2021 Halloween costume ideas for Wisconsin: dollars, cheese, beer

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Whether you love or dread dressing up, Halloween is just around the corner.

Maybe you go out with your costumes on … or maybe you just put on what looks the easiest to you.

Anyway, why go basic when you could go to full Wisconsin?

From a legendary TV character to the foods the state is known for, here are nine extremely Wisconsin characters, animals, and objects that you could be for Halloween.

The Fonz

If you can be almost anyone for a day, why not choose one of the coolest characters in TV history?

Arthur Fonzarelli aka Fonzie or The Fonz is the iconic badass from the Wisconsin sitcom “Happy Days” which spanned more than a decade in the ’70s and’ 80s.

Milwaukee even has a statue in honor of The Fonz, on the RiverWalk just south of Wells Street downtown.

Slip on a leather jacket over a white t-shirt and pair it with jeans and chunky boots. A little bit of hair gel couldn’t hurt. And if you can park on a motorcycle, even better.

Here are some slogans to insert into your conversations:

  • Ayyyy
  • Exactamundo (or add -amundo to just about any word).
  • Sit on it!

If you’re on photos, be sure to give the camera two inches.

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Wisconsin sports stars

It’s been all year for Wisconsin sports.

The Bucks were the 2021 NBA champions. The Brewers clinched the NL Central crown (we’ll stop there). And the Packers are currently 5-1.

Already have your favorite player’s jersey? Perfect. Otherwise, here’s your excuse to get it. And if you go there as a person with a line of shoes (cough cough, Giannis), you can also wear a pair.

Bonus points: if you disguise yourself as Antetokounmpo, bring 50 Chick-fil-A nuggets; if you choose Bobby Portis, add a WWE Championship belt; and if you go like any Bucks player, display a trophy.

Do you have succulent locks? Aaron Rodgers could be the way to go this year. He grows his mane for his own Halloween costume.

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Kwik Trip employee

For years, people have put on a red shirt, khakis, and a “Jake” badge to be State Farm’s Jake.

Leaving as a Kwik Trip employee is a bit like the Wisconsin version.

Many Wisconsin residents are obsessed with the convenience store chain. Heck, a couple from Janesville even had their wedding photoshoot there.

Get yourself a blue collared shirt, then print a Kwik Trip logo and name tag to stick on it. For stockings, opt for black pants.

Do you want to go further? Drink your drinks from a Big Buddy mug and carry some Glazers on you.


We often have herd Wisconsin is nicknamed “America’s Dairyland,” so why not dress up the room?

After digging a bit, we found that it’s just as easy to find a cow costume online as it is to spot a cow here.

Here are links to some we have encountered:

If you’re looking to save a bit of moo-lah, get a white tracksuit and use a black fabric marker to color in the spots. Some of the online stores listed above also sell cow accessory sets with ears and tail.


Wondering what it’s like to have just about everyone loves you? Dress up as cheese and you might just find out.

If you own a cheesehead (as many do), you’re already ahead of the game. The rest of your outfit could be any yellow or gold garment you already have.

If you are a DIYer, go for a yellow or gold outfit and use a fabric marker to draw holes for the cheese.

And of course, there is also the option to buy cheese costumes or clothes online.

Whichever way you decide to go, make sure you have an arsenal of cheesy puns ready. To get started, try swapping:

  • “Being” with “brie”
  • “Better” with “cheddar”
  • “Super” with “grid”
  • “Good” with “gouda”
  • “Not yours” with “nacho”
  • “Monster” with “munster”


There’s another Wisconsin specialty that goes with cheese: beer.

The beer industry has shaped Milwaukee’s identity since the 19th century and remains a large part of the city’s culture to this day.

If your favorite beer is very popular, there’s a good chance there’s a costume for it somewhere on the internet. But if you don’t, you can get yourself a generic beer costume and DIY a tag for it.


Deer seem to appear just about anywhere. In the woods, through the busiest streets, in neighborhoods and swimming in lakes. Yet people are still very excited when they spot them.

Maybe you will get a similar reaction if you dress like one.

There’s the “fear the deer” Bucks route, where you can sport antlers and some of the championship Bucks gear you’ve stored. (See photo above for inspo).

Or if you’re not the type to love Bucks, you could be one of the many deer in the state, complete with antlers and a total brown set.


With hunting being so popular in Wisconsin, you can also dress up as the deer’s nemesis: a hunter.

Hunting (or at least camouflage) clothing may already be in your wardrobe. Put on a little, add an orange vest and you’re done.

Fried fish

If it’s a Friday, you better believe people from all over the state will be flocking for fry fish.

If you’re part of a duo dressing up for Halloween, here’s a way to pull off this Wisconsin staple.

A person goes like a fish. The other part in fries. Together, the couple will make a fried fish.

Contact Hannah Kirby at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @HannahHopeKirby.

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