Halloween Inspiration from Comic Con

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Don’t know what to wear for Halloween? Need some inspiration? Luckily for you the world of cosplay descended upon the ExCel Centre this past weekend for MCM London Comic Con and we were there to grab snaps of some of the best outfits on show. So sit back and learn from the pros… 
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Elmo (aka Carl Johnson, 25, Swindon)

“It took my wife and myself the best part of three weeks to put Elmo together. The hardest part was making the head, which is two hanging garden baskets stuck together and polystyrene for the eyes. Sizing it up was difficult as it was just down to trial and error.”

How Much Did it Cost?  £40 

Halloween Sorted:    Get Your Own Elmo costume here 
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Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson (aka Chris, 29, and Lindsey, 26, Dover Lindsey)


“The outfit consists of biker jeans and a cheap plastic leather jacket. The belts are bought as they are and sprayed green, the shoulder pads are made out of foam, and the badges were carved out of cardboard. Judge Dredd is Chris’ childhood hero so I couldn’t get out of being judge Anderson.”

How Much Did it Cost? No one was keeping count!

Halloween Sorted:    Get Your Own Judge Dredd costume
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Lady Death (aka Kit Horsley, 24, Reading)


“This outfit is really about the paint job, and that was a nightmare getting on! It’s a few layers and you have to let each layer dry before you apply the next, then any little scrape can smudge it. But it’s nice and cheap to do, especially when my costumes usually range between £100 and £250.” 

How Much Did it Cost? £30

Halloween Sorted:  Get your own Lady Death costume
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Red Skull (aka Beer Bug Barney, 35, Belgium)

“This is the second version of this costume, the first one had a regular Halloween mask which I customised for the face. Now I have a professionally made and fully licensed silicone mask it takes the whole outfit to a different level.”

How Much Did it Cost? Around £500 for the suit and we won’t even go into how much the mask costs!

Halloween Sorted:  Scary mask selection
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Mr Freeze (aka Dave Clarke, 35, London)


“Mr Freeze took three months to put together. The hardest part was making the helmet. It’s made out of plastazote covered with thermo plastic. The most expensive individual thing was building the gun – it’s a creative use of a garden strimmer!” 

How Much Did it Cost? Too much!
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Scarlet witch (aka Bonnie, 26, Reading)


“It took about two weeks to track down all the bits for the outfit. Then I had the issue of trying to get the soles on the stockings without having to stick them on with super glue. I ended up punching holes in it with a belt hole puncher and tying a ribbon across.” 

How Much Did it Cost? £200

Halloween Sorted:  Witch costumes for big and little kids
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Shredder (aka Rob, 36, Essex)


“This outfit has changed over the years. The mask is made out of fibreglass and has picked up a few cracks over the years but it’s still holding together. The most unpractical part of becoming Shredder is the morph suit I’m wearing underneath it. I haven’t been to the toilet all day!”

How Much Did it Cost? £200 and rising

Halloween Sorted:  Get your own Shredder costume
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Halo (aka Brennan, 21, Liverpool)

“It took about four months and numerous glue burns to make. It’s all gym mats and EVA foam, and getting in and out of it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It takes about 10 minutes to get the legs on, getting the chest on takes another five minutes and then I can’t even breathe once the helmet is on.”

How Much Did it Cost? £400

Halloween Sorted:  Get your own Halo costume
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League of Legends (aka Reece, 19, Lucy, 20, Wales)

“Everything else on the outfit was easy compared to the gun. Lots of planning plus EVA foam and plastic went into building the gun. All in all it took six months and it’s so heavy I can’t even carry it around for six minutes!”   

How Much Did it Cost? We haven’t looked at the receipts yet!
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Venom (aka Rick Booker, 28, Macclesfield)


“Making this outfit was a six-month labour of love. I started off with a sensei suit on a mannequin, covered it in upholstery foam and then went over it in latex. Then I had to destroy the mannequin to get the whole thing off once it was complete!”

How Much Did it Cost? £300, including the mannequin
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