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Making Adam Savage's Admiral Ackbar Cosplay Costume

Tailly: A Heart-Rate Controlled Costume Tail
Tailly is the invention of Shota Ishiwatari, the Japanese maker/inventor that designed and built the prototypes for the emotion-displaying Necomimi cat ears by NeuroSky. He's invented a tail that monitors your heart rate and reacts accordingly: A slow, lasy swish when you're relaxed, a brisk wag when you're excited, and so on.

Dinosaur Prank from Japan

The Movies Best-Loved Costumes
In a recent poll, the emerald green dress worn by Keira Knightley in Atonement has been voted the best film costume of all time. Here's the Top 10 costumes from the poll.

Scared Stiff Halloween Horror Film Festival 2013
October 25th & 26th, 2013, Three Rivers, MA
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100% Self-Made Functional Iron Man Laser Gauntlet

Invisible Driver Drive-Thru Prank
A classic prank where Rahat, the Magician Prankster, creates an incredibly cheap car seat costume that makes it look like nobody is driving the car. Just goes to show you that creative costumes aren't just for Halloween and trick-or-treating! Watch what happens here:

'World War Z' Coming June 2013
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U.S. Navy Sailor, Dressed As Darth Vader, Surprises Son

Really Cool "Transformer" Formula F1 Ferrari Costume:

The Grossest, Most Revolting Costume Ever? Scott Shaw! Tells His Story:

University Professor Dons Blackberry Z10 Costume In Attempt To Win A New Blackberry Z10:

Two Person Roller Coaster Costume

Zombie Horde Attempt World Record
Thousands of the not-so-undead descend upon Mexico City at the weekend - hoping to break a new Guinness World Record.

Most Dramatic Big Screen Transformations of 2012
They morph into other people. It's their job. But this year a select group of movie actors explored new extremes. Some lost a large amount of weight, others wore prosthetics and makeup to make marked changes in their appearance, while some simply seemed wholly possessed by their characters. Click to see who Yahoo! Movies deemed the most dramatic big screen transformations of 2012.

Jurassic Prank - Animatronic T-Rex Costume

Luxury Toys: The Most Expensive Halloween Costume
If you are planning on spooking people out this Halloween in great style, then here is our latest luxury toy for you – the most expensive morphsuit, a complete spandex outfit made with 20.000 white diamonds. Called Morph-a-million, this suit will certainly make an impression. Though the wearer is completely covered from head to toe, the morphsuit is breathable and easy to see through, fitting like a glove. Morph-a-million uses a grey spandex costume on the base which is then covered with diamonds. The price – $ 1.5 million – is a reflection of the use of so many diamonds and the time it’s taken to create the suit.

Lucha VaVoom Halloween Night Costume Contest
Just announced - Only on October 31st: Halloween Night Costume Contest with $250 cash grand prize. Heino will be the judge, the most inventive, sexiest, insane or just plain kooky costume will win $250 cash money!! Second place will get $100 and a goody bag of merchandise to the runner up!

Walking Dead Returns To Halloween Horror Nights
Orlando Sentinel, June 19, 2014

They say celebrity deaths come in threes, so perhaps it's appropriate that "The Walking Dead" is coming back for round 3 of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. The zombie-driven TV drama, which appears on AMC, will be featured prominently for a third consecutive year at the event, which will begin its 24th edition Sept. 19. Universal usually limits the use of horror brands to two-year runs. The park will take steps to avoid undead burnout, said Michael Aiello, director of entertainment and creative development. "We want to make sure that it's visually very different for the guests," he said. They're thinking big this year, bigger than ever, Aiello said. This year's "Walking Dead" haunted house will be the largest in Horror Nights history.

'The Walking Dead' Will Provide July 4 Weekend Fireworks As AMC Runs Holiday Marathon
NY Daily News, June 18, 2014

The AMC network isn't waiting until Halloween this year for a zombie fest. The network will devote the July 4 weekend to a "Dead, White and Blue" marathon, featuring all four seasons of its hit drama "The Walking Dead." They will run in consecutive order starting at 9 a.m. Friday, July 4. The weekend finishes at 9 p.m. July 6 with Chris Hardwick hosting a new "Talking Dead" show that previews Season 5. No official season premiere date has been announced, but it is widely expected to be Oct. 12.

Hey Horror Freaks: Get Ready For The Blu-Ray Boxed Sets Of Halloween The Complete Collection
Straight.com, June 18, 2014

For those horror freaks out there who just can't get enough of a masked guy in overalls stabbin' folks, here's some good news. Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today that on September 23 it will release 10- and 15-disc editions of Halloween The Complete Collection, which gathers up all the Halloweens together on Blu-ray for the first time. Both editions contain all the Halloween feature films—Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, and Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II. The deluxe set lays it on thick with the never-before-released producers' cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, the rare network TV version of the original Halloween, the network TV version of Halloween II, and the unrated versions of Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II.

3rd Annual Halloween ComicFest Returns Saturday, October 25th
Comic Book Resources, June 18, 2014

Diamond Comic Distributors announces a celebration of comics, comic shops, and pop-culture in October with the third annual Halloween ComicFest (HCF) event! Communities are encouraged to check out their local comic shop and get free comics while also participating in shop’s special Halloween events such as costume contests, sales, character appearances and more on Saturday, October 25th, 2014! During Halloween ComicFest, adults and kids can go into a local participating comic shop and get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics published specifically for Halloween ComicFest. This year there are 19 titles available to choose from that are great for kids and adults with twelve full-sized comics and seven mini-comics.

Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp Costume Is On Sale
NDTV Movies, June 12, 2014

A costume worn by Charlie Chaplin as his iconic Little Tramp character is on sale for $195,000. Charlie Chaplin is best remembered for donning the suit and bowler hat combination to portray a bumbling vagrant striving to behave like a gentleman. The movie icon was reportedly first given the outfit by Scottish actor Billie Ritchie, who had been perfecting the tramp role in silent comedies, reports contactmusic.com. The lot includes a suit, hat, walking cane and pair of shoes worn by the actor, and documents detailing the relationship between Charlie Chaplin and Billie Ritchie.

Autistic Michigan Boy Secretly Wears School Mascot Costume To Connect With Classmates
UPI, June 12, 2014

An autistic Michigan boy has come up with a way of connecting with his classmates without them even being aware of it. Andrese Duke dresses as Grand Blanc West Middle School mascot Victor E. Bobcat to interact with students and staff members in a way that lets him feel comfortable. The seventh-grader has been donning the suit for about five months and it has seemed to help him in a number of areas at school. "This has impacted his confidence and increased his social ability in the classroom with students," special education teacher Raymond Haden told MLive. Duke's mother is delighted with the way her son has handled the responsibility of manning the mascot costume. "It gave him a purpose. He's always loved school, but it gave him somewhat of a purpose and responsibility. He took it so serious, like it was his job," said Adrian Duke. "This is really something big. He's such a special little boy."

Matt Lauer Wears Dumb and Dumber Costume to Interview Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels
E-online, June 11, 2014

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels stopped by the Today show this morning, where they snuck into Matt Lauer's office when he wasn't looking! The actors rummaged through the host's things and even joked about checking out his Google history and stealing one of his Emmy awards. And just as the stars of Dumb and Dumber To were causing a ruckus, Lauer walked into the room wearing a powder blue suit that looked identical to the one Daniels famously wore in the 1994 hit film. "You are too much," Carrey said. Daniels commented, "That looks custom fit, I bet you had that tailored."

Your Scary Halloween Display Could Be Worth $50,000
Mix 96.5 Houston, June 9, 2014

Are you a hardcore Halloween fan? Do you have a spooktacular haunted yard display or a screamalicious walk-thru experience at your home? ABC / Freemantle Media wants to see your frightful demonstration. It could score you $50,000 this October! Contact information for the producers is below. Casting in US only.

Dark Wizards Will Not Roam Universal Orlando For This Year's Halloween Horror Nights
Behind the Thrills, June 9, 2014

The first official house of HHN 24 has been announced. The walls are down at Diagon Alley. It's a sign right? Unfortunately yes, but not the sign that guests will want to see. Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will not be open during this year's Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando. It seems like a perfect fit. Dark wizards roaming the streets of Diagon Alley, while the Walking Dead roam the streets, hungry and able to smell the Wizards inside, but unable to get close due to an enchantment. Unfortunately, Universal has already put those rumors to rest.

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Event Returns This Halloween Season
Dread Central, June 9, 2014

This year Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is back for its second season, and the event looks to be bigger, better, and more badass than ever. Read on for all the details, which are sure to give a serious pants bulge to all fans of Zombie's films! After closing out its 2013 run in Southern California with a record-breaking night for a stand-alone haunted house event in the United States, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare--the ultimate Halloween horror event--returns for its second year and will make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in the Phoenix, Arizona, metro region for select nights from September 19-November 1. The September 19 opening night will feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie himself.

Elfman Announces Halloween Concert
Soundtrack.net, June 2, 2014

Celebrate Halloween 2014 with Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton, a unique concert with the Hollywood Studio Symphony and choir conducted by John Mauceri, for two very limited engagements at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday, October 31 at 8 pm and Honda Center on Sunday November 2nd. Presale tickets available 10am to 10pm June 5th at AXS.com / Ticketmaster.com with the special code ELFMAN. Tickets go on sale for the general public June 6th. The program includes newly created suites from all sixteen film collaborations of the legendary composer Danny Elfman and visionary director Tim Burton. Elfman himself will perform his songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was the singing voice of Jack Skellington in the 1993 classic film. The concert will be accompanied with large screen film clips, and the artwork of Tim Burton.

Caroline Wozniacki Curses Rory McIlroy? McIlroy Shoots 78 After Bewitching Twitter Photo Posted
Sports World News, May 30, 2014

Fate wasn't working so well for Caroline Wozniacki, so she turned to a little bit of sorcery on Friday. USA TODAY Sports' For the Win reported that the former No. 1 women's tennis player, jilted last week by former No. 1 men's golfer Rory McIlroy, changed the avatar photo on her Twitter account to one of her dressed as a witch stirring something in a cauldron. It was a photo she had tweeted last October in a pre-Halloween celebration. The voo doo that she do worked out pretty well. McIlroy, who won last week's BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour and had shot an opening-round 63 to take the lead at the Memorial on Thursday, suddenly blew up on Friday with a 6-over 78 to fall nearly 10 strokes behind second-round leader and countryman Paul Casey, who was at 12-under after 15 holes Friday.

Calling All Monster-Makers And Fairy-Fabricators
Martha Stewart, May 27, 2014

Do you love Halloween? Do you have the creative vision, design, and production skills to make a costume for Martha to rival her best? If you're a current student or recent graduate in art, costume design, fashion design, or a related field, and you think you've got what it takes, we want to hear from you.

Students Set Record With Duct Tape Costumes
ABC, May 23, 2014

Hundreds of students dressed in duct tape, fashioning outfits to reflect their favorite movie characters and animals -– and helping to set a new record. The 3M Duct Tape Costume Ball on Thursday was organized by Destination Imagination, a non-profit, volunteer-led educational group for children. Destination Imagination's Global Finals is taking place this week in Knoxville, Tenn. The students collected inside the Thompson-Boling Arena, the home of the University of Tennessee's basketball teams. Children dressed as "Frozen" characters and video game icons, even a few Rubik's cubes, with lots and lots of tape becoming hats and shirts and pants. A representative from Guinness World Records was also on hand, acknowledging the 752 participants as the largest gathering of people wearing duct tape.

Disguise Halloween Costume Company Awarded 'Vendor Partner of the Year' by Spirit Halloween
Market Watch, May 20, 2014

Jakks Pacific, Inc. announced today that its Halloween costume division, Disguise®, received the "Vendor Partner of the Year Award" from Spirit Halloween for its partnership and outstanding, innovative contributions in the costumes and accessories categories. Spirit Halloween is the leading national, seasonal Halloween retailer and has been bringing the joy and fantasy of Halloween to communities around the nation for over 30 years. Spirit Halloween's "Vendor Partner of the Year Award" is based on innovative products, new licenses, service level, and strategic, individualized approaches to growing sales and profit.

Costumed Dogs In KC Chihuahua Parade Break World Record, Organizers Say
The Wichita Eagle, May 4, 2014

Lacking Mexican accoutrements, Dylan, a grand Pyrenees, donned his best Hawaiian gear for the annual Chihuahua Parade on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. He wore a grass skirt, a green lei, and two coconuts covering his hairy chest for the 1 p.m. event at the Barney Allis Plaza. "He's a little embarrassed about the bra," said his owner, Sandy Collins of Leavenworth County. The third annual parade drew 341 participants this year, three more than needed to break the world record for the most dogs in a pet costume parade, organizers said. The previous record, 337, was set in 2011 at the Petco Park's annual Dog Days of Summer event in San Diego.

There's an Annual Doggie Costume Contest in Texas That Looks Like the Most Wonderful Event Ever
E-online, April 28, 2014

This year marked the 16th annual Fiesta Pooch Parade, which is a part of San Antonio's larger Fiesta festival, a citywide celebration that fundraises money for the Alamo City. Which means the Fiesta Pooch Parade has been happening for 16 years and no one bothered to tell us until now. And it's not just a parade: Every year there's a doggie costume contest! That's 16 years worth of costumes we've missed out on! The Fiesta Pooch Parade truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

ANOVOS Unveils 'Star Wars' Replica Costumes
EndorExpress, April 25, 2014

The Force will be strong with STAR WARS fans this spring when ANOVOS Productions LLC unveils its first line of STAR WARS replica costumes designed to be both displayable and wearable. Pre-sales begin on May the 4th for these licensed replica costumes. The collection of STAR WARS replica costumes by ANOVOS will premiere with three extraordinary creations based on the unforgettable adventure of STAR WARS: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Pieces from the collection will premiere during the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo from April 25 to 27. "Our new Star Wars collection goes way beyond simple costumes – they're based on the original costume designs and patterns used in the production of these classic movies," said ANOVOS CEO Joe Salcedo.

Superheroes On The Mall Are Dressed The Part, But Can They Break A Record?
Washington Post, April 18, 2014

It would have been the perfect time for a supervillain to strike. Friday at noon, many of the world's superheroes — from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Storm — were immobilized in a dinky rope pen in front of the Capitol, leaving our country frightfully vulnerable to evil forces. It wasn't the Bat-Signal that brought them there, but rather a Facebook invitation. To kick off this weekend's Awesome Con, a convention for fans of comics, video games and other geekery, organizer Ben Penrod put the word out that he would like to break the Guinness World Record for "largest gathering of people dressed as costumed comic book characters" — 1,530, set in 2011 at an amusement park in Changzhou, China. To do that, they would need 1,531 Watchmen and X-Men and more to come to the Mall on a sunny Friday afternoon and be counted, cape by cape.

Sid's Phonebox Costume Was One of London Marathon's Most Bizarre Sights
This is Wiltshire, April 15, 2014

Among the bizarre spectacles in the London Marathon was father of three Sid Keyte running as telephone box. Mr. Keyte, 43, of Tilshead, who was raising money for mental health charity Mind, achieved the bonus of gaining entry into the Guinness Book of World Records by beating six hours. By finishing in 5 hours 54 minutes he has the title of fastest runner dressed as a telephone box. Mr. Keyte has run the London Marathon three times before but this was the first time carrying a 15kg phone box and said it was a challenge. He said: "It was incredibly heavy and hot but I managed to limp round. I ran for a mile but I couldn’t use my arms so when they got numb I walked for a mile and then I ran again."

