So it is Halloween. I am a cosplayer. Here it is, the greatest of all dress up holidays! And I am always disappointed. Here are the top 5 reasons it sucks to be a cosplayer at Halloween.
1) Friends (including friends of friends) come out of nowhere to ask for costumes. They just ask for a little help. On their giant full body armor masterpiece. The week before Halloween. Because you know, you make costumes and it's easy for you. And the price? Well, it's "for a friend" price. Which is always "free" or "I'll pay you $20 never" which boils down to "get you a shot of Jack sometime." Sadface.
2) Costumes in my closet everywhere, but none for Halloween. Yes, I have over 60 costumes. No, none of them will ever be recognized at a Halloween party. One year I dressed as Pris from Blade Runner out on the town, which I thought would be somewhat popular. How wrong I was. The only response all night: "R U A SEXY RACCOON?"
3) Stains. Yes, stains. As in, I do not want to wear my precious costumes that I spent workweeks creating to a bar where some jackass is going to back into me and spill a beer/neon drink all over it and stain it for ever. No, "sorry" doesn't pay the drycleaner. (A free shot might pay the drycleaner, depending on how many people I can convince spilled their drink on me.)
4) A general ennui for Halloween costume parties. Maybe it's like dudes who watch too much porn. I have been to so many insane costume conventions and judged so many awesome costumes that the run-o-the-mill mass-market store bought costume do not excite me. I have been overstimulated.
5) Losing costume contests to Vaginas. It didn't happen to me. But it could have, had I not heeded the cautionary tale told by my friend. Hours of construction slavery, an afternoon getting into an uncomfortable costume, wasted only to lose to a gag costume for a $1000 prize. Not me. No thanks.
So what is the solution for a cosplayer on Halloween? Dress head-to-toe in full character and give props to the one person who recognizes you all evening? Or just mix-n-match pieces in your cosplay wardrobe to create something recognizable? Let me know what you went as for Halloween and why!
I plan to go super casual tomorrow if I go anywhere, that is. I might just stay home in my robot pajamas. Kind of a costume, right?
And if you are wondering about this awesome piece of art, it is a collaboration with multi-talented artist Justin Murray who is currently working on Mortal Kombat as a main character designer, hullo! And he has worked on God of War, Alien vs. Predator, and lots of other projects. Check out his crap! (It's not crap, btw.)
Hey, if you haven't checked out my full collections of costumes, it's at JiaJem.com! CHACHACHECKIT.
Why I'm wearing this:
It's great because it's kind of halloweeny. He interacts with zombies and skelletons the same. He's instantly recognizable, kids love him, and (one of the best parts) if he stains, it's not really a big deal. He's supposed to be dirty. XD
I must be a pretty lucky cosplayer, cause nobody comes to me for costume advice. Or maybe that says I'm just not very good. XD
For everything else, yeah, I feel you.
I don't do contests anymore.
But then, one costume is never enough, is it? I attempted to complete one or two more costumes (again, nothing too fancy or flashy), following the same course as before - buy whatever you don't already have for as cheap as you can (because wasting cheddar on a super-elaborate, cosplay-approved costume is one thing, but some of us can't afford to drop that much dough on some chintzy Halloween getup) and then bundle together the materials you've got at home to finish a perfectly excusable semi-homemade Halloween costume, or two, or three. Maybe it's just me, but that's enough to appease the yearly itch that incessantly begs you to create a new costume once Autumn rolls around.
But yeah, like vampires in the Buffy series, most of us take the night off.
I lost to a gumball machine made out of trash bags and balloons...
I love looking out for classic horror costumes and those cheesey pun costumes like wearing a literal coat of arms or something
I used a cosplay last year- it was a lolita Thor, so I think some drunk party goers actually got what I was supposed to be unlike some years past. But it was spilled on and everything and I had nothing this year to wear unless I did that again.
I have a beautiful dress from one of my cosplays, and thought of wearing it on the pirate themed cruise my friends are doing Friday(people at cons even confuse it with POTC sometimes, so figured everyone on the boat would think I was Elizabeth Swann)...but then I realized if someone spilled a drop on it I'd rip out their throat. Possibly literally. And it has a train, I know it'd be stepped on. And I'd be uncomfortable all night, but would lose a costume contest to some asshole wearing something they threw together for like $10 but that is super short and skimpy.
So yeah. Decided to only do the Saturday cruise anyway, not the Friday one too, but my main point is, I threw together a witch costume with a corset top and tiny 3-tiered skirt I had(and am going to use for FFXV Stella, but they're black, they won't stain...I've had the skirt for forever, it doesn't get stains on it), and my boots from my AC3 Pioneer cosplay. Bought a hat and broom yesterday.
I have soooo many costumes, but had nothing to wear for Halloween. My mother thought I was crazy. But going as a witch. XD
Last year I made a quick Mad Moxxi from Borderland last year and wore her out (by quick I mean I worked for almost two weeks straight since I had to sew ribbons onto the curtain I found that was the only fabric to work, I even left out a few details like the back patch, the belt buckle and the blue swirls, and after I finished my spats I realized I sewed the buttons in the wrong place), I think lost in the contest I attended to a rented Vegas Showgirl because she was "brave" and sparkly don't get me wrong she looked amazing but you know it makes me wary to wear something that elaborate again on Halloween. It takes me less time to get into Rachel Alucard from Blazblue than it does to get into Moxxi, I thought I might actually stand a chance to win something since Borderlands 2 had just come out, and even though it was from the first game she was pretty recognizable the game sold tons of copies. The other thought was if she gets stained that's ok I need to stain her anyways, so no biggy (if that curtain can even stain properly). But only a few people recognized me and I didn't win any level of prize not even 3rd place. I own 3 or 4 premades and one I've added junk to and altered quite a bit, two of them are tween costumes and both the adult costumes I own don't even fit. I hate wearing the same costume year after year but what's the point of getting really dressed up if I barely get noticed and don't stand a chance against someone who has just spent tons of money on their costume instead of making it?
I'm thinking I'll just wear black and paint my face to be the Crow this year. Because even if I don't get recognized at least I'll be comfy and warm.