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It's That Time Again: The Costume Question

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Halloween is always a big deal at Southwest Airlines.  Our Employees look forward to it for months.  For those of you who are as serious about Halloween as we are, you know that coming up with a costume that is not only good, but that is so perfect it knocks people’s socks off, takes weeks of preparation. 

With only ten weeks until Halloween and no costume in mind, our CEO, President, Chairman, and once-a-year Halloween Superstar Gary Kelly needs your help in choosing his “knock your socks off” Halloween costume. 

Gary as Woody

This is your chance to help select “who” or even “what” Gary will be for Halloween.  Our good friends at Party City will then transform the selected idea into one masterpiece of a costume.

In the past few years, Gary has filled the shoes of Woody from Toy Story; Gene Simmons from KISS; Old West Legend, Wild Bill Hickok; Captain Jack Sparrow; Edna Turnblad; and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.  He’s even filled the ruby slippers of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, if you can believe it! 

Gary as Wild Bill

Following these amazing costumes, Gary needs all the help he can get to think of something bigger and better!  Give us your most creative idea; think outside the box.  Help Gary outdo his previous costumes!

Leave Gary your suggestion, and on Halloween, be sure to check out Nuts About Southwest for the unveiling of Gary’s Halloween 2011 persona.  You never know, he may be the walking, talking version of your idea!

45 Comments
weichinger
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Two words: Gary Potter
Donna_Ice
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How about going as Lady Gaga?
Shelly_Davis
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He's gotta be Snooki. Second in command has got to be the Italian priest.
Jan13
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How about a disgruntled airline passenger?
Phyllis_Lamken
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An Oompa Loompa!!!! What else.
Rachel_Cooksey
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Have a little cross-branding fun & be Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials.
perkyjewels
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Harry Potter! or Hermione if he wants to keep with the tradition of a female costume from previous years 😉
Rosie_Bee
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He shld be a big southwest airplane !!! What better advertisement can u get even on a holiday !
Harry_Glidden
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Little Bo Peep!
Amanda_F_
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Dog the Bounty Hunter. It would be epic. 🙂
Nicole_Stiers
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I think he should be a skill crane or vending machine. 🙂
Dave9
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Have him dress like that other airline CEO in your "on trial for change fees" commercials. Talk about scary!
Shannon_Chenowe
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Some ideas: Ghostbuster An Army soldier Old mobster Vampire Indiana Jones
laura_townsend
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Gary's Costume should be the scariest thing out there right now, The Economy!
Tracyann
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Make him an Avatar this year. It sure would surprise people to see a big blue avatar walking around!
Joanna_Carver
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Lady Gaga!
Jamel_Walton
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I think u should be Magnum PI... Hawaiian shirt and short shorts and all!
Jean_Cooper
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I think he should be a gorilla and walk around different places in the office etc. and not say a word to anyone. People will wonder who is in the costume. After several hours he can let them know that it is him.
Barbara_Lee
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I think you'd make a gorgeous Jessica Rabbit!
Donna_Edmiston
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How about Otto, the autopilot from the airplane movies?
Elaine_Peters
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I would suggest Gary be Steve jobs but tht might be too easy. How about Johhny Depp (pirate) or Keanu "Nero"?
Harold_Gracey
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His costume should be Charles Lindberg or Amelia Earhart, because he's taken air travel to a new frontier....fun!
pselston
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He should be Michael Jackson' s character from Thriller and the airline crew should dance to Thriller on Halloween online.
Dotty_Metcalf
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Since it is the 40th anniversary of SWA -- how about a retro 70's look with an afro -- maybe a cannabalized version of Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison? Or really out of the box and have him dressed like a "stewardess" from the 70's! Now that would be a hoot to boot -- go-go boots that is! Dotty
camille_balli
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I think he would be a great Nyan Cat Just google it and see how famous !!!!!! Here is the original you tube link ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4 Camille from Alpharetta GA
Tammy_Reynolds
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I you're looking for something 80's- Pee Wee Herman or you can go the pillsbury dough boy - cute and gets tummy tickeled alot!
meghan_august
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Maybe a ninja or pirate
Garrett_Gee
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This year he should dress up as a peanut. A giant airline peanut! : )
Caroline_Collin
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You should be a shooting star b/c of the song by B.O.B. called "Airplanes". The line in the song is, "I wish that airplanes in the night sky were like shooting stars, I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now."
angie_Macdonald
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Gary... be a SMURF!!
jenniffer_macke
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Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas & Ferb
Cordia_Vilyus
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I would love to see him as the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz...or the Tinman. 😉
meli_barrett
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maybe he should go as The Mad Hatter , Tim Burton style. Maybe Napoleon Dynamite or Richard Simmons. 🙂 something fun and wild forsure!
michelle_womack
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I think gary should go as a Pan Am Flight Attendant.... They are making a come back
Jay_Haapala
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He should be a pack of SWA peanuts!
David_Ayres
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Definately go STEAMPUNK!
lpessetto
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He can borrow my mummy costume, but it is a little warm! It's pretty cool!
karen_careny
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Wiley Post. Great aviator, inventor and wildcatter. Plus, who doesn't like wearing an eye patch?
Carolyn_T
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Richard Simmons
Karen_Hilliard
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How about a happy bag... with no fees attached? 🙂
Carl_Vandermole
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Dress up as Tuck from the Wonder Pets
Marilyn_Ballas
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Papa Smurf
Spence
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How about Indiana Jones?
Jessica4
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I think the costume ideas you guys have are great! Keep it up!
Joseph_Perron
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Great article. I really enjoy reading these articles. I saw it was interesting that new 2012 costumes are out now and almost all of them are from movies. Does anyone have a favorite one in mind? We really like the Snow White and The Huntsman movie costume.