Student Makes Iron Man Costume Entirely From Cardboard
Yahoo! News, April 9, 2014

Kai-Xiang Xhong takes ordinary cardboard boxes and turns them into extraordinary pieces of art. The 20-year-old's latest work is a full sculpture of Tony Stark's Iron Man suit, and you would be hard-pressed to find words that can do it justice. Xhong is a student in Taiwan and began turning sketches into sculptures when he was in high school. "I have since produced lots of artwork with cardboard," Xhong told the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. "For example, Optimus Prime from Transformers, skeletons of the T-Rex and a Pterodactyl, an Iron Man suit, and so on. And the last three of them were all made full-size." The detail in the costume is incredible. Xhong painstakingly carved out nearly every notch and indent in the "armor," along with creating the hinges and joints throughout the life-size suit.

Student Explores Costume Convention With Family
Daily Titan, April 7, 2014

Halloween happens 365 days a year for my family. My parents own a year-round costume store called All About Fun Costumes. I usually miss out on the fun of finding and purchasing the newest costumes and accessories because of work and school. However, this year the International Costume Convention, where retailers purchase their inventory, was held during spring break. Without hesitation, I joined my parents for a free three-night stay in Las Vegas, where the convention was being held. Once we arrived at the hotel, we were transported to a Halloween haven.

HalloweenCostumes.com Announces Printable Costumes for 2014
Digital Journal, April 1, 2014

HalloweenCostumes.com has recently announced the launch of printable costumes beginning next month. Customers may download a .PDF file of the product they like and print it out at home. This new line of costume technology will be available April 2014 on the Halloween retailer's website. "This is a very exciting day for the Halloween costume industry," says CEO and founder Tom Fallenstein. "With the increasing popularity of do-it-yourself projects on websites like Pinterest, we knew that the next logical step for our company was to place the power in the consumer's hands."

Morphsuit Pulls 'Invisibility Suit' April Fools' Stunt
LiveScience, April 1, 2014

The costume company Morphsuits pulled an April Fools' prank on journalists today, announcing in a press release that they had created a costume that makes its wearer invisible. The release stated that the "Hollow Man Morphsuit" works using sophisticated image projection and "light-bending" technology to render its wearer invisible to the naked eye, even while the person is moving. "Each year, we think April Fools' stimulates some of the most creative and funny stories from brands," the company wrote in an email to Live Science. "We're absolutely thrilled with how much everyone seemed to like our story, and the crowning glory was people truly believing this could be real."

For Some, Costumes Become Part of Boston Training Tradition
Runners World, March 31, 2014

The forecast called for rain on the day she planned her 21-mile Boston Marathon training run. But Katie Horan wasn't concerned about blisters or wet clothes. She was worried that her ears would droop. Horan is one of hundreds of runners creating a new tradition as they train for Boston and other marathons: Making the miles pass more quickly by dressing up in costume. The theme for Saturday's long run on the Boston Marathon course: Easter. "It makes those really long runs a little bit more fun," said the bunny-eared Horan. "Everybody is more worried about their costume than, 'We're going to run 17 miles.'" On Superhero Day, a 17-mile training run on the Boston Marathon course earlier this month, Horan wore a pink Power Ranger getup.

50 Costume Test Photos From Famous Films
FlavorWire, March 29, 2014

Costume test photos are a necessity for filmmakers and designers in order to get a clear picture of how colors, fabrics, and styles (and usually hair and makeup) will appear on the big screen. Inadvertently, the snapshots sometimes reveal a different, carefree side of the star in costume. The photos often become works of art themselves. After spotting a set of delightful Marilyn Monroe wardrobe test photos, featured past the break, we searched for others from all our favorite films.

Here's How Fans Dressed Up For Arcade Fire In Philadelphia
StereoGum, March 18, 2014

Last fall, Arcade Fire caused a stir when they included a note on Ticketmaster requesting that fans wear formal attire or costume to their upcoming concerts. While their small warm-up shows in Montreal and Brooklyn featured this mandatory dress code, the band clarified that anyone upset about it should relax, because dressing up for the Reflektor arena tour was only recommended, not required. We polled over 12,000 of you guys about it, though, and 53% of you thought the suggested dress code was fine anyway.

Upcoming Costume Party? You'll Want To Go Here First
the Bold Italic, March 17, 2014

It's probably no surprise to hear that San Francisco Opera has a costume shop that blows all others out of the water. SF Opera has an extensive collection of amazing, elaborate, and period-specific outfits from their productions. But what you might not know is that you can actually buy some of these costumes. For the fifth time in about 90 years, San Francisco Opera is holding a giant sale of their unique bounty of clothing and accessories. Items include medieval, biblical, Renaissance, and 18th century costumes; modern and vintage clothing; conceptual and fantasy outfits "that defy description;" along with crafting supplies to make your one-of-a-kind creation. Some of the pieces for sale were worn by famous opera stars, and some were created by famous designers, like Gianni Versace (or you might know him as "Ver-sayss").

Best Picasso Costume Ever: Purim 2014
THe Rayve, March 16, 2014

Alright, so I admit it. This post is 100% self-promotion. But after a snap-shot of my Purim costume this year went viral, I realized it was time to write about it! Now, let me give credit where it's due - Facepaint: Me (mirrors are amazing! and, yes- I went to work like this). Clothing Design: Me (handsewn at late hours of the evening). Total Price: $20 (70 NIS) for costume materials including 2 shirts that I sewed together, 1-meter square of felt, leggings, and plastic necklace. How did I do it? Where did I get my inspiration? Well, let me start from the beginning.

Purim is More Than Just 'Jewish Halloween'
Tablet Mag, March 13, 2014

This past Halloween, a non-Jewish acquaintance at the gym asked me what my children would be dressing up as when they went trick-or-treating. As Orthodox Jews, I explained to her, we don't celebrate Halloween. The next thing out of my mouth surprised me. "We have a holiday in the spring called Purim where the kids dress up in costumes and receive candy and other gifts." I knew Purim had absolutely no similarities to Halloween beyond the costume tradition, but I felt obligated to appease my gym friend. I wanted her to know that my kids weren't deprived of the joy and art of costumes and treats. "They knock on people's doors asking for candy?" she asked, trying to disguise her shock. "In the spring?"

Dad of the Year: Baby 'Aliens'-Inspired Costume is Crazy Impressive
Hypervocal, March 11, 2014

Aww, you put your toddler in a pumpkin suit for Halloween? How sweet. Actually, no, you suck. Carsten Riewe, a cool dad from Germany, is killing the costume game. Riewe outfitted his 13-month-old daughter with this impressive robot costume inspired by the movie Aliens, and he spared no time or expense. He wrote about the mechanics and process of his creation: The arms and legs are full moveable and the top-light and LED were powered by an 12 Volt battery pack stored in the backpack. The on/off switch is in the left arm. Also in the backpack a Bluetooth boombox is installed to play mechanical robot soundFX or music if preferred. It took 100 working hours to finish the costume and I built it for the "Karneval"-Parade in my hometown in Germany February 2014.

Costume Recyclers Give New Life To Rio Carnival Trash
Epoch Times, March 4, 2014

Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro's glitzy, multi-million dollar Carnival parades. The creative costumes on display at the all-night Sambadrome parades that ended early Tuesday have made Rio's Carnival celebration the most famous in the world. But the handmade confections often have a short shelf life. As the tens of thousands of revelers stream out of the Sambadrome, a surprising number of them immediately abandon their costumes, leaving them strewn on the ground amid a sea of empty beer cans, crushed water bottles and other ordinary trash. Enter Moraes, a "catadora," or trash picker, and hundreds of others like her, for whom Carnival represents an annual boon. Dressed in a patchwork of costume parts rescued from the detritus, Moraes filled plastic garbage bags with her treasures — feathers, props, headgear and costly fabrics that she re-sells or transforms into new costumes or clothing.

Breaking The Code - Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Officially Starts Teasing HHN 2014!
Behind The Thrills, March 2, 2014

It may be just the first part of March, but the wheels have been in motion on Halloween Horror Nights 2014 in Hollywood for quite some time. The process has many steps, but Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood likes to keep his fans informed, guessing and frothing on the official HHN Hollywood Twitter account @Horrornights. Murdy has a bit of a sick side that likes to see the millions of fans squirm while they're tortured up until mid-August. It seems to be a bit of his "carnie side" that comes out, but then again, we think he just takes pleasure in the pain of others. And we love it.

The Mysterious Story Of Elisa Lam To Get The Horror Movie Makeover Treatment
Cinema Blend, February 28, 2014

Last Halloween a truly bizarre video went viral. The clip showed the last known moments in the life of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old Canadian college student whose mysterious death became the focus of countless conspiracy theories. We suggested this unnerving tale could be the source of a truly terrifying horror movie, and it turns out Hollywood agrees. Deadline reports Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions have snatched up a spec script by Brandon and Philip Murphy called The Bringing, a horror-thriller inspired by the curious and creepy case of Elisa Lam. In case you somehow managed to avoid this unsolved mystery, here are the basics: Lam was a Canadian college student who went missing on January 31st, 2013. Before her disappearance, she was last seen in Los Angeles' Cecil Hotel, where she was caught on elevator surveillance footage behaving very strangely. See for yourself!

Old Town Haunted History Walking Tour
Orlando Weekly, February 26, 2014

As anyone who reads my column knows, Halloween is easily my favorite time of the year. But there are still more than six long months to go until 2014’s spooky season, and while I enjoy Orlando’s haunted attractions for their ingenious effects and enthusiastic actors, it's exceedingly rare for one to startle me, much less send a genuine shiver up my spine. Thankfully, the same cannot be said about the new Haunted History tour now being presented by Legends Dark Amusements, the same folks who resurrected Old Town's defunct Grimm House late last year. Unlike Legends' year-round A Haunting at Old Town walk-through attraction, there are no grease-painted scare actors or gory animatronics to scare you on this excursion – only good old-fashioned (and allegedly genuine) ghost stories.

Mayor Kip Holden Uses Array of Costumes to 'Entertain People' on the Job
Nola.com, February 26, 2014

Carnival time marks a kind of anniversary for Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, who first appeared in full costume as mayor in 2006 at the Spanish Town Mardi Gras ball. The response he got from his festive Napoleon costume sealed the deal, and Holden's tradition of dressing to the occasion was born. Today, Holden's outfits have drawn the attention of many of his constituents with themed attire at many community events. There's the custom-made jacket for Chinese New Year or the custom traditional Greek garb he dons for an annual festival. He's also got a brand new pink ensemble prepared for breast cancer awareness, a swanky, green suit of Italian design for St. Patrick's Day and even a fully-decked out St. Nick costume for Christmas. His most recent acquisition is a Baton Rouge Police Department outfit, which he picked up in time for the recent ice storm. His outfits occupy two closets plus two additional clothing racks at home, a fact he says is not his wife's favorite feature of the home.

The Darkness Haunted House Tours During Transworld's HAA Show Return March 20-23, 2014
Behind The Thrills, February 24, 2014

The Darkness Haunted House Tours during Transworld's Halloween and Attractions Show are coming again on March 20-23, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The Darkness has been featuring tours during the HAA Show the past several years showcasing unbelievable set design, special fx, behind-the-scenes tours, and much more. Every year, The Darkness haunted house is renovated between the end of the previous Halloween season and the opening of Transworld's HAA tradeshow. Over the past five years, The Darkness is said to have spent over 2 million dollars renovating their haunted house for the industry tradeshow attendees. In 2014, they will attempt their most daring renovation yet as they create several new FX and animations that directly interact with customers.

Amazing Costumes From A 'Cosplay Boom'
Forbes, February 19, 2014

The first time Todd Kenreck went to a comic book convention, he was nervous. "I always felt a bit isolated," he says. "But when I first stepped into that convention hall, there were thirty times as many people than in my home town, and they were all like me." Then he saw the cosplayers. "The costumes were elaborate, beautiful, horrifying… everything," Kenreck says. "These people made the convention so much more special… I knew I had to tell this story." In his work as a video reporter for outlets including NBC News, Kotaku and The Penny Arcade Report, Kenreck has frequently covered geeky topics. But his newest project, a documentary series called Cosplay Boom, takes a deep dive into the amazing work and spirit of those cosplay fans.

The Ritual of Masking Across the Globe
WUNC, February 18, 2014

When people don masks and costumes in the United States, it is often for Halloween or to root for their favorite sports team. But in Africa and the Caribbean, masking carries a much deeper meaning. Phyllis Galembo is a professor of photography at the State University of New York at Albany. She has traveled the world documenting such masking culture. Her stunning images are part of a new exhibit at NC State and Meredith College. "I first went to Nigeria in 1985 and the early work I did there had a lot to do with ritual costume and traditional religion," she says. Galembo traveled with her camera journeying from Nigeria to Brazil and from Haiti to Cuba. "And at the same time, weirdly enough, I was also collecting American Halloween masquerade costumes." As she looked at her photos from abroad, and the material she collected at home, Galembo decided to focus on the masquerade costume. "I am a very blessed person to have been able to have access to a lot of the things that I have worked on," she tells Frank Stasio.

Abba Reveal Their Crazy Costume Choices Were To Save A Bit Of Money, Money, Money!
Express, February 16, 2014

It is very few bands that can boast their music surviving forty years, but Abba's record have stood the test of time. Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Money, Money Money are just a few of their songs that are still popular today even if their kooky clothes aren't. Jumpsuits – for both the men and the women - sparkling flares, garish glitter and mad make-up were frequently worn by the Swedish pop group. Abba's rather fabulous costumes were mainly down to Sweden's tax laws. The statues dictate that tax deductions for performers' clothes could be allowed only if the garments were in no way suitable for everyday wear. And though many Swede bands dressed flamboyantly, Abba are remembered by most as taking their sartorial choices to a whole new level. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Bjorn Ulvaeus said: "Nobody can be as badly dressed on star as we were, In my honest opinion we looked nuts in those years."

How To Help Your Child Not Be Scared On Halloween
BabyLune, February 11, 2014

When you are little, the Halloween season can be a scary time. In every doorway there are pumpkins with glowing red eyes and the decorations feature skeletons and witches. You will see lots of kids and adults dressed up in scary costumes with fake blood, fangs and dangerous looking weapons. Even the Halloween music has a spooky sound to it which can make a nervous child feel more uneasy.

Store Costumes and Wigs in the First Luggage Made for Cosplayers
The Escapist February 10, 2014

Coscase is a carry-on style luggage case designed for traveling cosplayers' storage of costumes, wigs, props, and make-up. Making the costume is the first battle; transporting it is the next battle. Manufacturer Frentrep has developed a luggage case called Coscase, and it's designed with cosplayers in mind. Coscase is about the size of most carry-on luggage cases, but it's equipped with plenty of extras that make moving costumes to an event more convenient. Frentrep is crowdfunding Coscase on Motion Gallery, a Japanese crowdfunding website. Each basic set, which includes the case and one strap, costs approximately $150. Unfortunately, the price may be out of budget for many cosplayers.

Halloween Comes Early With Honeyspider Poster Reveal
Dread Central, February 10, 2014

Do you love horror movies that take place on Halloween? Throwbacks to 80s slasher flicks? Awesome poster art? If you answered yes to all three questions, then I've got a feeling you're gonna dig what the Honeyspider is spinning up for you! Check out the first stills and poster art for the indie film, which is currently in post-production and set to hit the festival circuit this coming fall.

Indie Tuesdays: The Last Halloween
Toronto Film Scene, February 4, 2014

While it may be a strange time of year for a Halloween film, writer/director Marc Roussel's new short film, The Last Halloween, may be the cure for the horror fans drowning in the mountainous snow banks. A group of trick or treater's travels door to door through a mysterious neighbourhood, encountering strange inhabitants offering up bizarre treats. What none of them know is what tricks they may have in store in what may well be The Last Halloween.

