Whimsical Halloween Costume Ideas based on Whisky brand Founders

James And John Chivas

Halloween is just around the corner, and people all over are preparing for a good time and some spooky merrymaking with friends and family. Pranks, costumes and creepy decorations are the hallmark of this special day but for whisky lovers, it gets just a little better.

Not only can they enjoy to the fullest with some amazing and spooky Halloween cocktail ideas, this is an opportunity for you to take your love for whisky a step further. As far as costume ideas go, we’re pretty sure your friends will never be able to guess who you are dressed as!

People who pour their hearts and souls into their costumes every year are some of the best people you can be around at this time of the year. Halloween is one of the few moments a year when you can wear your inner child on your sleeve without a care in the world. If you have been looking for inspiration for your Halloween costume ideas, you have arrived at the right place.

Proclaim your love for whisky by dressing up as these great people who have shaped the world of whisky as we know it today! These Halloween costume ideas based on whisky brand founders will surely impress your friends and family.

1. James & John Chivas

James And John Chivas


Couples & twin costumes don’t come as good as this one! The iconic duo of James & John Chivas from Aberdeen established the most enduring and successful house of blended Scotch whisky in the world.

James & John, the Chivas Brothers, were the two men behind the Chivas Regal brand. They built the brand together as a grocery store in 1801, eventually venturing into the world of blending luxury whisky.

They were the one of the first whisky makers to earn a Royal Warrant for their brand, forever cementing the Chivas Regal brand as a legend in the echelons of whisky world.

James & John Chivas Story - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1NnOAUqocM

This Halloween, you and your significant other, or your twin or even a friend can dress up in costume as the two Scottish gentlemen that changed the face of the whisky industry forever. All you need to go to a Halloween party as James & John Chivas is a top-hat, a pair of magnificent beards and tailcoats. You might want to brush up on your Victorian English accents to make things just a bit more authentic and interesting.

2. Bessie Williamson

Bessie Williamson

Not only is Bessie Williamson a terrific role model for women all over the world, she was also one of the first women to shatter a glass ceiling by becoming the first female distillery manager in Scotland.

After she inherited the Laphroaig Distillery, Bessie Williamson put her heart and soul into the company. She played a pivotal role in popularizing single malt Scotch, primarily Islay single malts all over the world by placing an emphasis on exporting her product.

This Halloween, you can dress up as Bessie Williamson in just three easy steps, although the only easy bit about being her is emulating how she looked. Her achievements would be much, much difficult to emulate. A plaid skirt, button-up blouse, a pair of glasses and a wide smile is all you need to be Bessie Williamson this Halloween.

3. Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel

Jasper Newton


The creator of the world’s bestselling American whiskey, Jack Daniel was a man who revolutionized the American whiskey industry itself. He did it with the help of Nearest Green, a slave who taught him everything he knew about distilling whiskey.

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 is a whiskey that is so truly American at its heart that just about every American has tasted it at least once in their lives. It was also the drink of choice for musicians who lived their lives on the wild side like Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Lemmy Kilmister was even known to drink one bottle of Jack Daniel’s every day and was even buried with a bottle of the Old No. 7 when he passed away.

To be Jack Daniel this Halloween, you will need a thick moustache and goatee, a formal hat and a suit. You might also want to keep a bottle of Jack handy since Mr. Daniel was particularly fond of his own product as he proved with his dying words, “One last drink, please.”

4. Masataka Taketsuru

Masataka Taketsuru


The man behind the entire Japanese whisky industry, Mastaka Taketsuru is also the driving force behind not one, but two of Japan’s biggest whisky making houses, Nikka Whisky and Suntory Whisky. As a young man born into a Sake-brewing family in Japan, Taketsuru was interested in chemistry and decided to seek academic knowledge abroad.

His quest for knowledge brought him to the University of Glasgow, studying organic chemistry and later serving an apprenticeship at two distilleries, the Longmorn Distillery and the Bo’ness Distillery. After he went back to Japan with his knowledge and Scottish wife, Masataka first helped Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory whisky to build Japan’s first whisky distillery. After his contract with Suntory ended, Masataka built the Yoichi Distillery, establishing Nikka Whisky, his very own whisky brand.

To dress as Masataka Taketsuru, you can either sport a moustache or choose not to. Thin-rimmed glasses, your hair parted sideways with lots of product, a sharp woollen suit and a face as stern as you can keep, and voila, you’re Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky for Halloween.

5. Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy Van Winkle


One of the world’s most sought after collections of Bourbon whiskey throughout the world, the Pappy Van Winkle brand was established by Julian Van Winkle Sr. After he found employment as a salesman for a liquor seller, he went on to buy the very firm that employed him, and later the Stitzel Distillery in Kentucky.

The Old Rip Van Winkle was the first proprietary brand of Bourbon sold on the market just before Prohibition was enforced in the USA. The brand was later resurrected by Julian Van Winkle Jr,

The Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon has a cult following among Bourbon enthusiasts all over the world and bottles have been sold for record prices for years. Collectors, connoisseurs and even the Pope have in their possession a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle!

To dress up as the ‘cigar huffing man without a care in the world’, you will obviously need a cigar, a pair of thick rim spectacles, and a killer three piece suit. That hairline, we’re afraid, only comes from experience!

These were our top 5 recommendations for some of the coolest and most whimsical Halloween costume ideas based on whisky brands founders from across the world.