Halloween
Halloween 2008: Green Armor

This costume is inspired by the Sydney Opera House, animals with segmented exoskeletons (such as shrimp and lobsters), and “giant” Japanese robots (like Voltron and certain Gundam robots). I created a modular system which allowed me to build the shoulders, hips, toes, and most of the head with identical parts. The heels, chest/back plates, and …

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Halloween 2007: Yellow Robot

This costume was inspired by the bright yellow Pumas I hadn’t been wearing enough (designed by Mihara Yasuhiro). I had also been eyeing dryer hoses as a costume material for a few years. Their flexibility allowed me to use part of the hoses to create large “horns.” I also attached the lower pair of “arms” …

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Halloween 2005: Red Hazmat

This costume was inspired by protective suits for handing hazardous materials (hazmat), and early 20th century metal diving helmets (with round windows). The tubes from the mask are connected to a matching “backpack” to suggest filtration or an oxygen supply. The materials were from both my kitchen and the hardware store. I wore this costume …

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Halloween 2004: Death of VHS

This costume was inspired by the discovery of hundreds of videotapes marked for disposal. I realized that the VHS format was doomed. I also realized that I had stumbled upon free materials for my costume. This is the heaviest costume I ever made, even though I used the shorter-duration videotapes with less “tape” inside. I …

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Halloween 2003: Blue Buckets

This costume was inspired by a stack of cheap plastic buckets I found a convenience store supplier in Brooklyn. Other inspiration included older robots with a “low-tech” style like Mazinger Z (also known as Tranzor Z in the U.S.), Astro Boy, and Mac, the robot assistant of the Jetsons’ apartment repair man. Mac had two …

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Halloween Rules 1. Make it yourself. This is the best way to be original. A store bought costume is better than no costume, but you can do better than that! 2. Use your whole body. If you wear your usual clothes and throw on a mask, is that really a costume? Go from head to …

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Halloween Costumes
Halloween Rules
1. Make it yourself.
This is the best way to be original. A store bought costume is better than no costume, but you can do better than that!
2. Use your whole body.
If you wear your usual clothes and throw on a mask, is that really a costume? Go from head to toe.
3. Keep it cheap.
Anybody can spend a zillion dollars on a costume and look cool. The real challenge is making it happen on a budget.
4. Don’t rely on recognition.
Do not dress as a celebrity or a movie character. Standard characters like Dracula and Pocahantas are off-limits, too.
5. Don’t rely on sex.
Don’t get me wrong – being sexy is great and all. Just don’t rely on it to make your costume work.
6. Don’t rely on horror.
Sure, blood and guts are a Halloween tradition, but don’t feel limited. Take advantage of the day you can wear anything!

Do you make Halloween costumes that follow these rules? If so, contact me.