What is your 2016 Halloween Costume? [Quiz]

by Matthew on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

 

Are you tired of seeing everyone wear the same Halloween costumes year after year?

A good deal of people stick to something that has been done time and time again, but that doesn’t have to be you! This year, choose something recognizable from pop culture to have a standout Halloween costume.

Most years, the best Halloween costumes are the ones that are the most relevant and relatable. So far in 2016, there have been a lot of things that you can reference as you dress up for Halloween. How will you ever choose what to be?

When deciding on a costume, most people like to dress up as something that portrays their personality, or maybe as a particular character they enjoy. You can start brainstorming costume ideas by thinking of things that have been popular or have gone viral this year. What feels right for you?

If you’re still stuck, we’ve created a quiz to help you. Take it to see what your 2016 Halloween costume is:

 

What Should I Be For Halloween? [Quiz]

by Matthew on Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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Sometimes, a Halloween costume is simply meant to be.

Most of us have seen someone decked out in their Halloween costume and have it look SO good that you know they were just made for it. The only problem is, it can be super tricky to actually figure out what you can wear that will look just as fantastic (if not better).

Halloween gives us a great excuse to show off sides of our personality that we usually keep out of the light. Whether that alternate character is scary, eccentric, or even sexy, once you find the right fit you’ll know it.

Or maybe you want to accentuate a side of yourself that everyone knows well. Going big and bold around Halloween time is pretty much the norm. Whichever direction you decide to go with, sometimes a little outside help can make it easier to settle on a costume choice.

Take Costume Craze’s “Which Halloween Costume Are You” quiz to get started:

[Infographic] 26 Best-Selling Costume Ideas from A to Z

by Matthew on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler, you’ve started craving apple cider and pumpkin pie, and it’s time to start thinking about what the kids are going to dress up as for Halloween.

It can be hard to think of a new costume for the little ones to wear but even harder to dream up something for yourself to wear! Where do you even start? Luckily for you, there’s the Costume Ideas from A-Z poem that will give you plenty of fun ideas for the whole family! It can even be used as a Halloween time story to tell your kids!

  • A is for Avengers, assembling brave: If you and your family are Marvel fans and love superheroes and action-packed fun, try dressing up as the Avengers. Nothing is cuter than the kids running around pretending to save the day! And mom and dad can join in on the fun as well!
  • H is for Harry, he always knows spells: For a magical Halloween, dress up as Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron and Dumbledore. Get the school robes, the magic wands and fly off on your broomsticks for the golden snitch! If there’s a baby in the group, little Harry is a perfect costume for their first Halloween.
  • L is for Looney Tunes, laughing out loud: If you want to go classic and your family loves cartoons, the Looney Tunes are perfect. With Bugs Bunny and the gang, there are plenty of characters to go around.
  • V is for Vader, he’s strong in the force: Nothing has a wider range of fans than Star Wars. With all the new movies coming out, this is a popular choice! Dad and Mom can be Luke SkyWalker and Princess Leia while the kids can be stormtroopers and Darth Vader.
  • R is for Robin Hood, he likes to steal: If you have a family of adventurers dressing up as Robin Hood and the gang is perfect. Plus the kids would like the fun of having a bow and arrow.
  • Z is for Zombie, look out behind you!: Do you love being scary? No problem! Grab the whole family and dress up like zombies Perfect for those that like to jump out and scare people!

Need more ideas of what to dress your family up as? Check out the infographic below for all the fun costume ideas you can think of!
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7 Things You Need to Know Before You Get Started with Steampunk Cosplay

by Matthew on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

 

Whether you’re new to the Steampunk community or are just starting out with cosplay, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Just keep in mind that the artistic, expressive nature of Steampunk allows for a lot of freedom.

The newness of the experience can be incredibly exciting and fun when you decide to embrace it. This post offers some tips and guidance for anyone interested in attending their first Steampunk cosplay.

1) Everyone Was Once a Newbie

Steampunk Cosplay

Source: GeekDad

While it can be intimidating at first, it’s important to remember that everyone has started from the same place. The cosplay bunch is also an exceptionally accepting community that welcomes creativity and unique expression.

2) Why Should I Cosplay?

Group Cosplay

Source: DeviantArt

Even though you can certainly Steampunk style on your own, attending events will introduce you to new ideas and people. Cosplayers come from a wide range of backgrounds and it is a great way to meet others with common interests. It can also serve as a place for inspiration and growth when it comes to your exploration of Steampunk fashion.

