Yep, it's that time of year again: time for VC&G's famous Video Game Halloween Costume Ideas — 2009 edition.
This article series is almost an institution now, as we enter our fourth year of providing last-minute costume suggestions to desperate video game nerds everywhere. Each of these costumes is guaranteed to get you candy, or your money back. After you're done reading, feel free to post your own costume suggestions in the comments below.
Fireball Costume Recipe:
Full-body flame retardant jumpsuit Flammable stunt gel
- Red, orange, and yellow crepe paper
- Trash bag
In-Character Behavior: Travel to a construction site and deposit ten custard pies along various steel girders. Defend them from passing trick-or-treaters dressed as carpenters/plumbers, especially those who would undermine the structural integrity of the building.
Reggie Fils-Aime Costume Recipe:
- Low-cut afro wig
- Light grey business suit, blue shirt, no tie
- Wallet (with tiny photo of Steve Jobs)
In-Character Behavior: At every door, give an enthusiastic but slightly awkward presentation about excruciatingly minimal and incremental improvements to the Wii and its games. If they ignore you, simply move along — your back pocket is already full of candy from previous Halloweens.
Zork Grue Costume Recipe:
- Solid black bodysuit
- Slavering fangs
In-Character Behavior: If someone forgets to bring a flashlight, pounce on them in the darkness and steal their candy. Alternately, devour them.
Abobo Costume Recipe:
- Enormous papier-mâché head, neck muscles
- Blue tights
In-Character Behavior: Strut around, headbutting punk vigilantes. Attempt to throw them off whatever ledges you might encounter (the sidewalk curb).
Sewerman Costume Recipe:
- Red Spandex jumpsuit
- Red helmet, boots
- Laser Pistol
In-Character Behavior: Shout, "Quickly, to the Sewers!" and jump down a manhole — while being oblivious to the fact that you're the guardian of a place designed to convey human urine and feces.
Lolo Costume Recipe:
- 500 balls of blue yarn
- White clown shoes, gloves
- 2-foot 19th century gold skeleton key
- Squid eyeballs
In-Character Behavior: Wander the sidewalks in a grid-like fashion, pushing random objects into other people's paths. Seek candy without getting stuck.
Bomberman (Act Zero)
Bomberman (Act Zero) Costume Recipe:
- Suit of rusty Iron Man armor
In-Character Behavior: Collect candy as usual. When others become inevitably mistaken about your identity, tell them you are not Iron Man. Repeatedly.
Werewolf (The Last Warrior)
Werewolf (The Last Warrior) Costume Recipe:
- Werewolf costume
- Machetes (2)
- Duct tape
In-Character Behavior: Look fierce; climb things; hack through thick brush. Try not to behead anyone unless absolutely necessary.
Peter Molyneux Costume Recipe:
- Brown, closely trimmed hair
- White or black mock turtleneck shirt
- Leopard print underwear
In-Character Behavior: In exchange for candy, promise video game characters that can jump through your TV, marry you, keep pets, and understand your emotions. Next year.
Cosmo Costume Recipe:
- Modified frog suit
- Toilet plungers (2)
- Red crew cut
In-Character Behavior: Jump around, avoid monster-costumed revelers. Collect only fruit or fruit-shaped candy. If necessary, offer to unclog toilets for treats.
Altered Beast Costume Recipe:
- Wolf Mask
- Bear Mask
- Tiger Mask
- Dragon Mask
- Pneumatic muscle suit
In Character-Behavior: Inflate pneumatic suit upon receipt of your first piece of round candy. Upon receipt of your second piece of round candy, place an animal mask over your head. Rotate masks depending on the street and approximate difficulty of acquiring candy in that area (i.e. dragon mask for ghetto apartments).
Shadax Costume Recipe:
- Long gray wig, beard
- Large staff with blue sphere inset
- Cross necklace
- Florence flask w/green liquid
- Immense, magical boner (obscured)
- Purple loincloth
- Neon green pimp boots
In Character-Behavior: Stand and scream, "THIS…IS…SOLSTICE!" If someone snickers, knock them down a well.
Happy Halloween, everybody.