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DIY Halloween: Baby Jackhammer Jill

This year, my husband, Chris, and I made a baby and a costume to put her in. Here, Althea Koerth Baker, 4 days old, shows off her Halloween costume and her ability to tolerate parental shenanigans.

Gorgeous skullface makeup: Join Me in Death


IgnacioEspejo's "Join Me In Death" is a makeup/costume piece on DeviantArt, photographed by lamuchan; it's spectacular design, and beautifully shot. He says it took 2h30m to sit through the makeup, but clearly, it was worth every minute.

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Functional, animated Disneyland map Hallowe'en costume

Kirby sez, "Rob Cockerham built himself a working, wearable Disneyland costume for Halloween this year. Yes. Working!"

And his own mouth forms both the gates of the castle and the mouth of Monstro the Whale in the Storybookland Boats. Rob, you win the Internet today, even if your Splash Mountain makes you lopsided.

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HOWTO braid your long hair into a Gimli beard


Marcella sez, "I'm a female middle-school English teacher. For Teen Read Week last week, I braided my long hair into an epic Gimli dwarf beard. I made a tutorial showing how to do it! It would be a great Halloween costume for women with long hair who know how to braid!"

gimli beard tutorial

Transforming black-light Bride of Frankenstein makeup

KatieAlves has posted her amazing, UV-transforming Bride of Frankenstein makeup job to DeviantArt, along with a video tutorial for recreating the effect on your own.

The Bride of Frankenstein - Black Light Makeup (via Neatorama)

Quick kid's science project: lightsaber prop


Ben sez, "My 9 year old wanted to make a lightsaber for his monthly science project and Hallowe'en costume so I designed a quick project at his level. I documented the project on my website, and I think it turned out really well. The lightsabers are less than $15 each in parts and only take about an hour or two to assemble."

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Pop art zombie makeup


Sssamanthaa created this wonderful "Pop Art Zombie" makeup job.

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Fan-made Batman scalemaille


Etsy seller CreationsChristopher has listed a $9500 suit of Batman scalemaille, originally made for a Batfan project called Legends: The Dark Knight. It's handmade, took 350 hours to complete, and weighs 60 lbs.

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Cosplayer in a realistic Ron Jeremy mask


By far the most uncanny and arresting cosplayer I've seen at any Comic-Con was this young woman in an incredibly realistic latex Ron Jeremy mask, from Hyperflesh. I mean, wow.

Ron Jeremy Mask

Eyeball face makeup


The Brazilian website "Arte do Medo" identifies this amazing eyeball face horror makeup as originating in Japan, though no other details are forthcoming.


Update: Thanks to BB commenters FakeNina and Daemonworks, this fellow has been identified as Hikaru Cho, whose Tumblr is here, and whose personal site is here.

ARTE DO MEDO #5 (via Super Punch)

Luke Skywalker's pants sold for $36,000

Luke Skywaler's filthy Levi's worn in the original Star Wars just sold at auction for $36,100. The "sand-colored 'cotton drill'" Levi's were customized by famed London costume-maker Bermans & Nathans. "Lot #555: Mark Hamill's Screen-Worn Hero Pants in the Original 1977 ''Star Wars'' as Luke Skywalker" (via New York)

Little girl in a Stan Lee costume


The bestest kid costume yet: tiny, female Stan Lee!

Little girl's cosplay of Stan Lee (i.imgur.com)

Sexy Star Wars costumes


From the people who brought you the hairless Chewbacca costume, a line of "sexy Star Wars" costumes that showcase the broadmindedness and dubious taste of Disney/Lucas licensing department.

Sexy Star Wars (via IO9)

Hairless Chewbacca costume


Costume Craze's sold-out "Chewbacca Second Skin Star Wars Costume" is a great choice for cosplayers who don't like their wookiee suits too hairy. It's the sexy catsuit of the 21st century!

Chewbacca Second Skin Star Wars Costume (via Kottke)

HOWTO make Wonder Woman bracelets out of toilet paper rolls


Here's a great tutorial for making your own glittery superhero paper bracelets out of toilet-paper rolls. The trick is to use blue painter's tape backing to keep the cardboard intact while it's all gluey.

