With Halloween fast approaching, otakus all over are searching through their anime catalogs looking for the cosplay that will leave all the other trick-or-treaters speechless. Unfortunately, a lack of time, material, or money can make that seem as realistic as having a dream come true seconds after throwing a penny in a wishing well. Like an anime sensei, I've brought you the key to achieving your Halloween dream: a list of iconic characters whose cosplay can be completed cheaply and easily.
#1 L - Death Note
What's scarier than wondering if you will be the next one to have your name written in the all-powerful Death Note? Channel your inner detective and uncover the identity of Kira by becoming L. Lawliet. All you have to do is scour your closet for a white long-sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans. You don't even need shoes for this cosplay! After putting your hair down, the whole neighborhood will be stricken with fear as they wonder what clues you're collecting throughout the night.
#2 Winry Rockbell - Fullmetal Alchemist
Who will fix us when the inevitable Halloween sugar crash shows its ugly face? Even if you're not qualified, you can look the part by dressing as Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry Rockbell. A black tube top, cargo pants, and a pair of gloves complete this cosplay. You can even go the extra mile and accessorize yourself with a red bandana and a wrench.
#3 Astro Boy - Astro Boy
Everyone loves a throwback and Astro Boy is no exception. To mirror this historic protagonist, all you need are a pair of black underwear(or shorts for the less bold), a green belt, and a pair of red boots. The former can be substituted for shorts if you're not as brave as Mighty Atom. Either way, after applying loads of gel to your hair, there will be no questions about who you're cosplaying this Halloween.
#4 Misty - Pokemon
Gotta catch 'em all is a fitting motto for candy-loving trick-or-treaters. Flaunt your Pokemon skill by stealing Misty's stylish outfit. A yellow top, jean shorts, and red suspenders are the only items needed. Of course, you can buy an orange wig or dye your hair to complete the look. In any case, be sure to bring your strongest Pokemon in case any other trainers cross your path.
#5 Monkey D. Luffy - One Piece
Pirates will certainly litter the streets this Halloween. Show them all just how much stronger the straw hat pirates are. With a red vest, jean shorts, a yellow scarf, flip-flops, and, of course, a straw hat, all pirates will part like the red sea. Those brave enough to step toward you will certainly buckle upon seeing the marker - I mean scar beneath your left eye.
#6 Ochako Uraraka - My Hero Academia
With her unique quirk, Uraraka has sent a number of adoring fans to cloud nine. However, don't let her sweet nature fool you as she is one of the strongest heroes around. You can capture her character with a pair of blue sweatpants, a black tank top, and a pair of black and white wristbands. Keep in mind that this was the outfit worn in her battle against Bakugo so you may want to keep your eyes peeled for explosions.
Halloween is steps from the front door but there's no need to panic. Costumes can be made cheaply and quickly and still be unique and breathtaking. Whatever costume you decide to wear make this year, wear it with a smile(unless that's out of character). I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!
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