I’ve picked several cosplays to feature for you for Halloween! I’ll be taking a short break from the article to write for NaNoWriMo, so I hope you can forgive me for that! For this article I wanted to let the artist completely speak for themselves, so other than fixing small errors these are exactly what each artist sent me.
Cosplay: Lady Gaga
Cosplayer: Casey Renee Cosplay
“Back in August I debuted Lady Gaga at the underwear party at Dragoncon, at first this costume was a joke because I didn’t want to wear my underwear, so I thought it would be clever to be Lady Gaga in her underwear. The idea for this went way back to Colossalcon when I was hanging out with my friend Lucky and she said something about being Beyonce to my Lady Gaga and we joked about doing the Telephone costumes. From there I just started studding/spiking a leather jacket I have owned since I was 8 and added rhinestones to a bra and underwear. The hardest part of constructing this costume (besides adding over 300 studs and spikes) was the wig, it took so much spray adhesive and bobby pins and aligator clips to get the diet coke cans to stay in wig while making the wig look somewhat like hair and the best part is people ACTUALLY BELIEVE ITS MY HAIR!!! Next up for my Lady Gaga costume is none other than The Countess from AHS Hotel, I have already posted a makeup test and bought material for the dress while I was in New York. I hope to have photos of the AHS costume on my storenvy by Thanksgiving! I would just like to give Eddie B Photos a shout out for all my wonderful photos and agreeing to shoot Lady Gaga with me on a whim in Atlanta, this photoshoot is what ultimately helped me feel confident enough to pull off the look so THANKS EDDIE!”
Cosplay: Battle Armor Sally
Cosplayer: Marie aka Maweezy
“My all time favorite halloween movie is Nightmare Before Christmas. While I’ve always wanted to do a Nightmare Before Christmas cosplay, I wanted to do one with a twist. It also seems that battle armor versions of original characters are taking a trend, so I wanted to apply that twist to Sally, while incorporating as much of the movie into this cosplay as I can. It took me about 1-2 months to make. I started around June, got a little lazy along the way and picked up pace around September and was able to finish it in time for NYCC 2015! I am not sure about my future plans with Battle Sally, but I would definitely love to wear her again. Getting ready to wear her, however, is a bit difficult because of all the body paint and makeup involved. With a lot of help from my best friend and my boyfriend, it took us 4 hours to paint my body! This is one of my favorite cosplays, and I believe that Battle Sally is a reflection of my hard work and dedication to this hobby of cosplaying!”
Cosplay: Dark Elsa
Cosplayer: Tamago Cosplay
My name is Akira, and I go by the name Tamago online and in cosplay. I have been cosplaying for around 2 years now, but did not take it serious until a year ago when I made my first version of my Dark Elsa Cosplay. The cosplay was made for the Danish con J-popcon and was the first big cosplay I’ve made. I had seen Frozen of course and in all honestly had not been so impressed with it; maybe because I am not that big on Disney movies or because I know the original story for “The Ice Queen”, but I did love the design they had created for Elsa and when I later looked around the internet I found someone who had made a Dark Elsa design. It was love at first sight. Evil, dark, sparkly and purple. I had to make it.
This cosplay turned out to be a bit of a journey. Finding the right wig, the glitter, and all the rhinestones were anything but easy. I think it took me two or three months to get it all home. The process for making the cosplay itself was fairly simple. I got a corset as a base and I then I hand cut thick paper that had been painted and glued with glitter, and cut them out into all the small pieces for the corset. It is simple, but it took over 40 hours through three days where my hands were cramping so much that I could not hold onto the paper as I was rounding all the corners.
