or she) could just get out of this darned straight jacket.

The pun: Harry Houdini was a magician and escape artist extraordinaire.

The straightjacket is key to this fun outfit. And do not forget your hair dryer or pick. for Hairy's hair.

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Cereal Killer

Cereal Killer - Walk Softly and Carry a Big Spoon

A cereal killer obviously kills breakfast food. How? Well, he carries a toy gun or knife and of course, a spoon. The toy knife or gun may be a moot point. You can just eat the cereal and it'll be dead, right?

The pun: Serial Killer

More Fun and Easy Ideas for Dress Up

Freudian Slip

Wear a slip and pencil on a goatee. Voila! A Freudian slip.

The pun: A Freudian slip is a slip of tongue, saying something that you may subconsciously or unconsciously be thinking.

Buck An Ear

For the minimalist who wants to be clever but do so in an oh-so-subtle way, wear a dollar bill on each ear. When asked what you are, say "I'm a pirate. A buck-an-ear."

The pun: A buccaneer is a specific type of pirate but is now a synonym for pirate.

Thanks to MiddleSister for these great ideas!

Readers share their clever costumes

from their past:

"I once wore a Hershey's kiss costume

but added little skeletons and grave markers...

yes, I was the Kiss of Death ;)"

~ Upon-Request

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Another clever costume from yesteryear:

"Another jewish friend and I put on apple placards, green hose, and had leaves in our hair. What were we? Apple jews...."

~ gottaloveit

Are you a fan of puns? - Think you'll wear one of these fun costumes?

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      3 years ago

      Absolutely adorable Halloween pun costumes. I never would have thought of these although, one year, I rounded up another Jewish friend for a Halloween party. We wore cardboard cutouts of apples and had big jewish stars on. Our costume? Apple Jews!

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      Ruth Cox 

      3 years ago

      Your pun costumes are too much fun! I liked the Cereal Killer idea best for a ghastly Halloween idea.

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      5 years ago

      Puns are just fun and they go perfectly with Halloween...and a little after as well, a very fun and unique idea by you and presented with smiles!

    • Gigmoo profile image


      5 years ago

      I'd have laughed my butt off if someone used -that- kind of Iron Man. :)

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      These are really funny ideas!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Puns are great.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      VERY CLEVER & well done, too! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to post it on our Facebook page, Halloween Every Day.

    • RosaMorelli profile image


      5 years ago

      These costumes are brilliant! The 'Iron Man' one will keep me giggling all day :)

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      5 years ago

      I love puns. Most of the Zazzle products that I create are punny. I'm very big on Gnome puns, since we have had many gnome figurines at home. Love the puns!

    • vegan3k profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge via this big but quality lens.. Liked :)

    • bigjoe2121 profile image


      5 years ago

      ha ha ! a salt with a deadly weapon :)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      5 years ago

      Very clever ... I remember the Freudian Slip costume Meg Ryan wore in "D.O.A." with Dennis Quaid. I also had a teacher friend who dressed in an elf costume and called it a Subordinate Claus. Cereal Killer is pretty funny too. Boo-lessed!

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Virginia Allain: Stopped by again to see all the additions. Clever!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for the chuckle this evening. I love the Agent Orange costume. I could never have come up with that.

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      5 years ago

      What a fun lens!

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      5 years ago

      fun ... for a while I had a streak of my hair dyed blue... people ALWAYS wanted to know why I had it... I tell them I cursed it up.

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I love, love, love puns. that's a terrible quality in a human bean. Hey! You could dress as a giant bean, and be a human bean!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: I love it! Very clever costume, Lori.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Another jewish friend and I put on apple placards, green hose, and had leaves in our hair. What were we? Apple jews....

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I would in a new york minute!

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      6 years ago

      I like a couple of these; especially planet of the grapes. A very humourous take on Halloween costumes. *blessed*

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      6 years ago

      Agent Orange is pretty great, but A Salt with a Deadly Weapon takes the cake for me. I'm a pun lover (some say I'm a pun abuser, and threaten punitive action), and would absolutely rock any of these costumes for Halloween.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @SheGetsCreative: Perfect!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Too funny! I once wore a Hershey's kiss costume but added little skeletons and grave markers... yes, I was the Kiss of Death ;) *blessed

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      6 years ago

      I should have expected something like this form you, Scarlett! Very clever!

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Hmmm, you have to have the right kind of mind to think of these. I'm hopeless at it. Fun!


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