'Halloween On The High Seas' Announced For Disney Cruise Line Sailings For Fall 2014
disZine, February 3, 2014

The groundhog might have just predicted six more weeks of winter, but it’s never too early to start planning a fall cruise with Disney Cruise Line. And for all the early planners out there, Disney Cruise Line has just announced that “Halloween on the High Seas” is planned for most voyages from late September through October. This spooky and fun Halloween celebration includes themed-parties, entertainment, and Halloween décor including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise.

Investors Hope To Build Halloween-Themed Emporium Along I-4
The Tampa Tribune, February 2, 2014

Imagine driving past marauding zombies hobbling toward your golf cart, flesh falling from their limbs. Military personnel would guide guests as they wind through a nightmarish maze, fending off the undead with paint-ball guns. It's a video game come to life, one that five Riverview business partners hope to turn into reality in coming years. Their vision is to build a Halloween-themed emporium along the Interstate 4 corridor. For now, it's all just an expensive vision. But with enough name recognition and good ghoulish guest experiences, the investors say they can make it happen.

New Customs: Vintage Mego Halloween Figures
Chicago Toy Collector, February, 2014

Admittedly, Captain Kirk and Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard seem like an unlikely team. But they actually ended up being the perfect models for my new customs. Best of all, each one required very minor "plastic" surgery. Myers is just Captain Kirk with a white face and new hair. He's wearing a Planet of the Apes Astronaut outfit without the zipper. Loomis is just Boss Hogg with a goatee and a slight haircut (in the back). His trench coat is a modified Barbie trench made for 12" figures.

Halloween Ale Spells Prize Success For Brewery
Swindon Advertiser, January 31, 2014

A Seasonal ale created by St Austell Brewery for Halloween has been named best beer by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group in Swindon. The brewery's head brewer Roger Ryman and trade marketing manager Marc Bishop were presented with the award at a 'Meet the Brewer' evening on Tuesday, January 21, at the Carters Rest in Wroughton. The award was voted for by members of the public who attended the 27th annual Swindon Beer Festival last October.

Blinding Truth About Colored Contact Lenses
KFOX14, January 31, 2014

Whether it's for Halloween or a night on the town, wearing colored contact lenses is a popular beauty trend that's landing a lot of people in the doctor's office. Every morning for seven years Yasmin Pinon would grab her plastic contact lenses case, pick up her contacts and carefully put them in her eyes. "I felt naked without them," said Pinon. Pinon works for KFOX14 as an editor and her contacts weren't the average lenses that helped her see any better. Instead, they just added a splash of color to her eyes. "I have brown eyes and I wanted different colored eyes. So I had green contacts, hazel, blue, and I had green-purple," said Pinon. While Pinon called it an obsession, doctors called it risky.

Seahorse Carnival Costume Inspires Community Art Project
Dorset Echo, January 30, 2014

A Seahorse costume has provided inspiration for a community art project by Budmouth College students. The 45-foot carnival-style costume has been in production since early December and was created by artist and designer Sarah Butterworth at her studio in Compton Valence. Weymouth Sea Life Park asked the designer to make the seahorse after learning of her earlier project; Horace the Pliosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile which appeared at festivals and events all over the South West last summer. The costume will be used for a Chinese New Year event in Manchester but Budmouth students received a sneak preview first. Laura Culshaw, marketing co-ordinator for Weymouth Sea Life said: "The College is using seahorses as the theme for a community art project this year. They plan to produce 150 decorative wooden seahorses and feature them as a spectacular wall display at the Sea Life Park."

Were You Part Of The Evil Seattle Halloween Experiments
io9.com, January 27, 2014

Did you live in Seattle, Washington, in 1976? If you were there on Halloween of that year, and a lady invited you into her house, you may have been the subject of an experiment. Over 300 children were experimented on, and they may never know! When these children came up to one of 18 houses, they were invited inside by a nice lady. She had a bowl of candy for them in the front room, and she instructed them to take one piece — then she hastily went into another room to check on something. The children were left alone with the candy, the instructions, and sometimes, with a mirror. Oh, except they weren't alone.

The Future Of Halloween Arrives In Houston With HauntCon And The Halloween Expo
Houston Press, January 27, 2014

Halloween is a $7 billion industry. With that much money involved in the world of scares and dressing up, it should come as no surprise that the industries associated with the holiday have their own yearly conventions where people come together to swap ideas and merchandise. This year HAuNTcon (The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention) and The Halloween and Party Expo combined forces, holding both conventions under the roof of the George R. Brown convention center. Imagine a Spirit Halloween Store the size of a mall and on steroids and you'll have a pretty good idea of what it was like inside. Although I've never run a haunted house or had the chance to spend my yearly salary on costumes and novelties, I still found spending time at both conventions to be quite the learning experience. I may not be able to build a haunted attraction of my own, but the peek behind the curtain gave me some insight in to Halloweens to come.

Halloween Costume Error Accidentally Reveals New TMNT Look
HitFix, January 23, 2014

When it was announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be getting (yet another) reboot, this time at the hands of Michael Bay, some fans were hesitant. After all, this was the man who turned 'Transformers' from a beloved '80s show into a flashpoint of fan division. But he was only producing. How bad could it be? See for yourself. Here is the first image we have of the Turtles' new look. Accidentally released by a costume company for the 2014 year, it was picked up by TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com — a fan site — and spread like wildfire from there. Sure it's a cheap kid's costume but still give a lot of terrible clues as to what we can expect come the August film release.

The Buddhist Bug Project, Artist Wears Extremely Long Bug Costume To Explore Her Cambodian Heritage
Laughing Squid, January 22, 2014

In her "Buddhist Bug Project,"" Cambodian artist Anida Yoeu Ali explored her cultural heritage by staging a series of site-specific performances around Cambodia in a whimsical costume she calls the Buddhist Bug (or BBug). The costume can expand to nearly 100 feet in length, or compress into a tight coil. The bug's appearance reflects Ali's turmoil between Buddhism and Islam—the orange color is derived from the robes of Buddhist monks while the headpiece is inspired by the Muslim head covering, the hijab. "The Buddhist Bug Project" was created in collaboration with Studio Revolt.

The Future Of A Popular Halloween Attraction In Southern Alberta Remains Unclear
Global News, January 20, 2014

The owner’s of Stirling's Haunted Mansion and Railroad Park, Richard and Glory Reimer, recently received notice they have until February 1st to shut down some of their operations because a few activities on the property break village bylaws. Development Officer with the Village of Stirling, Mike Selk tells Global News they've been working with the Reimer's for two years to help them come in compliance with bylaws. "We went down a path looked at a lot of different options and after exhausting all those different options, here we are today," he adds. Richard says at the end of the day they’re being forced to deal with a lot of paper work and technicalities when really the problem comes down to a few disgruntled neighbors.

Halloween In Japan
Komaba Times, January 19, 2014

Why are Japanese people so crazy about Halloween? When Halloween is near, you can easily spot people dressed up as witches, maids, vampires, and perhaps something even more wild and eye-catching in the streets of Shibuya. It is quite a sight to see young people, possibly in their 20s walking around wearing bizarre costumes. But once again the question arises. Why is Halloween, originally a Western event, so popular in Tokyo?

The Halloween Experience Volume One Review
Fright Bites, January 18, 2014

It's getting to that time of year where we haunt enthusiasts desperately miss visiting our favorite haunted attractions during the Halloween season. Although October may be far off, the scares we crave don't need to be. The Halloween Experience Volume One provides that much needed fix of visiting these haunted houses but in the comfort of your own home. The Halloween Experience made it's debut last year from Mint in the Box Production, LLC and features six unique haunted attractions from all over Southern California. The attractions include Sinister Pointe, Reign Of Terror, Chambers of The Mausoleum, The Backwoods Maze,The Haunted Hotel, and Fears Gate.

Horror At Sheffield Fright Night Party's Axe
Sheffield Telegraph, January 17, 2014

Organisers at Yellow Bus Events said the free celebration - which attracts up to 40,000 people - would take a 'rest' in 2014 because of financial and other problems. They hope to bring it back in 2015. But Star reader Rachael Pickin said: "I think abolishing events such as this is yet another way to destroy the spirit and appeal of our great city." Fright Night, which transformed the city centre with spooky rides, stalls and entertainment, has become the biggest Halloween event of its kind since it launched 13 years ago. Smaller-scale Halloween events are now planned for this October and council cabinet member Isobel Bowler said the year off would be used to look at an event 'focused on young children and families'. But Sherlockk, another reader on The Star’s website, said: "Fright Night was the one event we had that wasn’t focused on families and young children. It was targeted at all ages and that is what made it so great."

Clean-Up After Halloween Costs City Taxpayers €635k
The Herald, January 16, 2014

Dublin taxpayers footed a €635,000 bill in order to cover the clean-up and operation costs associated with Halloween, the Herald can reveal. Officials removed a staggering 750 tonnes of bonfire material throughout the capital. And some 1,200 tyres were collected as part of the clean-up operation, according to information supplied to Independent councillor Nial Ring. The €635,000 bill relates to Dublin City alone and includes the call-out charges associated with Dublin Fire Brigade.

Halloween: The Curse Of Thorn Official Teaser Poster And Synopsis!
Horror Society, January 16, 2014

Shortly after the night he came home, the terror of Michael Myers continues in the nearby town of Russellville, where he is brought by a mysterious man in black to continue killing his family. With the help of an obsessed reporter, Cindy, Michael's cousin, Nathan, must protect his family as the terror of Michael Myers and the Cult of Thorn take over Russellville. Taking place between Halloween II (1981) and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), this film will bring back The Shape, good scares and will connect the entire franchise in this completely fan-funded feature.

Halloween's Michael Myers Makes An Appearance In The Next Call Of Duty: Ghosts DLC
Lazy Gamer, January 14, 2014

One thing that I am enjoying about Call of Duty: Ghosts (Besides Extinction mode), is that the game makes multiplayer feel fun again. Sure, it's your usual run and gun action and I get penalised heavily if my connection dips into the red zone, but there's enough tricks inside the online side to keep the action going. And the DLC looks like it'll be continuing that trend. For those of you unaware of the multiplayer, Ghosts features field orders, challenges that when completed net you certain bonuses. In the Onslaught DLC, such a bonus includes you donning a familiar William Shatner mask and going to town with a massive axe on other players as Michael Myers from the Halloween films. The good ones, not the Rob Zombie ones that is. That'll only be in the map known as Fog, which when activated, plays that disturbing theme music from the Halloween films. Here's a full run down of maps, with details copied and pasted from the press release.

Halloween In January? No, Anime
Philly.com, January 13, 2014

A man wearing giant white wings, bright green boots, and gloves leaped off a stage as pop music pulsed from the loudspeaker. He was followed by others with colored wigs, horns, robes, and other elaborate accessories. If that sounds like Halloween in January, the costumes were just the start. On Friday evening and all day Saturday, Gloucester County College was the scene of the fifth annual KotoriCon, a convention devoted to the Japanese-style form of animation known as anime. More than 1,200 people gathered to view animated films, discuss comics, play anime-themed video and card games, and dance to live "J-pop" music, including one band, the Audio Pool, on tour from Tokyo.

Trick Or Treat Studios Begins Teasing 2014 Halloween Masks
FearNet, January 8, 2014

One of the things I look forward to every year is the unveiling of new Halloween masks from Trick or Treat Studios, who have consistently been churning out quality offerings for the last several years. 2012 saw the release of the most incredible mass-produced Michael Myers mask we've ever seen, and last year a slew of new ones were unloaded on us, including Gunther from The Funhouse and an alien invader from They Live. What's in store for us in 2014? Though Halloween is too far away to even really think about, we were excited to discover that the company has already begun teasing this year's releases, over on their Facebook page! The previews began last week, on January 5th, and Trick or Treat Studios has been unveiling a brand new one every day, which will likely continue until they've all been shown off. Thus far, a Dr. Decker mask from Nightbreed has been revealed along with the exciting first additions to their newly acquired Evil Dead 2 and Walking Dead licenses, which will allow us to dress up as a possessed Ash Williams, the lovely Henrietta and even the bloated 'Well Walker' from AMC's hit show. Check out all of the previews below, and be sure to keep your eyes locked on the Trick or Treat Studios Facebook page, where new masks will be revealed each day. The company has also scooped up licenses for Halloween 3, Day of the Dead, Saw and Killer Klowns From Outer Space, so it's looking like 2014 is gonna be a great year for Halloween masks!

The Halloween Ball: A Frightfully Brilliant Evening In Aid Of UNICEF
UNICEF, January 8, 2014

We're pleased to say that UNICEF UK's first ever Halloween Ball was a screaming success, raising over £1 million, matched pound for pound by the UK Government, to help the children of Syria. Held in the Gothic gloom of One Mayfair, guests were treated to a terrifying performance by theatre group Look Left Look Right as well as an auction and raffle held by Lord Harry Dalmeny of Sotheby's auction house. UNICEF UK's Ambassadors played a starring role at the ball with Robbie Williams giving an exclusive live performance (with a little help from Ewan McGregor), prizes from David Beckham, and support from Jemima Khan, Martin Bell and James Nesbitt in the audience. During the event, two generous guests pledged £40,000 for 10,000 winter blankets, five for the mobile health units at £26,300 each and nine pledging £1280 to fund temporary school centres for refugee children.

Vancouver Makeup Artist Set To Hit Lil' Kim With Copyright Lawsuit
The Globe and Mail, January 7, 2014

A Vancouver-based makeup artist is gearing up to sue multi-platinum American rapper Lil' Kim for copyright infringement over a "pop art zombie" image. Samantha Ravndahl, 20, posted a makeup tutorial to social media sites in early October, 2013, demonstrating step-by-step how to create a ghoulish Halloween look. Within a couple of weeks, one of her Instagram followers told Ms. Ravndahl the image had been posted to the Instagram account of the New York rapper, whose real name is Kimberly Denise Jones. "I went there and saw that she had posted it with her copyright over it," Ms. Ravndahl said. "She didn't credit me or anything. I thought it was kind of weird and looked into it more. I found all these other places she had been using this image as promotional album art for her song." Ms. Ravndahl says the image was used as cover art for the single Dead Gal Walking.

Children Collect Halloween Candy Wrappers For Recycling
StarNews Online, January 7, 2014

Oh, how sweet it is! Area school students helped turn trash to treasure by participating in a candy wrapper recycling program sponsored by the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The aquarium invited local students to put a little green in their Halloween by collecting used candy wrappers. Instead of trashing empty wrappers and filling landfills with extra waste, five New Hanover County classrooms delivered garbage bags full of wrappers totaling 7,330 grams, or 16.2 pounds. This may not sound like much, but a single wrapper weighs as little as a tenth of an ounce. The aquarium will send the collected wrappers to a recycling partner, TerraCycle, where the hard-to-recycle waste becomes new products like park benches, purses and backpacks. The aquarium earns two cents for each wrapper to help fund conservation and education efforts.

Vallejo Woman Turns Costume Passion Into Business
Times Herald, January 7, 2014

Mackenzie Marshall has been dressing up in elaborate costumes as she was growing up as an actress at Renaissance faires. However, Marshall, now 28, said she had a difficult time finding costumes that fit her body type. "There weren't a lot of costumes that fit curvier women," she said during an interview at her studio on Mare Island. Instead of settling with the few dress options, Marshall took the issue in her own hand. She then learned sewing from her grandmother, and fell in love with the history of period dresses in high school. After years of making costumes for herself and friends and family, the Vallejo woman decided to turn her passion into a business after injuring herself at her former job as a pipe fitter. Two years ago, Marshall opened Mackenzie Kay Costuming, specializing in the 15th to late 18th, early 19th century period custom-made outfits, for any gender, age and size. Visit www.MackenzieKayCostuming.com for more information.

