Heroes of Cosplay's Holly Conrad's Advice on Dressing up for Halloween
October 27, 2014 2:20 PM   Subscribe

just remember that it’s “all about passion about your character, what you can wear to connect with people on a different level of being a fan of something. Cosplay and Halloween can be merged together for a better world!”
posted by danabanana (18 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
If you could dress as CosPlay zombie, which show would you pick?
posted by clavdivs at 2:29 PM on October 27, 2014


Do Boomers count?
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:35 PM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


hmmmmph. Halloween costumes should ideally be thematically about scaring/horrifying people, even if in an ironical, cutesy, or whimsical way imho
posted by Bwithh at 6:02 PM on October 27, 2014


I am doing this mostly because I can't afford to go to cons, so I do my cosplay at Halloween. This year I'm doing Amethyst from Steven Universe. Getting light purple body face/paint to not look too black-face-y is surprisingly challenging. I did a dry run at the church party and felt it was "meh", hoping to get a better result on actual Halloween. No one had any idea who I was, but I bonded with the Equestria Girl/Rainbow Dash kid and the Kiki's Delivery Service girl, so I didn't mind.
posted by emjaybee at 6:08 PM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't think Halloween costumes need to be scary, which is really interesting because the whole theme of the holiday itself is very death/horror yet I think all costumes are acceptable, even the super cute ones.
posted by drinkyclown at 6:45 PM on October 27, 2014


I get into this situation where I break out my love of obsessive recreation for Halloween and it's not reading at the same level cause it's not a cosplay thing so people aren't looking at/for the same thing.

Like the Steve Rogers dress uniform, so many people thought I was on leave or something and I'm sitting there like Enid in Ghost World going "It's a 1941 Field Officer Uniform you fool! not a modern uniform! don't you notice the pins are for fictional organizations?!"
posted by The Whelk at 7:54 PM on October 27, 2014 [6 favorites]


Sexy Boomer costume.
posted by turbid dahlia at 9:24 PM on October 27, 2014


Also I went as Frank West to a Halloween party once and everyone was like "Oh, take a photo of me!" even though I was carrying a baseball bat covered in blood and also the camera didn't work.
posted by turbid dahlia at 9:26 PM on October 27, 2014


Sexy Boomer costume.

Wait like the Boomers in New Vegas who are all air force fetishists or like, Peter Fonda in The Limey? Cause I can see both.
posted by The Whelk at 9:48 PM on October 27, 2014


I was planning on being a closet cosplay lady hobbit this year, because I apparently own a lot of clothes that a hobbit would wear.

This weekend I found a (probably made in the 1970s) 18thc-style gown and petticoat that fit great in the body but were clearly made for someone much shorter than me-- calico gown, solid cotton petticoat. And my Renn Fest bodice makes for passable stays, and I had already planned to thrift some beige flats and stick yarn 'hair' to the tops, and I have a flower crown ready to go.

So I'm still going to be a lady hobbit, just a much less half-assed one.
posted by nonasuch at 10:00 PM on October 27, 2014


or maybe sexy male kangaroos?
posted by PinkMoose at 10:02 PM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


I have a big sackcloth robe, which I wore this year as a jedi, to accompany my kids, dressed as Boba Fett and General Grievous. While I love Halloween, I'm not a big DIYer, so I tend to reuse stuff (the robe was originally made for a Jawa costume a few years ago). So I'm thinking about how to re-use this robe next year, and I have the perfect idea. Make a guitar and amp out of cardboard, and go as Sunn O))). And I'm so torn, because, hey, Sunn O)))! But probably exactly zero people will figure out what I'm dressed up as.

So for me the passion about my character is inversely related to connecting with other people. ;_;
posted by Bugbread at 11:03 PM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: because I apparently own a lot of clothes that a hobbit would wear.
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:40 AM on October 28, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm first going to use this excuse to post a link to the Take Back Halloween web site because it is fucking awesome. It's a site devoted to DIY costume ideas for women - easy DIY ideas, natch. There's a definite "womens' history" spin, so some of the costumes are a little boring (seriously, who the hell would know who you were if you were Grace Hopper?), but some are eye-catchingly awesome (Baba Yaga, the Goddess Pele, the Norse goddess Freya....) The DIY aspect is pitched to "as little sewing as possible", and the instructions are mostly all about "assemble these elements and maybe pin this and that into place". There are lots of things that involve pinning bedsheets around you like togas and carrying specific things.

This year, I have a bit of a challenge in that I'm a) broke, and b) going to try to have something suitable to wear at work; there's a "bring your kids trick-or-treating" thing tomorrow. However, I work somewhere where it's acceptable to wear jeans to work, I have a chambray shirt that also is about the same color as a pair of my jeans, and I have a red bandana. So on my way into work I'll dress up the shirt and jeans with a showy blazer, but then when it's time to suit up - ditch the blazer, put on the bandana, and I can do it.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:47 AM on October 28, 2014 [2 favorites]


Sexy Boomer costume.

Wait like the Boomers in New Vegas who are all air force fetishists or like, Peter Fonda in The Limey? Cause I can see both.


It struck me as probably being the corpulent exploding zombies from Left 4 Dead.
posted by Dysk at 5:16 AM on October 28, 2014


I *AM* The Bat!
posted by mikelieman at 8:04 AM on October 28, 2014


I *AM* The Bat!

"Last year, it was Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and THE BAT! Oh, and how about the time we were the hard-rocking quartet of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and THE BAT?"

(I totally need a black polo, green chinos and white loafers by friday. Also a mullet.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:38 AM on October 28, 2014 [1 favorite]




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