Halloween is mere days away. Do you have your costume for the staff party yet? How about your pumpkins for the porch?

No? Oh, that’s right. You’ve been stuck in the server room putting out fires.

But don’t you worry. We here at Auvik have got your back. We’ve scoured the Internet to bring you a list of tech-themed costumes and jack o’ lanterns to brighten your jam-packed day. Some of the costumes are pretty easy to throw together — so you might be able to attend that staff party in full Halloween style after all.

Tux the Linux penguin

We start our Halloween tour with Tux, the venerable Linux penguin. Now, you can’t just buy a Tux costume off the rack. Oh no. It’s not that simple. But you can make one.

This young man created a homemade Tux costume pattern for you by copying and scaling a stuffed version. A+ for engineering and effort.

tux Linux penguin costume instructions
via Instructables

The pumpkin option
If carving up vegetables is more your Halloween style, here’s a Tux pumpkin option. You can download a pattern for that too.

Tux Linux penguin pumpkin carving Halloween
via Design Web Kit

Spice Rex, the Spiceworks T-Rex

It’s surprisingly devilishly hard to find orange T-Rex costumes in adult sizes. (Why do kids get all the fun stuff?)

orange t-rex dinosaur spiceworks Halloween costume
via Halloween Costumes

Then again, cute as it is, who wants to be stuck inside a giant stuffed animal all day? Instead, show your Spicehead pride with this jaunty chile pepper hat. Easy, breezy, and no orange tights.

chile pepper hat spicehead spiceworks Halloween costume
via Santa Fe Reporter

The pumpkin option

t-rex Spice rex pumpkin carving
via Spiceworks

Snoo, the Reddit alien

Here’s a costume you could put together fairly quickly. A white jumpsuit, a homemade antenna thingie, and some red dots – done! (NOTE: Random dude photobomb is not part of the costume.)

snoo reddit alient easy Halloween costume
via Theme Me

The pumpkin option

snoo reddit alien pumpkin carving
via somegeekintn on Flickr

Hoover J. Beaver, the Loggly beaver

You’ve probably seen Hoover J. wandering the exhibit floor at conferences. But getting your hands on his costume? Not likely to happen.

Loggly beaver mascot costume
via Eventifier

Your option here is a generic beaver costume. Add some oversized glasses, a hat, and a t-shirt and you’re getting close.

Loggly beaver network admin Halloween costume
via Mascots Outlet and Auvik Networks

The pumpkin option

beaver pumpkin carving jack o lantern
via Flickr

The Github octocat

I know this dude is supposed to be a cat and cats are furry, so I’m not sure why the 5 o’clock shadow is wigging me out. Regardless, you can’t deny this is a great costume.

Github octocat tech network admin Halloween costume
via Gun.io

The pumpkin option

github octocat pumpkin carving tech Halloween
via Flickr Hive Mind

BONUS! Creepy Photoshop job
Not a costume or a pumpkin, just a strangely disturbing Photoshop composite.

Github octocat Photoshop composite
via Imgur

Subnet mask

Here’s another easy costume you could pull together in a day. Take an inexpensive mask from the costume store and paste some IP addresses over it. Add some metallic sheen for flair (or buy a shiny mask) and presto! You’re a subnet mask. The t-shirt is just icing on the pumpkin.

subnet mask network admin Halloween costume
via ThinkGeek

The pumpkin option
Hmmm, let’s see. Jason mask. Majora mask. Phantom mask. Dammit, no subnet masks. *sigh*

mask carvings pumpkin jason mask majora mask phantom mask
via YouTube and DeviantArt

Binary code

Speaking of subnet masks, I searched the entire Google and found no evidence that anyone has ever Halloweened as binary code.

This can only mean two things:

  1. I have discovered a rip in the Googleverse.
  2. This is a kick-ass opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind deep nerd costume!
matrix green computer code

Use this as your inspiration.

This guy is headed in the right direction but I think you could do better.

lights tech network admin Halloween costume
via Popular Mechanics

P.S. If I’m wrong about there being no binary code costumes out there, let me know in the comments.

The pumpkin option
I could find no binary code pumpkins either. Geekdom, you have let me down.


Behold the unicorn, that beguiling and elusive creature of IT.

If Tom Hollingsworth’s adventures as SDNicorn at Cisco Live are any indication, a unicorn could very well be this year’s most popular techie Halloween costume.

Networking Nerd network admin Halloween costume
via Networking Nerd

Let’s see if we can find some other good unicorn costumes. … Oh dear.

3 unicorn Halloween costumes for men
via CostumeFail, The Dingleberry, and Halloween Costumes

A unicorn mask it is!

magical unicorn mask network admin halloween
via Like Cool

The pumpkin option

unicorn pumpkin carving


Did you think we could have an entire post about networking and not mention the cloud? Ha!

Here’s a whole suite suit of cloud products.

cloud network admin Halloween costume
via Fancy Dress Ball

Or perhaps you’d like to just disappear into the atmosphere. Shhhh. No one will ever know it’s you when you pull that mask down.
cloud network admin Halloween costume

The pumpkin option
Who puts a cloud on a pumpkin?

Full stack

Reveal your awesomeness and all-round skill by dressing up as a full stack.

OK, OK, I realize it’s a stack of pancakes. It’s the best I could come up with.

full stack pancake Halloween costume
via Amazon

Auvik polar bear

Hey, we know this year’s probably a bit early for putting on an Auvik costume. You’re just getting to know us, after all. But a polar bear – pretty awesome, right? Keep us in mind is all we’re saying.


Happy Halloween, everybody!

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