The Best Halloween Events In America! As Voted By You!
Behind The Thrills, January 5, 2014

Happy Halloween everyone! Last week we asked you to vote for your favorite Halloween Event in our fourth annual Thrill Weekly Polls, and you did…by the hordes! We had 35 nominated haunts in two categories. The Best Theme Park Halloween Event, and the Best Non Theme Park Halloween Event. All the voting leads up to our Thrill Weekly Awards in January. Seeing that it's Halloween, we decided to give you a treat! We have the top five Halloween Events from each category. That's right, it's the Best Halloween Events in America, as voted by you!

Downtown Abbey: See the Cast Out of Costume
People, January 5, 2014

Downton Abbey returns to PBS Sunday for a fourth season, and its stars' various promotional appearances serve as a reminder that the aristocratic Crawleys and their downstairs staff look very different in real life. Browse the photos below to see the period drama's cast in and out of costume.

Waitress Forced To Paint Face For Halloween Awarded €8.5k
The Independent, January 4, 2014

A Spanish waitress who was forced to wear face paint for Halloween has been awarded €8,500 for racial discrimination. Maria Carmen Poveda Valera, who worked in the Swing Room coffee shop in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, for 15 months, was also awarded equal pay with her Irish colleagues after she had discovered that she was being paid over €1.50 an hour less than the Irish waitresses.

How to Host a Dowager Countess-Approved Downtown Abbey Party, Complete With Authentic Upstairs and Downstairs Dishes
Boston.com, January 3, 2014

From Downton Abbey costume contests to Downton Abbey quilt-alongs, Downton Abbey wine to Downton Abbey nail polishes, no BBC family has inspired more channeling — and more theme parties at which to showcase it — than the Granthams and the Crawleys. One of the easiest ways to personify the world's favorite fictional aristocrats and their household service is to host a viewing party.

Competitors Clothed in Creative Costumes for Charity
Equine Chronicle, January 3, 2014

A woolly mammoth, an equine airplane, and a purple polka-dotted dinosaur aren't the most typical competitors one expects to see in a showmanship class. However, at the recent Arizona Copper Country Paint-O-Ramas, all conventions flew out the window and hilarity ensued as 17 horse and handler teams donned their most creative costumes to compete for charity. Joining the group was a decadently dressed Cruella de Vil accompanied by her oversize Dalmatian, a flirty Sandy and Danny duo straight out of the movie Grease, the Grinch with his sidekick Max, and several prima ballerinas. But by far, the crowd favorite was definitely the cave girl with her woolly mammoth. "It scared [some of] the other horses to death, but it was hilarious!" says Laurie Roden, coordinating committee representative. "The class was a big hit. I've not seen that many people in the stands at a horse show period."

Marilyn Monroe's Seven Year Itch Dress Crowned Most Iconic Screen Costume
Telegraph.co.uk, January 2, 2014

The white halterneck dress worn by Marilyn Monroe has been voted the most iconic screen costume, with Dorothy's ruby slippers and Olivia Newton-John's infamous Grease get-up a close second and third, respectively. When you think of Marilyn Monroe, you think of her wearing the white halterneck dress from The Seven Year Itch, don't you? It's no surprise then that said outfit has been voted the most iconic screen outfit of all time. Created by costume designer William Travilla for the 1955 film, the dress is famously worn by Monroe and paired with a bright red lip as she stands on a subway grill and a gust of air blows it up making for one of the best-known film scenes in history.

What To Do With A Cosplay Costume You Don't Want Anymore
Bleeding Cool, December 25, 2013

The cosplay industry is growing in leaps and bounds. We're seeing TV shows, Calendars and even on-line tutorials on how to make your own costumes. But what do you do when you've got a costume you don't want anymore? You could re-purpose it. You could pass it on to family or friends. You could sell it to the Adult Film Industry for use in an upcoming release… yes, that is where they get some of their costumes. But what if you want to make some money back? Or, if you are new and just don't have the skills to make that special worbla wristband yet, where can you go to buy one? Enter Costrader.com. This is a new on-line marketplace to buy and sell cosplay related items. Costumes, props, wigs and accessories are all made available and relatively easy to navigate through. Still somewhat new, there are already 7 pages of costumes to look at and purchase. Here are some of the costumes currently listed on the site.

Katie Perry Sparks Debate With Geisha Costume At AMA's
Web Pro News, November 25, 2013

Katy Perry is making headlines again, this time for her attire at Sunday night's AMAs. The starlet opened the awards ceremony performing her latest single, "Unconditionally," and wearing a traditional Geisha-inspired dress. Now, Perry has sparked debate with the traditional Japanese Geisha costume in which she appeared. Perry is no stranger to controversy and her love for bizarre costumes. She has sported a blue bob haircut in recent years, and appeared in a dress designed to look like candy during her California Dreams tour. According to various sources, Perry stated that she wanted to really push the envelope with her performance, which she ultimately accomplished. Katy recently tweeted a "hint" to fans as to what her "theme" would be at the AMAs.

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits
Spiegel Online, November 21, 2013

Cookie Monster at the kitchen table, a dragon playing the piano: Klaus Pichler likes to photograph people wearing costumes in their homes. In an interview, he talks about the unusual subjects of his work. Klaus Pichler has always had an interest in people: What they do, why they do it and especially how they use their spare time. The Vienna-based photographer's latest project, "Just the two of us," focuses on an unusual hobby: the wearing of costumes. As part of the series, he visited dozens of people in their homes, where they dressed in costume and posed for the camera. It was important for him to depict them in their actual environs and not in some artificial environment. One photograph shows a woman wearing a bear costume on her living room sofa. Another shows a man in medieval a medievan uniform conducting household chores. The subjects of his photography remain anonymous, and only the costume and furnishings betray any details about who the person might be.

10 Awesome People Who Turned Challenges Into Amazing Halloween Costumes
Huffington Post, November 2, 2013

Here's what we learned this Halloween: When life throws you a curve ball, you just have to hit it out of the park. Cases in point? All the brave men, women, boys and girls in the following photos. Their Halloween costumes, all of which showcased optimism and creativity in extremely trying circumstances, helped put our tiny problems in perspective and reminded us to always look at the brighter side.

How Ben Cooper Changed Halloween Forever
Slate, October 31, 2013

When I was 7 years old, I was Chewbacca for Halloween. The body of the costume was made out of a sheet of plastic, the kind that went "whoosh, whoosh" when you walked. It looked like a garbage bag. On it was a picture of Chewie's head with "Star Wars" emblazoned above it, in case you didn't recognize the Wookiee and what movie he was from. The mask—a thin, brittle piece of plastic—had two eyehole cutouts, two small nose-holes and a slight mouth slit for easy breathing. Only, it wasn't easy to breathe when wearing that mask. And I had a hard time fitting it over my thick, plastic-framed glasses because the thin white elastic that held it in place would break every other time I put it on. And once I did, my glasses would steam up from the massive amount of sweat my body was producing from the costume. And don't get me started about the lack of sleeves. Chewbacca didn't have to wear a flannel shirt to keep his arms warm in cold weather. But I did. I hated that costume. But it was a cheap and easy way for me to become my favorite Wookiee. It was a Ben Cooper.

The Halloween Costume That's Already In Your Closet
Huffington Post, October 30, 2013

THalloween is just one day away. And if you don't have a costume, you're in a bit of trouble. Not only will all the stores be crowded, but you can bet that most of the good costumes are already gone. But don't panic because chances are, you already have something you can wear in your closet. To give you some ideas for last-minute Halloween costumes (that don't require a trip to the costume shop), we've created nine outfits using items that you most likely own.

Scary Amount of Candy Will Be Consumed on Halloween
USA Today, October 29, 2013

The amount of candy consumed on Halloween may seem downright spooky, especially if you're a dentist, nutritionist or health-conscious parent. About 4% of all candy consumed in this country occurs on that one day, says Harry Balzer, the chief industry analyst for the NPD Group, which does market research on eating trends. Almost every child in the USA will have candy on Halloween, and about half of the adults will eat some, he says. That compares to 24% of all adults and kids who have candy on a typical day, he says.

Julianne Hough Dresses As Crazy Eyes For Halloween, Probably Didn't Think This One Through
Huffington Post, October 26, 2013

We're used to seeing celebrities cross the line of appropriateness on Halloween but it's usually nothing more than an overly skimpy costume. In Julianne Hough's case, good sense was thrown out the window when she decided to go as "Orange Is the New Black" character Crazy Eyes. Hough, 25, donned blackface for her costume yesterday, which she completed with an orange jumpsuit and Crazy Eyes' signature bantu knots.

Making Your Halloween Costume Can Be Easy and Inexpensive
The Ledger, October 11, 2013

If you're thinking of making this year's Halloween costume yourself, you can stick with simple or go Hollywood pro. Neither has to take much time or money, and either can create a convincing costume, whether you're looking to draw guffaws, shrieks or admiring nods. Brenda K.B. Anderson, who builds creatures and costumes for the touring "Sesame Street Live" show at VEE Corp. in Minneapolis, says some of the same theories she uses there also apply to making Halloween costumes. A good costume blurs the line between reality and fantasy, she says; even simple subterfuge, such as donning a wig or wearing thick-rimmed glasses, can suffice.

Halloween in a Box: Sending Seasonal College Care Packages
Parade, October 11, 2013

When it comes to giving and receiving, October is one of the most popular months for college care packages. If you’ve ever sent one, you know that it can cost $45 to get a few tins of your famous chocolate chip cookies across state lines. Time to think outside of the FedEx box and create a unique and lightweight Halloween care package that will scare up a little fun. Nostalgia usually brings a smile and Halloween is one of the best holidays to inexpensively snag tricks and treats associated with fun memories. Consider adding the five ingredients below to create your own spectacularly spooky care package for your favorite college student.

Osama Bin Laden Halloween Costume Removal Demanded By Sikh Advocacy Group In Letter To Walmart And Amazon
Huffington Post, September 27, 2013

Under pressure from the Sikh community, Walmart on Friday pulled a turban-themed costume from its website that the Sikh Coalition has said is offensive to 9/11 victims and perpetuates "negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities." The Sikh advocacy organization sent letters or made phone calls to several retailers selling the item to request its removal. Amazon.com listed the costume as "Fun World Adult Mens Osama Bin Laden Middle East Costume Turban + Beard," while Walmart described it as "Turban Beard Adult Halloween Instant Costume." The costume appears to be manufactured by Fun World Costumes, and is for sale on the sites of retailers such as Sears and Rite Aid, among others.

What a Witch! Catch a First Glimpse of Meryl Streep in Costume in the Into the Woods Movie
Broadway.com, September 27, 2013

After months of dreaming about what Meryl Streep might look like all witched out in the new movie adaptation of Into the Woods, the wait is finally over. Disney has revealed an official photo of the Oscar winner on the set of the upcoming film in full witchy regalia! Check out a nearly unrecognizable Streep with flowing gray hair, long creepy nails and a high-fashion gown that looks ripped from the pages of Witch Vogue.

Halloween Costume Spending Slumps - For People And Pets
Yahoo! Finance, September 27, 2013

Americans have developed a penchant for spending ever more to dress up their pets at Halloween, but the budget line for Fido and friends is taking a hit this year amid a projected drop in overall spending for the holiday. Even as a declining percentage of us say the economy is weighing on our Halloween-spending decisions, fewer people are planning to get involved in the upcoming scarefest. That means a smaller number of critters are getting decked out on Oct. 31. Spending on pets this Halloween is being estimated at $330 million, the National Retail Federation reported in survey findings released this week. While that's not an insignificant sum considering we're measuring animal apparel for a one-day party, it does represent a 10.8% drop from the $370 million forecast the same polling found a year ago.

Walmart Pulls 'Naughty Leopard' Costume For Kids
ABC News, September 26, 2013

Halloween is still more than one month away but a child's costume is already brewing controversy. Walmart has pulled its "Naughty Leopard" costume for toddlers after customers complained about the costume's suggestive name. The costume itself consisted of a sleeved, knee-length dress with lace and sparkles and a cat ears' headpiece. "We are in the process of pulling the product off our shelves and we apologize to any customers that may have been offended by the name," Walmart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt told Goodmorningamerica.com today.

Network Seeks Halloween Costume Contestants
Big Island Now, September 26, 2013

The Hub Network is still looking for Hawaii residents to enter its "First Annual Halloween Bash." The network special, including a nationwide Halloween costume competition, will be broadcast Saturday, Oct. 26 on the cable channel. Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live will host the event with Martha Stewart leading a panel of celebrities who will judge the costume competition. The network expected to have semi-finalists from each state heading to Los Angeles to participate.

Tesco Pulls 'Psycho Ward' Costume As Consumer Complaints Mount
The Guardian, September 26, 2013

Tesco has become the second retailer to apologise for selling a fancy dress costume billed as relating to mental health issues, saying it is "really sorry for any offence caused". The supermarket giant withdrew the bright orange adult costume called "Psycho Ward" from its website after a flurry of consumer complaints. The costume had the word "Committed" printed on its back and the website description said: "Dress up as the most thrilling psycho killer character of all time in this Psycho Ward costume, consisting of a bright orange, long-sleeved boiler suit with zip fastener to front, 'Psycho Ward' printed on the chest. The same words (are) printed on the back in larger letters with a prominent 'Committed' stamp just below." Tesco said in a statement: "We are really sorry for any offence this has caused and we are removing this product from sale."

How Can I Tell My Coworkers Their Halloween Costumes Are Racist?
Ask A Manager, September 24, 2013

I wanted to ask your opinion of something since we are approaching Halloween. I've been at my current position for about 9 months and I just found out that we are having an office Halloween party next month where we are encouraged to come to work in costume for the day. I didn't work here last year when they had the party and I've never worked anywhere that allows people to work in costume. Apparently, people in my office really get into the spirit and put together some really creative costumes. I'm pretty excited too because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I heard that some people are planning on wearing costumes like "Indian" (American Indian), Geisha, Gypsy and that someone did blackface last year for his "Basketball Star" Costume. What is your opinion on alerting coworkers that these types of Halloween costumes are racist?

The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever
GeekExchange.com, September 23, 2013

The leaves are starting to turn, a crisp note has returned to the air which means only one thing… time to dust off your best Halloween costume! Coming to a comic book store near you is the chance to participate in a nationwide Halloween costume contest. Billed as "The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever", the contest is part of the annual Halloween ComicFest. The contest runs from September 13th to November 15th, and to participate costumers need to first stop by their local comic shop to pick up a button. Then choose one of the following costume categories: Superhero/Comics, TV/Movie, Gamer, Horror and Original. With the awesome costume assembled, and button affixed, participants then take a picture of themselves and upload it to the Halloween ComicFest site. Fans will then vote on the costumes and the winners will be eligible for prizes ranging from a $100 shopping spree to items from the various contest sponsors such as Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Select Toys, and even Stride Rite.

