20 Halloween Costume Tips From Comic Con

We asked a bunch of veteran cosplayers for Halloween advice. Here are their pro tips.

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2. 1. Don’t Wait Until The Night Before

“Make sure you have plenty of time.”
Jessica, Dick Grayson Robin from Holy Musical B@man!

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3. 2. Work With Your Body Type

“If you have curves, try going with costumes that compliment them.”
Lacy, The Scarlet Witch

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4. 3. Accessories Are Key

“Accessories are your friend. They will make your costume so much better.”
Danielle and Gina, The Doctor (#11) and Amy Pond from Doctor Who

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5. 4. Guys, Don’t Be Afraid To Use Makeup

“Makeup really makes a huge difference.”
Scott, Kratos Aurion from Tales of Symphonia

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6. 5. Avoid The Major Costume Retailers

“Avoid the major costume places because you will go broke and they usually don’t fit. It’s easy to piece parts of a costume together.”
Brett, Cyclops from X-Men

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7. 6. Be What You Feel

“It’s easier to assume the character’s personality when it’s something you’re comfortable being.”
Becca, Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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8. 7. Cover Up Your Tattoos

“If you have your own tattoos, and your character doesn’t have those tattoos, you have to cover up some tats.”
Warren, Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal

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9. 8. Don’t Care About The Weird Looks

“Being normal’s no fun.”
Sky, Kaoru Hitachiin from Ouran High School Host Club

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10. 9. Wear Comfortable Shoes

“Wear good shoes, regardless of if they go with the costume.”
Paul, The Doctor (#10) from Doctor Who

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11. 10. Bigger Is Better

“I feel more people should enjoy dressing up as bigger girls.”
Thomas, Ursula from The Little Mermaid

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12. 11. Keep In Character While In Costume

“Research a few of the necessary poses and catchphrases. The show of dedication is really what’s important.”
Robert, Green Arrow

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13. 12. Never Give Up

“Always try, try again. If a costume fails, rebuild it.”
Steve, Zero from Mega Man X

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14. 13. Be Physical

“Interaction is key. People love that.”
Mark, Spider-Man merged with the Venom Symbiote

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15. 14. Gender Doesn’t Matter

“Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t be a certain character. My gender’s not going to constrain which character I’m going to choose.”
Sarah, Tintin

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16. 15. Dress Up With Friends

“Friends just make it the best. They can help you and you can play off each other.”
Audrey and Kathleen, The Doctor (#10) and Rose Tyler from Doctor Who

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17. 16. Making Your Costume Is Half The Fun

“So enjoy it while you do it.”
Jacob, Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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18. 17. A Good Costume Takes Dedication

“If you want something done, and you want it perfectly done, you’ll find a way to do it.”
Erica, Hit Girl from Kick-Ass

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19. 18. Everyone Can Be Sexy

“I think it’s okay for everyone to do sexy costumes. Go all out.”
Mike, Sexy Wario

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20. 19. Focus On The Character Of The Wounds

“You have to make a landscape out of your face.”
Ethan, biker gang zombie

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21. 20. You Can Pull Off Any Costume As Long As You’re Comfortable With Who You Are!

“As long as you’re comfortable with who you are, that’s the most important thing.”
Gus, King Hippo from Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

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