Trick or treat! Staff costume round-up 2010

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Trick or treat! Staff costume round-up 2010

Your humble correspondent as Dead Cthulhu, blogging.

The mask, talons, and wings were purchased accessories. The talons and wings were intended to be “dragon” accessories, and they were given a light coat of spray paint to better match the mask, which of course is “Cthulhu-specific.” The shirt and pants are from a Ghillie suit that I bought at the local military surplus store. I wore two pillows underneath the top to make me fat. There’s shameful video of an uncharacteristically inebriated Cthulhu vogueing here.


Make: Online editor-in-chief Gareth Branwyn as Chia Gar!

Gareth sez:


I used plastic greenery from the craft store hot-glued to a latex bald cap and then used a light brown cream make-up to color my head pseudo-terra cotta color. My beard was colored first with spray-on temp hair color, then sprigs of greenery were attached with spirit gum. The styrofoam head-form was a godsend. I thought to ask for it at the costume shop as an afterthought, as I was checking out. They sold one to me for $1.99. I figured I would just stuff the bald cap with newspaper and build a crude stand for that. But the build turned out to be very finicky, fragile, and time-consuming, and it really needed the consistent shape and solid foundation. I don’t know if it would have been successful without the head-form. The costume was a big success and I got lots of compliments on it, so it was worth the many hours of work and all the frustration. I managed to get the wig back of the head-form after an evening of partying and it now sits on the console cabinet in my living room as a curious art object.

There’s a couple more photos over in Gar’s Flickr set.


Make: Online Associate Editor Becky Stern as La Roux’s Elly Jackson.

This from Becky’s recent post on CRAFT:

Last year on the MAKE YouTube channel, commenters started saying I looked like the singer from the English synth-pop duo La Roux. Here’s how to get the Mondrian jacket look from the video for their song Bulletproof. The costume tutorial includes plans for a remake of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s jacket design. You can also make your own “neo cameo” necklace with a laser cutter and these files on Thingiverse.

Check out the rest of the photos in her Flickr set.

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Director of Digital Media Shawn Connally, her husband and two boys.

From Halloween 2008. Lots more photos here.


MAKE/CRAFT Editorial Assistant Laura Cochrane in 2009, left, and 2008.

Inspired by this post over on CRAFT, Laura dressed as an owl last year.

I printed out the feather templates and eye mask (but I obviously had to increase the size of the mask, since I’m not a 5-year-old). I bought a cheap tank-top style dress to use as the base, and I was happy with the results!

The year before, I was Jareth from Labyrinth. My mom gave me the leather gloves, and I made the pendent from silver and gold Fimo dough. The thing that really made the costume though, was the crystal ball – I found an acrylic ball at TAP Plastics.

Pictured to her right as Tramaine de Senna, as Pris from Blade Runner. “Since we were wearing the same wig,” Laura says, “we decided to have a photo shoot together.”

lishdorset_ipod_front.jpgCRAFT contributing writer Lish Dorset as an “old-timey” video iPod in 2006.

Ethan_Halloween.jpgMAKE/CRAFT Production Designer Gerry Arrington’s son, Ethan, as classic movie popcorn and pterrifying pteradactyl.

Happy Halloween from all of us at MAKE and CRAFT!

12 thoughts on “Trick or treat! Staff costume round-up 2010

  1. MadRat says:

    Becky Stern’s costume is bulletproof (well… someone had to say it).

  2. Gilberti says:

    Well, these certainly put my TF2 Sniper costume to shame.

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      Pish! We want to see it!

      1. Gilberti says:

        Didn’t have time to get it 100% accurate or to fabricate a sniper rifle prop (since the Halloween Pops concert was mostly for kids anyway, the rifle probably would have been a bad idea).

        Black fur coat liner converted into a vest with a pocket sewn on the right to hold 4 empty .223 brass, red sweater with sleeves cuffed up and sniper logo ironed onto each shoulder (iron transfer didn’t come out as well as I hopped), white shirt, gray slacks, favorite hat, old prescription sunglasses (wrong color), over-sized black wristwatch, and a pair of cowhide work gloves with the fingers cut off.

        1. Gilberti says:

          Unless you want to see a guy dressed as a keg.

          Here be the Sniper:

    2. paolo- says:

      Sounds to me like you’re a spy…

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