I've created a paper mache Darth Vader helmet for my son, and it needs only painting...but the weather's supposed to be rainy for the next few days, and he needs it for Friday. [more inside]
My five-year-old son is interested in sewing (he's interesting in construction and design, in general). I am not much of a sewer, but I could probably cut out something from a simple pattern and stitch it by hand. (No machine). How can I indulge this with him, given that I have limited skills and he's five? [more inside]
I'm going as drunk, pajama-clad Gaby Teller for halloween! But I'm sad that I can't remotely afford her sunglasses, which are House of Holland's Annice. Please help. [more inside]
On the Bob's Burgers episode called "Itty Bitty Ditty Committee", what were the kids' band costumes supposed to look like? Here's a picture. In fanfare, filthy light thief linked to more pictures in this comment. The costumes look so familiar but I can't figure out who they're supposed to look like. Or are they just funny costumes and not referencing anything?
What would a Social Justice Warrior put on her shield? (Also, the rest of her?) [more inside]
you probably now know left shark from the superbowl halftime show. I need to be that shark. help me be that shark. [more inside]
Starwars.com used to have free printable star wars masks. Of course I waited last minute to pull a costume together under the assumption that I would print a Chewbacca mask like I have done in the past. Is there a way to retrieve this pdf?
I've been trying to locate some "white out"-style special effect contact lenses (the kind that make your iris and pupil a milky white, like Storm in the X-Men films when she uses her powers), but I've been having a hard time finding something that fits my prescription. Does anyone know of a reputable store that sells these kinds of SFX lenses with corrective power? [more inside]
This year for Halloween I will be part of a group going as the main cast of Clue. Help me pull off an amazing Wadsworth (i.e. the butler). [more inside]
Help me put together a circus/carnival themed Halloween costume for a pub crawl. [more inside]
Where's the best place online to buy quality baby Halloween costumes? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
Unusual 1920s costume ideas wanted/ how to '20s-style a kimono [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
Have any ideas for a Halloween costume for someone who has long curly dark hair?
I want to make a choker/necklace with some sort of glowing red "jewel" in the center for Halloween... [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I become a Wizard? (for party planning purposes, as opposed to real magical ones). [more inside]
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]
I need an awesome costume idea for a future-themed party. Things that are important: cost (cheap) and ease of construction. [more inside]
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]
How do I get vivid red and black makeup over thick white makeup? [more inside]
Clueless guy needs help finding makeup and ingredients for Captain Planet Halloween costume! [more inside]
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]
I need a list of all the big boys in the Marvel and DC universes... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Viking Halloween: I have a plastic horned viking helmet. I need fun, original ideas for a Halloween costume that includes it. [more inside]
I'd like to be a "______ hunter" for Halloween this year. Help me fill in the blank! [more inside]
If you were to make a mohawk-shaped headdress composed of snakes, how would you go about it? [more inside]
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!
Help me dress my toddler as a Pan Am stewardess for Halloween. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What is happening in this vintage photograph I found among my grandmother's photos from her early life? [more inside]
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]
Where could I get a blinking red handheld light the size of a quarter? [more inside]
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]