Have a Pretty Nerdy Halloween: Last Minute Costumes for You and Yours

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Patterns from zombiepumpkins.com Rexy carved by me, Freddy carved by +2 Comedy's Noah.

Patterns from zombiepumpkins.com Rexy carved by me, Freddy carved by +2 Comedy’s Noah.

It’s Halloween!  Tomorrow, anyway, which means you’ve lost your chance to have anything shipped to your house.  The Halloween stores are a den of picked-over sadness, and you have a party to go to.  What are some quick-and-nerdy ideas you can throw together without budget busting?

 

Singles:

  • Steven, Steven Universe: Red T-shirt with a little yellow fabric paint.  Red flip flops.  A ukelele if you can borrow one.  However, be prepared for possible Tumblr fallout should you go in this direction.
  • Chanel Oberlin, Scream Queens: To be Chanel, you can’t be too over-the top.  Raid a Forever 21 for pretend couture, or just get a ridiculous skirt and make a KKT t-shirt.
  • The Penguin, Gotham. Get a nice dark suit (skirt suit is fine!) an umbrella, and a cane.  Lots and lots of hair gel.  Be sure to practice that limp.
  • Waldo:  Striped shirt, glasses, hat.
  • Catwoman: All black (catsuit optional) with a black mask and cat ears.
  • Doc Brown- crazy hair, white lab coat, best Christopher Lloyd impression you can do.
  • Marty McFly- denim or chambray shirt matched with a red puffer vest.
  • Wrestler of your choice- if you have the shirt, the rest is usually closet couture.  John Cena gear is particularly easy to come by.

Pairs:

I’m just going to link my Valentine’s Day cosplay article here.

Groups:

  • Disney Princesses as (X) Sailor Scouts, Star Wars characters, pinup girls, high school students, superheroes, anything you can think of- just color code things you and your friends already own!  Look at the eighteen million Buzzfeed articles on the subject.
  • That being said, My Little Ponies as anything.  Again, color coding is everything.  You might need to brave the Halloween store for a wig for everyone except Applejack, but that’s a risk you’ve gotta be willing to take.
  • The Kappas, Scream Queens.  See entry for Chanel Oberlin under “singles” and repeat as many times as needed.  #3 MUST have earmuffs.
  • The Scooby Gang: either one, from the original cartoon series OR Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Retro Nick Characters- an old plaid shirt and  sweatshirt will make you a fine Arnold, and white short-shorts, a sky blue tee, and a screwdriver will make you Tommy Pickles faster than you can say “wait, that show debuted WHAT YEAR?!”
  • Peanuts (but for the love of everything holy don’t be like the Today Show)
Is Matt Lauer Lucy? What? What is even happening here?

Is Matt Lauer Lucy? What? What is even happening here?

 

Cosplay Wednesday: Couples Cosplay

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This was the only couples cosplay picture I own the rights to, but we made a cute R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker all the same.

 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: love is in the air.  And the couple that cosplays together stays together.  So what do you do when it’s time to show the world your super-powered love?

What you need to ask yourself:

  • How much work are we willing to do?
  • If the above answer is “not much,” how much money are we willing to spend?
  • Am I okay with one of us switching genders?
  • What do we both love enough to devote time/ money to being?

 

Admittedly, most of these pairings are guy/guy or guy/girl- next month, we’re going to talk about pairs and groups for ladies only.  Keep on the lookout!

Difficulty Level: Easy

Captain Hammer and Dr. Horrible

  • For the Captain, all you need are a Captain Hammer T-shirt and the right gloves.
  • For Dr. Horrible, a red or white chef’s coat, white or black wellies, and white or black scrub pants are perfect.  The goggles are readily available on Etsy and Ebay

Wash and Zoe, Firefly

  • For Wash, all you need is a good Hawaiian shirt and khaki cargo pants.
  • For Zoe, a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and leather vest and holster can all be found pretty easily online.

Fred and Daphne/ Shaggy and Velma, Scooby-Doo

  • For basic, solid color items, check stores like Target and Wal-Mart, which tend to stock the basics pretty cheaply.  Thick glasses are a must for Velma

The Venture Brothers

  • If you can put together a Fred costume, you can put together a Hank Venture costume.
  • Bonus points if you just wear an ill-fitting Batman costume for Hank

Doctors and Companions, Doctor Who

  • Incredibly easy to do with street clothes and accessories from any Hot Topic.

