Trick 'r Treat
Last Updated: 10-29-2013
I've been dreaming of making this costume since the summer of 2009 when the movie Trick 'r Treat was finally getting release plans for the fall. I've made a lot of different costume styles in my Cosplay career, but I've never attempted anything in a mascot style. It's something that I've been interested in trying for a long time. I absolutely love Halloween and I thought the Trick 'r Treat movie was an amazing creepy tribute to all things Halloween. I take Halloween pretty seriously getting really into the holiday so Sam was an easy costume choice for me. :3
Sam didn't seem like that difficult of a costume. I decided to make it for the summer and fall cons of 2010 given that it's a perfect costume for the fall season. I bought materials for the costume back in July, but with work and planning and going on a trip to Disney World I didn't get a chance to work on this costume until the fall.
The pjs werenít that hard to make. I ended up buying a Halloween costume pattern meant for animal full-body costumes. I forgot to alter the pattern, though, since Iím very petite so the proportions were a little off (although that worked well for the kid look that I was going for). Sam actually has full-footed pjs, but I decided to sew shoes to the pjs instead of using slipper padding because it gave me better and more comfortable support. I was originally planning to wear this costume on Halloween night so having proper traction was important when I was planning this costume out. I think my favourite parts of the pjs were my butt flap and burlap patches. The butt flap was just ridiculous looking and the patches looked really neat thanks to the fast sewing of my mom who embroidered the black stitches that hold the patches to the pjs.
When I first made this costume I overthought making the mask and it didn't turn out very well. I went back to the basics when I overhauled the costume in the fall of 2011 and I used paper mache on a beach ball to create a structure. Burlap from my old mask was fitted to the new base and the stitches were re-sewn. I also bought and painted buttons for the mask. I just love how it turned out. My mother helped me out a lot with placing the stitches as I wore the mask and I really appreciate her help.
The burlap sack I had for this costume was a surprise for me made by my mother. I told her I was going to make one and she whipped one up for me one day while I was at work. Itís a fitting prop for Sam! The lollipop Sam carries, which is a signature of Samís, was a real pain in the butt to get. I brainstormed for months trying to figure out how to make one and enlisted help from all of my friends. I toyed with the idea of making one out of resin and even considered commissioning a friend of a friend to make a real candy one. All of these options were a little too pricey and too time consuming. In the end I managed to find a nice eBay seller called 1234models who had been making and selling Samís lollipop prop out of resin just three weeks before the con. Although he didnít have any for sale at the moment, he offered to mail me a lollipop minus the stick for a reduced price. I got it just a week before the con. I ended up attaching and painting the lollipop stick myself using a dowel that I had purchased for the lollipop and it worked nicely. Itís not the transparent-like lollipop I had originally hoped for, but it was a great prop nonetheless!
For Halloween 2011 I finally got to do a dream photoshoot that I had in mind for this costume. I co-hosted a party at Stillvisions house and the group of us (about 15 or so people) took 7 hours to gut and carve 32 pumpkins. :3 My friends helped stage me so I could be surrounded by pumpkins. It was a dream come true an the photos turned out so well! Best Halloween ever! :D
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