Then, when finally done they were hot glued to the corset while I was wearing it by my friend Aik0hime Cosplay, who helped me out a lot both with ways to do the different parts of the cosplay and with keeping me from going insane. The wig was made by combining an Arda wig with two entire packets of their wefts to give it enough hair so the braid would be thick and heavy enough. The dress, cape, top and the corset were then decorated with tiny rhinestones. When I then later remade the cosplay I did the same, however I added far more rhinestones, around 9000 on the dress and the cape, I changed some of the design to make it more my own, and I turned the hair in my wig to give it a closer look to Elsa’s hair since the wig I had been using had bangs to begin with.
My idea with the cosplay was to make a dark version, an evil queen that was nothing like the version we saw in the movie. A less child friendly and maybe even seductive, using her dark powers to take over the world and freeze the hearts of men and women.
I am now fairly happy with the costume but I am planning to do more. I have been planning to remake it once again with a homemade corset base that will make it fit better, I will be adding sparkles to the hair, and I am planning to make a cape for photo shoots that will be more than 5 meter long and have more than 100,000 rhinestones on it. I am also planning a long line of photos with my partner who cosplays as Dark Jack Frost, and I can’t wait to get to make those pictures and let the magic happen. But that is all in the future, for now I am happy with the cosplay and it makes me so happy when I meet people who know the costume and who enjoy my work. I hope in the future I will be able to make far more cosplays that people will remember and I wish to show the world what I can do and how I get better for each day I work. I have only been cosplaying as one, soon two, female characters. I hope that even though most people come to my page because of my Elsa cosplay, I hope they will see I can do a lot more and that they will not get too disappointed when they find out that I almost only cosplay guys.
The Dark Queen
Cosplay: Oogie Boogie
Cosplayer: Skyleaf Creations
“Hi, I’m Casey aka Skyleaf Creations. The idea for Oogie Boogie came when a friend of mine wanted to do a Nightmare Before Christmas group for the 2014 Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade. I really wanted to be part of the group and Oogie Boogie felt like a challenge to me as I had never done a mascot style costume before, but I didn’t want to commit to doing him until I knew I could get his face to look right. Once I had that figured out I decide to go ahead and commit to getting him done. So with hat wire, batting, broadcloth in a color that matched the burlap I went on to bring Oogie Boogie to life. I also decide to go the extra step and spend the money on 8 cans of glow-in-dark spray paint and hung Oogie outside and went nuts spraying him so he will glow in the dark. As it was also close to halloween I was able to go to the local dollar store and get some bugs that I painted with glow-in-the-dark paint and have them glued and sewn onto Oogie along his seams and in his mouth. While Oogie is way to hot to wear to most conventions I have managed it twice for pictures. Oogie is definitely a fall/winter cosplay and will probably make a return again next year. I still have some figuring out to do to attach the shoes to the rest of the costume easier, but otherwise I am very happy with how he turned out. The only thing left to do is a black light shoot with him so I can show off the fact that Oogie Boogie glows-in-the-dark. I hope you enjoy the photos and if you would like to see more of my work, you can find me on Facebook. I also have Instagram and Twitter. Happy Halloween.”
Cosplayer: Termina Cosplay
“The reason I chose Sheik was because she left an impact on me after playing Ocarina of Time as a kid. She was always one of my favorite characters and when she became a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee she became my main fighter. And because of all that I guess it’s always been sort of a dream of mine to dress up like her. I made the armor out of craft foam and Wonderflex, and the rest were fabrics. This particular costume has actually been sold, so I won’t be doing anything else with it myself, but I do hope Nintendo includes her in another canonical game in the future so I perhaps I can cosplay her again with a new design.”
Cosplay: Dark Lily and The Darkness
Cosplayers: SuperKayce and Knightmage
SuperKayce: “Honestly Knightmage was inspired to do these costumes and because he is an awesome cosplay partner he asked me to join him! I absolutely love cult classic movies so I was immediately interested! I’m not sure if we have plans to do these costumes again but we have so many duos planned for 2016! We are about to debut Shadowcat and Colossus at Rocky Mountain Con! We really compliment each other’s costume styles and I am super excited for the future!”
Featured image courtesy of Crisanto Jorda