Another Benefit of Con Season

Those who follow me on the Zuckerberg Experiment know what this additional benefit is. For those who missed the post, it is the legitimization of year round costume and prop planning.

Allow me to explain.

There really is no “down” time as far as Halloween planning is concerned. For example, I was planning the big piece of this year’s Halloween display around the beginning of October 2012. I had an idea. I knew it was more than I could do in a month, so it became the centerpiece of the display I will be putting up this year.
1 The same goes for costuming. I generally where one costume to the GLAHW Monster Mash For Literacy Bash (and any other parties we may attend) and another one Halloween night at the house. There are reasons behind this; party costumes should be different from ones one will wear outside all night.2 Of course the real reason is that it allows me to create more than one costume.

Which is where Con season comes in. Many Cons have costume parties, costume contests, or just have people walking around in costumes. The GLAHW has been attending the
Motor City ComiCon for six years. For the last few years we have been having “theme days” as I discussed here. We have decided on our theme days for our 2013 appearance at con. I am not going to divulge here, but I will let you know that I have already entered the serious planning stage for what may be a rather large endeavor.

What I will say is that the first part of the construction involves a lot of diagramming. I really wish I was a better artist. I’m going to overcome this deficiency by projecting movie stills on to a large sheet of paper (did I mention the costume I am going to work on is a movie character?) and tracing so I can get it as accurate as possible. That is going to be the easy part.

The hard part is going to be diagraming the actual rig. I’m envisioning PVC pipes (cushioned in some places), straps, a couple yards of black fabric, a helmet, one of my styrofoam heads, a huge pile of feathers, some pool noodles, some wire, and a lot of duct tape. If I can put on paper (and by that I mean my iPad) what I am envisioning then I should be able to construct it.

At least, that’s the plan.



1 If I can pull it off.

2 The perfect costume for an indoor Halloween party should:
Allow the wearer to eat easily
Allow the wearer to drink easily
Allow freedom of movement including dancing
Should be designed so the wearer will not overheat
Allow the wearer to use the facilities without completely removing the costume3

This is different from a costume worn out doors which, at least in Michigan, should allow for multiple layers of clothing to be worn. Ease of handing out candy is also a bonus.

3 These rules were all learned the hard way. For example, I once wore a prosthetic facial piece which forced me to limit my food intake to fried cheese sticks and taquittos and to drink through a straw.