Popular Shows and Movies Feed the Zombie Costume Craze
Herald-Dispatch, September 22, 2013

With decades of ghosts of Halloweens past buried and gone, Magic Makers has seen just about every Halloween trend come and go. "Things go in cycles," said Ken Fox, who owns Magic Makers National Costume Supply House along with Ken Epperly. "There were 18th Century vampires for a couple years. Then Johnny Depp caused two or three cycles of pirates and mad hatters and now -- zombies." And it looks like all the Sade and Dire Straits records in Shaun's ("Shaun of the Dead") collection can't stop these Zombies from a full-on Halloween makeover takeover. Fox said thanks to the new, perennial success of "The Walking Dead," and new movies such as Brad Pitt's recent, "World War Z," Zombies should have another stranglehold as the top Halloween costume of the season. "Zombies are truly everywhere you look," Fox said. "They are even in insurance commercials. Did they have auditions for the best "ear falling off" actor? Did they have zombie models at fashion week in New York last week?"

Cosplayers Threatened With Legal Action For Hotel Carpet Costume
io9.com, September 22, 2013

A pair of DragonCon attendees came up with a rather clever costume idea. They dressed up as soldiers, but instead of wearing your typical camouflage, they used the pattern of the hotel's carpet. But they ended up in hot water with the carpet's designer. Volpin Props put together these outfits, based on the carpet at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta. What seems to be the issue is not that they dressed up as the rather busy carpet, but what Volpin Props did next. They made the fabric available through print-on-demand service Spoonflower so that future DragonCon cosplayers could replicate the outfits. Couristan Inc., the designers of the carpet, were not amused, and issued a cease and desist to Volpin and Spoonflower. Moral of the Story: If you try to sell your clever (but possibly copyright infringing) costume, you can face legal action from any quarter, including the designer of that ugly hotel carpet.

Halloween On Ionia: Street Party To Host $6,000 Costume Contest
M Live, September 21, 2013

Looking to follow the success of Irish on Ionia comes "Halloween on Ionia", a street party with live music, drinks, and a costume contest boasting a $6,000 purse. A ticket release party is set for this weekend. The 21+ event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. until midnight and is presented by McFadden’s Irish Saloon (58 Ionia Ave SW) and BarFly Ventures. Ionia Avenue between Weston and Oakes Streets will be closed to traffic. The layout of the stage and heated tents will be similar to that of Irish on Ionia. The contest will consist of five heats from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (one heat at the top of each hour) where contestants will interact with the crowd and encourage attendees to vote through the Halloween on Ionia free mobile device app (HOI2013 on iTunes and Google Play).

Celebrate Halloween In A Hogwarts-Like Irish Castle
St. Louis Post Dispatch, September 17, 2013

With the announcement last week of a new set of movies set in the Harry Potter universe, we couldn't help but get excited about this new Halloween experience we found. Ashford Castle in Ireland is offering guests a special "Hogwarts Halloween" Oct. 25 to Nov. 2. With secret rooms, soaring ceilings and more than 700 hundred years of mysticism hidden behind its giant doors, Ashford Castle will have any Harry Potter-fan convinced they've died and gone to Hogwarts. Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong. Though it's not the castle used for the exterior shots in the movies (that would be Alnwick Castle), it's not hard to imagine the world of Harry coming to life in Ashford.

Gender Specific Halloween Costumes: OK Or No Way?
NJ.com, September 16, 2013

This morning a friend of mine posted a picture of her 2 year-old daughter in the cutest peacock Halloween costume I've ever seen. The picture was taken a bunch of years ago, but its caption was from today with the question 'Is this costume OK for my son to wear? Keep in mind that male peacocks are the colorful ones.' My immediate answer was 'Of course, it is! It's an adorable costume and he would look so cute in it.' But then I actually thought about the question and my quick answer. There were a lot of other comments besides mine on her post - some held the same opinion as mine while others just as quickly commented with an apposing view.

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan Dress Up For Jordan's Costume Party
Bleacher Report, September 2, 2013

Los Angles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan held a costume party over the weekend, and from the looks of his Instagram account, it was a huge success. Jordan went as superhero Captain Planet and gave his followers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his costume. Clippers star Blake Griffin attended the party dressed as Bane.

RGIII, Redskins Players In Costume For 'Island' Theme Party
Washington Post, August 31, 2013

The Redskins held an "Island" theme party on Saturday, and some of them took the night's theme very seriously. Like Kirk Cousins, Ryan Kerrigan, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton and Adam Gettis, who showed up as the Jamaican bobsled team from "Cool Runnings." LeRibeus makes an incredible John Candy.

Woman's Star Wards Costume Wins Disney Contest
Press Enterprise, August 30, 2013

If you had told Dawn Unruh a month ago that her Queen Amidala costume, made without a pattern on a $99 sewing machine, would win an award from Disney, she probably would not have believed you. The 32-year-old Riverside resident entered a costume contest through D23, a Disney fan club that holds an expo every other year. This year's event was Aug. 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Unruh was required to write up a detailed description of her costume. From there, Disney selected a smaller group of about 40 contestants to perform and compete at the contest. From there, five were selected for prizes, including awards for original design, re-creation, craftsmanship, young fan and best in show. Unruh won the best in show award, naming her the top performer at the event.

For Cosplayers, Dress-Up Is Serious Business
The Salt Lake Tribune, August 29, 2013

When Mark Fordham chose the dark side, it was for a good cause. Shortly after moving to Utah from Nashville, Tenn., in 1994, the former SWAT team sniper had hoped to play the role of a repentant Darth Vader at area schools. But Lucasfilm wouldn't give him permission. What to do, then, with his costly custom costume? Fordham, 49, found the answer in the 501st Legion — an international group whose members are dedicated to accurately portraying villains from "Star Wars." It began as an Internet club in 1997 and grew to such proportions that George Lucas wrote the group into "Star Wars: Episode III."

Martha Stewart Shows Off 'Fairy GrandMartha' Halloween Costume
EOnline, August 29, 2013

It may still be summer, but someone is getting ready for the next big holiday that's just around the corner! Martha Stewart is getting all dolled up on the cover of her magazine's Halloween issue. The media maven revealed a new look for her autumn makeover, and told People magazine that she was "transformed into Fairy GrandMartha." Dressed in a pink tutu and leotard, and clutching her very own fairy wand of course, the 72-year-old looked positively radiant in her costume. And it's not every day that we see Stewart all gussied up in a full face of makeup and an over-the-top bouffant.

Dressed To Thrill: Shop Your Closets For Unique DIY Halloween Costumes
Wicked Local, August 28, 2013

If you want the coolest Halloween costume on the block or at the party, you'd better not buy it at a store. The best, most unique and creative costumes are do-it-yourself, homemade. A pair of artsy/crafty experts come to the rescue to help readers come up with a few can't-miss ideas. "DIY is better than store-bought," said Lea Stewart, Chicago-based designer and author at Inhabitat.com. "I believe that it makes the holiday more of an experience when you make your costume. Also, if you are repurposing materials, this is more eco-friendly than store-bought."

The Bizarre, Eye-Popping Costumes of Europe's Wild Men
Wired, August 27, 2013

Every winter, something strange happens in the snowy mountain communities across Europe. Between December and Easter, tiny villages spanning all the way from Romania to Portugal become overrun with humans who shed their human form completely. Dressed like bears, goats, stags and monsters, the people of the village jump, shout and reenact wild hunts as part of the annual festivals that celebrate the winter solstice and beginning of spring. Over the course of two winters, France-based photographer Charles Fréger visited 19 countries and more than 50 villages to document these strangely dressed animals. His resulting book, Wilder Mann, is an in-depth look at the rituals and costumes worn during these annual festivals.

It's Always Halloween In Virginia City
Huffington Post, August 27, 2013

So we're all sitting in near-total darkness in this huge upstairs room in an authentic 19th-century Wild West clubhouse. On the floor in the middle of our circle, way beyond anyone's reach, rests a flashlight, switched off. "Show yourself," coaxes the ghost-hunter who brought us here. She is addressing whichever of this building's many alleged spirits might be listening. "Switch on that flashlight." Nothing. Silence. Darkness. "Pleeease," the ghost-hunter exhorts in a caramel-syrup voice. "I know it's really hard for you, but if you could switch on that flashlight, we'd all be really, really impressed." A heartbeat. Then click. The flashlight blinks on. Grown men scream.

Man In Power Ranger Costume Becomes Hero Of Tokyo Subway Station
Japan Daily Press, August 22, 2013

It's not the real Green Ranger, but a 27-year old man purchased a costume of the 1990s superhero in a discount store for 4,000 yen ($41). During his spare time, the masked good samaritan comes to a subway station in western Tokyo to help people carry heavy bags or assist mothers with baby strollers when they need to use the stairs. "Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out," shared Tadahiro Kanemasu, the man behind the mask of Green Ranger. The colour chosen was inspired by the greengrocer where Kanemasu is working, but he has also purchased pink and red costumes. He also got the idea for his good samaritan deeds from children he met in his workplace.

Martha Stewart Will Be The Costume Judge On The 'Hub Networks First Annual Halloween Bash' On Saturday, October 26
TV By The Numbers, August 16, 2013

The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, kicks off Halloween early this year by announcing that Martha Stewart will appear as the Halloween expert as part of the panel of celebrity judges scheduled to participate in the network's nationwide costume competition on the "Hub Network's First Annual Halloween Bash," to be broadcast Saturday, October 26. Anyone with a little imagination and creativity can compete for the best costume in America during the nationwide costume competition.

Yaya Han Talks Involvement With SyFy's Docuseries, Heroes Of Cosplay
Media Blvd, August 10, 2013

After Comic Con reaches the public ears, the inner geek and nerds in all of us get anxious to see what lies ahead in the film and television world. Cosplay is no different to this phenomenon. It promotes the creativity and dedication behind building the costumes and creating new designs for superhero heroes from the past. Earlier this week, I was fortunate to ask a few questions to Yaya Han, a legendary costume designer, and judge at many Cosplay conventions. She will be seen judging at different competitions on Syfy's original documentary series, Heroes of Cosplay.

Get An Exclusive Look At The Super-Creepy 'Teen Wolf' Darach Costume
MTV.com, August 6, 2013

As far as "Teen Wolf" bad guys go, the Darach is as sinister as they come. Dare we say she's even more menacing than the Kanima and Deucalion combined? And, as much as we'd like to believe that Haley Webb, the awesome actress behind Season 3's shocking antagonist, has the magic to easily transform from a beautiful brunette into a crazed serial killer with way too much supernatural power on her hands, turning Haley into the Darach is somewhat of a miracle in it itself. Lucky for you, we have exclusive behind-the-scenes photos that show just how intricate the Darach's costume is, from head to toe.

Families Stay Together, Play Together In Costume At Comic Cons
Today, August 2, 2013

Some families bond by visiting Disney World together or camping in the wilderness. But others stay together by cosplaying (short for costume play) together. Cosplay is common at comic-cons across the country, and it's not just for professionals anymore. For the Brubrek family from Pleasanton, Calif., for example, this is the second year in a row the whole family dressed up for a convention. "The best thing about cosplaying as a family is experiencing the fun of it together, and watching each other enjoying being our favorite characters," Helen Brubrek told TODAY.com.

Cosplay Is An Art Form
Uloop, August 2, 2013

Cosplay is much more than your average Halloween costume - it's the act of doing your best to become a character for a day. Or three. It's the ultimate expression of nerd love for characters from anime, comics, or video games, and it should be regarded as an art form. Cosplay is picking a character, drafting and planning their costume, finding the perfect materials, constructing them just-so, recreating armor out of foam and whatever that was from your basement, making jewelry, styling wigs, working with wood, metal, PVC pipe, and who knows what to make that fantasy prop come alive.

Heidi Klum Is Already Working On An Epic Halloween Costume
SFGate, July 30, 2013

Heidi Klum takes Halloween very seriously. It's still July but the model is already prepping for October 31st — her favorite holiday in which every year she one-ups herself with more elaborate, crazy costumes at her annual Halloween party. This year will mark the party's 14th anniversary. On Monday, Klum tweeted to her nearly 1.7 million followers: "Started working on my Halloween costume!

The Sound Of Music Costumes Sell For $1.3 million At Auction
Broadway World, July 29, 2013

The most comprehensive collection of signature costumes from The Sound of Music went up for auction and sold for a total of $1.3 million (£846,000). The Sound of Music is the most successful movie musical in history which spawned some of the most beloved songs in the American songbook, including "Edelweiss", "Do-Re-Mi", "Sixteen Going on 17", and "My Favorite Things." Julie Andrews signature "Maria" dress worn when she sings "Do-Re-Mi" to the Von Trapp children. This signature costume was worn by Julie Andrews when she took the children on a day trip and they sang the popular "Do-Re-Mi" number. Consisting of a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with wheat-colored homespun blouse. The costume features 20th Century-Fox bias labels in internal collar and waistband.

Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman Costume Is Still Badass
Huffington Post, July 24, 2013

To young girls growing up in the '70s, Lynda Carter will forever be known as "Wonder Woman." The Arizona-born actress and singer's most iconic TV role proved that you could be both powerful and pretty. Carter's curve-hugging, American flag inspired costume was action-packed, as the superhero drew strength from her flashy gold belt and deflected bullets with her cuff bracelets. (How badass?) Yet, Wonder Woman's physical attributes attracted unwanted attention, according to Carter.

This 'Sharknado' Headpiece Was The Talk Of Comic-Con
Business Insider, July 22, 2013

One of the best costumes at Comic-Con was this elaborate "Sharknado" headpiece. Inspired by the SyFy original movie, a convention-goer wore a larger-than-life hat swathed in gray and white fabric and plastic toy sharks. The cosplayer, like Syfy's movie, blew up on Twitter. Peopler were snapping pictures of her like she was a celebrity. Her t-shirt read "Enough Said!"

The Full Walter: The Breaking Bad Costume That Might Be Better Than Bryan Cranston's
Los Angeles Magazine, July 22, 2013

No one plays Walter White like three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, but when it comes to looking like the Breaking Bad character without help from the hit drama’s makeup dept., our own Linda Immediato might have the actor beat.

Florida Woman Kicked Out Of Public Pools For Wearing Mermaid Costume
Examiner.com, July 17, 2013

There'll be one less fish in Fishhawk, Fla., after a woman wearing a custom-made silicone mermaid costume was booted from two public pools Monday due to a "no-fin" policy, reports Tampa Bay's Fox 13. Jenni Conti, who goes by Eden Sirene, her "mermaid name," learned of the ban after the Fishhawk Community Development District voted to prohibit her from swimming at the Osprey and Hawk Park pools, citing the no-fin policy, which disallows use of swimming fins, flippers and kickboards.

Rescued Kitten In Mushroom Costume Steals Hearts
Latin Times, July 13, 2013

An adorable little kitten by the name of Wasabi-chan has stolen the hearts of many and has become an Internet sensation. The viral photo originally shared on Imgur shows a tiny kitten sitting upright on a chair. The baby cat is wearing a brown and cream- colored crocheted mushroom costume complete with armholes for the kitten's paws. The mushroom costume is more than just a cute costume for Wasabi-chan, it's also a healing tool. The little kitten reportedly survived a crow attack where she suffered a fractured upper jaw and split tongue. Wasabi-chan required a catheter for feedings but like any kitten would, she kept wiggling the tube out of her mouth so the mushroom suit was made to hold her down while feeding.

Drag Is More Than A Costume
Las Vegas Review Journal, July 7, 2013

Man wearing dress. Mystic space between heaven and Earth? Or cheap hotel with no ballroom? The stars of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" didn't previously make a career of dressing in drag, but they bring outside perspective on those who do. "Drag is such an incredible art form, I think it's really underestimated in its potential. I have deep respect for it," says Wade McCollum, who in The Venetian's musical plays the drag performer who leads a quest through the Australian outback. Frank Marino, Las Vegas's premier drag diva since 1985, could say "Aw shucks." Instead, he says, "A drag queen is a person who has too much fashion sense to be just one sex."

