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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.

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.)