It’s October! Fall starts, squash and pumpkins are in season, cooler days, maybe even some snow! And finally, Halloween!
I often get comments from my non-costuming friends that Halloween must be an easy holiday for me… just head into the costume closet, pull something out, tada, set for Halloween! Oddly enough, nothing could be farther from the truth! Because so many of my costumes are tied to sources not in the mainstream, they’re typically not recognizable to the general public (ah, the downfall of cosplay!). Not to mention that even if I’m doing something recognizable, I admit to a bit of fussiness and perfectionism in the creation of it. i mean, I’ve been creating costumes and competing for over ten years now… I guess I just can’t help myself a little!
Last year I wore one of my favorites, Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle, to my elementary school. It was a success, but not as Sophie… Everyone thought I was Laura from Little House on the Prairie! Oops! I can definitely see where the resemblance might be:
Can’t really argue with that! And being that those were some of my favorite books from my childhood, too, I decided I was perfectly willing to accept that conclusion. Funny how things work out!
This year Nick and I are planning on Princess Leia and Han Solo; pretty recognizable characters! I still find myself fussing over details (let me tell you, the ordeal of finding a very soft-handed fabric for Leia’s dress… well, I can’t really complain since it was on the search for this fabric that I ran into Mondo and Michael C.!), but I’m also willing to let things go! For example, Nick’s costume is mostly altered secondhand clothing; more information about the process will come out as I continue working on them.
What’s your plan for Halloween?