Head of State Halloween Costumes

Still scrambling to come up with a Halloween costume that’s smart, sexy, and completely unrecognizable? Why not dress as a head of state! If nothing else, you’ll finally get to wear that suit you bought for job interviews.

But with over two hundred heads of state to choose from, how do you narrow it down to just one? Luckily for you, JD and I have nothing to do, so we’ve compiled this list of 13 Heads of State Who Would Make Great Halloween Costumes.

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  1. Vladimir Putin – President of Russia

    Vladimir Putin on horseback
    The only acceptable option here is to recreate the above photo. So you’re going to need some camouflage pants. And an amazing, amazing body. And a horse.

  2. Pope Francis – Sovereign of Vatican City

    Pope Francis
    Here is an easy costume to throw together if you are a former pope.

  3. Helle Thorning-Schmidt - Prime Minister of Denmark

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt
    Trust me on this: a sexy Helle Thorning-Schmidt costume is going to go over way better than your Sexy Abraham Lincoln costume did last year.

  4. Goodluck Jonathan – President of Nigeria

    Goodluck Jonathan
    Because you are going to look badass in that hat.

  5. Stephen Harper - Prime Minister of Canada

    Stephen Harper
    You will be surprised by how much you look like Stephen Harper when you put on a rubber Stephen Harper mask. This is because Stephen Harper also wears a rubber Stephen Harper mask.

  6. Pedro Passos Coelho – Prime Minister of Portugal

    Pedro Passos Coelho
    The best part about this costume is that you can use puns from the era of the Portuguese Empire as double-entendre pickup lines. “I’d like to be the first to round your Cape of Good Hope,” etc.

  7. Mahmoud Abbas - President of the Palestinian National Authority

    Mahmoud Abbas
    Telling people that you’re dressed as the president of Palestine is a great ice-breaker.

  8. David Cameron - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

    David Cameron
    If you decide to dress as David Cameron, you can add some authenticity to your costume by driving on the wrong side of the road.

  9. Kim Jong-un – Supreme Leader of North Korea

    Kim Jong-un
    This one probably won’t win you any popularity points. Unless you’re going to a costume party hosted by Kim Jong-un. (In which case—hope you like cheese!)

  10. Abdullah II - King of JordanAbdullah II

    If you’re going to dress as Abdullah II, don’t be boring and dress in a military uniform or regal garb, because that’s what everyone does when they wear an Abdullah II costume. Instead, dress up as Abdullah II from that time he had a cameo on Star Trek. So, it will basically look like you’re just wearing a Star Trek costume. Only you will know the secret!

  11. Tony Abbott – Prime Minister of Australia

    Tony Abbott
    This one might seem hard to pull off, but keep in mind that the more you drink, the better your Australian accent will get. (Unless you are Australian.)

  12. Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson – Prime Minister of Iceland

    Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
    This would be a genuinely spooky costume. Don’t get us wrong—we’re sure he’s a very nice guy and all. But if he ever turned out to be a serial killer, people probably wouldn’t say “But he didn’t look anything like a serial killer!”

  13. Christopher Loeak – President of the Marshall Islands

    Christopher Loeak

Bashar al-Assad

President of Syria

by JD and Kate.

Choose Your Own Adventure


Do not read this blog post straight through from beginning to end. These web pages contain many different adventures you may have as Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. From time to time as you read along, you will be asked to make a choice. Your choice may lead to success or disaster!

Remember—you cannot go back!

I mean, I guess you could click your browser’s “back” button. But I’ll know if you do, and I’ll be angry about it.

You are Bashar al-Assad, a reserved ophthalmology student living in London.

One day while working on your term paper, “What is the Difference Between Ophthalmology and Optometry?”, you receive a phone call with shocking news—your older brother has been killed in a car accident!

And that’s not all: Your father has chosen you to be his new heir-apparent, and he wants you to fly home immediately so he can start grooming you to become the next president of Syria!

(Did I mention that your father is the president of Syria? Well, he is.)

The next few years are a whirlwind of political and military training. Eventually your father dies, and you ascend to the (democratically elected) ancestral throne. Now that you are the president of Syria, the possibilities are endless!

Well, actually there are three possibilities:

José Mujica

President of Uruguay

by Kate.

Jose MujicaJosé Mujica has been dubbed “the world’s poorest president.” I’m no accountant, but I suspect part of his problem is that he donates 90% of his salary to charity. (In contrast, I donate 90% of my salary to building up my designer scrunchie collection. Scrunchies are poised to make a comeback, and this time, I am going to be ready!!!!)

In addition to his show-offy charity donations, Mujica also refuses to move into the opulent Uruguayan presidential palace, and instead he lives in a shack. Now, I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not a RadioShack. It’s just a regular shack (though possibly with a radio inside).

I don’t know about you, but I am getting sick and tired of José Mujica making me feel bad about my innate selfishness and unbridled consumerism by living a life of austerity and generosity. So I’ve decided to turn things around and start following Mujica’s example. To that end, I have composed this list: (more…)

Felipe VI

King of Spain

by Kate.

Felipe VI, King of SpainLast month, King Juan Carlos I surprised the world* by announcing that he would abdicate in favor of his handsome and gigantically tall son, Felipe VI. (Though to be clear, he did not mention his son’s handsomeness or giganticness in his announcement.)

