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Is Comic-Con worth a gawk?

I won't be attending San Diego Comic Con this weekend, but I do live within a reasonable walk of the convention center. Do enough people wear impressive costumes to this event that it's worthwhile to just hang around outside the convention center to people-watch? If so, are there any especially good times and places for this?
posted by kickingtheground on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Best unnaturally coloured contact lenses?

I'm looking at getting some yellow contact lenses for a costume and would like to know what brands of unusual lenses people have found comfortable and effective - not too vision obscuring, not -ridiculously- unnatural looking, so on. [more inside]
posted by solarion on May 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Wardrobe remix: the movie

This morning I was thinking about how in the movie Housesitter, Goldie Hawn's character wears a very limited number of pieces of clothing combined in a variety of different ways. My mom pointed this out to me at a very impressionable age, and noted how this was much more realistic than infinite wardrobes. I'm wondering what other other movies have an obviously finite wardrobe for a lead female character?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Jan 22, 2014 - 27 answers

How can I make a baby doll look like HR Giger's Alien?

For a costume I need an alien. I would like to take a plastic baby doll, maybe 16", and modify it to look like an alien, preferably HR Giger's Alien from Alien. [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on Dec 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Making camp awesome, one craft at a time

I've been offered the chance to run a week-long day camp this coming summer at a local art space. I have an idea for a theme, but I want to run it by the hive mind and make sure it's as awesome as it can possibly be. Who want to help me plan Costume Camp? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Nov 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Another Twenties costume question

Unusual 1920s costume ideas wanted/ how to '20s-style a kimono [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Oct 29, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I make fake braces for my teeth?

I am dressing up as Ugly Betty for a friend's birthday party. I have everything sorted except how to create some fake braces for my teeth. I don't want to cause any damage to my teeth or gums, nor do I want to be impeded from drinking (it is a party after all!). The only option I have been able to find so far involves paper clips and dental wax and appears to be somewhat painful looking. Any other ideas for how to make fake braces for a night?
posted by MT on Oct 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Nerdy couple costumes

Help my boyfriend and I figure out our 2013 Halloween costumes. He's tall, muscular, buzzed hair, glasses. I'm short, athletic/curvy, brunette, glasses. Both nerdy. Both crafty, but with limited time. Photos inside for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 15, 2013 - 35 answers

Medieval scholarly costume on the cheap.

Halloween is coming, which means it's costume time. This year I've decided to go with a medieval theme, so that I can also have something to wear to the Renfaire which comes around in November. I have a vague idea that I'd like to dress as some kind of wandering scholar or scribe (it would allow me to wear glasses and is a nod to my academic real-life persona) but I don't really have a lot of ideas for how to make that awesome (or even really recognizable). I would like to keep the costume more on the realistic/historical side of the costume continuum than the funny/cheesy side, as much as is reasonable. I also am pretty broke, so I want to keep the Buying of Things to a bare minimum. I am happy to scrounge and to craft -- my main handicap there is that I do not have access to a sewing machine, nor do I even know how to use one, but I am otherwise pretty resourceful. How can I build a good costume around this?
posted by Scientist on Oct 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Halloween costume for someone with long curly black hair....

Have any ideas for a Halloween costume for someone who has long curly dark hair?
posted by likeapen on Sep 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Glowing red jewel?

I want to make a choker/necklace with some sort of glowing red "jewel" in the center for Halloween... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Aug 5, 2013 - 13 answers

How to choose a ventilation fan and estimate power usage for a costume h

I have a costume helmet that I'd like to have a forced air ventilation system for. I would like a small, low power fan (maybe from a laptop or small computer?) that I can run on batteries. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Commercials where kids are in a school play, in crazy costumes?

I'm looking for as many examples as you can find of commercials where young kids are in a stereotypical "kindergarten play", wearing costumes like "tree" or "caterpillar" or "broccoli". I found this example on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3vbzeA2Hsk and I'd like to find more. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Jul 13, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I become a Wizard?

How do I become a Wizard? (for party planning purposes, as opposed to real magical ones). [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on May 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Booker, I found clothing ... catch!

My kids and I want to cosplay Bioshock:Infinite at an upcoming fantasy/geek festival, and I need help. Looking for links to either specific articles of clothing, or overall strategies for what/how to do. Spoilers for the game within. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me dress like I'm from the future

I need an awesome costume idea for a future-themed party. Things that are important: cost (cheap) and ease of construction. [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Jan 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Fastnacht costumes

What are the names of these Fastnacht characters? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jan 3, 2013 - 3 answers

What are some funny 2012 Halloween costume ideas?

I would like to request an update for this previous AskMe thread on this year's timely funny halloween costume, gender neutral version. [more inside]
posted by tangaroo on Oct 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me not have really lame mime makeup

How do I get vivid red and black makeup over thick white makeup? [more inside]
posted by artifarce on Oct 23, 2012 - 11 answers

With your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!

Clueless guy needs help finding makeup and ingredients for Captain Planet Halloween costume! [more inside]
posted by Hurst on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Throne Me

I recently got invited to a Game of Thrones party, where we need to dress up as characters from "a Game of Thrones." I have never watched or read the series. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Aug 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Can You Name the Fat Guys in the Marvel and DC Universes?

I need a list of all the big boys in the Marvel and DC universes... [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Jul 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Cruel. Cruel cruel cruel.

