Unlike The Menace, I’m a lazy geek with minimal sewing abilities. Rather than attempt and fail to construct detailled and elaborate costumes, I stick to costumes that work with what I have in my closet and require the purchase of three accessories max.
Here are some simple, quick, yet geeky costumes that you can put together in time for Halloween (which is only three days away!). These are the ones I thought up yesterday; any other ideas?
Wolverine: Wife beater. Jeans. Dogtags. Leather jacket. Prop claws. Cigar, Sideburns. Five bucks for plastic claws, three for fake sideburns and scruff (free if you’ve got the hairy genes to grow it yourself).
Superboy: Black T-shirt with red Superman S (can be made out of red tape). Jeans. Sunglasses optional.
Bruce Wayne: Suit. Shirt unbuttoned to reveal Batman symbol underneath?
The Penguin: Tuxedo. Umbrella. Top Hat. Pointy nose. Cigarette in holder. Monocle.
Warren Worthington III: Blonde hair. Jeans. Large angel wings.
Silver Surfer: Silver speedo. Silver bodypaint. Silver swim cap to make yourself look bald. Silver surfboard (can just be carboard cut into the shape and spray painted). Contacts if you want the full effect.
Dr. Manhattan: Blue bodypaint. Blue swim cap to make yourself look bald. Draw in a circle with a dot in the centre of your forehead. Contacts and dark eye makeup. Black biker shorts or speedo or man thong or…you know.
Angel: Dark clothing. Leather jacket. Hair gel. Broody attitude. Maybe vampire fangs.
Waldo: Red and white striped shirt and beanie. Reans. Round glasses. It’s so much better if you surround yourself with people dressed similarly but slightly differently so that it’s like you’re actually hidden in a Where’s Waldo book.
Chuck: White short sleeved shirt. Skinny grey tie. Pens in pocket. Nerd Herd nametag. Bonus points if you have a hot blonde girlfriend in a orange tank top or leather.
Shaun of the Dead: Red tie. White shirt. Red pen in pocket. Nametag. Bloody cricket bat. Bouquet of yellow flowers. Zombie best friend a plus.
The Hulk: Purple shorts. Green body paint. Dark hair.
Severus Snape: Long black robe. Wand. Greasy hair. Big nose and Slytherin colours optional.
Captain Hammer: Hammer T-shirt. Cargo pants tucked into combat boots. Welder’s gloves.
Hiro Nakamura: All black clothing. Draw on a soul patch. Samurai sword.
Baroness: Skin tight, all black clothes. Awesome boots, Glasses. Red Cobra symbol on your chest, (can be made using red tape). Maybe a prop machine gun and ammo belt. Wig if necessary.
Catwoman: Skin tight, all black clothes. Cat ears. Broad gold belt at hip level (can be made out of spray painted cardboard?) and gold coin necklace. Mask. Wig if necessary. Or, alternatively, just boots and a whip.
Ramona Flowers: Cute, punk clothes. Several belts. Colourful wig. Rollerblades or cool boots. Those goggles might be a little hard to find, but you could do without them and still be recognisable. Circle purse with a star. Giant hammer is a plus.
Emma Frost: Blonde hair. White lingerie/bathing suit/corset. White boots. White cape.
She Hulk: Suit. Purple undershirt for a hint of who she is. Green body paint. Wig if necessary. Nametag and briefcase optional. (As a law student, it’s my go-to back-up costume)
Smurfette: White dress. Blue bodypaint, Blonde wig if necessary.
Black Canary: Black bathing suit. Leather jacket. Fishnets. Combat boots. Blonde wig if necessary. Motorbike optional.
Poison Ivy: Green body paint. Red wig if necessary. Leaves glued to a bikini.
Starbuck: Backwards black racerback tank top. Khakis. Combat boots. Hexagonal dogtags. Cigar. Short blonde hair. Tattoo on left arm.
Barbara Gordon/Oracle: Red hair. Wheelchair. Glasses. Laptop and escrima sticks optional.
Leia: Extra large white turtleneck. Long white skirt. Belt. Hair in distinctive buns.
The Doctor and Companion: so many options here, including but not limited to:
- 9: Leather jacket, Jeans. Dark shirt. Big nose and ears.
- 10: Blue or brown pinstriped suit. Slight sideburns. Converse. Trenchcoat optional.
- 11: Bowtie. Suspenders. Fez. Dress shirt and sweater(vest).
- Rose: Pink or purple. Dirty blonde hair.
- Martha: Red leather jacket. Jeans.
Mulder and Scully: Suits that look like they’re from the 80’s. Trenchcoats. Red hair for Scully. You can print out prop X-Files FBI badges.
Lois Lane and Clark Kent: Lois = suit and Daily Planet press pass (can be printed from the internet).
Clark = Option 1: Flannel. Jeans. Glasses. Shirt unbuttoned to reveal Superman Symbol underneath. Option 2: Business Casual. Tie. Glasses. Daily Planet press pass. Shirt unbuttoned to reveal Superman Symbol underneath.
Tony Stark and Pepper Potts: Pepper = suit. Crazy high heels.
Tony= Option 1: Wife beater. Jeans,. Goatee. Glow-y arc reactor hanging around his neck and under the wife beater. (I’ve arc reactor necklaces for sale in Halloween stores so I know it’s available; or you could use two glow sticks and electrical tape to achieve the same effect.) Option 2: Suit with arc reactor glow showing through.
Cloak and Dagger: Black guy with a goatee in a black cloak. White girl in skin tight white clothes with relevant sections cut out. Blonde wig if necessary.
Jay and Kay: Suits. Sunglasses. One black guy, one white guy.
Pumpkin Pi: Orange shirt with pumpkin face (can be made using black electrical tape). Pi shirt.