Tootsie Costume Made Dustin Hoffman Face The Patriarchy
Jezebel, July 7, 2013

In an AFI interview from late 2012 that's just starting to gain some traction now, in the summer doldrums, Dustin Hoffman talked about how, when he was first made-up as Dorothy Michaels during his preliminary preparations for Tootsie, he had a revelation about the unreasonable expectations our society has for female beauty when the make-up wizards crafting his costume told him they couldn't make him a "prettier" woman. Hoffman went home, his gender paradigm shattered, and decided that making Tootsie would be a really important thing to do.

Watch The 1978 Screen Test For Boba Fett's Original White Costume
io9.com, June 29, 2013

Ralph McQuarrie Joe Johnston's original concept art for Boba Fett put the bounty hunter in an all-white costume. Although Fett eventually got a multicolored look, an early screen test showed him in the white outfit. This video was posted on StarWars.com a while back, but now it has popped up again, this time on the Star Wars YouTube channel. The Empire Strikes Back assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham modeled the Boba Fett costume for this 1978 video (unfortunately in black and white) while sound designer Ben Burtt explains all the features of this version of the armor. By this time, they knew that Boba Fett would have multicolored armor.

Batman and Wonder Woman Costume Backpacks May Herald The Fashion Future
Comics Alliance, June 20, 2013

The golden age of the costume hoodie seems to be drawing toward its inevitable decline as one manufacturer embraces what may very well be the future of more-casual-than-but-also-maybe-more-intense-than-cosplay superhero fashion: Costume backpacks. Leading the way in this potential timeline are Batman and Wonder Woman 'packs manufactured by BioWorld Merchandising, known for producing novelty apparel like belt buckles, t-shirts and the aforementioned costume hoodies based on scads of major pop culture properties.

Costume Play: Why More Men Are Dressing Up
The Guardian, June 17, 2013

Traditionally, few men have engaged in dressing up for fun, but thanks to the rise of gaming, a new generation of men are becoming more interested in costume and 'cosplay'. Perhaps because it is seen as an extension of the frivolities and vanity of fashion, or perhaps because it is associated with children, dressing up is a niche activity for men. Very few adult men engage in dressing up, even on sanctioned occasions such as Halloween. However, a new generation of men are becoming more engaged with costume. Costume play, or cosplay, is seeing an increase in popularity, largely in the virtual world.

What Inspires The Game Of Thrones Costumes?
Parade Magazine, May 18, 2013

Where does the costume designer from Game of Thrones get her inspiration? "Everywhere! First, I think of the characters and what their climate is like and the goods they have," says Michele Clapton, the Emmy-winning costume designer for the HBO show (Sundays). "I collect images all year, from plant life to jewelry. Contemporary architecture even inspired the armor."

Meet Guagua, The Cardboard Costume-Wearing Cat
BuzzFeed, March 20, 2013

Cats may not like to dress up, but they do like to stick their heads into cardboard.

ASU To Engage Sun Devil Community In Mascot Costume Update
ASU News, March 18, 2013

Arizona State University will ask its students, alumni, sports fans, faculty and staff to share their thoughts regarding the updated mascot costume that will make its debut at this fall's first football game. The university released an updated version of the costume for its beloved mascot, Sparky the Sun Devil, on March 1. Since that announcement, the university has received feedback from some of its constituents about the design of the head and face of the mascot costume.

Madonna: Boy Scout Costume At GLADD Media Awards 2013
Just Jared, March 17, 2013

Madonna dresses up as a Boy Scout of America while attending the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (March 16) at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The 54-year-old entertainer was the featured guest at the event, which honored Anderson Cooper as the Vito Russo Award Recipient. "I wanted to be a boy scout, but they wouldn't let me join," Madonna said during her speech.

Michelle Williams Criticized For Native American Costume In Magazine Ad
Word&Film, March 15, 2013

Thanks to films like “"rokeback Mountain" and "My Week With Marilyn," we already know that Michelle Williams likes to play dress-up. But did she take it too far in her Another magazine fashion photo shoot, in which she appeared to be made up like a Native American woman?

Capitol Style: Costume Couture From The Hunger Games Sequel
Time, March 12, 2013

In honor of the 75th Hunger Games, the government of Panem has released Capitol portraits of some of the country's most fashionable celebrities, including victors, escorts, mentors and stylists, on the Tumblr blog Capitol Couture. Capitol Couture is a real blog. But, alas, the above scenario is fictional, a promotional idea from Lionsgate and The Hunger Games movie series. Catching Fire, the second film from the series, doesn't hit theaters until late fall (Nov. 22), but Lionsgate has decided to build excitement for fans by re-launching Capitol Couture, which served as a fashion and beauty blog for the first Hunger Games film. The blog has leaked "Capitol portraits" of the sequel's star characters in their most formal—and runway-ready—costumes from wardrobe designer Trish Summerville (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

Superman IV Costume and Man Of Steel Boots head To Auction
Superman Super Site, March 12, 2013

A screen worn Superman costume from the 1987 film, "Superman IV - The Quest for Peace" will be up for bids at Julien's Auctions upcoming April auction event, "Hollywood Legends." The costume, worn by the late Christopher Reeve in his final performance as the Man of Steel, was used during the film's production for special-effect flying sequences and is estimated to sell for $20,000 - $30,000 (USD).

Zombies Are Everywhere In Pop Culture! But, Hey, That's Normal, Says College Professor
New York Daily News, March 11, 2013

Zombies seem to be everywhere these days. In the popular TV series "The Walking Dead," humans struggle to escape from a pack of zombies hungry for flesh. Prank alerts have warned of a zombie apocalypse on radio stations in a handful of states. And across the country, zombie wannabes in tattered clothes occasionally fill local parks, gurgling moans of the undead. Are these just unhealthy obsessions with death and decay? To Clemson University professor Sarah Lauro, the phenomenon isn't harmful or a random fad, but part of a historical trend that mirrors a level of cultural dissatisfaction and economic upheaval.

Batman's Mythology Getting New Boost From DC
Yahoo!, March 11, 2013

Batman's transformative years are getting a few new twists. DC Entertainment is going back into Bruce Wayne's past to see how he began his transformation from wealthy socialite to the scourge of Gotham's criminal underworld. Key elements of the character's history are staying the same — the murder of Wayne's parents, for example — says Scott Snyder, the writer of "Batman" since its relaunch debuted in 2011. "It's not 'let's redo the origin,'" he said Monday. "It's time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52."

Oh My! 8 Fascinating Facts About MGM's Classic 'The Wizard Of Oz'
Yahoo!, March 6, 2013

Sure, "Oz the Great and Powerful" has us brimming with excitement about Sam Raimi’s fantastical re-imagining of the enchanted land of Oz. But to be honest with you, all this talk about the new one has us clamoring to revisit the original Technicolored masterpiece, "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Because, because, because, because of all of the wonderful things the original still does, we present these fascinating facts about "The Wizard of Oz". There's facts about Shirley Temple playing Dorothy, political conspiracy theories, giggle fits and more. Oh my!

Harrods Refuses To Allow Six Women Dressed In Welsh National Costume Into The Store On St. David's Day
Daily Mail, March 6, 2013

Like any proud Welshwomen, they wanted to celebrate St. David's Day. But when these friends arrived at Harrods in national costume, the celebrations came to an abrupt end. Their outfits of tall black hats, red skirts and white aprons apparently didn't meet the dress code of the exclusive London store. A uniformed woman security officer told them, "You can't come in here dressed like that." The group, including a doctor, NHS manager, a lawyer and a fashion designer, had spent £200 on their traditional costumes to make sure March 1 - the day the Welsh honour their patron saing St. David - was one to remember.

Holy Smokes! 'Batman' Nabs Suspect For British Police
Yahoo! News, March 4, 2013

A mystery man dressed as Batman demonstrated the same crime-fighting skills as the caped crusader when he handed over a suspect wanted for burglary in Britain. Closed-circuit television footage showed a portly figure wearing an ill-fitting costume including gloves, cape and mask, bringing a 27-year-old man to a police station in Bradford in northern England.

'Horse Burger' Costume Is This Season's Must-Have Fancy Dress Outfit
Huffington Post UK, March 3, 2013

There are fancy dress costumes. And then there's this…

ASU Modernizes Sparky Mascot Costume
Arizona State, March 1, 2013

The newly designed mascot costume will now be used in a variety of applications that appeal to younger audiences, including comic books, children's books and animated productions. Throughout the process, ASU students have learned from and collaborated with some of Disney's best artists, illustrators, designers and business executives. Additionally, students in the School of Design will also have the opportunity to develop future style guides for ASU-licenses apparel and merchandise that feature Sparky.

Jersey Couple Marry As Shrek and Fiona from Shrek Film
BBC News, February 26, 2013

A Jersey couple who got married dressed as film characters had to get special permission from the Government for their ceremony. Paul and Heidi Bellas walked up the aisle dressed as Shrek and Fiona. Jersey law dictates the bride and groom have to be identified, so the registrar had to watch Paul having his green Shrek make-up put on before the ceremony at the Radisson Hotel. The rest of the wedding party were dressed as fairytale characters.

Alice Cooper's Halloween Cruise Canceled
ArtistDirect, February 25, 2013

If there's no demand, cancel the supply. It's simple economics, and that's why shock rocker Alice Cooper is canceling his planned Halloween cruise. The ship was scheduled to set sail on October 28, floating from Miami to the Bahamas for five days of rock, right smack in the middle of Halloween season. A statement on the event website read as follows: "After careful consideration, we have decided not to continue with The Ship of Fear Cruise and we will not be sailing in 2013. Those guests who already purchased cabins will be given a full refund. We feel that we had a strong combination of talent, programming and promotion; however, we did not receive the consumer demand required to continue."

Dov Hikind Parties Down for Purim in 'Black Basketball Player' Costume
Politicker.com, February 25, 2013

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind hosted a massive Purim party at his home yesterday that featured over fourteen hours of food and drink and, as is customary on the Jewish holiday, elaborate costumes. Mr. Hikind said a professional makeup artist came to his home to transform him into a "basketball player" with a costume that consisted of an afro wig, sunglasses, an orange jersey and brown face paint. "I was just, I think, I was trying to emulate, you know, maybe some of these basketball players. Someone gave me a uniform, someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player," Mr. Hikind explained.

Purim 2013's Costume Trends
YNetNews.com, February 24, 2013

As every year when Purim comes upon us, the main task is to find the most original costume to make you stand out. JN1 went to one of the biggest costume designers in Tel Aviv to find out what are the trends of Purim 2013.

Jacqueline Durran Wins Best Costume Design Oscar for 'Anna Karenina'
Hollywood Reporter, February 24, 2013

British costume designer Jacqueline Durran took home an Achievement in Costume Design Oscar on Sunday night for her work on Anna Karenina. This is Durran's first win, though she's been nominated twice before - once in 2006 for Pride & Prejudice and again in 2008 for Atonement Coincidentally, all three of Durran's nominated films have been directed by Joe Wright and starred Keira Knightly.

Flesh-Eating Zombies Good For Sports
ESPN Playbook, February 11, 2013

The zombie show "The Walking Dead" resumed its third season Sunday night. The series follows the story of survivors in a world dominated by "walkers." Although "The Walking Dead" has many positive aspects to it and routinely receives critical praise, the series -- and all zombie shows and movies that came before it -- completely fails to address how the sports world would be impacted by a zombie uprising. It's time someone asks these hard questions.

Met Costume Institute To Show Dresses Made Of Garbage Bags, Safety Pins
New York Magazine, February 11, 2013

In the middle of this rainy, snowy, messy Fashion Week, the Met Costume Institute held a preview for their forthcoming exhibit, "Punk: From Chaos to Couture," which will open with the usual pomp and circumstance (also known as the Met Gala) on May 6. Curator Andrew Bolton stood in front of a dozen mannequins dressed in Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, and Versace and described the gist of the exhibit, which "explores the impact of punk on high fashion, focusing primarily on the aesthetic of do-it-yourself."

The Fine Art Of Costume Construction At Mendocino College
Ukiah Daily Journal, February 9, 2013

It's not yet that time for the tables in the green room at Mendocino College to hold well-worn, dog-eared scripts, brimming make-up cases and hand-held props. Instead, they are covered with a variety of colored and textured materials superimposed with delicate semi-translucent paper patterns carefully being pinned, cut and sewn by Kathy Dingman-Katz's costume design and construction students.

'The Wizard Of Oz's' Original Cowardly Lion Costume For Sale
Hollywood Reporter, February 8, 2013

Does someone in Hollywood have the courage to buy the Cowardly Lion? A collector wants the film academy to buy the rare outfit worn by Burt Lahr to help fund his planned TV museum. Memorabilia collector James Comisar is searching for an industry benefactor to help save one of Bert Lahr's original costumes from 1939's The Wizard of Oz.

Judge Dons Nun Costume Before Convicting 'Nun On The Run' Robbery Suspect
CBS Chicago, February 7, 2013

A federal judge who dressed up as a nun in his downtown chambers Wednesday said donning the disguise helped him find a 25-year-old woman guilty of bank robbery. Judge Matthew Kennelly wore the nun costume to test out Navahcia Edwards' defense that the May 2011 heist of a TCF Bank she worked at in south suburban Palos Heights was in fact carried out by a white robber, not an African-American like her.

Woman Dresses In Different Costume Every Day For A Year
KSL.com, January 25, 2013

An Australian woman is taking her love of dressing up to a new level by dressing according to a different theme every day for a full year. Mary Helen Saba started the project on her 26th birthday. She said the main reason was a simple one: she simply loves dressing up. "My friends have always dubbed me the costume queen for the amount of effort that I put into every outfit I've created over the years," she said on her blog, Theme-Me.

Texas Lottery Wants To Set Star Trek Costume Record
NBCDFW.com, January 24, 2013

Scratch-offs, the final frontier. The Texas Lottery is planning an out-of-this world start for their new "Star Trek" scratch-off lottery tickets. Kirk himself - William Shatner, not Chris Pin - will captain a crew of over 1,040 uniformed Trekkies on March 30 in Dallas. Why is that specific number of costumed fans important? Because the Prime Directive of this promotion is to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for "the most people in Star Trek costumes at one event."

Students At Costume Shop Design Behind-The-Scenes
The Dartmouth, January 24, 2013

When a production of a "Midsummer Night's Dream" required a costume dress that would fit comfortably around two people standing on stilts, costume ship manager Jennifer Bilbo decided to utilize Tyvek, a synthetic construction material used to insulate houses, to construct a lightweight hoop skirt for the characters. The costume shop in the basement of the Hopkins Center is home to a group of students and designers responsible for dressing the actors and actresses who perform in Dartmouth’s many plays. Although this department tends to remain behind-the-scenes, it deserves center-stage recognition as it is indispensable to the College’s theater program as a whole.

Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations Announced
The Hollyood Reporter, January 17, 2013

Nominees for the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, which celebrate costume design excellence in film, television and commercials, were announced Thursday. All five of the films that are nominated for the Academy Award for costume design -- Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Hunstman -- also were nominated by the CDG, in either its period or fantasy film categories. Here is the complete list of Costume Designers Guild Awards nominees. Winners in the seven categories will be revealed during a ceremony Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

Edith Head: The Most Honored Costume Designer In Oscar History
Entertainment Weekly, January 17, 2013

On Feb. 24, we'll find out who the Academy crowns the winner for Best Costume Design — the nominees are Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina); Paco Delgado (Les Misérables); Johanna Johnston (Lincoln); Eiko Ishioka (Mirror Mirror) and Colleen Atwood (Snow White and the Huntsman) — but one thing is certain: even after the Oscar is handed out, Edith Head will still hold the category record with 8 career wins. The legendary costume designer also holds the record for most nominations for a woman, a mind-boggling 35 over her nearly six decade career.

