oogie boogie from the nightmare before christmas

Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Oogie Boogie (voiced by Ken Page) is the antagonist of the 90s stop motion animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Finding himself at odds with Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie also manages to kidnap Sally to lure the Pumpkin King to his dungeon-like lair.  Oogie Boogie is a boogeyman made of a burlap sack filled with countless brightly colored bugs that he’s eaten.  Under certain lighting in his lair, he glows a bright green color.  If you don’t want to shell out for the prestige costume below, you can get creative with a baggy dress and shoes (though it may be worth the splurge for the vinyl mask).  For a little extra flair, try a thin layer of glow-in-the-dark paint.  And don’t forget to bring some gummy worms to fill out your costume (and maybe share with friends).

Myron Larabee from Jingle All The Way

Myron Larabee from Jingle All the Way

In Jingle All the Way, Myron Larabee (Sinbad) is a postal worker who wants to get that year’s hottest toy, the Turbo-Man action figure, for his family. Problem is, it’s sold out in every single store, and there’s other people like Howard Langston who are also willing to go to any lengths to get one of his own. When Howard finds himself dressed up as Turbo-Man with one of the action figures in his hand, Myron shows up in costume has Dementor, Turbo-Man’s arch-nemesis.

The Condiment King AKA Buddy Standler from Batman The Animated Series

The Condiment King from Batman The Animated Series

Buddy Standler (voiced by Stuart Pankin) was a simple comedian just trying to make a name for himself. Unfortunately for Buddy, making his mark landed him on Joker’s bad side. A little bit of mind control later and Buddy made his debut as the Condiment King. To no-one’s surprise, condiments couldn’t quite stand up to the Bat and Buddy’s villain run ended almost as soon as it began, leaving Buddy hospitalized.

Like most comic and cartoon characters, the Condiment King’s costume is a bit hard to replicate without making it from scratch. But you can get close with some pre-made pieces and just a little DIY. White briefs, gloves, and boots are ready to go, as is a teal bodysuit and a pair of black lens sunglasses. You can replicate his condiment guns with red and yellow squirt guns while a silver backpack can replaces the tanks on his back until you can make your own. And, as an added bonus, the bag can hold your convention supplies. Another substitution is a green beanie for his pickle hat until, again, one can be made.

The DIY comes into play with the insignia on his chest. A pack of felt offers all the necessary colors while fabric fusion makes it possible to glue the decal to the bodysuit. Just be sure the chest of the suit is stretched to roughly its worn size before you glue the decal on so that it doesn’t affect the fit of the costume.

eva from total drama island

Eva from Total Drama Island

Eva (voiced by Julia Chantrey) is a competitive character on the animated series Total Drama Island.  With her physical strength and aggressive attitude, she’s a fierce competitor on the Killer Bass team.  Though Eva originally has trouble reining in her temper, she eventually enrolls in anger management classes and becomes closer with Gwen.  Eva’s workout clothing leans into a blue color palette, and she wears her hair in a ponytail.  Don’t forget a little eyeliner to fill in your eyebrows and draw on Eva’s signature beauty mark.

Lord Malak from Dark Deception

Lord Malak from Dark Deception

Do you like mazes? Do you like horror games? If you answered yes to both questions, then “Dark Deception” is for you. Players must navigate a maze of nightmarish horrors, all orchestrated by the vile Lord Malak. If players can collect enough Soul Shards, they are allowed to return to the world of the living. Lord Malak won’t make it easy, though. It’s his game, his maze, and his monsters. And he’d rather the player stay right where they are.

Lord Malak’s costume is fairly simple, though it does require some body paint. Red body paint gives you his demonic pallor while horns on a headband rounds out the look. Black gloves match a black suit, black shirt, black shoes, and a black button down shirt while a dark red tie stands out as his one accessory.

Pickles B.L.T. from Lalaloopsy Land

Pickles B.L.T. from Lalaloopsy

Whether she’s talking or skating, Pickles B.L.T. (voiced by Jessica Hillbrecht) likes to move fast. She’s got a long of hungry customers to feed and that means making a lot of her signature sandwiches. Not that she minds, of course. With a “sugar” for everyone, she is in her element when she’s flying by on her skates.

The characters in Lalaloopsy are all designed like dolls, so getting their exact look takes a little DIY. For this costume, the easiest DIY addition is putting two teal bows into the orange wig. Then, using fabric paint, add the color details to the button down shirt before swapping out the black buttons for the teal. Next, use fabric fusion to add the plaid ruffle to the bottom of the skirt and white lace to the top of teal socks. Finally, change out the white laces on the skates for pink laces to finish off the DIY portion of the look. After that all that’s left is putting the costume on and using the pink body paint to put pink spots on your cheeks. And, of course, practicing on your skates.

jo from total drama

Jo from Total Drama

Jo is a character from the Cartoon Network animated series Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, the fourth season of the Total Drama franchise.  At different points during the series, Jo is part of both the Mutant Maggots and the Toxic Rats.  Jo has dark blonde hair and wears a brown sweatshirt and comfortable grey pants with green sneakers.

Christian from Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Christian from Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Much like his movie counterpart, the musical’s Christian is driven by love and by a sense of wonder in the world that many around him no longer share. His outcome is no less tragic and his loss no less heartbreaking than his movie counterpart, but he brings a different energy to the dynamic of Moulin Rouge that is unforgettable.

Christian’s writing may be hard to reproduce but his style is a wonderful closet cosplay. Button front slacks and a linen button down under a dark vest make up the majority of the costume. Finish off the look with a neck scarf and Oxford-style ankle boots. You’ll be the toast of the Moulin Rouge and all of the pieces can transfer easily to other costumes.

Nabbit from Super Mario U Deluxe

Nabbit from Super Mario U Deluxe

Nabbit (voiced by Natsuka Yokoyama) is probably one of the best-named characters in the world of Mario. A rabbit who nabs things, Nabbit slips into Toad houses and makes off with their things, though his heavy bag usually gets in his way. He might not be the nicest guy but he’s still a fun playable character in certain games and he makes for a great costume.

Creating a Nabbit cosplay takes a little bit of DIY. The first step is to glue two white felt circles to the front edge of the hoodie’s hood, then gluing a black circle over the top of either white circle. The felt circles are self-adhesive but the fabric glue will ensure they won’t fall off. You can also use the fabric flue to adhere the rabbit ears to the top of the hood.

Next, use the fabric markers to make Nabbit’s mouth on the white bandana. After that it’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together! Just do yourself a favor and don’t try to act out Nabbit’s exploits. It’ll probably go even worse than it does for Nabbit.

jack skellington from the nightmare before christmas

Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon with Danny Elfman providing his singing voice) is the main character in the stop motion animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  The King of Halloween, Jack finds himself dissatisfied with his usual holiday shenanigans, and with the help of his fellow Halloweentown residents, including Sally, Jack takes over Christmas.  His bid to spread holiday cheer doesn’t go exactly as planned, but everyone ends up with a greater appreciation for the holiday season.  Jack is a tall, skinny skeleton with a pinstripe suit.  If you don’t want to wear a plastic mask, you could always paint your face, though that won’t achieve his immediately recognizable round face.