Saturday, October 1, 2011

31 Days of Halloween: The Costumes

Reason Number One: The Costumes

Buffy: It's just ... You're never gonna get noticed if you keep hiding! You're missing the whole point of Halloween.
Willow: Free candy?
Buffy: It's "come as you aren't" night! The perfect chance for a girl to get sexy and wild, with no repercussions.
Willow: Oh, I don't get wild. Wild on me equals spaz.

Def. Costume: A set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period. Or a set of clothes worn by an actor or other performer for a particular role or by someone attending a masquerade.

The first really big costume I remember as a kid was Wonder Woman, except that I had been dressing up as the Amazon ever since the show came on and my cute little pigtailed brain was convinced that I was an Amazon as well. I love that my mother let me walk around the neighborhood in what was essentially my favorite pair of underoos with an embellished leotard from my dancing youth and some pleather like cuffs to ward off the bullets. I think I even had a lasso. There was possibly a lot of twirling and such. I am sure I was a total hit.

After Return of the Jedi my little brother and I went as Ewoks. I went as Princess Kira from the Ewoks comics books (which are still somewhere amidst the rest of my single issues). My brother went as a miniature Wicket. Everyone thought we were adorable teddy bears. They obviously were not all about the awesomeness of Star Wars (you know before they became a parody of themselves). There were a few geeks that loved my mother’s sewing expertise which slightly proves to me not that not everyone hated Return of the Jedi or Ewoks in general. Regardless I remember a pretty good haul that year as well as a lot of insistence on what we actually were.

Over the years I have had some wicked cool costumes: Jem from Jem and the Holograms, Princess Buttercup from he Princess Bride, A vampire Empress Josephine, A succubus, various Renaissancey maidens, May from the horror film May (cooler of body parts and all), Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, A greek goddess, Samara from the Ring, a witch and a fairy. I am sure there are plenty more I just don’t have mom’s scrapbooks in front of me. Last year I went as a lamia. This year I am thinking Alice from American McGee’s Alice games, bloody knife and all. Either that or up the awesome quotient on the Lamia costume (more scales, more snakes and possibly a snake tail peeking from beneath the gown, ooh and contacts) Though to be honest if I could be in costume on more than just Halloween I would in a second.

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Costumes I want to make and wear:
One: Suckerpunch. Sweet Pea was gorgeous.
Two: Leeloo Dallas from the Fifth Element

Three: A Venetian Courtesan

Four: Lily from Legend (black Darkness dress)

Five: Steampunk (It’s the bustles methinks)
Six: Splicer from Bioshock (I already have the bunny mask)
Seven: Inara from Firefly

Eight: Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace from Battlestar Galactica

Nine: Liz Sherman from Hellboy (now how to get some pocket fire)

Ten: American McGee's Alice

So what have been your favorite costumes? Any big plans this year? Do tell.

2 comments:

BDS said...

On My limited money I have crafted a version of Green Arrow that is a mix of comic and Smallville. The reason being I couldn't make a mask that didn't look goofy so the sunglasses worked better. I have a Green Lantern that works on the very homemade level as well. I have a big imagination, just little money to really bring that to life, and the availability of a sewing machine also hampers me somewhat. I did win third place at a small comic convention for Green Arrow this September.

I would love to pull off bigger costumes. ROM would be cool. I have thought about the possibility of the Phantom Stranger. Ragman is on my list as well. The biggest would be The Thing or Sasquatch.

As for you list. Inara would be a really classy costume. I loved her character. As for that actress, she also played the Oricai on Stargate, I can't think of the name she had.

What about Kate Daniels, That would be a cool costume.

Smirking Revenge said...

Ooh Kate would be fun. Need to find a groovy sword. I guess this means I would need to find a Curran. *smile*

Inara would be very awesome.