It’s that point of the year where we can all be excited about Halloween. It always seems to sneak up. One moment I’m waiting for Autumn, and the next moment Halloween is a mere three weeks away! I haven’t a hint of what I’m going to dress as or what I’m going to do! Staying in for some late night horror flicks is undoubtedly at the top of my list at the moment though! Okay, maybe not horror. What I’ve really been itching to re-watch is Avatar. That is, ever since I heard the news that filming for the sequel has begun! Woah, only took them eight years.
That still leaves me guessing at what to wear… which has lead me to look up all manner of cosplay and game-inspired costumes. It’s pretty easy to find video game costumes at big stores these days. Party City has a page full of things like Sonic the Hedgehog, Pikachu, Pokeball dresses, Assasin’s Creed, Link, Master Chief, and more.
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That means a gaming costume doesn’t have to be well thought and require hours on Pinterest figuring out how to put together a cool gaming costume. These grab and go costumes are especially helpful if we spent all our extra time gaming and ran out of time to do anything but buying an outfit before the big day arrives.
However, there are still tons of options. Some easier and cheaper than others. This is one of my favorites:
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I love this one for a few reasons. The first reason is it’s mostly just a regular outfit with leggings, a plain shirt, and a jacket! However, it looks fantastic. There are a few essential parts that would be hard to find, although probably not too hard to make–the ears and tail. Those shoes look rather particular, but it’d be easy to get away with some red sneakers with white details. The second biggest reason I love this one is that it looks comfy! I’ll take the more comfortable outfit over the cuter one any day. Luckily, this costume has both.
Another favorite I found was this Lara Croft:
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This costume will definitely require purchasing a few accessories (gun holders and “guns”), but the rest is stuff that could already be in your closet. Rough it up a little, rub some dirt in it, pull your hair back and hello Lara Croft! For the guns, I suggest painting airsoft guns.
Now, let me tell you. I think this year we are going to see a lot of Rick and Morty costumes. I know it’s not gaming specifically (though don’t forget there is the favorite phone game Pocket Mortys) but mark my words, there are going to be a lot of Rick and Mortys. Everything from a quickly purchased Rick and Morty from Hot Topic or Spirit Halloween to over the top handmade Pickle Rick cosplay.
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That sweet Pickle Rick cosplay was from the San Francisco Comic Con this year. Since we aren’t all as talented as this guy you could always use this instead:
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I have to admit, a simple t-shirt for a Halloween costume sounds just about my speed. Let me know about any gaming themed costumes you’re doing this year!
Now, carved pumpkins and candy are dancing around in my head. Which is why I was very excited to hear about Overwatch announcing it’s own Halloween event. Overwatch Halloween Terror 2017 starts October 10th.
This is the second year for such an event and this year they’ve started it nearly a week earlier to give players more time to earn some sweet loot. Specifically, I mean loot boxes that have Halloween skins for your character! The skins look absolutely fantastic, and we know this because uh-oh, some have been leaked!
First up is a skin for Zenyatta that looks like none other than Cthulhu–the Lovecraftian monster from the deep blue who drives a man mad just from looking upon his tentacle face!
Here is a cute skin for Mei–a vampire! Not just any vampire but a particular type of Chinese vampire called a jiangshi.
Intrigued to see more? Well, you can see all the revealed and leaked skins here at Gamespot. You’ll notice there isn’t just costumes for your characters, but also some weapons that look pretty cool.
On to the event itself! It runs from October 10th to November 2nd. Ove twenty days to try and win loot! Last year there was a prevalent mode added called “horde mode.” In this mode, you could play as either Ana, McCree, Hanzo, or Soldier 76 against hordes of zombie robots. You would also face off against AI controlled Halloween versions of other characters. Specifically Witch Mercy, Evil Doctor Junkrat, Pumpkin Head Reaper, and a Frankenstein’s monster Roadhog. Considering how popular this was, I’m sure they will bring it back again for this year. A lot of players were even begging for this to be a year-round mode!
Along with the announcement teaser video, a little poem was released:
The nights grow cold
And monsters appear
A great evil gathers
And Halloween draws near…
Ominous and cryptic!