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Sun, Sep. 29th, 2013, 10:28 am
Halloween Costumes

Christmas stuff at CostCo notwithstanding, it's getting closer to that most glorious time of the year: Halloween! When candy isn't fattening, scares aren't that scary, and everybody cosplays.

Anne steered me to a couple of costume sites I think you'll like.
  • First is Take Back Halloween, a resource guide for unusual and quick costuming and especially for breaking out of the "Sexy _____" mold (read their About page).
  • Second is Carbon Costume, another DIY costuming site with some innovative stuff going on. Some of their costumes are pretty pricey, though.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Cosplay Tutorial covers everything from make-up to PVC, from wig-making to LEDs. NOT a quickie-costume site, but if you want to seriously get into cosplay it's an amazing resource.
  • Buzzfeed has a couple of surprisingly excellent pages for quick & easy costumes.
  • Lilluna.com's page has many excellent ideas.
  • And, last and least yet still great, the certifiably nutso costume ideas at Haunted In Hillsboro.
Any particular sites you like? Either how-to resource archives, or cosplayers you really enjoy.

ETA: several more sites.

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Sun, Sep. 29th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
ashkitty

Oh, wow. Take Back Halloween is amazing, thanks for that link!

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
full_metal_ox

Seconding the squee--and I hope Tom doesn't mind my taking this to Fandom Lounge.

(And mind if I seize a cue to grumble about another female costuming default, this one chiefly targeted at children: The Prettypoo Hello-Kittyoid Pink Version? It wouldn't bother me if it were one option among many, but just try finding commercially printed fabrics with a motif of fierce female pirates, soldiers, cowpokes, or whatever.)

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
ashkitty

I know! My friends were looking for a toy bow and arrow for their daughter recently, and were apalled when they found a pink 'archery for girls' set. FFS.

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
full_metal_ox

Another exercise in frustration: have you ever looked for superheroine fabric? Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and various Avengers have been all over the shelves; the Girl Power line by Camelot Fabrics--and I call attention to it as a blue-moon-rarity--lasted about fifteen minutes at my local JoAnn's:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/red1332/9293861989/

http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/6191622/il_340x270.327377893.jpg

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/152303087/full-skirt-made-from-girl-power-fabric?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=batgirl+skirt&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=batgirl+skirt&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_view_type=gallery

(There was even one that--stop the presses!--was a standard superhero primary-color scheme instead of pink-dominated: http://www.thegeekforge.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/537866_973244897716_2086737883_n.jpg)

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
ashkitty

I admit I haven't, because I don't have much interaction with fabric stores, but this surprises me not at all. That skirt, though! That is awesome!

Tue, Oct. 1st, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
full_metal_ox

And here's an example of pink used as just another color rather than a Prettypoo Token Girl flag; in all respects save color, it's identical to the brown version. (There was also a black colorway, but I was unable to find an image online.)

Edited at 2013-10-01 10:13 pm (UTC)

Sun, Sep. 29th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
murphymom

Best kid's costume I've ever seen was completely homemade - it consisted of a cardboard box painted blue, with inverted cottage cheese cartons attached (also painted blue). It was completed by a blue, long-sleeved shirt ending in blue mittens, and a blue cottage cheese container for a hat. Voila! Instant Lego Man. Probably cost less than $10.

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 05:43 am (UTC)
kengr

About 10 years back, I took a bunch of the clip on flashing lights they sell for runners (and sell extra cheap this time of year for making trick or treating kids more visible) And attached then all over my shirt and the waistband of my pants.

Over that I wore a hooded cloak.

Walk up to someone, fling open the cloak and "I'm a flasher!".

Got a *lot* of groans over that one.

Sun, Sep. 29th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
alverant

At work each division is dressing up their department. Last year's winner was "PBS under President Romney" with binders full of women and an ad for the show "This Old Repossessed House". This year my department is down by two including the person who likes doing that sort of thing. But I think we're doing a theme about old broken technology. I'm going to put together a CD of computer themed filk songs (like the S-100 bus and "On the PC" trilogy). I thought about a software pirate costume, but not sure how to do that.

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
starcat_jewel

Regular pirate costume, with blank CDs, diskettes, and other media fastened to the inside of the cape. "Psst... want a copy of Excel cheap?"

Tue, Oct. 1st, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
alverant

Unfortunately I don't have a regular pirate costume. Money is tight and it's hard to find things in my size. I did find a pair of pants, but the fabric is a bit thin and there are no pockets. I'd need a proper shirt, vest, and hat/bandana for a good pirate costume.

But I do have a bunch of thumb drives that I can wear on and I can make a sign that says "MS Edcel 2013, just $99 and 99% virus free" for my office (misspelling intentional).

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
full_metal_ox

If your presentation is going to include visual materials as well, don't forget this wonderful sketch from Amazon Women on the Moon--which references a previous generation's technology and media piracy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I5dVBezF9k

Edited at 2013-09-30 10:53 pm (UTC)

Tue, Oct. 1st, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
alverant

I remember that with the laserdisc at the end. I keep getting the sketches confused with the ones from Kentucky Fried Movie. Both are nostalgic fun.

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
gardnerhill

There's We're a Culture Not a Costume, the campaign started by Ohio University students to bring awareness about and fight against people dressing as racist stereotypes (not just blackface or Indian headdresses, but also "Redneck" or "Hillbilly" outfits that mock poor Southern whites).

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
kengr

Something a friend pointed out to me not too long after I came out as trans. And that I've had to remind folks of a time or two.

If you are MtF trans, wearing a dress does *not* constitute a costume. *Not* wearing one might. :-)

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
full_metal_ox

It might well depend on the kind of dress you're wearing, though. If you're routinely a gingham-frock Mary Ann type of gal, a glamourpuss Gingeresque evening gown on Halloween will register as a costume (and vice versa.)