Fandom Friday: The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

Happy Halloween! Are you going trick or treating tonight (either with little ones or as grown-ups)? Since we just moved into a house, I’m curious to see if we get any trick-or-treaters. We live close to several schools, so it’s a possibility! I’m kind of excited to see what costumes swing by. My bet is on several Elsas and other Frozen characters.

Candy-CornSpeaking of candy, here’s a list of my top Halloween candy picks:

1. Candy Corn: The great debate of the candy world. Some people love it, some people hate it. I can’t lie; I love it. That sugar hits the spot!

2. Reese’s Pieces: I have an unhealthy obsession with Reese’s. My boyfriend prefers the peanut butter cups, but I love the Pieces!

3. Twix: Another chocolate love. I really like caramel and chocolate, so combining the two makes me absurdly happy.

4. Whoppers: Another divisive candy. I can literally eat a whole box of these in one sitting (though I definitely regret it later). I really like the malt ball taste. These are also my favorite movie candy!

5. Milk Duds: Again, caramel and chocolate. Good stuff.

What are some of your favorite Halloween candies? Also, if you’re nerdy about quirky history, check out this week’s Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. They talk about the history of Halloween candy and how manufacturers got involved in the holiday. Very interesting stuff!

And since this is primarily a sewing/cosplay blog, I’m curious: what are you wearing tonight if you’re wearing a costume? Our Archer plans fell through (some of our pieces are still in moving limbo), so we’re going as casual Superman and Wonder Woman.

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Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Friday Fandom: Characters I’d Love To Dress Up As For Halloween

Ah, a cosplayer’s favorite topic. Actually, many cosplayers (myself included) have difficulty picking characters to wear on Halloween. For me, it’s a combination of a few factors: 1) I don’t want something super involved in case of party fouls; 2) I want a costume people will recognize; 3) It’s one of the few times a year my boyfriend will dress up with me, so I want something to match him; 4) I like something Halloween themed when possible!

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So keeping all that in mind, here area  few characters I’d like to dress up as for Halloween:

1. Blind Mag or Amber Sweet from Repo! The Genetic Opera. I have an absurd love of Repo! I love Blind Mag’s Chromaggia outfit and absolutely everything that Amber Sweet wears. With a little convincing, I could probably prod the beau into being my Repoman. It’s a little complicated for Halloween, but it might happen for a con one of these days!

2. The ballerina from Cabin in the Woods. I ❤ Joss Whedon, guys. Cabin in the Woods is one of my all-time favorite horror films. It’s just got Whedon’s thumbprint all over it, especially in the second half. The first time I saw it, I immediately knew I wanted to make a costume from it, and the nightmare ballerina is the one I liked the most (even if she only shows up for like 15 seconds). A tutu, some pointe shoes, lots of blood, and a crazy mask. Yes, please. And if no one recognizes the specific character, it’s still spooky for Halloween parties.

3. A Disney villainess. Though I have no idea which one. I’d probably lean towards Ursula, since I have a ridiculous love of The Little Mermaid. Seems nice and spooky for Halloween. Plus, lots of Halloween costume stores sell Disney knock-offs, so it wouldn’t be too difficult to put this together.

4. Carrie. Can’t get away from this list without a classic, right? Carrie is one of Stephen King’s books that I really enjoy, and I also enjoy the original and 2013 versions of the film. Plus, it’s super easy with just an old spaghetti strap dress and lots of fake blood.

5. Magenta from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. More love for my inner campy girl. I like to make it out to shadowcast showings of Rocky Horror at least once a year, so I’d love to have a costume to wear to one of the local Halloween showings. Magenta would be pretty simple to put together. Plus, I love that giant hair.

Bonus: Zombie Librarian. I love zombies, and I’m a librarian, so it’s perfect.

And here’s a teaser of what the BF and I will be wearing this year.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson indeed.

Just a little reminder: I’m heading to Dallas Comic Con Fan Days this weekend! You can keep up with my shennanigans on Twitter and Instagram. Hope to see some of you there!

What characters do you want to dress up as for Halloween? 

Velma (Scooby Doo)

Completed: October 2013

Hours Spent: 1, if you count online shopping

Debuted: Halloween 2013

Why this costume: I wanted to wear something to work for Halloween, but I couldn’t decide what. One of my coworkers told me she had a Scooby Doo costume, so I decided to finally make Velma, who’s pretty much the perfect choice for a librarian.

How I made this costume: Closet costuming/cosplay at its finest. I wanted to be able to wear the pieces of this costume for other things, so I shopped with that in mind. I’ve actually worn the top, skirt, and shoes for work and/or casual wear multiple times (thingsItellmyselfsoIdon’tfeelguiltyshopping). The sweater and skirt (love) were eBay finds. I got the knee socks from We Love Colors, and I already had the red shoes from my Rockabilly Wonder Woman costume. The wig was also an eBay find, something in the range of $15. I already wear glasses, so I just went with those.

Thoughts on this costume: Fun and comfy work-appropriate costume. I had to teach workshops all day, so I didn’t want to be fiddling with anything. While I like the sweater top, I wish I had either made something myself or gone with something more baggy. I don’t think this particular sweater is very flattering on me when paired with this skirt. If I wear this costume again, I’ll make a “sweater” from the Renfrew top pattern. Students got a kick out of it though, which was fun 🙂

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Codex: The Guild

Completed: October 2012

Hours Spent: 1-2?

Worn at: TRF and Halloween 2012

Why This Costume: I’ve been watching The Guild for a couple of years now and I love me some Felicia Day! Do You Want to Date My Avatar seemed like a good enough to wear this.

How I Made It: I ordered this one from HalloweenCostumes.com due to time constraints. I got the wig there as well. I made the earrings and necklace from some faux gemstones and copper wire.

The primary reason I’m including this costume on here is because of the staff. My props friend Matrix made a fantastic replica of Codex’s that really pulled this costume together (also, great for supporting me after too much walking/meade). He’s got notes on it here.

Thoughts on this costume: Comfortable, but not the most flattering costume. When I have time, I’ll probably re-make the dress and use a real corset. It was fun to see how many people recognized this costume at TRF.

Off to TRF!
Off to TRF!