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When I saw Chipotleā€™s announcement that it will bring back the ā€œBooritoā€ discount this Halloween, I had but one thought. The discountā€”a $4 entree for any customer wearing a costume after 3 p.m. on October 31ā€”begs the question: What constitutes a costume? Chipotle says itā€™s leaving that up to staff to decide.

Stuck in the fine print, the rules of Boorito state: ā€œLimit one Boorito per person; must be in costume to qualify. Determination of whether a ā€˜costumeā€™ qualifies for the offer is at the sole discretion of Chipotle restaurant personnel.ā€

Well, this seems like a potential ratā€™s nest. My dad likes to complain about the trick-or-treaters who show up at his house without costumesā€”I shrug and counter that the world has bigger problemsā€”but maybe weā€™re just talking about different ideas of what constitutes a costume. Is a neon yellow dress a costume? Is a cowboy hat a costume? (Not where I live in Montana.) Is a soccer uniform a costume?

Hopefully, Chipotle employees err on the side of costume inclusivityā€”I mean, what do they care how many $4 burritos they hand out?ā€”to avoid potential arguments. But if they need some helpful guidelines for costumes, we have their back:


  • Baseball hat, with accompanying glove and team shirt
  • Bedsheet ghost
  • Wigs obviously not intended to pass for a personā€™s actual hair (proceed with caution)
  • Inflatable instruments
  • Real instruments
  • ā€œSexyā€ versions of unsexy occupations (proceed with extreme caution)

Not costumes

  • Baseball hat, sans glove or team shirt
  • Pajamas
  • College T-shirts
  • Flannel shirts
  • First responder uniforms, worn by actual first responders