The Best Halloween Costumes On The Subway Essays

Photographer Ashley K. Barnes documents the recent subway stunt, now in its 11th year in NYC.

THE NO PANTS SUBWAY RIDE is an annual event put on by Improv Everywhere, in which occurs just that…..people with no pants get off and on the subway throughout the entire city. At a certain time, everyone participating removes their pants and stands in their “under-garments” while casually reading a book, looking out the window, acting frustrated because they are late, basically, your everyday subway behavior.


Waiting to get the party started


A software engineer removes his pants


This food truck driver takes a day off


The author, nearly in the buff

It wouldn't be Halloween season without the following racist, sexist and offensive costumes. "But it's all in good fun!" you probably want to exclaim. O rly?

Here's why that is simply not true. Before you jump down to the comment section to declare that we need to lighten up, please remember these basic rules:

  1. Most cultures prefer not to have their rich history reduced to drunken pageantry.
  2. Commentary about women’s bodies should not be purchased in a clear plastic bag at a local Halloween warehouse store.
  3. Mocking serious social issues of our time will just make you seem like an elitist a-hole.

Read on for our guide on why exactly these costumes just aren't cool.

Also, just for good measure, don't take costume advice from Chris Brown, Bill Maher or Subway commercials.

Other than that, have a Happy Halloween!

Courtesy:, via Giphy

Correction: An earlier version of this article used a female pronoun when referring to Jelani Cobb, who is a man.

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