3) There’s No Such Thing as “Too Much” or “Too Little”

Steampunk Heels

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You can be as Steampunk as you want to be. Period.

Anything can be “steam-punked” and it doesn’t have to fall within a limited range of what’s “acceptable.” You can play with Steampunk attire, history, and events in any way that makes sense for you. Steampunk is constantly growing and changing, which makes it easy to embrace both bold and subtle forms of expression.

4) The Details Make the Look

Steampunk Art

Source: EarthPorm

The best way to give your Steampunk look an edge is to use accessories – and there are literally hundreds of ideas to choose from. This can be as small as the buttons that you use on your vest or involve larger props to complete the look you are going for.

And you don’t have to limit yourself to European influences, Steampunk has become a global trend with styles being incorporated from around the world.

5) You Don’t Have to Make Everything from Scratch

Steampunk Influences

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Take advantage of vintage items that can be repurposed, costumes and props to create your Steampunk look. Store-bought items are not a bad thing and are often necessary for those of us that can’t sew to save our lives.

6) Plan Ahead – Seriously

Steampunk Gadget

Source: Pinterest

By plan ahead, we’re not talking days. Think weeks or months before the event date arrives.

Your original plans may not work out, and it’s common for a costume to evolve during the creation process. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong with your first attempt.

7) Just Have Fun

Steampunk Creativity

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Try not to take things too seriously.

It’s normal to be a little apprehensive about something you’re not experienced in, but stressing over getting it exactly “right,” can suck all the fun out of it. Just relax and give yourself a chance to explore this new opportunity.

Once you’ve taken part in your first Steampunk cosplay, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

 

[Warning] If These Costumes Don’t Give You Nightmares Nothing Will

by Matthew on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

 

It’s one thing to wear a scary costume for Halloween.

Most of us enjoy the spooky atmosphere of this holiday, but there are some costumes that take it to another level.

Before you go any further, you should prepare yourself for some images that may never leave your mind. If you thought your costume was scary, then you obviously haven’t laid eyes on the horrifying images below.

Let’s take a journey down nightmare lane — and see how many of us come out on the other side…

1) Peter Rottentail

Scary Rabbit Costume

Source: YouTube

There is something about evil bunnies that is just terrifying. Think Frank the Rabbit from Donny Darko, or Monty Python’s Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.

If you want to send the masses screaming in the other direction this Halloween, going as Peter Rottentail is a safe bet.

2) The Other Mother 

Coraline Halloween Costume

Source: Pinterest

Why do children’s movies often have the most disturbing characters?

If you’ve seen the animated film, Coraline, then you should be familiar with “the Other Mother,” — And you have probably racked up a hefty therapy bill.

Sometimes it’s the subtle sinister qualities of a costume that make it remarkable.

3) Slender Man 

Slender Man Costume

Source: Reddit

Did anyone else have to silence the scream in their heart after laying eyes on this creation?

There is something about the abnormally long limbs and pasty, featureless face that brings nightmares to life. If you happen to glimpse him standing among the trees or outside your bedroom window your time on this earth may be limited.

4) “Back in MY Day…”

Scary Vintage Costumes

Source: The Ghost Diaries

We’ve all heard the stories.

Walking uphill BOTH ways, making trips to the library to do research, and oh yeah, Halloween costumes that were actually terrifying.

It’s rare that we see anything this scary nowadays, and the picture above doesn’t even depict the worst of it. That’s right, some of the things we saw were too scary for our blog.

5) Noseybonk

Scariest Costume Ever

Source: YouTube

Why?!

This chilling character is supposedly a product of an “educational program.” What he was supposed to teach us is irrelevant, because who could remember anything after looking into that face? I’m having enough trouble remembering my name…

If you want to keep this nightmare alive, then dressing up in a Noseybonk costume is the way to go.

6) Creepy Puffy Baby 

Creepy Baby Costume

Source: Reddit

I don’t think I could ever look at a coworker the same way after seeing them flailing around in this costume.

There is just something utterly disturbing about the baby mask paired with the puffy body suit – and what is the purpose of the tie? If you want to get back at your boss for eating the Twinkies you left in the break room, this is definitely one way to do it.

7) Pretty Much Any Clown Costume

Evil Clown Costume

Source: Costume Craze

Seriously.

Pick any clown costume.

The big birthing hips on the delightful one above made it a winner in my book. But there is really no limit to the blood-freezing clown costumes out there.

Are there any other shudder-worthy costumes you think we should add to the list?