CORNER BROOK A witch, a zombie, a cat, a vampire, television, movie or video characters — the list is endless when it comes to Halloween costumes.
So to help with putting together a costume, The Western Star spoke with a local costume expert of sorts.
Lucas Morneau is big on cosplaying and recently has been finding more venues to enjoy his hobby through his involvement with Atlanti-Con, a local science fiction/fantasy/comics/gaming and anime convention
“Ever since I was young Halloween was my favourite holiday because of the fact you get to dress up as someone that you usually aren’t.”
Morneau, 18, said it’s all about putting on a new persona and it’s the one time of year you can dress up and no one will look at you weird.
His most elaborate costume was last year when he dressed as the character Pit from the video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Pit is an angel, so Morneau had to make a big set of wings and shoes with fur on them.
“It was my first time actually going through the process of making a complete costume and it took a lot of time, but it turned out really well.”
He said being a video game character is pretty normal for him, but this year he plans to take a break from that.
“And do something funny.”
Whether you make your own costume or buy one, Morneau said it’s important to plan ahead.
“You don’t want to be the last day before Halloween trying to pick out a costume.”
You can find costume ideas online or look to your favourite TV shows, movies and video games.
Morneau said taking an ordinary household item — think box of orange juice, a carton of milk or a bottle of water — and turning it into a costume often results in some neat creations.
Once you have an idea the next step is to plan it out.
For example if you plan to be an agent from “The Matrix,” you’ll need sunglasses.”
Or if you’re going traditional, try to “spice it up a bit.” Think zombie cat or pirate cat.
Put it all together
Next gather everything you need.
“It’s always good to try to find them in your house first,” said Morneau. You might have clothing or other items that fit what you need.
“Raiding your family members’ closets is always a good idea,” he said with a laugh. “Just ask permission first.”
Things you can’t find at home can be sourced at local stores or online.
Assembling your costume can involve some sewing if you know how, or the use of a hot glue gun.
Morneau said using fabric paint to put images on clothing is also good way to save money.
If you’re interested in more tips, Moreau and other local cosplayers, Katherine Gallant and Angela Street, will be talking Halloween costumes on Atlanti-Con’s weekly Sunday Night Geek Chat show on Bay of Islands Radio, www.boir.ca, on Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m.