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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.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640463.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

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.