Okay, look, I get it’s late and Halloween has started. Hell, my own kid is already out there in the world, dressed strangely and demanding Reece’s Cups from as many neighbors as possible. But it’s not over yet, and I needed the time to collect all the data about which car-costumes are the most popular of the year. I’m happy to report that the state of car-costumes, often called carstumes in the car-dressing-up community, is alive and well, and we have four standout carstumes this year that I think you should be aware of. Ready? Of course you are.
Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular car costumes of the year is one of the most hyped cars of the past few years, the Tesla Cybertruck. A number of companies make these costumes, usually composed of plastic and aluminum flashing for a pretty convincing impression of stainless steel, though the carstumes seem to show fingerprints less. There are rumors that Tesla themselves has bought a bunch of these for NVH testing.
Halloween is fundamentally about scary things, and this carstume may be one of the scariest of all: an early 2000s Volkswagen carstume. These come in Passat or Tiguan or Touareg or Golf versions, and lots have an optional glowing check engine light decal, so even non-car people can feel the deep-gut fear that early 2000s VW ownership so often entails.
A popular accessory to this carstume is an empty wallet or purse.
The only non-car carstume to make the list this year is an interesting one, based as it is in the often-colliding worlds of politics and footwear. It’s a carstume of presidential candidate Ron DeSantis’ trademark cowboy boots, with their strangely elven upturned toe, widely interpreted to be indicative that the Florida governor is wearing substantial lifts in those boots.
Look at those ridiculous things. I’m a short guy myself, and Ron, if you’re reading this, just own it, man. It’s fine. It’s not your height that’s going to keep you out of the oval office. It’s not a roller coaster.
Finally, a surprisingly popular carstume is a re-package of the old ’57 Bel-Air costume, but now comes packaged with those creepy “time out” dolls that people of A Certain Age tend to bring to local car show. All together, this can transform any car, with the right amount of lawn chairs and laminated Motor Trend articles and Hawaiian shirts with more ’57 Chevys on it, into a dead-on Boomer at a car show display.
What a bold year for carstumes! Happy Halloween, friends!