This may seem like a strange way of doing things - to cut and then stick back together etc - but we went through a couple of versions of this before the toilet roll pieces survived - when you paint the toilet roll it tends to collapse go floppy. This was the best process we came up with.

After you have cut, taped and stuffed your toilet roll you are ready to:
- paint (allow to dry)
- apply a light layer of glue and then roll in glitter (allow to dry)
- seal on the glitter by applying a layer of gluey glaze (1 part glue to 2 parts water) (allow to dry)
- add some super hero gems/sparkles

Once all your paint, glitter and glue is dry remove the newspaper and painters tape from inside and round of the corners.

Paper Roll Craft: Super Hero Bracelets (via Craft)

Monochrome 1920s costumes


Redditor Royally_eft's friends dressed up as monochrome people for a 1920s theme party. The effect's very good, especially shot against a colorful snack-aisle. Here's the inspiration for their costumes.

grayscale costumes for a '20s party (imgur.com)

Judge Death costume


Finland's Head Hunter is selling a set of accessories that you can use to turn yourself (or a mannequin) into a terrifyingly credible Judge Death from 2000AD's Judge Dredd. It appears that the costume was made by DeviantArt member Warrior1944, who may or may not be "Peter Olsson, a huge Dredd fan from Sweden," though I'm not entirely sure of the relationship here. Looks like 2000AD is gearing up for some legal enforcement against Head Hunter, so if you're planning on getting this, you should probably hurry.

Head Hunter has promised four Dark Judges, and a short film to be produced in Finland, using all of them.

JUDGE DEATH 1:1 STATUE/SUIT (via Geeks Are Sexy)

New Bob Basset mask with added angularity


A new piece from Ukrainian steampunk leather mask-maker Bob Basset. I like the angular forms here -- there's something a bit Roman in it, to my eye at least.

DW new. Steampunk Art Leather Mask

Science fictional, sculptural mask/helmets


Bruce D. Mitchell is an amazing sculptor who works in the film industry; his "Conceptual Executioner" site showcases a series of gorgeous masks and helmets from 2010. He implies that they have been offered for sale at some point, though no prices are given, leading me to believe that it's one of those, "If you have you ask, you probably can't afford," deals. At least we get to look.

I Have been working in the FX industry since 1992. I have contributed to the creation of various creatures, costumes, miniatures, set pieces and props. I have met and worked with some awesome talent and learned something from each of them. I will be showing my own work on this page. These are the pieces I have been making and showing in Gallery's and special venues. The Masks and Helmets are all wearable and incorporate some function. All pieces were created in my home studio. One thing I would like to say to any producers. Please do not look at this as a menu but rather what I have conceptually achieved so far. . . Thanks for viewing.

Bruce D. Mitchell Conceptual Executioner

Steampunk DJ mask from Bob Basset


The wonderful folks at Bob Basset in Ukraine have a new piece up, the "Steampunk DJ Mask," of which I'm rather fond.

New Steampunk DJ Mask

Remarkable face-painting from NZ's Daizy Design


Wellington, NZ's Daizy Design is a face-painting studio that does astounding work, as the images here can attest. They also paint pregnant bellies, do custom work for photo shoots, and so on. The rates look pretty reasonable, considering the standard of work on display.

Gallery - Daizy Design (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Unicorn wigs


Etsy seller GimmCat makes multihued wigs with integrated unicorn horns (tails and assorted ponyana as well): "This sale is for the mischievous Snips style My Little Pony costume wig for cosplay, fantasy costumes, conventions, raves, Renaissance festivals, Brony costume or just because! This wig is especially suited for males wishing to take part in the My Little Pony fun!"

GimmCat (via Geekologie)

Tailly: a heart-rate-controlled costume tail, on Indiegogo

Elix sez, "Tailly is the invention of Shota Ishiwatari, the Japanese maker/inventor that designed and built the prototypes for the emotion-displaying Necomimi cat ears by NeuroSky. He's invented a tail that monitors your heart rate and reacts accordingly: A slow, lazy swish when you're relaxed, a brisk wag when you're excited, and so on. The goal is to deliver the goods (if successful) in September. It's down to the last three days, and it's struggling. It's only raised about 30% of its goal, and it could use some happy mutant help. The actual cost for the initial production run is $100,000, but Ishiwatari has negotiated a deal with a trading company to get them to kick in half if he can crowdfund the other half. This is a Kickstarter-style fixed funding campaign, so if he doesn't make the goal, he gets nothing at all."

