This Halloween, Choose Cosplay Over Costumes

Luis Arias, Feature Reporter

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We’re getting closer to that time of the month.

We’re getting closer to the time we get to be somebody else rather than ourselves.

Lines are forming inside Wal-Mart, Spirit Halloween and Party City. There, you can get costumes ranging in costs from $30 to $60. You could, but why?

But what about self-expression? What about originality? What about cosplay?

Unlike costumes where it’s just prepacked material of a theme of the character you’re portraying, cosplayers work to get what they want to specifically look like. At times, specificity translates to authenticity and originality.

Take The Flash. Do you want to be dressed as The CW’s Flash rather than the spandex comic Flash costume? Or maybe you prefer Sam Raimi’s Spiderman over Marc Webb’s TASM2 Suit.

For Halloween, sometimes cosplayers would go toward a more horror aspect of costume designing to dress like Norman Bates (who dressed like his mother) from Psycho or the Part 3 Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th series.

Cosplayers are a different breed. They’re the people who go for The Joker from The Dark Knight, Shawn from Shawn of the Dead, Michael Myers from Halloween and Matt Murdock from Daredevil (the Netflix series).

I like the idea of wearing a cosplay type costume because it embodies the same idea as a gaming computer. It gives you creative freedom on what you want to do with your costume/project. Cosplaying also let’s you get the stuff you need if you want to make it good rather than getting a store bought costume that you’ll probably use once or twice. The only problem with cosplaying is, unlike gaming pc’s, some or most of the parts for your cosplay may cost a bit more than a regular costume. It’s also cool if you bring your cosplay work for a get together in a convention.

But like Iron Man’s first suit or Jason Voorhees first mask, it’s probably not going to look great. But with practice, you can continue to improve your cosplay to show to the world.

So if there’s a costume idea you want to do, even without the money, you should do it anyways. It’s better to get something done than to wait till you got all the right stuff.

Also If you want to, you can go to horror conventions near you to show off your cosplays!

Just think. This could be the start of a whole new world and a whole new life.

And all because of Halloween.

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