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Planes, Penguins and Pilots - YVR’s top picks for Halloween costumes

Aircraft are not the only things landing at YVR next week.  Watch for witches, ghosts and more spooktacular creatures to invade our airport just in time for Halloween. 

Looking for a last minute costume idea for your kid that is sure to have him or her eliciting cheers (and potentially you earning some of their extra candy as a reward)?  We’ve put together a list of the top 5 YVR-related costume ideas for Halloween 2012! 

1. Boeing 747 – (the adult or child aviation fan)
One of the world’s most recognizable aircraft, this costume requires only a few pieces.  A regular sized cardboard moving box, a second box to cut up for the tail and wings, paint, glue and a little bit of creativity will help you fly high above the costume competition.

2. Pilot – (the ‘I need a costume fast’ )
A popular Halloween costume staple, this can be pulled together from your own closet.  Black pants, white collared shirt, black tie, aviator sunglasses and a pilot hat are key.   Cut up a few pieces of cardboard and pin to the shoulders of your shirt to mimic epaulets.  Greet people with ‘Welcome Aboard’.

3. Baby Beluga –  (the cutest child award-winner)
Our top pick for a costume you can purchase within the airport is from the Vancouver Aquarium store, located before security in the Domestic Terminal.  These adorable beluga, dolphin and penguin costumes are sure to keep your child happy and toasty warm throughout trick-or-treating, and at a price of only $38.99, who can resist?

4. Amelia Earhart – (the history buff)
Perhaps the most famous female pilot, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.   A brown leather jacket, khaki pants and white scarf will get you started but the key to this costume is the head garb.  You’ll need a brown tight fitting leather cap with chin strap and large goggles to perch on top of the cap to ensure people recognize you as one of the world’s top aviation heroines. 

5. Ground Run Up Enclosure – (the conversation starter)
YVR’s Ground Run Up Enclosure was the first-of-its-kind in Canada and helps mitigate noise from engine run-ups.  Start with a box and attach it to a pair of suspenders so it sits against your stomach.  Cut off the top and front panel of the box and then glue a model airplane to the floor of the box.  You’ll sure stand out in this costume! 

If you think your costume is competition worthy (as in iPad worthy), be sure to enter our annual Halloween at YVR costume and pumpkin carving contest taking place Wednesday, October 31 at The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: Jade Canoe in the International Terminal food court. Winners will take home an iPad 2, and second and third place entries receive $200 and $100 YVR Bucks respectively.
Come down and join us even If you don’t plan on entering the contest. We’ve got Halloween lunch specials in the food court and DJ Alibaba is spinning tunes to get the terminal rocking. Want to see what you may be up against? Check out last year’s event and winners.


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1 Comment

  • Tory wrote on Dec 08 2012 AT 7:30 AM

    Geez, that's unbleieavble. Kudos and such.
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