Halloween is a great excuse to eat too much candy and dress up like zombies, witches and ghosts. But for some people, it is also a chance to showcase their skills with handmade costumes that go above and beyond the call of costume duty. But there's another group of people beyond that. Those who take it a step further and really pull out all the stops, creating insane and gorgeous costumes that are faithful recreations of characters from movies, video games and comics. For them, costuming is a passionate hobby, one that keeps going all year long. Here we've made an informal top 10 of cosplay costumes that caught our eye for how finely they're made, or how creative they are. We've reached out to the designers of each to find out how they were put together.
For some, the goal of the Halloween costume is for everyone around them to put their beers (or Snickers) down and ask, "And who exactly are you supposed to be?" While I don't share this predilection (blame lack of imagination: once I was an exit door for Halloween), it's certainly something to appreciate. Of course, obscure costumes can take so many forms, from popular characters done up in lesser recognized ways to outdated technology to — well, just read on. Listed below 20 of our favorite obscure costumes that highlight creativity, costuming skills and, of course, general neediness. Take a look, enjoy and maybe even steal some ideas.
Fact: the majority of people who have ever existed are dead. Therefore a large percentage of those reading this right now are probably ghosts — that's just basic math. And while we value the support of our spectoral readers, we would like to posit a simple request on behalf of the living: please stop being so spooky. We don't like it. Now, we're not asking for a complete kibosh on your Beetlejuiceing. We just ask that you relocate your phantom business away from non-dead population centers to some decaying, uninhabited (i.e. "ghost friendly") structure. Abandoned buildings are ideal for ghosts — you can lurk around hassle-free for all eternity, but still enjoy the occasional visit from one of basic cable's many fine ghost investigation programs. Now, you're probably asking yourself "there are so many scary abandoned buildings, which one is right for me?" Well, since you are reading DVICE, we assume that in addition to ghost stuff, you maintain an interest in the latest developments from the world of technology. That's why we've profiled some of the freakiest abandoned tech facilities from around the world that will satisfy both your ghostly and geekish leanings.
We all have Halloween movie standbys — The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror and everyone's go-to Halloween. For those time-conscious fear freaks looking for a fright in-between your busy prank and trick-or-treat schedule, it's worth revisiting a truly creepy collection of film shorts called "True Crime" stories.
New York Comic-Con's but a distant memory, but luckily for you, we were there with dual cameras strapped around our necks, ready to shoot the very best cosplayers packed into a sweaty convention center. No need to feel sorry for us, squeezing through hundreds of thousands of attendees is all part of the job. With Halloween creeping around the corner (seriously, we've been dishing out ideas all month long), you'd better think fast. Need ideas? If you can't go high tech, the easiest way is to go geeky. Check out these 50 geektastic ideas we saw at the New York Comic-Con to inspire your costume before it's too late.
If you haven't already decided what you're going to dress up as for Halloween, you'd better get a move on it. The day when you get to don a costume, ask for lots of candy and dress your dog up as an AT-AT from Star Wars only comes once a year, so you'd better not blow it with some cheesy store-bought costume. Everybody knows the coolest costumes — ones that aren't just styrofoam cutouts — are the ones people build themselves. Here are 15 kickin' costume ideas that light up and are sure to get you noticed while trick-or-treating.If you haven't already decided what you're going to dress up as for Halloween, you'd better get a move on it. The day when you get to don a costume, ask for lots of candy and dress your dog up as an AT-AT from Star Wars only comes once a year, so you'd better not blow it with some cheesy store-bought costume. Everybody knows the coolest costumes — ones that aren't just styrofoam cutouts — are the ones people build themselves. Here are 15 kickin' costume ideas that light up and are sure to get you noticed while trick-or-treating.
The Witching Season is upon us, when things go bump in the night and every shadow hides unspeakable terror. You know what helps me get into the spirit of the season? Reading some classic horror stories by the masters, back when horror meant true terror and not just some guy chasing co-eds in a hockey mask. Best of all, each story on this list is public domain and can be found throughout the internet for easy downloading onto your favorite e-reader. In other words, for free.
If you're a geek girl like me, you know the difficulty of coming up with good Halloween costumes. There's a limited number of women in geek culture to begin with, especially ones that wear a decent amount of clothes. It can be hard work dealing with all that spandex all the time. So what's a girl to do if she wants to show off her geeky loves without showing off too much skin? Each costume on this list can be easily created from thrift store finds or by modifying easily found clothing. All you need is some basic sewing skills, a bit of creative flair, and a weekend to get things done in. Here are ten costumes full of geek cred that you can make yourself and will cover all the nerdy necessities.
Halloween is coming up and why should us humans have all the fun dressing up and exposing our inner geek for free candy? Meet Bones Mello, the AT-AT dog. Yeah, all your treats are belong to Bones.
Decide what you're going to be for Halloween yet? I mean, no pressure or anything, but it's definitely time to start locking that down — especially if you want to roll up to a party in an outfit that cements you as the nerdiest of the nerdy. That means iPhone costumes with functional screens, going as Bobba Fett with a "working" jet pack, or dressing up your helpless kids, babies and pets all in a manner that's horrifying but secretly cool. And all that means serious planning, because you won't be able to make any of these in just a night. So step inside and we'll help you brainstorm with 67 costume ideas for tech geeks from Halloweens past, pulling from a wide variety lists that were published here on DVICE.