Halloween is the biggest and most socially acceptable day of Cosplay.
Each year kids and parents alike go out to panhandle for goodies from complete strangers. All the while wearing outfits based on some of their favorite characters, real and fake. There are always the staple characters that everyone falls back to, the Batmans, Supermans, and Spidermans will be out in force. When I take the kids out to trick for the treats, I am always on the lookout for something different.
This is a good time to get out there and look for something original. Whether you are getting out the sewing machine and piecing together your costume by hand or going out to a box store to get the generic version of the people, place, thing you want to be. Halloween is the only holiday that everyone can enjoy the hobby we like to call Cosplay.
Don’t know what Cosplay is?
It’s a simple concept with the passion and heart of any other hobby. Take some of the most popular characters from pop culture, video games, and movies. Put it together with such detail that even the pickiest fan would give you a nod of approval. Some of the best Cosplay is done professionally, leading names like Alyson Tabbitha, Leon Chiro, Yaya Han and John aka Moderately Okay Cosplay, take cosplay to another level. Turning something, you wear for fun into a work of art that can be loved and admired.
Getting into cosplay is as easy. With some motivation and a little training on a sewing machine. Just about anyone with the imagination and drive could create a wearable version of the characters depicted in just about anything. There are tons of tutorials on how to use everyday materials to build you look. The cosplay community is always inviting and helpful. There is even a line of cosplay fabric you can buy.
One of the best holidays of the year is hiding in a dark corner of your basement. And I for one couldn’t be more excited.
Commonly you only get to wear your favorite characters outfit to a place with like minded clientele. Cons for things like movies, video games and comic books always bring out the cosplayers in droves. However, there is the one special night where everyone gets to show off and pretend to be something they would or could be. Halloween is not just a holiday for candy and getting to stay up late. It’s a time to show off what you love and be what you dream.
Stay safe out there and any extra Kit-Kats can be sent my way!
Photo credit: Alyson Tabbitha, Leon Chiro, Yaya Han