At first everyone assumed that this was another one of the King’s hilarious pranks, like that time he pretended to invade Portugal.** But if it started out as a joke, it quickly became all too real, and on June 19, Felipe VI was crowned king of Spain. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd when Felipe donned the traditional Spanish Royal Crown, which is made entirely of bullhorns. (It used to be made out of bull’s horns, but after years of protest by animal-rights activists, it was replaced with a crown made out of bullhorns.)

As Juan Carlos no doubt realized, there are many ways that an aging monarch stands to benefit by retiring early: (more…)

The Hottest Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Signing of the Declaration of Independence

by J.D. and Kate

On July 4, 1776, fifty-six brave patriots gathered together in the boring city of Philadelphia to sign a document that later came to be known as the Declaration of Independence.* Now, 238 years later, some equally brave patriots (me and J.D.) are commemorating the occasion by ranking those signers in order of hotness.

Like our Founding Fathers before us, we also have a long list of grievances against the British government, but we will save that for another day. Our rulings are final, but feel free to complain in the comments section and be ignored.

Here is the list.

*Actually, they just approved the final wording on July 4. Historians believe there never was an official signing ceremony, and instead Thomas Jefferson just forged everyone’s signatures.

Mark Rutte

Prime Minister of the Netherlands

by Kate.

Mark Rutte (not shirtless)Recently I discovered that if you do a Google search for “Mark Rutte shirtless,” this web site is the first result.* I won’t tell you how I found this out, because it reveals far too much information about my personal life. But I will say that you don’t need to bother Googling “Mark Rutte in a tank top,” because it yields no satisfying results.

Intrigued, I did some research and learned that in the past 5 years, 33 people have visited this site after Googling “Mark Rutte shirtless.”** No doubt they were hoping to find a treasure trove of shirtless Mark Rutte photos, only to have their hopes dashed when they discovered that this is just an incoherent and infrequently updated “humor” blog with no shirtless Mark Rutte photos whatsoever. I picture these 33 people hurling their laptops against the wall in a fit of Mark-Rutte-induced sexual frustration, resulting in them being asked to leave Starbucks.*** (more…)

Special Report: How to Improve Your Ranking on this Web Site

by Kate.

Not a day goes by that we don’t get a phone call from some world leader wanting to know what he or she can do to improve their ranking on our totally arbitrary list of the hottest world leaders.

Since we simply don’t have time to field all of these phone calls, I have prepared this helpful guide entitled “How to Improve Your Ranking on HottestHeadsofState.com.”

Stephen Harper waits patiently on the phone

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper listens patiently to our hold music.*


Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Prime Minister of Denmark

by Kate.

Helle Thorning-SchmidtFirst, I want to take a moment to congratulate Helle Thorning-Schmidt on being so hot. Bravo to her—and to the wise people of Denmark who convinced her to abandon her successful career as a Land’s End catalog model and take up residence in Denmark’s prime ministerial mead hall.

Thorning-Schmidt follows in the footsteps of a long line of hot Danish politicians, including:

1. Former prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
2. That guy who killed Hamlet’s father. (I guess it was his uncle.)
3. Sweyn Forkbeard.


Kaj Leo Johannesen

Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands

by Kate.

Kaj Leo JohannesenWe wouldn’t normally have included the Faroe Islands on this list, because it is a made-up place, and we have a fairly strict policy against imaginary countries.* Actually, we keep trying to delete the Faroe Islands from the site, but it keeps reappearing on its own. It’s pretty creepy, so I’ve decided to just go along with it.

As I was researching Kaj Leo Johannesen in preparation for making stuff up about him**, I couldn’t help but notice that 90% of his Wikipedia page is about his career as a football player. Now wait, before you get excited: by “football,” I mean “soccer”—one of the most boring sports in the world. (more…)

Hamid Karzai

President of Afghanistan

by Kate.

Hamid KarzaiAs a special treat, I’d like to share with you an excerpt from the Hamid Karzai fan fiction I’ve been writing. It’s still a work-in-progress, so go easy on me!

Chapter 2: Tall, Dark, and Hamid

It is a hot and muggy evening. (Author’s note: By “muggy,” I mean both that it is humid and also that it is filled with muggers.) You are walking home from work after being roped into working late… again. As the only person in your office who lives alone, most days you don’t mind staying late to cover for colleagues who have families to get home to, but today you just weren’t in the mood. As you pass the doorway of your favorite watering hole, you feel a blast of air-conditioning. (Author’s note: “watering hole” is a slang term for “bar.” I’m going through sort of a cowboy phase in my writing.) On a whim, you turn around and mosey inside.

The bar is packed for a Thursday evening. You spot a vacant barstool and sidle up to the counter. The bartender, Ted, is busy—but when he sees you, he gives you a nod and brings over your usual drink. As you take a sip, you cast your eyes around the dark, crowded room, and with a jolt you realize that someone across the room is staring at you intently. As your eyes meet his, you quickly take him in. His large eyes are brown, almost black, and framed by thick, black eyebrows. He has a straight nose and a smooth, bald head. The rest of his face is hidden by a neatly trimmed, salt-and-pepper beard.

You feel a rush of heat as your cheeks turn bright red, and you quickly look away. You turn to your drink, taking a long, slow sip as you gather your thoughts. Just as you are debating whether or not it’s safe to glance over at him again, suddenly you sense someone standing right next to you. You don’t have to look up to know who it is. (more…)