Party Rockin' with Cosplay: Ideas for Halloween

Celebrate Halloween with a cosplay theme party. This is the time of year to dress up and be whoever you want to be, freakiness and all!

There are themes for everyone—geeky, romantic, video game character or comic book hero. Make it a party your guests won't soon forget with festive drinks, music and games to match your particular party.

With social media sites like Pinterest and Etsy taking over, it's easy to find themes and costume ideas for every theme imaginable.

All it takes is a little practice, a lot of internet hunting and a few bucks.


Video Games

Go as game characters like Zelda and Lara Croft, or industry favorites like Brooklyn Decker. Have interactive game systems like Wii, Xbox Connect or Playstation for party-goers to play against one another.


Pop-Culture

Pick a time period and go with it! Pop-culture can include anything from famous TV icons like the cast of "Jersey Shore" or "Rugrats," to celebrities, books ("50 Shades of Grey" anyone?) and films. Pop-culture is great for 'non-nerds' as everyone can equally contribute.


Dress as Comic Book Characters

Cosplay is most recognized as being associated with the geeky comic-book subculture. The recreation of many famous comic book characters to the big screen (Batman, Iron Man, Captain America) have made the nerdy books trending.

Dress in group costumes like "The Avengers" or "X-Men" and getting creative with homemade costumes can be fun. Take it a step further with a Villains vs. Heroes theme.


Dress as Music Artists

Michael Jackson, Sid & Nancy, Daft Punk and Kiss are all perfect characters for a music themed cosplay party. You can get specific by selecting costumes by genre or time period. Make a playlist to fit the theme of your party and let the good times roll!


TV & Movie Characters

In the Cosplay world, Harry Potter is an extremely popular theme. Get your muggle on and serve a homemade batch of Butterbeer. If you have Harry Potter fanatics, buy or create a trivia game.

Get snacks like Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean, chocolate frogs and pumpkin juice.

While a Breaking Bad themed party may get a little out of hand or down-right illegal (plus, meth labs tend to explode), a Walking Dead or South Park theme still has some spice but stays PG-13.


Butterbeer

This magical recipe takes about an hour to prepare. The recipe serves four and requires a bit of culinary skill but will surly have your party guests twirling wands and casting spells before the night is over.

  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

The article, Harry Potter's Butterbeer Recipe Uncovered? explains how to further mix this concoction.


Beverage

For adult parties, try a beverage named after one of the most recognizable video game characters—Sonic the Hedgehog.

"Sonic the Hedgehog Shot"

  • 1 part grenadine
  • 2 parts Menthomint Schnapps
  • 4 parts Blue Curacao

According to Dorky.com "Pour in the grenadine first. Then layer the Mentholmint schnapps and Blue Curacao on top, in that order. Take it down faster than the Blue Blur himself."


"Ron Ron Juice" (Made Famous by Ronnie from Jersey Shore)

This Epicurean creation found in Food & Wine online is made to taste (two parts vodka vs. the bottle) have them made individually or mix an alternative version and serve in a large punch bowl—let the fist-pumping begin!

  • Stoli Vodka
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Watermelon Juice or chunks of Watermelon
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Ice

Blend everything to taste to your heart's content. If you end up putting in the whole bottle, so be it.


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