There's a geeky, new fan convention in town, and it just so happens to be here the weekend before Halloween.
MegaCon Tampa Bay runs Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. There's a big lineup of celebrity guests from movies, TV, comic books and cartoons to provide cosplay inspiration, but when a convention like this collides with Halloween, the year's other best excuse to dress up, there's cause to take it a step further.
Here are a few suggestions for combining classic Halloween horror with your best geek chic.
1. The Zonz
In honor of Happy Days star Henry Winkler's appearance at MegaCon, create a zombie Fonz. You'll need a leather jacket, blue jeans and a plain white T-shirt for the Fonzie look. Comb your hair back with pomade into a greaser pompadour. Then use makeup to create sunken eyes, rotting skin and bloody wounds. Make sure to say "ayyy," but do it in more of a groaning way.
2. Doctor Who-N-Furter
Dress your top half like MegaCon guest David Tennant's Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who — long, brown coat, pinstripe suit and adorably tousled hair. Combine it with another doctor who is always popular around Halloween, Dr. Frank-N-Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, by dressing your bottom half in black briefs, garter straps, fishnet stockings and platform heels.
3. Vamper Woman
With DC's Wonder Woman movie in the works and Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp appearing at the convention, the Amazonian superhero will likely be a popular costume for Halloween and MegaCon. Wonder Woman costumes of varying quality are available pretty much anyplace that sells costumes these days, as are prosthetic vampire fangs and fake blood, for that just-fed look. Feed only on men.
4. Sailor Moomy
Fans can meet the original cast of voice actors from the crazy popular anime series Sailor Moon, so why not impress/confuse them by showing up as a Sailor Moon-mummy combo. Wrap yourself in long strips of fabric — cutting up old sheets and aging them with tea bags works well — then put on a Sailor Moon sailor dress (blue skirt, red bow) over them. Be sure to pull your pigtails out through your wraps.
5. Serial Killer Geordi La Forge
There are dozens of tutorials on the Internet that will show you how to make a replica of the sight-giving visor that MegaCon guest LeVar Burton wears as Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and a Starfleet uniform isn't hard to come by. For the serial killer part, just act creepy — they look just like everyone else.
Walking Deadpool (for Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld)
Boy Meets Werewolf (for Boy Meets World star Will Friedle)
Mini-Myers (for Austin Powers villain Vern Troyer)
Homicidally malfunctioning Data (for Star Trek: TNG's Brent Spiner)
Hercules with a chain saw (for Hercules star Kevin Sorbo)