My Halloween Costume

Well it’s practically Christmas, so why not FINALLY make an update about how my Halloween costume turned out? I mostly blame my broken phone and the difficulty I had in getting the photos off of it. I slightly blame my laziness. Ok and I also partly blame my memory for forgetting I could find most of the photos on my Instagram and Facebook. SHH.

Say hello to Fox McCloud! (I’ll get to that other crazy character next to me in a second…)

I’m really happy with how everything turned out. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few updates here and there about the costume. Fur color and painting it, the gun, yadda yadda. After all my drama with the fox fur, I think it came together pretty well! I was mostly just winging the whole thing the night before Halloween. The fox ears have A LOT of hot glue holding their shape. Hot glue is your friend.

The fox ears and tail were a little rough to the touch after I painted them the color I wanted with acrylics, but from far away I think they work great! I pinned the tail to my pants with a giant safety pin (sadly I don’t have a good shot of it on, but you can see it poking out from the side) and the ears are on a thin plastic headband. Surprisingly, it’s very hard to drive while wearing fox ears and a tail.

I painted a Nerf gun with acrylic paints as best I could. I know nothing about guns or what they’re supposed to look like. But hey…this is the future. My gun can look however it wants! I also made a holster out of thick felt and sponged it with more paint to try and look leathery. Next time, I’d definitely like to make it out of real leather since the felt was kind of flimsy. For one Halloween night, it got the job done. I also added another strappy belt around my leg for more holstery stability. I don’t know. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Having a gun prop was a lot of fun. I wanted to shoot everything! The only problem was I only had three darts and kept having to retrieve them. If I could rig something up where they’re attached to a little string that I could easily reel back in…oh man…that would be the best.

The headset was made out of an old Xbox headset. I painted an empty playing card box, added some red foam and slid it onto the headset. I found a pair of hippy green glasses at the Halloween store and cut out the little green shape I needed for the eye piece. Then by the power of hot glue and electrical tape, I used some thick black wire to attach it all together. I’m actually really surprised this all worked out alright. It’s a little janky, but it totally works!

If I have more time, I’d like to go back and fix the headset, maybe replace it. This was Lou’s old headset, and his giant head stretched the shape out a lot. Even a light breeze was blowing it off my head.

The belt buckle is made out of thick foam. This is another piece I’d like to redo, but at the time I was just working with what I had. I free-handed the Fox emblem onto the foam and painted it silver, adding some loops so I could easily slide it onto my belt. It looks just like a buckle, but it’s not very durable. I risked crushing it anytime I sat down.

I’d also like to add shin covers on my boots similar to the Smash Bros. Fox version (there’s a few different ones spanning all the different games). I didn’t have enough time before Halloween.

This is probably one of the most comfortable costumes I’ve put together, despite all my head accessories. I can’t wait to try it out at a convention.

The hilarious icing on the costume cake…you may or may not recognize the character standing next to me in the first photo. So my friend Yesenia wouldn’t tell me what her costume was. I knew she was making something, but I had no idea what. She’s a sneaky sneak like that. I show up in my costume and what do I see but FALCO staring back at me. Another character from Star Fox! Dis bish just leveled up my costume into an epic group costume!

Now we just have to convince Lou or her husband to be Slippy the Frog (also from StarFox) and we’ll be set. For now, we’re part Star Fox, a bartender, Ness from Earthbound and a shark dog. And that’s a wrap Halloween 2014!

Halloween costume progress

This year, I didn’t think I was going to dress up. I was feeling lazy and busy with other things. But then randomly, I thought of a costume that I could probably make and decided I’M DOING THIS – Fox McCloud from the video game Starfox! I have the basic clothing getup, but I still have a lot of small elements to make. I think I can do it all this weekend. I just have to go into bubble mode.
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The biggest issue I ran into, that I didn’t even think would be an issue was finding the right color faux fur for the ears and fox tail! Silly me for putting so much faith in my local Joann’s Fabric store to have a light brown/rust/orange-ish color. I ended up buying a light tan (all they had besides dark brown) and using my crafty know-how also picked up some orange and brown Rit fabric dyes. I’ll dye the fur the color I need…I’m a genius! Guess what, I’m not a genius. Did you know that Rit dye won’t dye polyester faux fur? It literally washes right out. DOH! Now what??

After much searching, I found and ordered some of the proper color fur from a seller on eBay. Maybe if I was lucky, it would arrive with enough time for me to make the ears and tail. The seller is allll the way across the country, so it’s going to take forever in general. But then…just my luck, there was a glitch in the matrix and they were all sold out of that color. GAH! In a bit of desperation, then I ordered the fur from a website I swore up and down I would never use again only because they were the only other retailer I could find who had the color fur I needed. I’m stressing because the reason I originally decided to never shop there again is because they took FOREVER to ship my order.

Alright, side story…I ordered a lot of fabric and notions from Fabric.com for a costume I was making. It was a bit time sensitive and it was the first time I ordered from them, but I made sure I had plenty of time to get the fabric and make my outfit in time. A week later, there was no progress with my order when I checked my account online. So I contacted live chat and spoke to a CS rep who said there was a mistake with my address and that was the hold up. Apparently, my address line was too long with the addition of my apartment number. Ok, great, so why wasn’t I contacted?? The CS rep said they fixed the mistake and my order would be on it’s way soon. Ok fine. Four more days later and no action. At this point I’m starting to get annoyed because time is just tick tick ticking away. So I contacted them again explaining the whole situation and the looming urgency and their apparent butt dragging and the CS rep said they don’t know why my order wasn’t moving. WELL GREAT…GET IT MOVING. No apologies, no nothing. They really didn’t seem to care that they were driving me insane. I asked if they could upgrade shipping at least. I just wanted my order in a timely manner!…but no, they couldn’t do that for whatever reason. So after that, they assured me my order would ship that day, but it didn’t ship until the next day, according to the status on my account and the shipping notification email. Thankfully, in the end, nothing was wrong with the order, but I swore up and down that the aggravation and hassle I had to deal with wasn’t worth it. Basically, I’m worried any future orders I place with them are going to have similar issues. I triple checked my address and made sure everything was correct and now all I can do is cross my fingers. It’s only been two days with no action on my order yet and they say they ship within 2-3 days, so I still have time before I start bugging.

Anywho, while those shenanigans are going on, as a backup plan, I scoured the interwebs for a solution to this fur dye issue and found a lot of people also made the same mistake. I saw a suggestion about watering down acrylic paint and spraying it onto the fur, letting it dry and then brushing it with a cat hair brush. Surprisingly, it worked alright. The color is a little blotchy and the fur feels a little rough, but if this other fur doesn’t arrive in time, I think this makeshift one I “painted” will do alright for a night. Instead of spraying it on, I used a paint brush heavily dipped in water. It was a MESS, but also kind of fun. Like finger painting!

Look how much lighter it looks after I brushed it out. It’s just the color I was looking for. “Teddy Bear” as Lou calls it. It’s actually a smidge darker than the photo shows.

This is the gun I plan on painting. Lou found it for me at Toys R Us. It comes with three little foam darts and even has a laser sight! I already sanded it and layered on some gesso to prep it for the paint. That giant orange pull thingy is going to be a problem, I think. Oh, well, I’ll figure it out!

Once I finish the ears, tail, gun, headset, gloves, and belt buckle, make a gun holster, oh and slightly tailor the shirt and the scarf, then I’ll be all done! No problem at all……

Man, I always do this to myself.