11 Modern Day Cosplays You Can Totally Pull Off At Ren Faires

Because period dress is expensive and prone to heat stroke. These are all valid, canonically acceptable costumes obviously.

1. Ash Williams - Army of Darkness

You will need:

• Blue button-down shirt
• Khaki pants
• Belt
• Leather shoulder straps
• Chainsaw hand - Make your own for about $20 over here.
Optional - Boomstick aka fake gun

Your cover story:

While trying to send an evil force back to where it came from, you were pulled through a temporal rift and landed in this strange place. In order to get home, you need to find a book bound in human skin and destroy it. Be sure to ask the actors if they have seen the book or any wandering undead.

Quote to use:

“This is my boomstick!”

2. Away Team Member - Star Trek

You will need:

• Star Trek t-shirt
• Black slacks or skirt
Optional - Tricorder

Your cover story:

Your ship was getting highly fluctuating readings from this planet, so you were sent to investigate. Ask around about strange sightings of fairies or other mythical creatures, as they may be manifestations from temporal spikes.

Quote to use:

“Fascinating.”

3. The Doctor - Doctor Who

You will need:

• Pinstripe suit and trenchcoat with optional 3-D glasses
OR
• Button-down shirt, red bow tie and brown plaid jacket with optional fez
OR
• Long striped scarf and brown felt hat with optional velvet jacket

Your cover story:

You are an official royal festival inspector. Just out making the rounds, ensuring proper revelry is being had by all. Be sure to show off your credentials by way of blank paper which is obviously not blank but slightly psychic.

Quote to use:

“Fantastic!”

4. SG-1 Recruit - Stargate: SG-1

You will need:

• Army fatigues
• SG-1 embroidered badge
• Utility vest
Optional - Fake gun

Your cover story:

A solar flare interacted with the StarGate wormhole, causing a temporal distortion which flung you into this alternate past. In order to get home, you must find the gate. Ask the actors if they know of any legends surrounding ancient circles in the area.

Quote to use:

“Indeed.”

5. Marty McFly - Back to the Future

You will need:

• Blue and white button-down shirt
• Jean jacket
• Orange vest
• Jeans

Your cover story:

You’re just not from around here, just visiting from another country. On vacation. Nothing to see here. Your fashion sense is very in line with your home country. Ask the actors if they know what plutonium is and where you could buy some in large quantities.

Quote to use:

“Nobody calls me chicken!”

6. Phillip J. Fy - Futurama

You will need:

• Orange wig or temporary hair dye
• White t-shirt
• Red jacket
• Blue jeans

Your cover story:

One of the Professor’s wacky inventions zapped you to the past but everyone has been really nice even if they all smell terrible. You don’t know how you’re going to get home but Leela will think of something.

Quote to use:

“Not sure if _______ or _______.”

7. Bill or Ted - Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

You will need:

• White t-shirt
• Black vest and red button-down shirt or blue button-down shirt
• Black shorts or blue jeans

Your cover story:

Dude, George Carlin is totally just helping you with your history paper so your dad doesn’t ship you/your best friend off to military school. Ask the actors if they’ve seen total babes Princess Elizabeth and Joanna because they’re supposed to hook-up if they know what you mean.

Quote to use:

“Whoa.”

8. Twoflower - Discworld: The Color Of Magic

You will need:

• Safari hat
• Glasses
• Hawaiian shirt
• Jean shorts
Optional - Camera

Your cover story:

On vacation from your home in Agatean Empire, you’re just on walkabout learning the ways of a foreign culture. Take photos of everything, including uncomfortable close-ups of actors.

Quote to use:

“I’m just a tourist!”

9. Roland Deschain - The Dark Tower

You will need:

• Cowboy hat
• Blue button-down shirt
• Brown leather vest
Optional - Leather duster
Optional - Fake pistols
Optional - Ammo bely

Your cover story:

As a descendant of King Arthur and an official gunslinger, it is your duty to protect these people from the evils of the Dark Tower. No you don’t want to elaborate.

Quote to use:

“The world has moved on.”

10. The Gang - Scooby-Doo

You will need:

• Green v-neck shirt and brown slacks
OR
• Blue collared shirt, white pullover, orange neckerchief, and blue slacks
OR
• Purple dress, green scarf, and purple tights
OR
• Orange sweater, pleated orange skirt, and orange knee-high socks

Your cover story:

Jeepers you think this is the best renaissance fair you’ve been too but old Mr. Wilikins asked you kids to check out some suspicious behavior. You’re on the hunt for clues!

Quote to use:

“Jinkies!”

11. Carmen Sandiego - Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

You will need:

• Black tshirt
* Black slacks
• Red trenchcoat
• Red felt hat

Your cover story:

You don’t have one. You don’t need one. Be sure to ask if there are any priceless monuments nearby. You’re just asking for a friend.

Quote to use:

“Never let the enemy know your secrets.”

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