HalloweenCostumes.com April 2017 Cosplay Contest

April 2017 Cosplay Contest

Hello cosplayers! Do you like shopping sprees? Do you want awesome free stuff for doing what you already do? Summer convention season is coming up fast, and we want to celebrate by showing off your best cosplay designs and reward you for all the hard work. “What kind of rewards?” you might be asking. How about $750, $400, and $200 in store credit to HalloweenCostumes.com or Fun.com! “But wait, don’t you sell costumes?” We sure do, but we know a good costume when we see it, and we really love what you do. “Okay, so how do I enter?” Here’s a summary:

How to Win

  • We are no longer accepting entries for this contest.
  • Send one image of your cosplay to contests@fun.com by Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM Central (CDT). Please include your name or alias and your website or main social media account (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) so that we can give proper credit if you win!
  • A panel of judges at HalloweenCostumes.com will select the winners and award three prizes: $750 (First Place), $400 (Second Place), and $200 (Third Place) in store credit to HalloweenCostumes.com or Fun.com (your choice).
  • We will email the winners and publish the winning images on this blog on or about Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM Central (CDT).

Please keep these rules in mind:

  1. To enter, you must be a resident of the United States and 18 years of age or older (19 if a resident of Alabama or Nebraska) or have permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Images may be used by HalloweenCostumes.com or Fun.com.
  3. Please make sure that you own the rights to the image you submit, and don’t send anything that is offensive or contains nudity.
  4. Duplicate entries and entries received after Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM Central (CDT) will not be considered.

Read the full HalloweenCostumes.com April 2017 Cosplay Contest Rules and Regulations here.

What is Cosplay?

So what do we mean when we say “cosplay”? In short, it’s making and wearing a costume that represents a character from pop culture, whether it’s comics or film or television. Some cosplayers put together a costume from clothes and accessories, while other sew or build everything from scratch. The important distinction is that you can’t buy these costumes off the rack, they all require some amount of artistry and creativity. Here are some examples:

Bastion from Overwatch cosplay

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This is Bastion from Overwatch as cosplayed by Mathoz. Photography by Gautier Bld Photography.

Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones cosplay

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This is Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones as cosplayed by Omar Diego Milla Machuca. Photography by Lenin Tadeo Rodriguez.

Harley Quinn cosplay

This is from a Harley Quinn costume and makeup tutorial made by us. We went for a fairly accurate and straight-forward representation of the character as she appeared in Suicide Squad.

Wonder Woman cosplay

Here’s our take on a pop art Wonder Woman. This has a more stylistic halftone effect like you’d find in comic books.

Owen Grady from Jurassic World cosplay

Now this is Owen Grady surrounded by Raptors from Jurassic World. Sometimes it’s fun to go for comical and unrealistic.

So what are you waiting for? Read the full rules here and send your best cosplay image to contests@fun.com! (This contest has ended.)

Well, have you entered the contest yet? If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below! And if you’re still working on your cosplay, remember that we carry plenty of accessories for all kind of costumes!

Wyatt Edwards

Wyatt Edwards is an Internet Wizard at HalloweenCostumes.com. His past costumes include a rocket surgeon, hipster guy, Wikipedia, Optimus Prime, and a picnic. Yes, a picnic. He may dress as Dwight Schrute this Halloween, which would take literally zero effort. Wyatt also plays guitar and role-playing games, but doesn’t generally put on fancy costumes for that.


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