Tailly is not just a toy, nor is it a fashion accessory or a gadget. It is those three items combined, and, since it reacts to the heart beat rate, an extension of the users’ body. Tailly is fun to wear to parties, while out with friends or playing with kids. You could even wear Tailly on a date and express your true feelings through the wagging tail. Even better, your partner could also wear one for the both of you to add a level of subconscious communication between the two of you.

Tailly: The tail that wags when you get excited (Thanks, Elix!)

Top hat with a zoetrope inside

For a mere $500 (which is truly a bargain here), Etsy seller Ramonpiper will make you a custom top-hat with a zoetrope inside it, whose moving images can be viewed through a porthole in its high cylinder.

This is a leather top hat with an illuminated motorized praxinoscope. The praxinoscope was the next generation in moving picture technology after the zoetrope. It features six mirrored surfaces reflecting six images on a revolving cylinder that appear to move when the cylinder is set in motion. The switch in the bottom of the hat powers a battery operated motor that turns the cylinder and illumines two bulbs. There is a lens that magnifies the mirrors. The lens has a velvet-lined lens cover that swings from a brass boss and is affixed with studs at the front and rear. The hat is light enough to be worn at length and it will continue to operate while moving, walking, or doffing it to ladies.

Steampunk Victorian Leather Top Hat with Zoetrope Praxinoscope Movie Player (via Neatorama)

Eyeball mouth


This amazing eye-teeth makeup job comes from Swedish makeup artist PsychoSandra, who has an awful lot of equally astonishing samples on her site: "Haha I thought it was a long time since I did something with my lips. Wanted to do something weird, yes, I can say that it is weird. But pretty, it's not, but I had fun anyway. That's what counts, or?!;)"

Well it was fun anyway (via JWZ)

Video of the Castle Magpie wearable theater/costume in action

Jamin sez,"Back in October, Cory was kind enough to post a link to my Halloween costume [Ed: this was a wearable puppet theater/playset that was so fantastically fantastic it beggars description.] At long last, here's video of the costume in action. Thanks so much for taking a look. I hope you enjoy it."


This is my Halloween costume for 2012. It took six months to plan and another six months to build. Everything is controlled from inside the costume. The kids are moved via magnets under the floors. The ropes on the front are pulled from behind to open and close the doors, revealing the rooms inside. The magpie and the ship's sails in the great hall are both hiding inside or behind furniture until they're activated. The lightning is a simple led and the kids on the spiral stair rotate around a dowel set into a heavy paper tube with a spiral cut into it for a guide. I plan on doing an extensive process post soonish.

Castle Magpie (via Jamin!)

Insect Inspector leather mask


The latest from steampunk/fetish maskmaker Bob Basset is the "Insect Inspector": "Leather, Brass, Glass, soviet gas mask parts."

Insect Inspector. Steampunk art Leather Gas mask.

Child's "World War II evacuee" costume


Here's a thing: a kid's WWII evacuee costume, including a little routing tag, which is just the thing if your kids want to cosplay the trauma of being separated from their parents, who might die in the Blitz.

World War II Costume - Girls (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Japan's school for mascots

The Telegraph visits Japan's Choko Group mascot school. "When I see a real hand poking out of the costume's hand, or their mask slips, it's very disappointing…," says school founder Choko Oohira. "I want to show the world how to fully become the character and explain that's how to make children happy." (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)

Haunted Mansion "alligator tightrope girl" cosplayer

Here's Roxy Rot cosplaying the alligator tightrope-walker that appears in the Haunted Mansion's stretch-gallery, one of the iconic comic-horror images of the 20th century. She's perfectly awesome in the role, too. She's dressed up for Bats Day 2011, the annual goth day at Disneyland, which is enormous good fun. She notes, "The corset is from here and the skirt and cape I had help with from my old coworker Joy."

Best cosplay so far: the alligator tightrope walker painting girl from the Haunted Mansion (Thanks, Matthew!)