Happy Halloween - the Cosplay Holiday
Roll out the spandex and break out the body paint. Halloween is the one night of year where everyone celebrates cosplay. Maybe that isn't historically accurate, but in the world of a geek it tends to be the truth. My memories of Halloween involve my mother feverishly dying long underwear and stitching a cape for whichever superhero made the costume cut that year. With the increasing popularity of cosplay and the relative ease of online shopping the costume possibilities are endless. Costume contact lenses and styrofoam weapons are available at the click of a mouse. For the more adventurous, their are a multitude of YouTube videos on how to cosplay. You can learn how to make foam armour, style a wig and work with makeup with the help of user posted how-to-videos.
Just like on The Big Bang Theory (season 4, episode 11 The Justice League Recombination), comic book shops are a great place to get your Halloween on. Many shops host a variety of events during Halloween. Most activities include a costume contest with a variety of prizes. Some shops having halloween activities, include AlterEgo Comics, Metrohero, and PackRat Comics are just a few of our favorites that are hosting events specifically for Halloween, so be sure to check with your local shop.
Many cons are beginning to focus more on cosplay as a specific genre to celebrate during their planning. Dragon*Con has always been a huge cosplay convention, but now many other cons realize that cosplay fans are an enthusiastic group that obviously love attending conventions. Indy PopCon, Kawa Kon, and Marble City Comic Con are just a few of the younger cons we have discovered that are embracing the cosplay community. They are increasing exhibitors, special guests, and panel topics focusing on the art of cosplay.
So whether you are a year round cosplay fanatic or an October costumer – have a safe and happy Halloween.
NC Comicon - Durham, NC November 9-10
BoardGameGeek.Con - DFW Airport, TX November 20-24
Ecto Con - St. Louis, MO November 22-24