Monthly Archives: October 2011

‘Carry Me’ Illusion Costumes

For lack of a better name, the ‘Carry Me’ costumes are certainly popular during Halloween. By strapping on fake legs and a fake body, the wearer can create the illusion that he or she is being carried by something. It’s a great costume idea, and despite appearances it only takes one person to pull off. The ‘Gorilla Holding Man in Cage’ is probably the most famous of this type of costume.

I found a bunch of these ‘Carry’ costumes while browsing YouTube. I got a huge chuckle out of the man being carried by his baby — I haven’t seen that one before! Here are several more varieties. Great work, Everyone!

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Camera Costume that Takes Real Photos

Okay, wow, I think we have a winner. Check out this giant camera costume, made by Tyler Card. It actually takes photos! This is such an amazing idea. It has a built in flash and LCD screen in back to display photos as he takes them.

Watch the videos below to see it in action! Amazing job!

For Halloween 2011, I designed a wearable camera costume using my Nikon DSLR. It’s a fully functional, complete with an LCD display, built in flash, shutter release button/wireless remote control. It is also capable of triggering my Alienbees strobe lights with a Paul C. Buff Cyber Commander, and winning any costume contest with the push of a button.

[Tyler Card via TDW Geeks]

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Creepy Baby Costume

LOL, this costume is great. What a creepy baby! Kudos to the dad who can hang out on his front porch like this and hand out candy. I bet all the kids loved it. Too funny!

My mommy the witch turned my head really old and my body really young. See what happens as I give out candy on the front porch.

[via pharmanome]

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Awesome Handmade Atari Costume

Check out this awesome Atari costume! This was made by the lovely Laketta, who was nice enough to send me a few photos and video of her costume. She pays tribute to several Atari games, what a creative idea. The costume lights up, and the Space Invaders centerpiece is animated! Brilliant!

Wonderful job, Laketta! Thanks so much for your email, and have a very Happy Halloween!

I made this costume for Halloween 2011 and I wore it the first time this week. I handmade all of the characters from felt. The characters are Ms. Pacman, Q*Bert, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Dig Dug, Frogger and characters from Mario Bros. The center piece is from Space Invaders which light up and is animated. (see video) I used EL wiring for the collar and to trim the bottom and the dress itself was made from a witch costume which I cut and I sewn on the bottom one of my old petticoats. I made the crown from pipe cleaners.

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Three Amigos Costumes

It’s the Three Amigos! I received a delightful email from Florencia from Within Studio, who submitted pics of homemade Three Amigos costumes that she made with her friends. All handmade, and they even added “puffy paint” to match the movie costumes. Very cute!

Looks like they had a lot of fun. I always enjoy receiving submissions from readers. Thanks for the email, Florencia — all of you did a great job with the costumes! Happy Halloween!

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Realistic Batman Arkham City Costume

A group from TheEffectsLab made this super sweet Batman Arkham City costume, based on the video game that came out last week. Isn’t this insane? They painstakingly made it a perfect replica, despite “no human being in the world” having the body type of Batman. Amazing job!

Some of the goals on the suit were that we wanted the pieces to be accurate like they walked right off the screen. The whole suit would need to be proportioned to the point that all the pieces worked together to complete the image of the character design. This was tricky due to the fact that no human being in the world is the shape of that guy. Especially the cowl. Also the cross texture of the entire suit must be included and it has to run synced up on all panels as the game suit does, so that all lines intersect at an X throughout the entire suit.

We wanted to achieve the right colors and needed them to change dramatically from one light source to another, like the game suit does. Especially the new game where you see a brighter blue cowl in one light and then a seemingly black cowl in another. This went for the gray also as it needed to go dark and also reflect the greens that they used in the game. The whole suit is weathered to match the grittiness of the game suit and made to be worn. We wanted to follow the same basic design of the movie suits meaning separate sizeable torso, legs, etc… all mounted on an undersuit so that anyone could have it tailored to them the same way the movie pieces can be sized.

Read more at TheEffectsLab!

Batman Arkham City Game

[via TheEffectsLab]

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Movement Against Racist Costumes Becomes Internet Meme

What do you think of the “cultural” Halloween costumes that appear in abundance this time of year? Is a Mexican costume racist? Or does it merely attempt to celebrate their culture? Are people being overly sensitive about racism, or is it a serious issue that should be addressed?

A well-meaning student group from Ohio University has launched a campaign to end “racist” Halloween costumes. Known as S.T.A.R.S, they are the “Students Teaching Against Racism in Society.” They’ve put out a series of posters like the two shown above.

Apparently, lots of people on the Internet are making fun of this concept, and have turned their campaign into a humorous meme. I did get a good laugh out of the images below.

So what do you think? Has political correctness gone too far? Does the STARS campaign deserve to be turned into a joke? Or are they making an important point about underlying racism in our society? I welcome your comments below.

[Know Your Meme via BoingBoing]

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Bra Costume for Couples (Redux)

Let’s revisit the awesome Bra Costume for Couples! I originally posted about it last March, and it has proven very popular this Halloween! Lots of people are asking how to make it.

Thanks to Sandi Denhof, here’s a little more helpful information. She saw the MyDisguises post and decided to make her own. It turned out great! Sandi and her husband won first place at a recent Halloween party. Congratulations! I love to see MyDisguises inspire a cool costume, that’s what it’s all about.

Here is what Sandi has to say about making the Bra costume. Head on over to her website for the full DD scoop!

I went to the local party supply store and they had 36 inch balloons. That was bigger than I needed but I just blew them up to the desired size. I did not sew the shirts together because that would have driven my husband and I nuts all night…we just stood next to each other! I just took cream fabric and sewed it to the front of our t-shirts and put the balloon underneath and left enough fabric on the sides to just pull it snug and tie it around the back. The bra was even easier. That was just draped and tied tightly around the back and I cut the strap and twisted it and pinned it in back. Pretty easy to make once I figured out how I was going to do it!

[via Sandi’s World]

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