Gov't haunts Halloween: Dress in 'green' please

The Obama administration on Friday proposed five different green energy costumes that people can use for Halloween, including a wind turbine, a solar panel and the terrifying "energy vampire."

"Energy vampire" is the Obama administration's term for electrical products that use energy even when they're not being used, like phones, clocks or appliances that glow. To dress as an energy vampire, the Department of Energy suggests dressing like a vampire and hanging electrical cords around your neck and arms.

"This Halloween, unplug all the unused phone chargers in your house and attach them to yourself for a costume that will fill your friends with terror while saving you money," the department said. It even provided a picture of the costume in case people can't picture it.

That's the only truly terrifying costume the Energy Department is suggesting. Other ideas include dressing up like a particle accelerator, which you can do by walking around all night with a lit-up hula hoop around your waste. The department said that would make it clear to people that you are a particle accelerator.

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"Run blinking LED piping along a hula-hoop and attach some suspenders, decorate your black turtleneck with quarks, bosons and neutrinos, and BAM! You're a particle accelerator!" the department said.

Another idea is to go as a wind turbine, which involves cutting out windmill blades out of foam and then wrapping yourself in a white towel.

"You won't produce electricity, but at least you'll generate conversations wherever you go, so why not impress your friends with the fact that U.S. wind energy prices reached all-time lows in 2014, or that wind could provide up to 35 percent of the nation's power by 2050?" the department asked.

The department's proposal for a solar panel is to wear a sandwich board that has drawings on it to make it look like a solar panel.

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