BB Readers' DIY Costumes: 9 month old baby as a mermaid

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Jean Dunk shares this wonderful photo and says, "Here is my 9 month old as a mermaid." Here's a larger size.

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BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Fish-Man from Ugly Americans

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Sarah PĂ©rez shares these images and says,

This year I have become Fish-Man! The idea was inspired by the fish-man character, Toby, in the show Ugly Americans. I think the idea of a fish wearing pants is pretty hilarious, and luckily the costume turned out to be as funny as I hoped it would. I've already worn it out on the bus and train home from work and it made quite a few smiles all around :)

The head is chicken wire, screen door mesh, paper mache, foam and fabric. I also had to special order some very large pants which I velcroed to the fish head. Oh, and the eyes light up too-- they're those battery-operated closet push-lights ;)

I'll be walking in the 16th Annual Halloween on Halsted Parade this Wednesday in Chicago at 7pm CST. Hope to see you Chicago readers there-- Happy Halloween!

Her video of fish-man in action below.

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BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Multicultural/Birthday/Gay Mummy

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Christopher Ing says, "Went as a multicultural mummy (a.k.a. the birthday mummy)."

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Pirate Family (with adorable pirate baby!)

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Miss Emelia shares this awesome photo and says,

We're working Haunted Fox Hollow again, so our darling new baby girl is joining us in the pirate cove during the "light scares" hour. So far, she's done great. She's more giggles than Y'arrr, but we cheerfully tell the guests that she'll learn to swab the deck or she'll end up in the pirate's stew. When the little kids see that she isn't the least bit scared, it helps them get their courage back.

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Marshall Lee + Fionna from Adventure Time

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader slippy0 shares these snapshots and says, "Mine really isn't that fancy, but the stars aligned and gave me a week of time to work on props. I was Marshall Lee from Adventure Time, and decided to make his axe-bass instead of just painting a 2D cutout. The results aren't amazing, but they're more than I planned to do, and very DIY. I went with my friend who was Fionna. We got a lot of compliments. :) "

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Gotham City Rockers

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader eyesfingerstoes says, "Me and about 30 of my cronies are hitting the Portsmouth (NH) Halloween Parade this year as the Gotham City Rockers - all hand made interpretations of Denis Medri's Rockabilly Batman concept drawings. Link to the process I used to make my Leather Batman Cowl here."

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Weeping Angel and Tiny Dalek

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Christine Cobos shares snapshots of the "Weeping Angel" she made for her daughter, and the Dalek she made for her son, an obvious Doctor Who fan.

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Seymour from "Little Shop of Horrors"

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Charles Pieper (tumblr, Twitter) says, "This year I am going as Seymour from 'Little Shop of Horrors' and yes indeed I made Audrey II as well!"

So very brilliant, Charles!

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Living Roy Lichtenstein painting, by Gina Menduni

BB reader Gina Menduni made this genius Roy Lichtenstein costume for Halloween 2012. We are gobsmacked, Gina! Thanks for sharing it in the epic DIY Halloween costume thread!

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Animal and Son of Anarchy, by BrotherPower

Boing Boing reader BrotherPower shares this work-in-progress shot of the Animal costume he's making for his 8-year-old.

"I just finished the oversized drumsticks and the spiky wristbands today."

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BB readers' DIY Halloween costumes: Narwhal, by Sarah Jones

Brava, Sarah! "Sorry to be a party pooper but it should probably be attached closer to your mouth since it's actually a tooth," wrote one commenter. "Yes, but it would have interfered with my beer drinking," replied Sarah.

More: Share your DIY Halloween costume in our epic 2012 thread!

Open thread: your DIY Hallowe'en costumes?

Each year here at Boing Boing, we invite you, dear readers, to share your plans for fun home-made costumes. So what’s it gonna be? Frankenstorm Sandy? A Mars Rover? Honey Boo Boo? Do tell, in the comments.

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Candy Corn on the cob

An Instructable exists for this. It must be made. Alaskantomboy writes, in the prelude:

I experimented with fondant first, that was completely unsuccessful. Then I though of gluing it together with caramel (since I had a fresh bag of that around too). Too messy and too hard. Then, another light bulb went off.....cookie dough! Sugar cookie dough works perfectly (don't attempt with chocolate chip dough, the chips just get in the way and jeopardize structural integrity). It only took about 4 minutes to assemble and looked authentic.

Vegans: it can be done vegan.

(Photo: alaskantomboy. Thanks, Tara McGinley!)

How to make a "cancer medal" for a patient in your life

I recently wrote about a meaningful gift I received from my friend Michael Pusateri, at the end of my primary treatment for breast cancer: this wonderful medal. So, today, Michael explains how to order one yourself. Give one to a cancer patient in your life! It's a really cool way to recognize what can be a confusing, ambiguous, strangely depressing milestone. Before all the "what's next" and "what if" thoughts take over, taking a moment to acknowledge the importance of that milestone is really beautiful.

A t-shirt jam session with Generation T's Megan Nicolay

(Video link) In non-entertainment news, I am a huge nerd for a cool t-shirt. Sometimes I buy them (usually from Busted Tees or Headline Shirts), and sometimes they find me. The latter shirts are generally men's sizes -- too big and shaped like a rectangle, but so groovy that I don't have the heart to throw it away. Fortunately, there are people out there who know how to fix such things! One of those people is Megan Nicolay, author of Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt (Workman Publishing) and its sequel, as well as the companion blog. Megan and I hung out in the Workman Publishing office recently to put together a instructional video on how to alter a gigantic potato sack of a shirt into something acceptable to wear in public. After the jump, a quick walk-through of another design.

T-shirts ahoy!

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