Lady Gaga Under Fire Over Assault Rifle Bra Costume Used In Concert
Fox News, January 16, 2013

Lady Gaga's eccentric wardrobe has been slammed yet again, but for different reasons than she's used to. During her Friday show in Vancouver, Canada, the controversial performer donned a bra (nothing new) that was adorned with plastic assault rifles (also nothing new, as she has been wearing the costume since 2010 – including on the cover of Rolling Stone.) But in the wake of the Newtown school shooting tragedy, critics are now slamming Gaga for her "insensitivity" and are calling on her to ditch the weapon-touting outfit.

Calling All Canines In Costume, Feline Fashion Photos For 'Dress Up Your Pet Day'
Animal Tracks on Today, January 14, 2013

Whether you think your pooch looks best in haute couture or a Santa hat, Monday's National Dress Up Your Pet Day makes dressing up Fido excusable for 24 hours, so it's time to take advantage. The Jan. 14 "holiday" was founded back in 2009 by Colleen Paige, an animal behaviorist and celebrity pet lifestyle expert, and is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, which helps orphaned animals find new homes. Paige told TODAY.com she created the day as “a fun way for people to show off their love for their animals.”

Police Hunt For Men Dressed As Oompa-Loompas After Attack
Daily Mail, December 31, 2012

Two men dressed as Oompa-Loompas from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are being hunted by police after they allegedly attacked a man on a night out. The pair - who had painted orange faces and dyed green hair and were wearing hooped tops like the characters in the 1971 musical film - are said to have attacked a 28-year-old man as he left a kebab shop in the Prince of Wales Road nightclub area of Norwich, Norfolk.

Letter From Chinese Laborer Pleading For Help Found In Halloween Decorations
Yahoo!, December 28, 2012

Julie Keith was unpacking some of last year's Halloween decorations when she stumbled upon an upsetting letter wedged into the packaging. Tucked between two novelty headstones that she had purchased at KMart, she found what appeared to be a letter from the Chinese laborer, who had made the decoration, pleading for help.

Top 5 Controversial Superhero Costume Changes
ComicBook.com, December 24, 2012

What's more controversial than killing off a superhero? Answer: Changing a superhero's costume. When a publisher kills off a superhero, everyone knows that superhero is eventually coming back. However, when a costume change occurs, there is an overriding fear among fans that it's permanent (even though often it's not). We've compiled the top five most controversial superhero costume changes of all time. For this list, we didn't include supervillains, so no Harley Quinn.

Neighbors Re-Create Halloween For Girl Who Was In Hospital
Patch, December 20, 2012

When Laguna Niguel resident Kathleen Biagi heard about 11-year-old Laura Snyder's hospital stay over Halloween, memories of her own daughter's battle with Leukemia came rushing back to mind. Her daughter, Natalie Biagi, now a healthy, vivacious 7-year-old was struck with Leukemia at just two years old. Cancer-free for three years now, Natalie loves dancing and singing with her dad, Rob Biagi. "I will never forget when Natalie was in the hospital for treatment, she was so looking forward to Halloween and dressing up as Minnie Mouse. She was sad to have missed it, and it was weeks before she started feeling better and was able to even walk again. She wanted to get dressed up in her costume and just walk around, so we went around our neighborhood and when our neighbors saw us they started motioning for us to have her come over to 'trick or treat.'

Wicked Costume Inducted Into Smithsonian's National Museum Of American History
Playbill, December 18, 2012

The Elphaba costume, hat and broom from the hit musical Wicked were inducted into the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History December 17. Tony Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty was on hand to sign the deed of gift, while Broadway cast members Donna Vivino and Tiffany Haas sang a selection from the Stephen Schwartz score to commemorate the event. The costume elements join objects from the musicals King and I, Rent, and The Lion King in the museum's permanent entertainment collections.

New Bowers Exhibit Highlights Costumes In Cinema
OC Register, December 14, 2012

"Cut! Costume and the Cinema" features historical outfits worn by Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman and others in the movies. Johnny Depp is know worldwide as the raucous, fun-loving, treasure-hunting pirate Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. But he would be nothing in that role without the costume. The same goes for Angelica Huston as the wicked stepmother in "Ever After." And Randy Quaid as King Carlos IV in "Goya's Ghosts."

The Best Cosplay Costume For Pixar's 'Up' That's Not Actually A Costume
Movies.com, December 10, 2012

Sometimes fans spend weeks and months crafting the perfect movie-related costume, and then sometimes an artist creates something that is in no way related to a movie, but could totally pass as the greatest piece of cosplay ever. That's exactly what's going on here, featuring a girl who looks to be cosplaying as the house from Pixar's Up, but instead is part of an art installation from Myeongbeom Kim, a South Korean artist known for creating surreal and dream-like art pieces.

Michael Jackson's Costume Designer Releases New Book, The King of Style
SF Weekly, December 10, 2012

Growing up among the cornfields of Ohio, Michael Bush never dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. He learned to sew from his mother and grandmother, but it was a chore then, not a passion. "It was getting the Butterick pattern and following the instruction sheet," he says. Yet Bush went on to create some of the most iconic clothing in the world - pearl-frosted military jackets, glittering armbands, and rhinestone-encrusted socks.

Halloween Town Classic Monsters Art Show Open Now!
Fangoria, December 7, 2012

Attention Los Angeles Horror fans! The Burbank horror haven, Halloween Town, is hosting the Classic Monsters Art Show from now until December 30th, with work honoring the best in creatures from Rick Baker, Travis Louie, Wolfinger, and even Rob Zombie.

THR's Costume Designer Roundtable: Dressing Actors is 'Somewhere Between a War and a Circus'
Hollywood Reporter, December 6, 2012

The pros behind this season's best-dressed films talk about taking direction from Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg, and how too many glimpeses in the mirror are a sign of talent's insecurity.

'Legends of Zhen Huan' Costume Drama Spooks Chinese Authorities
Shanghai List, December 6, 2012

Chinese authorities are concerned that a Qing dynasty costume drama will teach Chinese youths the wrong workplace ethics, and could lead to a rise in office sabotage and intrigue. The 76-episode drama series "Legend of Zhen Huan" (甄嬛传) has been hugely popular both in Taiwan and on the mainland, depicting the life of sassy Zhen Huan as she finds her place in the palace and moves up in the social hierarchy, from a 17-year-old concubine to a ruthless dowager empress.

Charlotte Casiraghi Wears Controversial Native American Costume For Horse Race
Huffington Post, December 5, 2012

Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi might be due for a stern phone call from the palace soon. The granddaughter of Grace Kelly and Gucci model, who's also an accomplished equestrian, competed in the Gucci Masters horst show in Villepinte, France, over the weekend - but from the reactions to one of her dressage costumes, the only thing she might have mastered was pulling a major mistake.

The Phanton Of The Opera: Colour, Character and Costume
Clothes on Film, December 5, 2012

The Phantom of the Opera (2004, directed by Joel Schumacher) is a lavish depiction of its world, examining the nature of facade - the un-reality of the stage, the masked Phantom of the title, and the duality of "costume" within costume (the majority of clothes on screen are designed as costumes for use in performances in the narrative). Costume designer Alexandra Byrne makes use of symbolic colour pallettes and silhouettes to bring this heightened world to life.

Costume Collection Shows Off Big To-Do List
IllinoisState.edu, January 16, 2013

Clothes can tell stories—about the people who wore them, the time period when they were popular, and the artists and craftsmen who designed and constructed them. The Lois Jett Historical Costume Collection at Illinois State is home to more than 2,000 dresses, hats, jackets, vests and other garments, some with documented back stories, others with blank histories.

Miley Cyrus Dressed In Crab Costume In New 'So Undercover' Clip
Ace Showbiz, December 4, 2012

Miley Cyrus ditches her signature fashionista persona in a new clip of "So Undercover". Rocking an awkward crab costume at a carnival, the Molly depicter is seen promoting a game at the venue. "Buy a doll, play with balls!" so she says to every passing visitor, while trying to stay cool though some guys are picking on her.

BioShock Infinite Creator Hires Fan To Officially Play Character
Plugged-In, December 3, 2012

Forget that cheap Iron Man getup you threw together for Halloween - the best cosplayers in the world are serious craftspeople who go to great lengths to portray characters as accurately as possible. It takes time, energy, and true dedication to do it well. And occasionally, it pays off big-time. Russian cosplayer Anna Moleva did such a stunning job portraying the character Elizabeth from the hotly-anticipated BioShock Infinite that the game's creators decided to hire her to play Elizabeth for real.

'The Sorcerers' Casts Its Spell: The 13 Absurdly Protracted Days of Halloween 2012
The Bloodshot Eye, December 3, 2012

You've heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas? Now, for the seventh straight year, The Bloodshot Eye counts down the Thirteen Days of Halloween, with reviews of recently released All Hallow's Eve-appropriate titles, each day through - well, whenever I'm actually able to finish.

For Halloween, Spurs' Duncan, Parker Pull Fake Guns On Fake Crawford
CBS Sports, December 3, 2012

Hours after the Spurs incurred the wrath of the league office for Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green skipping the game at Miami last Thursday, more trouble started to bubble up for San Antonio. A photo started circulating throughout ye old information superhighway depicting Duncan (dressed for Halloween as the Punisher), and Parker (dressed as Nick Fury from "The Avengers"), threatening a man dressed as NBA official Joey Crawford.

Lady Gaga Buys 55 Michael Jackson Items At Auction
Chicago Sun-Times, December 3, 2012

When Michael Jackson's costumes hit the auction block Sunday, fans from all over the world came to raise their bidding paddles. The private collection of Jackson's longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush was on offer by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. Fans placed bids for costumes and memorabilia from throughout the singer's career.

Gossip Girl Costume Designer Eric Daman Picks His Top 10 Fashion Moments
E!-Online, December 3, 2012

Colored tights. Headbands. Purple suits. Have you noticed a resurgence of these trends in the last six years? You can thank Gossip Girl, what has proven to be one of the most fashion-forward and stylish shows ever to hit the small screen. Behind all of the CW hit's iconic looks is costume designer Eric Daman, the man responsible for the signature styles of Blair (Leighton Meester) and Serena (Blake Lively), two of TV's most fashionable leading ladies.

Heidi's Halloween, Post-Sandy
NY Post, December 2, 2012

A masked Amar'e Stoudemire and fiancée Alexis Welch came as "Beauty and the Beast" to Heidi Klum's Haunted Halloween party at Bowery hot spot Finale on Saturday, delayed from Halloween by Hurrican Sandy.

'Catching Fire' Set Photos From Hawaii Show Off Katniss' Quarter Quell Costume and Finnick's Trident
Crushable, November 27, 2012

With 338 days until next Halloween - which is itself about a month before the release of Catching Fire - you now hve the inspiration for your 2013 costume! I know that everyone was Katniss Everdeen this year and last year, but now we get to see Katniss 2.0, thanks to these great set photos that cropped up yesterday.

Captain Jack Sparrow Delivers Another Halloween Gift Of Love
Syracuse.com, November 24, 2012

I would like to tell you about a very special person. Every Halloween, Rick Martinez, of Auburn, opens his heart to the children of Central New York. Adopting the persona of Captain Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean," and asking for nothing more than a contribution of canned goods for the Cayuga County Food Pantry, Rick embraces the many, many children and their families who come to walk through his haunted pirate ship. I am overwhelmed and in awe of the love this man shows to all the children of his expanded community.

Heavy Costume Takes Toll On Tom Cruise
The Indian Express, November 24, 2012

Hollywood star Tom Cruise's 30 kilograms Robocop style costume for new movie "All You Need Is Kill", is reportedly taking a toll on his back. The 50-year-old actor desperately needs breaks in between shots to breathe well enough, a media report said. "Tom and the cast have been taking regular breaks as the suits are so heavy. In one scene they have to run nearly half-a-mile in the armour. It is taking them hours to recover," a source said.

Diamond's Hallowe'en Costume Competition Winners
Bleeding Cool, November 23, 2012

Recently, Diamond Comic Distributors ran a Hallowe’en Costume Contest through a series of comic book stores, with prizes to be spend in store. With a variety of categories including children and adult versions, here are the winners…

'Paranormal Activity 5' Will Haunt Halloween 2013 - Ready To Be Scared
Hollywood.com, November 21, 2012

1980's Cannibal Holocaust took the mockumentary mold for horror, 1999's Blair Witch Project invigorated it for modern audiences, and 2007's Paranormal Activity blew it up into a Hollywood phenomenon. Now "found footage" horror is in its Renaissance, every no-budget filmmaker utilizing the lo-fi aesthetic to put audiences in the middle of the terror without needing a crazy slasher or dozens of special effects. But is it still scary?

For Whovians Only: Awesome 10th Doctor Costume Tee
Oh Gizmo!, November 16, 2012

Some people say they can't forget their first time–or their First Doctor. But if you ask me, the Tenth Doctor was the greatest Doctor Who incarnation there ever was (no offense to the Eleventh Doctor.) While they are essentially the same being, we get a 'new' Doctor with a new appearance and different quirks every time he has to regenerate. If you're like me and agree that David Tennant was the ultimate Doctor Who to ever play the titular role in the series, then you might want to add this 10th Doctor Costume Tee to your Whovianistic collection of Doctor Who paraphernalia and collectibles.

Real Life Superhero Patrols Streets At Night
First Coast News, November 16, 2012

He wears a black mask to hide his identity, when he goes out on the streets late at night looking for trouble. Hard leather and steel protects his arms and chest in a fight. His appearance is menacing, but the man who goes by the name Mutinous Angel is no criminal. He refers to himself, and the growing band of others like him, as RLSH: Real Life Super Heroes. "And that's what you guys need to know, we're there to protect you," Mutinous Angel said. "You need help, we're out there. You may not know that we're out there."

MUSKET's Prodcution of 'Hairspray' To Use Costumes To Evoke Time and Place
The Michigan Daily, November 16, 2012

"Hairspray," this semester's MUSKET performance, is a sparkling, stylish stage production with as much heart as there are sequins. Full, floral and flowing skirts dance around the Power Center stage. Lines of Converse and Keds shoes twist and shout to the latest tunes. Men's shirts are neatly pressed, tucked into their waist-high slacks. And without the actors saying a word, the audience is transported back to the 1960s.

Fashion Designer Niiamar Felder Nominated For Audelco Award For Best Costume Design
BroadwayWorld.com, November 16, 2012

Fashion Designer, Niiamar Felder has been nominated for an Audelco Award for Best Costume Design for the Off-Broadway production of Ma Rainery's Black Bottom, by August Wilson. The 40th Annual Audelco Awards will be presented on Monday, November 19th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York City.

'The Funhouse' Is One Dark Ride: The 13 Tardy Days of Halloween 2012
The Bloodshot Eye, November 16, 2012

You've heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas? Now, for the seventh straight year, The Bloodshot Eye counts down the Thirteen Days of Halloween, with reviews of recently released All Hallow's Eve-approprriate titles.

