Creative Halloween costumes by multidisciplinary designer Ken Tanabe that he made over the years as substitutes to store-bought outfits. The costumes are made from various materials such as balloons, foam sheets, magazine files, DVD cases, storage boxes, etc., and are easily available at hardware stores and places like Ikea. Each costume costs around $40 or less and are designed based on 6 rules:
- Make it yourself. This is the best way to be original. A store bought costume is better than no costume, but you can do better than that!
- Use your whole body. If you wear your usual clothes and throw on a mask, is that really a costume? Go from head to toe.
- Keep it cheap. Anybody can spend a zillion dollars on a costume and look cool. The real challenge is making it happen on a budget.
- Don’t rely on recognition. Do not dress as a celebrity or a movie character. Standard characters like Dracula and Pocahantas are off-limits, too.
- Don’t rely on sex. Don’t get me wrong – being sexy is great and all. Just don’t rely on it to make your costume work.
- Don’t rely on horror. Sure, blood and guts are a Halloween tradition, but don’t feel limited. Take advantage of the day you can wear anything!
|Chrome Cloud, 2015|
|Yellow Sovereign, 2014|
|Pink Wings, 2013|
|Death of Discs, 2012|
|Red Scooper, 2011|
|Orange Lantern, 2010|
|Purple Warrior, 2009|
|Green Armor, 2008|
|Yellow Robot, 2007|
|Red Hazmat, 2005|
|Death of VHS, 2004|
|Blue Buckets, 2003|