Updated September 18, 2017.
Halloween is awfully fun, but the costumes can get a little repetitive: zombies are dead, vampires suck, and witches so passive . If you’re looking to make a costume out of this world, check out some of these futuristic delights — I guarantee you’ll stand out from the crowd.
Freaky: EL Stick Man
Affordable and easy to power with conventional AA batteries, electroluminescent lighting has only one color and cannot be changed later, but there are two main types that make EL uniquely useful. With EL Wire easiest to work with, but EL panels can be more showy and can be cut into different shapes. On the other hand, while traditional LEDs are visible during the day, EL lighting really needs to be dark, and they can be prohibitively expensive for large suits compared to LEDs.
The relatively easy first draft of EL wire is the classic stickman. You will need a black zentai suit or black clothing that you don’t mind sewing on, and two lengths of 9ft EL wire in your chosen color. CoolNeon.com sells everything you need and has a great wiring diagram. Creating an intricate face design like the one shown in the video below will take a bit of effort, but a simple circle around your face can still be effective.
It’s time to face the truth: the future is not bright, it is completely bleak and dirty. No sparkling neon, no shiny latex, just browns and grays of utility and functionality born of necessity in an apocalyptic world after radioactive fallout. The Fallout video game series epitomizes this grim prospect, with the NCR Ranger from the New Vegas series making a particularly scary version of the future soldier. Get ready now because the end is near.
Most of the parts can be 3D printed and you’ll find links to them and more in this Fallout-themed All3DP printable list. Finish off the look with some leather gloves, a brown trench coat, and plenty of weathering.
The idea of the pop culture of the future, as seen in the 1960s, was mostly about copious amounts of spandex, bubble helmets, any plastic and holographic or silver materials. Instagram User, tellloveandparty Great dealt with this task :
For DIY moms who need a little guidance, Simplicity 2796/3361 suggested for the most typical baby astronaut costume, although they are already printed, so you will have to trace the copy.
You can add some thick pipes to any silver dress or suit to show you’re from the future — a style that heavily influenced Cyberdog clothing:
For the DIY version, start with an imported holographic skater dress from AliExpress ($20 but enough time for shipping) and build pipelines on it.
Inspired by early video games of that era, did you know that Tron was also one of the first films to use CGI? Regardless of the rather weak plot, there’s no denying that the costumes were iconic. You can’t go wrong with a bodycon jumpsuit paired with glowing EL panels for this authentic Tron Legacy look. Adafruit has an extensive set of guides for working with tricky EL material. Be careful — soldering is required!