Halloween 2018

Even way before I got into costuming as my major hobby, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. I still love it, even now that I’m in costume almost more than I’m not. The past couple of years my costumes have been just ridiculous (last year I was Business Cat – just me in business attire wearing a giant cat head) and this year was no exception.

A friend found these ridiculous plastic men’s chestpieces in a shop and showed me a photo, and I asked him to pick one up for me. I had Big Plans for it.

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For anyone who has seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you may remember the odd scene in which Kylo Ren “Force Skypes” with Rey and he’s just…standing there, oiled-up and shirtless?! It was such an odd moment in the film, and it launched the #benswolochallenge on Instagram where people hiked up their black pants to their ribcage, took off their shirts, and looked like a Space Pinup Bad Boy. My plan was to take this and run with it and strive for ridiculousness.

I bought a nude-colored leotard to wear as a base, and then basically my entire Kylo Ren costume (minus the tunic, vest, and cape) with the stupid fake chest attached to my front, and then hiked up my leggings so far up that I’m pretty sure my pants could have doubled as a bra. The result?

‘Sup, Rey?

Kylo, no. Costumers: Kris Heding and Jordan West.

I SAID, ‘SUP, REY.

The most majestic photo ever taken of me, thank you to Alex Hall.

And then we made a fun video because my sense of humor is odd. (Costumers: Kris Heding, Madeline Anderson, and Jordan West.)

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It was a pretty epic Halloween.

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Crypticon 2018

Costumers: Paul Haga & Kris Heding.

On October 26-28, I went to Crypticon for the first time. I was contacted by the organizers of the convention to have a “Star Wars in Minnesota” table in one of the conference rooms (along with our friends from the Saber Legion). It was an opportunity for us to try out having an info table at a different con.

On Friday, I debuted my Clan Techie costume (from Dredd 2012) and followed my friend Paul around in his Dredd costume. I’m pretty sure nobody knew who I was supposed to be, and that’s fine – I didn’t expect anyone to care about a side-character that most people probably don’t remember. But, it was a really fun costume to put together, and now I have two costumes of Domhnall Gleeson’s characters, so I guess I have A Thing, now? (I’ve been told I should make a Bill Weasley costume. I may.)

Anyway, we took some fun photos around the con (even on the roof, which was not supposed to be unlocked, so…oops.)

Eep! Costumers: Kris Heding & Paul Haga.

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Did I mention it was cold and rainy? It was cold and rainy. Costumers: Paul Haga & Kris Heding.

HE IS THE LAW. And I’m…a nervous wreck. Costumers: Kris Heding & Paul Haga.

Hacking the system, or just checking e-mails? Costumers: Kris Heding & Paul Haga.

Saturday morning I did the Anoka Halloween Parade as Admiral Ackbar, and then came back to the hotel to take a quick nap before continuing with my Crypticon adventures. I switched into Catwoman, and we took some fun photos out in the cold again. This time, no roof.

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Choking Harley with a whip – like one does. Costumers: Nicole Petry & Kris Heding. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Ah, lovely footstool. Oh, hey Harley. Costumers: Kris Heding & Nicole Petry. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Sunday morning we loaded out our luggage and costumes and then I donned my Fem!Kylo while working at the Star Wars tables for a while.

Costumers: Mike Giralico, Heather Nicole, and Kris Heding. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Costumers: Mike Giralico, Heather Nicole, and Kris Heding. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Anoka Halloween Parade

Photo by Alex Hall.

On October 27th we marched in the Anoka Halloween Parade! It was cool out, but actually perfect weather for our costumes (which are usually overly warm). We had a really terrific turnout, and we won third place as best non-royalty float!

I went as Admiral Ackbar, and had plans to walk in the parade, but I ended up riding in the firetruck. I’m glad I didn’t walk, because I don’t get very much air into the mask and I think I would have eventually passed out. I’m still getting used to what my limits are in that costume – I’m so used to having my face exposed that wearing a mask like this is a huge adjustment.

A bunch of good guys! Photo Credit: Madeline Anderson.

The Resistance! Photo by Amanda Fineran.

Photo by Alex Hall.

Halloween Costume Giveaway @ Children’s Hospital

 

Doing what we do best – making people happy! Volunteers: Jolyn Augesen, Anna Sawyer, Rick Rietow, Christa Ludwig, Kaity Heart, and Kris Heding.

Costumers for a Cause purchased a bunch of Halloween costumes after Halloween last year (probably close to 200 of them). We went to Children’s Hospital on October 24th to give away costumes to kids in the hospital and their families, and in a little over an hour, we donated 70 costumes! The next day, Costumers for a Cause went to Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and gave away even more costumes there. We made so many kids happy!

SMM’s Social Science: Sci Fi Con

I’m helping! Just kidding, this old fart doesn’t remember shit. Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga. Photo by Alex Hall.

On October 11, the Science Museum of Minnesota had a “Sci Fi Con” event as part of their Social Science series. I volunteered as part of Minnesota Superheroes United, and pretty much spent the evening playing with the exhibits and being a giant goofball. It was a blast!

Most intense game of illuminated poker ever? Costumers: Kris Heding, Mike Bartos, and Paul Haga. Photo by Alex Hall.

Indie band album cover? Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Mike Bartos. Photo by Alex Hall.

Trippy!

Magic tornado!

The news is…not good. Costumers: Paul Haga, John Whitt, and Kris Heding. Photo by Kayla Beckemeyer.

None of us know how to run a newscast. Costumers: Paul Haga, John Whitt, and Kris Heding. Photo by Alex Hall.

MCBA Fall ComiCon

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Peggy & Cap! (Costumers: Kris Heding and Aaron Lilyerd.)

On October 6th, I attended the MCBA Fall ComiCon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I didn’t volunteer for any groups this time around, which felt kind of odd. I did, however, debut my Peggy Carter costume and got a lot of really lovely compliments on it! I was surprised. I didn’t think anyone would be that wow’ed by it.

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The crossover you didn’t know you needed. Costumers: Kris Heding and Mike Giralico. Photo by Heather Nicole.

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Photo Credit: MCBA.