tricked or treated!

November 1, 2009

in Blog,Holidays

Tricked or treated!

Spider splicer and Thuggish splicer

Me and my boyfriend

I hope everyone had a great spooky Halloween. I realized that I haven’t updated my blog for more than 2 weeks now! No, I didn’t have a fight with my boyfriend. :P (Some people think that when I don’t update my bento blog it’s because we had some kind of fight) I’ve been just very busy with all that Halloween madness. I had to dress up in costumes 5 times for Halloween this year. I work for an online card game, and my co-workers and I dressed up as characters from certain cards. I did three cards, and helped my boyfriend for one card. For about a week we took pictures and swapped the actual images in the game with the ones we dressed up for. Very silly. It was a lot of work, but users seem to enjoy the event, so it was very worth it!

On the 30th, my boyfriend and I decided to dress up at work. Even though I love Halloween, I don’t really like seeing myself in pictures so I usually don’t take pictures of myself dressed up. This year, we decided to dress up as characters that I don’t really have to show my face for. We picked the characters called “Splicers” from the video game “BioShock.” BioShock takes place in an alternate 1960, so we went to a thrift store in the city to get 60′s looking clothes. My boyfriend found a very nice pair of tweed pants by Ralph Lauren, and white button down shirt by Saks Fifth avenue, and I found a very classy Anne Taylor dress. (You can find very clean high-end clothes in NYC thrift shops for very very cheap.)

Splicers are people who have been driven mad by artificially altering (or splicing) their genetic makeup too much, and most of them wear masquerade masks to hide their deformed faces. I found paper craft patterns for the masks online, so I printed it out, laid it on a poster board, cut them out and followed the instructions to make the masks. The patterns already had blood printed on, but it would’ve been too boring to use it as is. Besides, it was not very sturdy, so I paper mached over it with newspaper and tissue paper. I was going to paint it white, but the grayish newspaper covered by very thin tissue paper gave the mask a very nice dingy tone, so I decided not to paint it.

EDIT: I’d post a link to the paper craft site, but ads pop up on the site. It’s not hard to find it. Just Google “Splicer” and “mask” and “paper craft”, or email me for the link!

Next was the fun part. We had to make the clothes aged and bloody! My boyfriend sand papered the shirt and pants to create the wear and tear. The dress was way too big on me, so I sewed the back in to fit my body, and ripped the dress. For fake blood, I mixed water, red food coloring and instant coffee. We splattered it onto the clothes and the masks using a paintbrush. The coffee gave the mix a good brownish tone and nice coffee aroma. :) After the first splatter was dry, I put a bit more red food coloring to make redder blood, and splattered it over the clothes and the masks.

Paper mache bunny and bird mask from BioShock

I had so much fun doing paper mache. :)

Bloody bunny Splicer mask

Actually, I thought it was a bit too much, so I smeared the blood with wet crumpled paper.

Splicer costumes

Pretty bloody, huh?

My boyfriend was dressing up as a thuggish splicer, who attacks with a blunt object, so he got a chrome pipe from a Home Depot, sanded it down to dull the shine, and sprayed it with red paint. The trick was to smear the paint with a crumpled piece of paper. I was dressing up as a spider slicer, who carries a meat hook in each hand. But I couldn’t really find a nice meat hook so I just made them out of cardboard.

Spider splicer from BioShock

Me as Spider splicer

Thuggish splicer from BioShock

My boyfriend as Thuggish splicer

At work, my friends and co-workers, Lupos and Buttercup Princess, were also dressed up. Lupos was Dee Snider, and Buttercup Princess was the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland, and they look absolutely fabulous! Since I didn’t want to get my coat dirty, I didn’t paint my chest, so I looked very healthy for a Splicer. :P My boyfriend and I will probably take better photos later.

Dee Snider working hard

Lupos as Dee Snider. He worked at work in this costume that day. It was so hilarious and bizarre, I just couldn stop taking pictures of him.

Mad Hatter

Buttercup Princess as the Mad Hatter. She made the hat and everything!! The details on her costume were so amazing.

Dee Snider, Mad Hatter, Thuggish splicer and Spider splicer

Group shot!

After work, Dee Snider, the Mad Hatter and us went to the East Village in our costumes, because East Village is probably the perfect place for people in costume to blend in, even if it’s a day before Halloween. We took the subway down there fully dressed up. It was pretty funny that everyone around us pretended to act uninterested. A young girl (probably 3~4 years old) was very fascinated by our masks, and was telling her dad that she liked my “bunny mask.” I guess all the blood stains looked like pretty patterns for her.

Dee Snyder and Mad Hatter on a train

Dee Snider and the Mad Hatter on a train. They blended in just fine in NYC.

Thuggish splicer at a subway station

A splicer at a subway station.

We didn’t go out on 31st though. We didn’t want to deal with the crowd, besides, I had to start making another costume!

The Behemoth, the game company that created Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers, were having a costume contest. I wasn’t really sure whether I’d participate it or not, because I’ve been very busy working on other costumes. But after taking pictures of us dressed up at the office on 30th, I had so much fun that I decided to go for it. The deadline was November 1st, but I wasn’t sure if it was the midnight of 31st or midnight of November 1st… Better be safe than sorry. I was going to submit my entry by the midnight of 31st.

It was madness! I was doing pretty fine until I decided to take a nap. I had 15~16 hours to start and finish (including the time to get materials) and I foolishly took a nap. T_T I scrambled to finish the costume, and I finally made it! But I wasn’t very happy with this one. Since I wasn’t planning on keeping the costume, it looked such a half-assed costume. My boyfriend took several pictures in our place, so the background looks cluttered too. Oh well. It’s always fun to support your favorite game company, right?

Red knight on a deer

I almost want to re-do this one... T_T

I’d like to thank my boyfriend who cooked dinner and did the dishes while I worked on the costumes! I like cooking but he is an awesome cook, and I actually love his food more than my food. I’m so spoiled. :)

Anyway, after a two week hiatus, I’m finally back to bento-ing! :D

See more Halloween pictures on my flickr!  ->  Halloween 2009

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

ToshNo Gravatar November 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

lol, wow great costumes. Very creative. Myself I has a huge Hershey’s Candy bar :P


BoomboNo Gravatar November 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Very good costumes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


antoineNo Gravatar November 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Best. Bioshock. Cosplay. Ever.

Kisses from France !


AdriNo Gravatar November 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Wow, fantastic job on all the costumes!


sheriNo Gravatar November 2, 2009 at 11:34 pm

You are so creative. Incredible costumes all of them!


Jonathon RosenthalNo Gravatar February 1, 2010 at 2:16 am

Just found this from googling around. AMAZING, BRILLIANT Splicer costumes. I wish I thought of them!


SturmNo Gravatar November 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

Hi! i love that slicer mask! i have found the papercraft on the net but there is no instruction how to put it togetther – can you help me in any way plz :) ?


AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar November 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Hi Sturm
Do you have Pepakura installed? If not, download the demo from their site. http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/ It’s free! The papercraft itself doesn’t come with the instructions, but you can see how it’s put together when you open the file in Pepakura.


SturmNo Gravatar November 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

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