I just found out that there's going to be a Superheros and Supervillains theme party at my college reunion next week, and I want to go as Evil Abed. Help me find the pieces, or at least decent substitutes! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jun 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for authentically historic sailor costumers

Need ideas for historical nautical costumes. Preferably 18th Century British sailors. I don't need to go as the captain or someone important. In fact it's kind of better I don't. Also where does one go about finding such costumes? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 26, 2012 - 5 answers

If only I were a girl, a red sash would do...

How can I add a subtle Orwellian-1984 twist to male business attire for a themed event in three hours? I'll wear at least a button-down shirt and slacks, but I can go up to a full suit if that would help. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jan 14, 2012 - 10 answers

We talked the boss into being Snow White. Now, we need to clothe seven dwarfs.

I'm striking out on searches for seven tunics. Tent dresses doesn't seem to get me much farther. Ideas on where to find plain tunics in a variety of colors/sizes? We're all set on the beards, hats, ears, etc.
posted by meindee on Jan 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Original costumes involving a Viking helmet

Viking Halloween: I have a plastic horned viking helmet. I need fun, original ideas for a Halloween costume that includes it. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 27, 2011 - 29 answers

What's your best idea for a "____ hunter" costume?

I'd like to be a "______ hunter" for Halloween this year. Help me fill in the blank! [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Oct 23, 2011 - 32 answers

preferably not composed of actual snakes

If you were to make a mohawk-shaped headdress composed of snakes, how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Oct 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Mexican "Day of the Dead"-themed Costumes

Halloween costume filter: Inspired by this AskMe, my wife & I have decided to go for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-themed costumes. Interested in any and all ideas both for costumes themselves and face-painting patterns (and floral accessories!). A few possibilities we've been looking at: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5. But open to anything. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Oct 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Toddler Pan Am Uniform Costume

Help me dress my toddler as a Pan Am stewardess for Halloween. [more inside]
posted by davextreme on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Halloween costumes for a "Masquerade Macabre"

Halloween costume filter: My wife and I (couple in our early/mid 30s) are thinking about going to this Halloween party (currently second item down), titled "Masquerade Macabre." The organizers' suggested themes for costumes are below the fold. More inclined toward renting, but DIY is possible, too. Prefer an idea that works for a couple, but any suggestions appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Oct 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Costume Help!

I need some help trying to come up with an idea for a good lady Halloween costume this year! Hoping to do something a little.... nerdy [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Sep 27, 2011 - 13 answers

A family of something, what I don't know, that's where you come in!

I need Halloween costume ideas for myself (plus baby bump), my husband, and my 2 year old, and preferably ones I can do on the more homemade side of things, though I am not opposed to buying some accessories, I just don't want to buy a pre-made costume if possible. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Sep 16, 2011 - 31 answers

No, I'm not going to roll myself in a carpet...

After kicking around the idea for years, I think this is the time to do an “Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra” costume for Halloween. And I need help. The ridiculously picky details are inside... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Sep 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Mystery Photo: The Prince of Whales?

What is happening in this vintage photograph I found among my grandmother's photos from her early life? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 5, 2011 - 27 answers

They're selling "Sexy Raccoon" this year?!

There are a lot of things I love about the idea of going as La Calavera Catrina for Halloween this year, but I'm worried it might be offensive. What other costumes might incorporate the same sort of elaborate, open-ended craftiness and dramatic design? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Sep 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Run, Runner!

Where could I get a blinking red handheld light the size of a quarter? [more inside]
posted by greenland on Aug 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Should I just go as Metallica? Ideas needed for 1981-themed fancy dress!

Fancy dress party with a 1981 theme and I need help thinking of an idea! Bonus points for extremely cheap, clever or fun costumes. [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Jul 13, 2011 - 25 answers

I want to dress up as a hipster for Halloween...help me!

I want to dress up as a hipster for Halloween...help me! [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jun 25, 2011 - 29 answers

Hermes on the brain

I volunteered to do some performance art with a group where I would portray a greek god, Hermes to be specific. I could use pointers and resources on how to do this successfully. [more inside]
posted by diode on Jun 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Kid-friendly celebrity costume

What famous person should I dress up as for an elementary school costume day? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on May 8, 2011 - 28 answers

British Birthday Do

I was invited to a British-themed costume party this Friday and I have no clue who/what to be! The only rule is to dress as a British person/thing, but I have a few restrictions of my own. Both individual and couple's ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Jan 25, 2011 - 52 answers

one costume needed, no effort expended, no shame endured

I hate myself for doing this, but I have a Very Last-Minute Halloween costume requirement. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Oct 28, 2010 - 16 answers

How do I convince a toddler to wear a hat this Halloween?

How do I convince a toddler to wear a hat this Halloween? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Oct 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition

Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Oct 19, 2010 - 15 answers

I hate Halloween theme parties.

A dear friend is throwing a Halloween party. The theme is "Cocktails," as in "dress up as a cocktail/liquor/beer/your alcohol of choice." I hate the theme, but I am being forced to partake. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Oct 18, 2010 - 66 answers

Even Artichokes Have Hearts...

Amelie has turned me onto the occasional and random hobby of taking pictures of myself in photo booths.... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Make Zem Do Summtheeeeng!

Halloween costume ideas involving goggles? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 6, 2010 - 22 answers

(Fancy) Dress Me!

Fancy dress/costume ideas please! [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 4, 2010 - 10 answers

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