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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.
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Foayasha Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, Halloween isn't really my favorite, but I usually attend a convention that weekend, so its a little different. This year I cosplayed as River Song for a Houston halloween party downtown, about 10 people knew me. I wasn't funny looking, cool looking or clever, but hey... at least I got to be River Song. Last year I was Jay, from Jay and Silent Bob. And no, I would never be Madame Red, Inuyasha, Pandora or any of my other wonderful costumes on Halloween for these exact reasons. I feel you girl.
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Tetsugo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013

Why I'm wearing this:
tetsugo.deviantart.com#/art/Ma…

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.

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KEArnold Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I had the same thing happen to me recently at a convention I was at.  My ren faire character lost to a drunk guy in a pink dress with a sombrero on.  It's pretty aggravating.  As for the costume getting dirty it isn't so much of an issue as i portray a goblin.
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kalashnikovmarine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flight suit. Like a boss.
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YachiruFoxTailFairy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this this forever this. also loosing costume contests to ass and tits red riding hood or some cheep stuff like that
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blitzacetidus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One of the reasons Halloween sucks for me is that--- People who know i make costumes expect to see something COOL on Halloween--- but if i DO wear a 'cool' costume it seems like I'm trying too hard, but if i dont, then I feel like im wasting my time getting dressed at all. @_@ Ungh Halloween.
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Sansansan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool enough, for the past two Halloweens I went to my sister's art club's parties and a lot of the people in there are gamers, anime nerds, etc. So my costumes actually got a little recognized. I never really get to go out on Halloween very often though, so I never really have too many of these problems.
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nyunyucosplay Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I feel #2. I use Halloween as my time to do something more mainstream, that everyone should recognize. Well...the last two years were Peter Pan's Wendy (all the little girls were Rapunzel that year...but no love for the classics) and Hello Kitty, and I think those barely got recognized. We'll see how Miss Frizzle goes this year. I definitely don't put the same quality into Halloween costume that I do convention costumes. xD Pinked edges and hot glue = good enough for Halloween.
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pinkerchu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I am rocking sugar skull makeup and some of my black buckle and chain covered clothing. It's all I can be bothered to do, even though it's my favorite day of the year. Most of my time and effort goes to helping decorate or work larger halloween events.
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Melenea Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
where I live Halloween isn't celebrated that much but there still a lot of partys to go. But sadly our society there is a little non-creative and the only "costumes" you see are vampires,witches and all that kind of stuff -.-
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