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!