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You'll be hearing from the staff at Food52 in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

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We've been talking a lot about what we're planning on cooking and eating and handing out to trick-or-treaters next week. But we haven't talked too much about what we'll be wearing. Planning out a Halloween costume is almost as fun as eating an entire bowl of candy and writing it off as a seasonal obligation, especially when that costume is food-related. So this week, we asked our team:

If you could dress up as one food for Halloween, what would it be?

Would you go all out with a hotdog costume, or plan something a little more esoteric? Tell us in the comments!

Merrill: I'd love to dress up as a big wedge of Brie. Brie is so hot right now.

Gabriella: I've done a pretty good job of keeping my costumes food-centric for the past few years -- I was Cookie Monster last year, and this year I'm being the Utz girl. As far as actual food products go, I'd probably be a burrito or a sushi roll. Or a sexy ear of corn. I just love Halloween so much. 

Lindsay-Jean: I have no idea. I'm just going to wait for all clever food costume ideas to roll in so I can copy one of them and compete with my red-headed husband who will be wearing a bunch of bread loaves this Halloween. (Get it? A gingerbread man...) 

Pullman Loaves on Food52  Bread on Food52

Lisa: I'd go as an orange. The color is festive, and dressing as as an enormous sphere allows for maximum candy consumption without the pesky eating constraints of tight costumes. 

Lauren L:  I was a pineapple once but I made the costume myself and basically looked like big bird. I'd rather be a piece of ikura for my next food costume.

Amanda: I was once a bunch of grapes, but my grape balloons kept popping so I ended up being a bunch of raisins.


Merrill: We should have gone together -- grapes and Brie!

Hannah: Never going to be able to top Amanda's. Game over.

Elana: I was a Kosher Pig last year, maybe a clam this year?

Posie: Well, I wish I had a tiny chubby baby so I could dress them as this

Popcorn on FFood52

Allen: So I can't say I have any great ones of my own. But my cousin Emily did make an amazing popcorn costume for her son!

Maddy: I'm not much for dressing up, but my seafood-loving kitties had better get excited about wearing this. We'll have one 7-pounder and one 14-pounder.

Stephanie: My initial thought was a chocolate chip cookie. However, after thinking about it, I think I have to go pierogi. I think pierogi would be funnier -- plus they're one of my favorite foods. 

Kristen: Does this count?

Kristen: I'm going to answer my own question: it doesn't.

Lablabi on Food52

MarianI'm going to dress up as Bob Loblaw eating Lablabi.

Tell us: What food-related costume would you choose? Or are you forever loyal to your sexy orthodontist getup?

Photos by James Ransom 

Tags: too many cooks, halloween, candy

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almost 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Ginger has a hot dog costume, complete with a mustard that wraps around her pokey little tail. It's super cute. She loathes it.


almost 2 years ago beyondcelery

A couple of years ago, I went as the Cheese Fairy. It was a basic homemade fairy costume, but I had a bag of baby bells on my belt that I handed out to people all night. It was really fun!


almost 2 years ago Count Mockula

I dressed as sriracha last year. I bought a red shirt with the bottle's logo on it and knit myself a pointy green hat. Not everyone got it, but those who did were BIG fans. I was periodically mobbed all day by people who wanted to take pictures with me.


almost 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

Hands down my fav halloween costume I ever saw- was a very simple one. She was in r 20's, pretty and lithe as a her twenties, pretty and lithe as a dancer.She put on a white leotard and leggings. She bought a few yards of interfacing went and bought a few yards of interfacing (you know, that gauzy semi transparent white
ite fabric that you use to back plackets and collars). She cut a hole and stuck her head through the middle of it, head in the middle ,and then folded the front widthwise over itself and the back
over itself, and sewed up the sides of each big 'pocket',
and stuffed them with shredded leaves. Then she painted an octagonal white card with a big red rose and hung that from a string at her neck. So what was she? A Red Rose Tea Bag!!!!! Isn't that brilliant??!!


almost 2 years ago Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

(The Ham Costume from "To Kill a Mockingbird")


almost 2 years ago jkm

I've been the Morton Salt Girl a few times. Super easy. Cute yellow dress (already owned), umbrella, giant canister of Morton Salt (made from Quaker Oats container).
It's my go-to.


almost 2 years ago vvvanessa

I work for a salumeria, and at first I was going to try to be a salami, but I'm going instead as a winged pig.


almost 2 years ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

Would love to dress up as a stick of butter :)


almost 2 years ago Dona

I was Tipsy Paula Deen, with kitchen tongs thru my head, ala Steve Martins arrow thru his head. Guess you had to be there.


almost 2 years ago Eliz.

Fennel! Above white tights, swelling bulb made with two crossing pieces of white fabric with either wales or pleats. Pale green stalks run up bodice and form sleeves. Fronds at shoulder and cuff of three-quarter length sleeve.


almost 2 years ago Tasty Plan

I dressed up as an olive with a friend once.


almost 2 years ago Stephen Atwood

"Lobster, stuffed with Tacos" please.


almost 2 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I dressed up as a zombie Rachel Ray one year!


almost 2 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

HA, Marian... nice one!


almost 2 years ago Christina Kim



almost 2 years ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

I want to see the geoduck costume. I've made several lobsters and some jellyfish, but they were "marine organisms" rather than food.