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Zardy from Zardy’s Maze

Zardy might be hard to avoid in his maze, but out there on Halloween night, nobody is going to want to run from this cosplay. Or if they do, at least they’ll be running for the right reasons.

Zardy is a little inhuman, but copying his look is possible. A black witch’s hat and a pumpkin mask start things off on the right track, though you can opt for face paint if the mask will be too warm. A shoulder cowl, a pair of scissors – to cut off the hood and create the V at the bottom – , some fabric glue, and orange fabric paint creates the iconic top detailing. It’s a bit of a DIY project but it layers easily over a versatile black long-sleeve pullover sweatshirt. Finish off with a pair of jeans, some shoe covers in the style of brown boots, and a farming hoe. If you don’t want to carry an actual farming tool around, you can use a costume scythe instead.

D-9341 from SCP Containment Breach

D-9341, eventually identified as Benjamin Oliver Walker, is the main protagonist of the horror video game SCP: Containment Breach.  D-9341 is currently classified as disposable personnel at the SCP Foundation.  When entities like SCP 1471-A, SCP-049, and SCP-035 begin breaking out of the Foundation’s containment protocols, D-9341 must do everything he can to survive the horrors housed within and make it out alive.  D-9341 wears a standard orange-colored inmate uniform with the SCP Foundation’s insignia on the left breast and has access to a clipboard with information on some of the Foundation’s housed monsters.

SCP-035 from SCP

SCP-035 from SCP Containment Protocol

SCP-035 is an extremely dangerous object and part of the SCP Foundation’s collection in SCP: Containment Protocol. Also known as Possessive Mask, SCP-035 escapes containment along with countless other dangerous entities like SCP-1471-A and SCP-049.  SCP-035 can possess anyone who wears it, which will result in their bodies decaying at an extremely fast rate.  The Possessive Mask is one of the many horrors D-9341 encounters during the course of the game.  To recreate the look of SCP-035, use black acrylic paint on a white comedy mask to create the long, black tear tracks that ooze from it, as well as to dirty a white shirt.  Black body paint can add an additional detail by using it on your hands and arms.

milkman karlson

Milkman Karlson

In the eponymous video game created by YouTuber Dani, Milkman Karlson must make his way to the store to buy milk.  However, this is no ordinary milk run, with enemies appearing in his path to slow him down.  Milkman Karlson must use his weapons to dispatch of these enemies and he can earn money by not only killing his enemies, but by doing “epic” tricks and flips.  To dress as Milkman Karlson, you’ll need a black shirt, yellow pants, and blue overshirt.  For a little extra pizzazz, you can also opt for a pair of googly eye glasses and bright green socks to pull it all together.

remilia scarlet from touhou project

Remilia Scarlet from Touhou Project

Remilia Scarlet is the owner of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and is the primary antagonist of the sixth version of the Touhou Project game.  The elder sister of Flandre Scarlet, Remilia has kept her sister imprisoned in the basement of her mansion for nearly 500 years.  Remilia is a fearsome evil-doer with vast magical abilities.  Her only weakness may be that her long lifetime has left her bored by most things, and she will allow herself to be manipulated if it means something more exciting than the alternative.

Shovel Knight from Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight might not be the tallest fighter on the field. But if his enemies underestimate him, that’s their problem. Literally. Armed with his trusty shovel blade and guided by the code of Shovelry he is almost always the last one standing when the battle is over.

Taking on the Shovel Knight’s helm requires a little bit of DIY. You’ll need to get a set of costume armor, some spray paint, painter’s tape, super glue, and large fake horns.

Paint the armor blue then – when it’s fully cured – use the painter’s tape and whatever newspaper you have lying around to cover up the majority of the armor. Then use the yellow spray paint to put on the edging details. That includes a ring of yellow around the seal where you have glued the horns to your helmet after removing them from their original helmet.

Finally grab a trust shovel and head to battle! An actual shovel may violate the rules of some cons, however. In those cases you can follow a tutorial like this one to make one that is safe to take into the venue.

doki doki literature club

Doki Doki Literature Club

Doki Doki Literature Club is a freeware visual novel game.  While it initially appears to be a light-hearted dating simulator, things take a more sinister turn fairly quickly.  The four main characters of the game include Monika, Sayori, Yuri, and Natsuki, all of whom vie for the attention of the male protagonist at different points of the game.  The girls all wear identical school uniforms that include a tan blazer, blue skirt, and orange vest.  You can choose which character to emulate depending on the socks and wig you pair with the rest of your costume.

Seiko Shinohara from Corpse Party

Seiko Shinohara from Corpse Party

Seiko Shinohara is your average sweet – if silly – school girl. It doesn’t save her from the darkening. But it does help her save the girl she loves from meeting the same heartbreaking fate. She is voiced by Miki Honda and Satomi Arai in the video games, and played by Youko Kita in the live-action movie, all of whom capture the sweet, sad nature of Seiko’s character.

For this cosplay I opted to go with Seiko’s appearance while alive. Unless you are going to a horror convention or an adults-only convention, it is probably best to opt for this version as Seiko’s appearance after her murder can be very upsetting for children and other convention attendees.

Seiko wears a pretty typical school uniform: White undershirt with a blue line across the chest (that you will have to paint on), tan v-neck pullover sweater, blue pleated skirt, and white shoes. Her uniform collar is blue with a yellow tie that she decorates with a brooch. She also has long brown hair which she wears with bangs and loops behind her ears. The style doesn’t exist on premade wigs so you will have to style the wig by hand.

As a final touch, pin your convention badge at your waist where Seiko wears her nametag!

oz from monster prom

Oz from Monster Prom

Oz is the yellow playable character in the visual novel game Monster Prom.  Oz is established as non-binary with masculine pronouns by default (though these pronouns can be changed in-game).  Oz is made entirely of fear, which accounts for his appearance as being made of dark matter.  His school clothes include a golden yellow cardigan and dark grey pants, with a gold watch.  To create Oz’s look, you can use a black body suit and add his white eyes and eyebrows with fabric pens.  If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could craft the small black creatures (who represent individual phobias) that attach to him by using black felt, a little stuffing, and the same white fabric pens.

Bendy from Bendy and the Ink Machine

Bendy from Bendy and the Ink Machine

Bendy is the mascot of Joey Drew Studios. The studio is in fact real but a fictional version is the setting of the incredible horror-puzzle-action game Bendy and the Ink Machine. In his original form, Bendy is a classic-style cartoon with a white face and white gloves. His hair, body, and shoes are all black.

To get Bendy’s look, you only need a few select pieces. Black dress shoes with large buckles, a black bodysuit, and large white gloves make up the majority of the costume. You can get Bendy’s hair style by using a short black wig and some wig styling gel. Mime makeup will recreate the rest of his look. You can even replicate Bendy’s cartoon-style eyes by painting your eyelids with black with a white wedge so you’ll look just like Bendy when you close your eyes.