Halloween is on the horizon, and for many of us that means binge-reading all the scary stories that we can get our hands on — and, of course, trying to create the perfect Halloween costume! To help you get those costume ideas flowing, YA horror and thriller authors Rin Chupeco, Natalie Richards, Patty Blount, and Allan Stratton share their best Halloween costumes.
Rin Chupeco (The Suffering)
It’s not technically a Halloween costume, but I used to cosplay when I was younger, and built this costume myself. It’s from a popular video game series called Final Fantasy, and it’s a playable character named Quina Quen. She’s basically a marshmallow with a chef’s hat and apron. I’d hoped I could use her for Halloween trick-or-treating, but she was too bulky for walking around. She’s still wearable for handing out treats, though!
Natalie Richards (My Secret to Tell)
My all-time favorite costume was built with my father at the tender age of 10. He got the idea from an old comedy show I can’t remember, and decided to make me a Little Girl Riding an Ostrich. I mean, is this even a thing? Apparently it is.
This wasn’t just a costume, people. It was a paper mache adventure. Dad built a wire frame and then added chicken wire to beef up the body and head. We added three or four layers of paper mache, gray paint, feathers, fake legs with little duct-tape created riding boots. This costume took weeks. I’m so devastated that there is no picture of this thing because it was out of control and completely awesome.
When it was finished, I donned a pair of orange tights and orange paper mache bird feet and stepped into the ostrich body, which stayed up with suspenders. It was nothing short of amazing. That stupid freaking bird stayed in the corner of my room, peering out of me with its googly eyes for years. My dad was probably out fifty bucks and at least as many hours, but I did win first prize at the costume party! Now I’m the mom! This year I’m trying to figure out how to launch a book and build Maleficent’s wings and horns for my middle daughter. Sheesh. The year we were all pirates was so much easier.
Patty Blount (Nothing Left to Burn)
My BEST costume was the year I dressed up as FBI Agent Dana Scully. All I did was clip a fake badge to the business suit I’d worn to work that day! Everyone at that party kept asking me where Mulder was so I told them he was abducted by aliens.
Allan Stratton (The Dogs)
This is me dressed as a contestant for Dancing with the Stars.
Just kidding, but I figured this post would be more fun to read if it had a photo, and this is the only photo I have of me in a costume— the costume of an Adult.
I’m lucky to be a writer and be able walk around in jeans and a T-shirt and more or less do what I want. To me, pretending to be an Adult is scary. So does this kind of count?
Inspired yet? Why not check out our other Costume Creep-tacular posts for more ideas?