As a year-round seamstress, I adore Halloween. I get really excited about who's going to wear what. Thus, I've been discussing costume plans with my readers. Kory F is going to dress up as Michonne from The Walking Dead. Christine W is going to be a wildling from Game of Thrones. BADASS, am I right? I'm so glad to see geek girls avoiding the "Sexy _______" trend, because really, I'm sick naughty Hermiones. Don't dress as naughty Hermione!
...Actually, while I'm at it, here are a few more Geeky Halloween Costume Dos and Don'ts.
DON'T wear the standard Slave Leia bikini. Plenty of girls have that covered. ...er, NOT covered. ;) If the annual photoshoot at Dragon*Con has taught me anything, it's that Slave Leia is a classic sex symbol, but also a loss of your individuality.
DO consider more original versions of sexy. Try a femme version of Han Solo. Strategically rip your Starfleet uniform to be a redshirt that evaded death. There are also some pretty amazing re-imaginings out there, including high-fashion Avengers and Disney battle princesses. Here are some ladies I know as re-imagined villainesses.
DON'T be Korean singer/rapper Psy. Gangnam Style has taken the Internet by storm, but has already jumped the shark. You can bet there will be multiple Psys at every party. Sorry, but the dance isn't that funny anymore.
DO bring a prop. Carrying a little something extra- a Tribble, a Marauder's Map, an edible stallion's heart (with recipe!)- sets you apart. My friend Joe was worried that he didn't look like the Eleventh Doctor. So, he cut a face into an apple a la Amy Pond, and it won him LOADS of attention! Check him out.
DON'T be a character that just wears street clothes. I know from experience as Rose Tyler- if the public doesn't think you're in costume, you're not in costume. Other culprits include Light Yagami from Death Note or really anyone with the title "Agent-" Smith, Mulder, Archer...
DO portray a scientist or other real-life "superhero." Science has been hot this year. Might I suggest Nikola Tesla? Bobak the NASA Mohawk Guy will also be a popular choice, but many people will mess up the hair. Wear it if you can master it. Brainy is the new sexy.
DO consider being an inanimate object. Some of my favorite costumes aren't people at all. Be a Golden Snitch and run from your friends! Be the boulder from Raiders of the Lost Ark and chase your friends! Be a Tetris block and, er... rotate and fall down with your friends? Lisa D dressed up as a statue. A totally harmless, benign-
Finally, above all, DON'T miss the opportunity. Each year you don't dress up is a year the naughty Hermiones win.
Your turn! Post below with your geeky Halloween costume ideas!