Daryl/Carol, Rick/Lori, Glenn/Maggie, The Walking Dead

  • Distressed street clothes and a lot of dirt makeup can go a long way.
  • Bonus if you can get Daryl’s crossbow involved without breaking convention rules
  • Which couple you go as depends on who you naturally look like and what you’re willing to do with makeup and facial hair

Peter Pan and Wendy

  • Peter wears a lot of green.  Don’t get too hung up on the tights- green skinny jeans can totally work for the character
  • Wendy wears a simple nightdress in most incarnations, often blue.

 

Difficulty Level: Medium

Mermaid Ariel and Prince Eric:

  • Eric’s relatively plain outfit makes him the exception to the rule.
  • Ariel’s current popularity surge makes her mermaid outfit pretty easy to cobble together out of purple bathing suit tops and green leggings.  If you choose human Ariel, all bets are off- her costumes can be tricky, especially her poofy wedding dress

Mario and Peach

  • For Mario, a red shirt, overalls, and fake mustache are available pretty easily.  Add in a red hat and you’re good to go. 
  • For Princess Peach, you can either buy the Halloween costume version, or put it together yourself using a wrap skirt and a pink dress.  Buy a cute crown, and you’re ready to be in another castle.

Wonder Woman and Superman

  • Kids, you’re going to need to go store-bought on this one.  They’re labeled “medium” because, simply, the costumes are easy to find.  Same goes for Harley Quinn and the Joker, as well as Batman and Robin or Batman and Catwoman

Han Solo and Princess Leia

  • We’ve all seen the jokes about the tall boots, flowy white shirts, and black vests being standard issue for girls during the fall and winter- put them to work!
  • Princess Leia wears white during A New Hope, and the dress can vary from slinky to flowy, based on your comfort level.

Kirk/ Spock/ Uhura/ Bones, in any combination you deem appropriate

  • Starfleet outfits, again, are easy to come by online for relatively inexpensively

Green Arrow and Black Canary

  • Green Arrow is pretty easy to pull off with a dark green hoodie (cut the sleeves off neatly!) and a tactical vest.  Wear the hood up, don a mask, and grab a prop bow.
  • Canary is a little bit more difficult, and she’s the reason this couple falls into “medium.”  You may need to check out web sites such as Corset Story and Frederick’s of Hollywood to find the appropriate bodysuit, since the leather look is essential.  Fishnets and boots can be bought pretty much anywhere you go.

 

Difficulty Level: Expert

For all of these, you’re either going to need some serious skills or some major coin.

Any Disney Princess and Disney Prince (see exception in MEDIUM)

  • Many of the princess costumes are available on Ebay or Etsy, but be wary and make sure to be honest with yourself while measuring.
  • For some of the smaller ladies, you might be able to wiggle into the Disney Store’s costumes.

Nightwing and Batgirl

  • Batgirl is easily store-bought, but Nightwing is much more of a challenge to find.

Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask

Link and Zelda

  • Link is easy to put together on the surface, but has a LOT of iconic accessories.
  • Zelda is just plain hard.  Her dresses are beautiful and complex, not to mention the ears, hair, and accessories!

Are you limited to these?  Absolutely not!  This is by no means a comprehensive list.  I’ve seen couples go as almost any combination, from Kermit and Piggy to Jon Snow and Ygritte.

Wizard World 2014 Recap

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Sorry for the bad lighting! (Photo Credit: Beth Anderson)

Before you could blink, another Wizard World Philadelphia is in the books.  Above, you see the Social Justice panel I was on.  Guess which one I am.  The panel went extremely well, and I’m pretty proud of what happened, especially when a sweet Luna Lovegood cosplayer came up to me and thanked me.  That meant a lot.  I was Emma Frost on Saturday, and it was a great deal of fun.   +2 Comedy also had an amazing showing in their panel, which was packed!

Five Things I Learned at Wizard World Philadelphia

  • Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky and Yakko) is the sweetest man on the planet.  Seriously.  If you ever have the chance to meet him, by all means do so.
  • The cosplayers are getting more and more elaborate, which means more hilarious photo ops.  Seriously, a good cosplayer can be a more valuable photo op than any actor.

See also: this picture of an amazing Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare Before Christmas, which probably puts the costumed character at Disney to shame.

If I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town.

If I were on his Boogie list, I’d get out of town.

  • There is a Wawa next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and that’s a really, really good thing.
  • Lines were not nearly the issue they have been in the past for panels.  People were able to get into the 3pm Firefly panel right up to 2:45 (which is something that is unheard of in many conventions.)  Lines for photo ops and autographs, however, were terrifying and apparently poorly organized.
  • Anthony Mackie is incredibly charming, and Christopher Lloyd does not wish to be called Christopher.

In the end, Wizard World Philadelphia was an amazing, with everyone having a good time.  I’m going to Too Many Games Expo this Saturday, and I’ll see you there!