As an author I spend all day inside my imagination, thinking up fun characters and exciting stories, but with cosplay (the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game) I get to live as a character. And if I can convince others to join in the fun with me…jackpot!
I like to joke with my hubby that the only reason I wanted kids was to create the ultimate group Halloween costumes (it’s not the only reason, but let’s be real, it was a very nice bonus of their supreme cuteness). Halloween is without a doubt my favorite holiday. I love dressing up, letting my imagination run wild with what and who I can be, celebrating my favorite fandoms by inhabiting the characters.
Both my hubby and I have backgrounds in the theater and we are huge nerds so, of course, we go all out for cosplay around Halloween. I’m no seamstress, but I do the best I can with the material and budget I have. Generally I try to start with basic pieces like t-shirts and thrift store items and then I add on the accessories with hand stitching. On average it takes me about a month to finish our costumes. I try to fit time in between taking care of the kids and writing.
There’s a joy in dressing up and playing pretend. Letting your imagination run wild. The freedom to be someone else, to leave all your worries behind, even if just for a night, and embrace the pure fun of being a evil super villain, a silly monster, the hero of a video game, or the Goblin King. There are endless possibilities.
Whether you’re 1 day or 100 years old, dressing up is fun and group costumes can provide a bond that lasts a lifetime and some unique family photos.
(Costumes from left to right top to bottom: Labyrinth, Mario, Monsters Inc., Steven Universe, Batman, Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure)
Hometown Heroes & Sexy Supernaturals...
RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.