More Culture:

October 15, 2015

Five Philadelphia icons to channel this Halloween

Stuck on what to dress as for Halloween? Want something unique but current, funny and not so out there that no one will know who or what you are?

Look no further than home.

The City of Brotherly Love has many characters worth emulating.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Phillie Phanatic and Sixers' new mascot, Franklin

Since Hip-Hop bounced his way out of Philly in 2011, the city's basketball team had been mascot-less. No more.

The Phillie Phanatic has been rooting on our home team - and roughing up our rivals - for ages, but now there’s also a new dog in the house repping the city: the Sixers' new mascot, Franklin the dog.

Dress as the fluffy duo for a mix of current (Franklin) and iconic (Phanatic). 

Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross

Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross
Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly, and for Philly, it's Betsy and Ben. 

The patriotic pair (OK, impersonators) can be found waving American flags down the cobblestone streets of Independence Mall at just about any time.

Dress as the duo, or as just one of them, to add some Philly history to the holiday of horror.

Cast of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" 

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
What's a better Philly-centric costume than the characters of the flagship FX network show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? 

Dress as the characters from "The Nightman Cometh," the 13th and last episode of the fourth season, in which Charlie stages a rock opera based on his song "The Nightman" and recruits the rest of the gang to help him with it.

If you haven't seen it, watch it here. Then, convince your friends to dress as the crew for Halloween. 

Rocky Balboa 

Rocky Balboa may be the most notable Philadelphia celebrity icon and a Hollywood character made for Halloween copycats.

Don the gloves and robe and add in the iconic hands-up-overhead stance and Philly Italian accent, and you've got it.

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

Fresh prince screen shot
There are few things more Philly than the Fresh Prince. 

Even if you've never stepped foot in the city (shame on you), you more than likely know the sitcom jingle made popular by Will Smith's West Philadelphia-born-and-raised character.

If you're concerned people may not know who you're dressed up as, carry a boombox on your shoulder blasting the beat for an extra touch.