Alivia Hunter Is A Pro At Finding Perfect Hallowen Costumes - But She's Even Better At Recycling Them
LA Weekly, November 16, 2012

Halloween has come and gone, but the costumes remain. If all goes according to Alivia Hunter's plan, this year's zombies and ninjas and red devils will re-emerge next year on different bodies. A go-getting former social media marketing consultant, the 42-year-old Hunter runs Los Angeles Costume Swap. Halloween, for her, has become a year-round preoccupation

The Good Giraffe: Scottish Man Performs Acts of Kindness To Strangers
RT.com, November 15, 2012

A man in a giraffe costume has been making waves in Scotland performing random acts of kindness. Walking dogs, cleaning out boxes at cat homes and giving free coffees to strangers are among his signature 'tricks'. The 32-year-old busker Armstrong Baillie explained the challenge is to try to lift people's spirits by performing good deeds.

Halloween Goodies Turned Into Advent Calendar
Giverslog.com, November 14, 2012

This is a little family tradition of ours. It's something I've been doing since I was young enough to wear one-piece peter rabbit pajamas. It is a tradiiton I decided to start for our kids after the first Halloween they came home and did this.

The Winner of Patch's Best Halloween Costume In America Is…
The Patch, November 14, 2012

The Pirate Carrying a Mermaid Optical Illusion has been named Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America. It's creator - and wearer - will receive a $5,000 prize for having the most creative and innovative costume. "I really wanted to make a Halloween costume this year that would have people staring and trying to figure it out… I knew an optical illusion costume was the way to go," says Ashley Playford.

Andrew Garfiled Talks Costume Change and Exploring Peter Parker in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'
AceShowbiz.com, November 14, 2012

Andrew Garfiled has kindly shared some tidbits from his anticipated film "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." The 29-year-old actor dropped some hints about what fans could expect from Peter Parker in the sequel set to arrive in cinemas on May 2, 2014. First things first, the actor confirmed recent rumors that Spidey's suit will change in the next movie.

100 Creatives 2012: Macy Perrone, Costume Designer
Houston Press, November 14, 2012

If you've gone to the theater in Houston, chances are you've seen costume designer Macy Perrone's work. She recently worked on Dog Act for Main Street Theater; that show was filled with apocalyptic scavengers that had a steam punk vibe. She also costumed the comedy The Nacirema Society at the Ensemble Theatre. "It's my job to help visually tell the story and for that character, that dress told you a lot about her," says Perrone, who, originally from Utah, came to Houston in 2006 to work with the Houston Grand Opera.

Team Ninja Serves Up Bikinis And Bunny Suits In The Latest 'DOA 5' Costume Pack
MTV Multiplayer, November 14, 2012

Can someone explain the bunny thing to me? No, honestly, I'm curious. Are you into rabbits or the ears, or… (you're hot for rabbits). Team Ninja has been fairly conservative in the designs for their "Dead or Alive 5" costume packs. I don't mean in terms of skimpiness, whatever opinion you may have of that. There's just not a lot of wild variation in styles or creativity.

Montco Dentist Buys Back Kids' Halloween Candy, Donates It To Troops
CBS Philly, November 14, 2012

It's taken for granted that dentists hate Halloween: all that candy decaying all those young teeth. But now, a Montgomery County dentist is doing something about it. Dr. Angela Stout says she likes the "spirit" of Halloween - the dressing up, the make-pretend. But, oh, that sticky candy!

Meet The Costume Addicts Who Dress Up All Year Long
The Look on Today, November 13, 2012

Men in tights, women with swords, and characters from pop culture walking around may sound like sights you'd only see around Halloween, but for some, designing fantastical outfits isn't just a once-a-year concern. Professional cosplayers (or costume players) practice their art all year round, spending huge amounts of time planning and creating imaginative ensembles to wear at various events around the world. While cosplay has been around for as long as people have been going to conventions and pop culture-themed gatherings, the practice has only recently been gaining recognition in the mainstream.

Karen O's Costume Designer Christian Joy Presents First Ever Retrospective
Fashionista, November 13, 2012

You may not know costume designer Christiane Hultquist, or Christian Joy as she's called in musical circles, by name – but you've probably seen her outlandish designs at one point or another. After all, they're rather hard to miss. Hultquist is the woman behind all of Karen O's most dramatic costumes, and has also outfitted a slew of other cool-kid music acts including Oh Land, Santigold, and Klaxons. Her DIY costumes, and signature homemade, crafty aesthetic have become famous on the stage–and now, thanks to her retrospective exhibit "Do Androids Dream of Electric Shrimp?" which recently opened at Williamsburg's Picture Farm Gallery, fans finally have the opportunity to see her work up-close and personal.

Original 'X-Men' Costume Designer Returns For 'Days Of Future Past,' And We're Worried
MTV Splash Page, November 13, 2012

It really is a case of "out with the old and in with the old" in the "X-Men" movie universe, as the costume designer behind the first two X-films (as well as "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), Louise Mingenbach, is coming back for Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Versace Designs Costume Couture For Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball
Fresh 102.7, November 13, 2012

Back in 1995, pop music's leading bad girl Madonna was featured in her first Versace ad campaign. She followed it up with another turn as the brand's spokesperson in 2005. Now Donatella Versace's "topless" friend Lady Gaga is going in with the fashion house on a new deal of her own. The singer announced yesterday via Twitter that the Italian fashion house will provide custom costume pieces for the American Born This Way Ball running through mid-March 2013.

Oklahoma Runner Seeks Costumed World Record At Route 66 Marathon
Tulsa World, November 13, 2012

When Camille Herron runs a marathon, she isn't clowning around. Well, maybe she is a little bit. The accomplished 30-year-old runner traded in her science and research lab coat to become a full-time professional marathoner. Herron's success landed the Oklahoma native on the 2011 United States Pan American team, and she finished 18th overall in the 2011 New York Marathon. Herron has another side to her sparkling running persona. She is a self-admitted goof ball. The Warr Acres resident will run in Sunday's Route 66 Marathon wearing a Spider-Man costume. Herron is trying to break the women's Guinness Book of World Records time for running in a superhero costume of 3:08.55.

Casey's Halloween Promotion Raises $1 Million To Support St. Jude
Daily Finance, November 12, 2012

Casey's General Stores, Inc.(Casey's) is pleased to announce that during the month of October $1,015,466 was raised in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (St. Jude) far surpassing the original goal of $700,000. Customers showed their support by donating $1 for a pumpkin pin-up at any Casey's store. In addition to generous customer support, MillerCoors donated 20 cents per case of Coors Light and Miller Lite sold in October at Casey's locations, which totaled $24,688. "We are thrilled with the results of our St. Jude Halloween Promotion and want to thank and recognize our customers for their contributions," said Robert J. Myers, president and CEO of Casey's. "With the generous support of our customers and partner, MillerCoors, we help ensure that no child is ever turned away from treatment at St. Jude."

2012 Halloween Pet Costume Contest
York Daily Record, November 12, 2012

Plenty of people dress up their animals for Halloween: A survey from the National Retail Federation estimated American consumers would spend $370 million on pet costumes in 2012. But Ashley Setters took it one step further this year. Setters, 26, of Dover, chose a "Where's Waldo?" costume for her dog, Chaps. Then, she staged a scene around him. "Basically we bought the Waldo costume, and then put him in with the different characters to 'hide' him," Setters said. "We tried to make it look like the actual 'Where's Waldo?' scenes where you can find him."

Jenna Radtke Supplies Austin With A Flamboyant Selection Of Costumes At Lucy In Disguise
The Daily Texan, November 12, 2012

The walls are covered with swatches of old fabric, creating an endless checkerboard effect surrounding the thousands of costumes that suffocate the store. Customers squeeze through throngs of tutus, masks and vintage pieces new to both the store and its 64-year-old owner, Jenna Radtke, as they shop through the collection that has amassed over the past 28 years. "You'll do things in a costume that you would never normally do," Radtke said. "You'll dance crazier, and act like no one's watching. It's in all of us. All anyone needs to know is just to be who you are and see if we have anything that can decorate it."

Steven Werner, Michigan Dad, Protests Utica High School Principal For Teaching Daughter About Porn
Huffington Post, November 12, 2012

Steven Werner is protesting a Michigan principal's decision to educate his daughter on porn, calling it an act of bullying and demanding a written apology. The 10th grade girl went to school on halloween wearing a pink and black female pirate costume the other week, but was called to the Utica High School principal's office for an outfit that resembled a porn star, Werner tells WJBK. The costume features a short black dress and knee-high black stockings with pink bows. Werner says that Principal Janet Jones proceeded to tell the teen that she looked like a porn star in the outfit. When the girl asked what a porn star was, "she elaborated to (the girl) what a porn star was and what they do for a living," Werner said.

Political Campaigns Spent $6 Billion, But Americans Spent More On Halloween
News Fix, November 12, 2012

You know what they say about money: It makes the world go 'round. And money makes political campaigns go around. This year, the presidential and congressional campaigns spent around $6 billion, give or take a million. And that sounds like a whole lot of money, honey, but is it, compared to how much we spend on other things? For instance, the website Mashable figures Americans spent about $8 billion this year on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations.

'Wizard of Oz' Dress Fetches $480,000 At Auction
Yahoo! News, November 10, 2012

Judy Garland's blue and white gingham dress from 'The Wizard of Oz' sold for $480,000 at a Beverly Hills auction on Saturday, while a slice of Prince William's wedding cake fetched $1,375. Julien's Auctions said the price for the pinafore dress and white puffy-sleeved blouse that Garland wore throughout the 1939 film classic was in line with estimates. But it is well below the sky-high figures paid last year for Hollywood costumes worn by Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Helburn, and a similar dress worn during tests for 'The Wizard of Oz' that fetched $910,000 in 2011.

Manhunt Singapore Winner's National Costume Gets Ridicule
DivaAsia.com, November 9, 2012

Another year, another pageant winner is put up for slaughter to netizens - over a national costume. But this year, it's not a woman. Manhunt Singapore 2012 winner Jason Chee competed in the international finals in Bangkok on Friday night. His national costume is meant to give a modern warrior vibe, inspired by Peranakan elements and Sang Nila Utama, the Srivijayan prince from Palembang who landed on Singapore's shores some 600 years before Sir Stamford Raffles. For the costume portion of the finals Friday night, Mr. Chee wore a translucent gold shirt with embroidered flowers and a short, short sarong. The length of the sarong leaves little to the imagination, especially from the back. Local designers have widely contrasting opinions on the costume.

'Anna Karenina' Costume Designer Talks With The Thread
The Thread, November 9, 2012

The story of Anna Karenina is not a happy one. Centered on adultery, jealousy and hypocrisy (spoiler alter!) it does not have a happy ending. The newest cinematic adaptation of Tolstoy's novel, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, hits on all the misery of the original story, while adopting a lush, theatrical visual style. Director Joe Wright has again enlisted the work of Jacqueline Durran, the multiple Academy Award-nominated and BATA-winning costume designer whose work on "Atonement," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Vera Drake" has earned her a spot in the pantheon of iconice costme designers like Edith Head. Being that this is Durran's third film with Wright and Knightley, we asked Durran how involved they were in the design process. "Extremely involved," the designer insists.

Deadpool Costume Hoodie Instantly Turns You Into The Merc With A Mouth
MTV Geek-News, November 9, 2012

Halloween may be over, but that's no reason to stop dressing up like your favorite comic book character. Who needs a holiday? This latest costume hoodie will turn you into the Merc with the Mouth with one simple zip. It won't make you as clever or as deadly as Deadpool, but there's no denying you'll look pretty stylish in the red and black.

BIG At The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume - Royal Ontario Museum
Style Bistro, November 9, 2012

A new exhibit has opened at Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume in the Royal Ontario Museum. BIG showcases a selection of major pieces from the permanent collection. I was invited to a intimate preview (with Patricia Harris in attendance) and manged to get a couple photos.A stunning display, BIG is exclusively drawn from ROM's collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. Showcasing 40 artifacts from around the world, this unique exhibition includes obkjects assuming their BIG status in a myriad of ways.

Costume SuperCenter Inventory Lost To Superstorm Sandy
MultichannelMerchant.com, November 8, 2012

Costume SuperCenter is located in the same Edison, New Jersey, building as themed party supply seller Birthday in a Box, whose situation was reported November 7 by Multichannel Merchant. Lara Burke, Costume SuperCenter's SEO copywriter, posted details about the flooding a power outages, as well as photos of the damage, on the company's blog. Images were also posted to Costume SuperCenter's Facebook page. According to the blog post, the storm surge caused four feet of flood damage to the building. Here's an idea of how powerful the storm surge was: Burke wrote in the blog post that the building Costume SuperCenter is in is in a wooded industrial complex that backs to the marshes of the Raritan River, about 2 miles from the Raritan Bay and Atlantic Ocean. A clean-up company was brought in to gut offices and remove flooring and furinture. All inventory destroyed by the flood was also thrown away.

Florida Costume Museum Unveils Star-Studded Collection
FloridaToday.com, November 7, 2012

Box by box they arrive, the once glittering costumes of Broadway legends and theater memorabilia, now dirty, tattered and forgotten. There were painstakingly hand-beaded bodices and garments worn by Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett and Vanessa Williams, each more unkempt than the next, store on rusty hangars and covered in black soot. It was to be one of the largest collections of Broadway costumes in the country. There were more than 500 boxes in all, newly purchased by Marilyn Wick to add to her multimillion-dollar collection of costumes at Costume World, which she rents to professional theaters and high school productions. Wick and her daughter, Kimberly, surveyed the treasures they had just purchased at a 2005 auction: a Judy Garland hat, Ginger Roger's red sequin dress from "Hello Dolly", Lou Diamond Phillip's jewel-encrusted jacket from "The King and I" and Nathan Lane's gangster suit from "Guys and Dolls." They knew they had to share it. The mother-daughter duo opened a museum in 2011, showcasing more than 1 million costumes from almost 50 shows, guiding daily tours through a non-descript South Florida warehouse against a backdrop of handpainted sets and a marquee replica from storied Broadway theaters like the Winter Garden.

Honey Boo Boo Popular Costume This Year
NY Daily News, November 3, 2012

You better "redneckognize" Honey Boo Boo's Halloween costume. Honey Boo Boo was a popular Halloween costume this year, but the reality television star 'being Honey Boo Boo every other day of the year' had to think of a different outfit. She wore a bright pink and black dress Wednesday. The costume appears to be a modern update to the traditional pirate costume. The piracy element might not have been noticeable if it were not for the skull and crossbones. Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is Alana Thompson, also put on a matching pink and black wig and carried a purple pumpkin candy carrier.

Kim Kardashian's Catwoman Halloween Costume Could Not Possibly Be Tighter
Huffington Post, November 1, 2012

Holy skintight outfit, Batman! Kim Kardashian rawr-ed up to Miami Beach's Club LIV last night in the gold Lamborghini with boyfriend Kanye West, but few people probably noticed the pair's transportation: the curvy reality star was poured into a snug and shiny Catwoman costume to complement the rapper's Batman getup. Kablow, indeed! "Can't wait for you to see my costume," she tweeted on the way. "Even cars to go with our theme!"

Heidi Klum Reveals All-Time Favorite Halloween Costume
Us Weekly, October 28, 2012

As Heidi Klum gears up for her annual Halloween costume bash, the Project Runway hostess is getting nostalgic about the looks she's worn in years past. In the new issue of Us Weekly, Klum, 39, took to Twitter Oct. 28 to declare her favorite all-time Halloween ensemble. "My Visible Woman costume is my all-time favorite! Martin Izquierdo made the costume and Bill Corso did my makeup," Klum tweeted, referring to the gory, skintight ensemble she donned for her 2011 bash at Tao a the Venetian in Las Vegas.