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11 Geekiest Halloween Costumes

Halloween is about more than Jack O'Lanterns and trick-or-treaters. It's a perfect time to let your geek flag fly. Check out some of our favorite geeky costumes.
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For some folks, Halloween is a yearlong obsession. It's a chance to immerse themselves into other characters. Some even start planning their costumes on Nov. 1 and work throughout the year to outdo the previous year's efforts. If you aren't fabricating your own metal parts, your heart just isn't in it.

I've pulled together 11 of the geekiest, most techie Halloween costumes I could find. They include social networks, mobile devices, carnival attractions, sci-fi characters, and babies driving robots. Be sure to get all the way to the end, so you don't miss the guy who went as all of Disneyland. If you aren't amazed, well, then maybe you just don't enjoy Halloween.

Who knows? You might even get some ideas for your own costume. Let us know in the comments what you're going as this year. And if you're still undecided -- even after viewing this slideshow -- ask the InformationWeek community for some advice. Maybe we can help inspire your creative side.

So let's get started checking out these costumes -- and Happy Halloween.

(Image: gb_packards)

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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saliknaqi
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saliknaqi,
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10/30/2014 | 11:20:13 AM
Josh Sundquist.
He seems to have such a good humour, I was rading the other day he transformed himself as a foosball player this halloween. (Foosball dummies are mostly one legged). Must get to know him more.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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10/29/2014 | 12:21:38 PM
Re: dancing
On what they do with costumes after Halloween depends. the mobile phone and minecraft guy probably threw theirs away. Both were bulky and made of fairly cheap materials. But I'm betting the autobot costume will be pulled out again at another con. The labor and/cost that went into that costume seems like a waste if it was only a one shot deal.  While my costumes aren't usually as awesome as the ones here, and are always kept dancable (mostly), I tend to keep the best ones and cycle through them, or mix them into something new. speaking of which I need to go make some antlers.

speaking of being able to dance in your costume what was the most awkward costume you ever wore? I was once a fairy creature and the wings were a little insane, kept hitting the doorway.

 
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Angelfuego,
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10/17/2014 | 6:50:16 PM
Re: dancing
@mak63 and Dave, You are both right. These costumes are not practical for dancing, going to the bathroom, or walking in and out of a door. I guess these people march in Halloween parades and have to be sure not to drink a lot of water before marching. Maybe others are entering in a costume contest. Some of the costumes must be assembled outside. It all seems like a lot of work, and I bet these costumes are pretty costly. I wonder what they do with the costume after Halloween. Do they sell it? Do they save it for next year and reuse it? So they throw it out or give it away?
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Angelfuego,
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10/17/2014 | 6:44:04 PM
Re: dancing
@David, I love the intro picture! Allen vs. Toddler was hysterical!! I thought the Star Tours costume was pretty creative. They were all great. It was hard to choose which was my favorite. A couple of years ago I embarrassed myself in the name of fun, when I dressed up as a baby for Halloween. I had a diaper on over my pants, had a huge rattle, a huge bonnet, and a bottle. I am unsure about what I am going to be this upcoming Halloween, but I doubt my costume can hold a candle do any of the costumes in the pics that are shown in your article.
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PedroGonzales,
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10/17/2014 | 6:39:24 PM
Re: dancing
I really liked the costumes for people using a wheelchair. I would have never thought a wheelchair only needs two wings to become a star wars wing fighter. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/17/2014 | 3:38:13 PM
Re: dancing
@Mak63- Ha! I thought on an even more practical level. I don't even know how you go to the bathroom. Many of thm wouldn't even fit through a door. 

But i like the dancing perspective. I think the fortune telling machine would be fun to see dance. And of course, several of them could do the Robot. :)
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mak63,
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10/17/2014 | 3:28:56 PM
dancing
The Bumblebee and the Alien costumes look very impressive. Nonetheless, none of the costumes seem very practical to go dancing.
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