The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has unleashed a wave of jokes and memes, publishing its tips for disguises for kids. In the guide on their special page for children, “CIA Kids”, the clandestine service has revealed five secrets to stay covert this Halloween.
First and foremost, the agency pointed out that while costumes are meant to be scary and memorable, disguises should be boring and aim to conceal a person’s true identity.
“When our officers plan for the perfect disguise, they are looking for something that will allow them to disappear into the crowd”, the guide explained.
According to the CIA guide, the first thing to do is to change the basics, namely hair, height, build, clothing, or age, because people usually notice these details first. This could mean wearing a ball cap or hoodie, using makeup to add a few wrinkles, or platform shoes to add extra height.
Another tip is to keep it simple and not to overthink things, putting too much effort into one’s new appearance. The CIA also advised using dual-purpose items that can create a variety of outfits, as well as space-saving objects that “can be easily hidden or packed away are very useful for a disguise”.
It also warned young spies to watch out for “giveaways” – features too distinctive to stay incognito.
“Maybe it’s a small limp in your step from an old injury or the nervous habit of biting your nails. Whatever it is, the best thing to do is to become self-aware”, was one of the secrets.
The CIA tasked its spy dog, Calliope, with illustrating these examples. For instance, they posted a photo of hers in a human disguise to prove that it might not be the best option to go undercover for a dog.
Need some last-minute advice to make a costume so good, no one will recognize you?— CIA (@CIA) October 28, 2019
Check out these 5 tips to remain incognito this #Halloween with the help of our spy dog, Calliope.https://t.co/JZNiqiU9kN#SpyKids pic.twitter.com/1F8Zc6ihzq
Some responded to the dog aspect of the message, sharing their own versions of animals in disguise.
Bet you think I’m Santa Claus. pic.twitter.com/CJ30JkJl5t— John Cameron (@BirdogQcy) October 28, 2019
Don’t get me started “....” pic.twitter.com/OVdR22qbeQ— i1 and “lack the divine spark.” (@i128394608) October 28, 2019
My Paddlefoot has the same costume. pic.twitter.com/pY9q6eeVtg— T-Bone Hoffman (@BoneHoffman) October 28, 2019
Others drew inspiration from pop-culture.
I learned my best disguise techniques from Inspector Gadget, LOL. pic.twitter.com/ZLnAE6Kw42— 🌙 moonlight krizzle 🌙 (@krisshayes) October 28, 2019
Some were more concerned that the CIA has a children’s page at all.
The CIA is the absolute LAST federal organization that should be permitted to have a "kids" page.— SailingAwakened (@SailingAwakened) October 28, 2019