Be a Minecraft creeper this halloween, $13

Minecraft Creeper

As I continue to search for a Halloween costume, I thought the kids might be more familiar with a Minecraft creeper!

A couple years back, Cory shared this DIY creeper costume. I don't have that level of commitment, but for $13 this might be a lot easier to wear than the Stay Puft Marshmallow man I've been considering.

My daughter finds minecraft a bit tough, I'm told its the version she is playing and I/we should try another. I wonder if she'll enjoy this...

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Bantha costume, for dogs


Oh, Nemo! My Great Pyrenees is going to look great! He'll be wearing this Bantha costume as we wander the entire .4 of a mile that is our neighborhood designated trick-or-treating run.

I wish there was a Tauntaun.

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Inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume


I'm considering this inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume for Halloween. Every few years my Ghostbuster costume comes out of storage, but I feel like stepping on a church.

A friend has this costume and it uses a clever battery operated fan to pump air into the suit, keeping it inflated. At $30 it is a bargain.

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Watch Adam Savage and astronaut Chris Hadfield cosplay at Comic-Con


Every year, our friend Adam Savage of Mythbusters and Tested walks the Comic-Con floor completely disguised by his costume and makes a video about it. This year, he was joined by astronaut Chris Hadfield and they both wore spacesuits like those in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read the rest

WATCH: Glowy Zoey's 2014 LED costume is Minnie Mouse

Royce Hutain of returns after last year's hit costume for daughter Zoey. This year's rainbow LED and Velcro homage to Minnie Mouse includes instructions on making your own. Read the rest

Adam Savage, muscle man!

BB pal Adam Savage of Mythbusters is very proud of his incredible new muscle suit! Check out those guns and boulders! Read the rest

LED stick person costume for toddler

Royce Hutain made a wonderful "stick person" costume for his toddler from LED lights and a body suit. Read the rest

Luminous retro Cyberpunk costume

Photo by Mike Vickers

In the Boing Boing Flickr pool, Melissa Li shares some wonderful photo documentation of a cool costume she developed in multiple editions, over a period of years. Above, "Cyberpunk 2.0," the 2012 build: Read the rest

Realistic Roswell space alien autopsy tableau

John Whalen says, "My brother, Dan, cooked up this little quasi-historical tableau for his wife, Rose, in San Francisco." Read the rest

Sexy Hamburger Costume

It's $40 at Yandy. (Thanks, Jess Hemerly!) Read the rest

Frankenthulu mask

~AfterlightRob's Frankenthulu mask makes me yearn for a whole series of Famous Monsters of Filmland/Cthulhu mask-mashups -- the mummy, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon... The same artist has a sweet Nosferatu mask.

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Crocheted cyclops

Crochet costumer Veronica Knight has topped herself with this crocheted cyclops outfit. This puts the Z in ZOMG.

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Crocheted Vulcan ears

Croshame's just posted a pattern for making your own crocheted Spock ears, which are both logical and very toasty-warm.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and you’ve already gotten all the fancy stun guns and tricorders and communicators your heart could desire, so why not try out some of that fabulous Star Trek fashion sense with my pattern for crocheted Spock Ears?

Wishing you a Very Logical New Year (via Craft) Read the rest

HOWTO make a gory, exposed brain cap

Hallowe'en has come and gone, but it's always the right time for hats that make you look like your skull has been removed, exposing your brain!

It's best to study pictures of the human brain before tackling this project in order to best mimic the brain's convolution patterns when caulking the cap.

Weighing a little less than a pound and a half, this costume is still lighter than most professional bicycle and motorcycle helmets. Use a cap without an adjuster to ensure a perfect fit.

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Tesla coil hat: "a really bad idea"

MIT student Tyler Christensen created a musical Tesla coil hat for his Hallowe'en costume (it played the Mortal Kombat theme and the Harry Potter theme while discharging semi-tame lightning). While freely stipulating that this is "a really bad idea," Tyler is still generous enough to document his project for others who might follow in his bad footsteps.

Really, it’s just a DRSSTC. Nothing less, nothing more, nothing fancy. It was a bit tricky to make a bridge appropriately sized, and even harder to make a boost converter for it. In fact, the boost never truly worked. If I play a mid to high note for a few seconds, the boost can’t keep up and it fades away. I think this is due to saturation of my boost core, but I haven’t really taken the time to do much on this since now I’m back in the gate driver world and also have to throw together my 6.131 power electronics final project. I’ll fix hatcoil in February.

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Green army man costume

Harrison Jones created this fabulous green army man costume (which included a coating of green latex paint on his skin, yowch, suffer for your art!), and worked a full shift at a grocery store while so attired:

Harrison started by picking out the perfect green tarp, then taking it to the hardware store and having them color match a quart of semi-gloss interior latex paint. He then painted the air soft helmet, boots, and gun with several coats of the green paint. Next, he cut out cardboard in an oval shape, painted it green, and used duct tape in a loop to stick to his boots.

As for the uniform, he picked out a long-sleeve shirt and a pair of pants he was willing to sacrifice, and cut them both along the seams. Harrison then spread the chopped shirt and pants out on the tarp, pinned them to the tarp, and cut around the fabric, leaving about a half inch of extra tarp (the sleeves were done separately). He used duct tape to “sew” the tarp back together, leaving half of the tape’s sticky side exposed and putting it on the inside of the seam, and then connecting the matching part of the tarp, adjusting to the right fit.

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Artoo Tutu: a droidy ballerina

Flickr user Leeloo's "Artoo Tutu" costume may be the single cutest thing I've seen this Hallowe'en.

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