The Art of Cosplay: 'Fuse Bead Armor,' by Cosplay Amy (@cosplamy)

“Added some epic wings to accompany my previous Perler Bead Armor set,” says Cosplay Amy. Holy cow this is beautiful and extremely committed. It's so gorgeous. Read the rest

Mom crochets badass glow-in-the-dark Slimer costume for her son

Crochetverse's Stephanie Pokorny is putting all us moms to shame with the crocheted Halloween costumes she's made for her six-year-old son Jack. Recently her all-yarn Predator costume made the rounds and now she's back with this glow-in-the-freaking-dark Slimer costume. (You may remember when Jack was two, she made an adorable E.T. costume for him.)

Here's a look at her son in the Predator costume:

And here he is in the Slimer costume:

Also, get this, she freehand crochets her costumes. That means she doesn't use a pattern. If you know anything about crocheting, you'll appreciate what an incredible feat this is.

See more of her creations here.

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Toddlers connected in clever 'Slinky Dog' costume

A Toy Story-lovin' dad connected two toddlers, his son Hamm and his niece Audrey, to make this cute and clever Slinky Dog costume.

Tucker Bohman, aka @ToyStoryDad, enlisted the help of his wife to get the babies' costume together for Disneyland's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

He writes:

When we decided to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party at @Disneyland as Toy Story characters I knew immediately that I wanted the babies to be Slinky Dog! It took several months of brainstorming and planning to bring my vision to life. Thanks to all of the family who helped us figure out how to pull it off! 🙌🏻

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This is what Yankee Stadium food vendors used to wear

Not sure what Yankee Stadium food vendors wear now but, apparently, sometime in the late sixties or early seventies they donned this far out, font-heavy number. Baseball photo historian Baseball by Bsmile shared this recently on Twitter and points out that the shirt was designed with ketchup/catsup and mustard colors.

A 2008 Uni-Watch (a site that follows sports teams aesthetics) article shares:

...Reader Paul Wiederecht has provided a wealth of interesting background info...

I saw that vendor’s shirt used from 1968-72 at games I attended. Sorry, no pics, but I think I may be able to shed some light on the shirt’s design history.

Much of the Yankees’ look during the team’s CBS ownership era can be attributed to Lou Dorfsman, who was CBS’s creative director for more than 25 years. Except for the eye logo, which was the inspiration of his predecessor, William Golden, Dorfsman was responsible for CBS’s corporate and on-air look. His contribution to graphic/interior and set/broadcast/advertising design is legendary, he set the high standard that artists like me have trying to measure up to our whole careers.

Anyway, back to the shirt: If you look here, you’ll see an example of the three-dimensional wall treatment in the CBS employee cafeteria, which was executed by Herb Lubalin (a typographer of note in his own right). You will see many design similarities [between the wall treatment and the vendor’s uniform], and similar design treatments can been seen in many Yankees publications from that era. I would not be surprised if Dorfsman used Lubalin’s design studio for many Yankees projects, possibly even this shirt.

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Dog that looks like a mop gets the perfect Halloween costume

If your dog looks like a mop, you can clean up at Halloween contests. Covington, Kentucky's Mainstrasse Paw-Rade had many worthy entries, but Keki the Hungarian Puli getting pushed around in a mop bucket was the crowd favorite. Read the rest

A working six-foot fidget spinner costume

For the recent Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento, Rob Cockerham made a working six-foot fidget spinner costume. It's quite a sight.

He writes:

Downtown was crowded with people, and comic book nerds were packed everywhere, lining up to get into the Con. I turned the corner into full view and was greeted with open iphones, gaping mouths and spontaneous applause! It was awesome! The gigantic fidget spinner was an absolute hit that the crowds loved!

"OH DAMN! MIKE! LOOK! FIDGET SPINNERRRRR!" x 1000.

I love being stopped for photos, and with the fidget spinner costume I had a special trick: Invariably the photographer would click through and snap a picture, thank me and then slowly realize the whole truth.

"Does it.... spin?"

I would slowly nod. "Yes. It does!" Then I'd back up and give it a big whirl and they would shriek or just shake their heads in amazement. It was incredible!

Previously: Rob's Functional, animated Disneyland map Hallowe'en costume and his Downton Abbey costume Read the rest

Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Wheelchair Costume

Ryan Scott Miller outdid himself with this terrific wheelchair costume that Jeremy will be sporting this Halloween: "This year we put it to a vote and our friends choose the Ghostbusters Ecto-1!" Well-played, sir! Read the rest

Cool melting skull makeup tutorial

If you start practicing now, you might be ready to debut Desi Perkins' creepy melting skull makeup for Halloween. Read the rest

The fantastical world of Bobby Love

I've been a fan since I first saw photographs of Bobby Love's stunning costume designs! Images of his work fill several of my friends Facebook feeds, and I had to learn more about him! I hope you enjoy these photos, and his story, as much as I do! -- Jason

"Fantasy couture designer Bobby Love lives in a fantastical world populated by circus performers, artists and other worldly creatures. His whimsical fashion and costume designs featured here are influenced by legendary Art Deco master Erte, whom he names all his parrots after.

Born in Hong Kong, Bobby Love attended Chapman University at age 16 (youngest in his class), and went on to earn post graduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from USC. Through his first job working graveyard shift at a psychiatric hospital for 3 years, he learned to think quickly on his feet and handle unpredictable situations. The ability to empathize and be a good listener would be important skills he acquired.

Arriving in Hollywood at age 20, Bobby Love worked diligently and achieved a successful business career. However, he also knew he needed an outlet to express his artistic creativity. Bobby started his hobby of sketching fashion designs at age 14. This is a passion which led to him meeting many artists and performers, ultimately inspiring him to create the many fantastical fantasy couture wardrobe we see today.

Designing between 20 to 30 "suites" a year using only his free time on weekends, each "suite" represents a different fantasy/mythical theme and may include a coat, vest, matching pants, hat and accessories. Read the rest

Be a Minecraft creeper this halloween, $13

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 GlowyZoey.com 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

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