Last minute videogame costumes

Tony Stark - Iron Man

Above: Okay, we realize this is kind of cheating since Gary already has the facial hair, but this "costume" is too easy not to post

What you'll need:
- round tap light (usually found where lightbulbs are sold)
- batteries
- belt
- heavy duty tape
- printer
- arc reactor template (PDF file)
- scissors
- black or grey t-shirt
- sunglasses

Print out the arc reactor template and glue it down to another piece of paper to make it more opaque. We used black construction paper, but anything will work. Cut the template out after the glue dries.

Above: Tap lights come in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on how big you want your arc reactor to be

Above: Don't worry if it looks messy, no one's going to see this part of your costume

Above: We taped our arc reactor to a belt that was worn diagonally over one shoulder underneath a t-shirt

Link - Legend of Zelda

Above: You guys have Link's sword and shield already, right? Right?!

What you'll need:
- green t-shirt (Carolyn is 5'8" and we used an XXL shirt for her)
- white long-sleeved shirt
- white leggings or long johns
- 2 brown belts
- brown boots
- scissors
- stapler
- official replica Link sword*
- official replica Link shield*

Last Minute Link has some leeway room to its design. Feel free to don your Link tunic over a pair of jeans and brown shoes and tell people you're Casual Link and need the pockets to hold all your rupees. Or, buy a pair of white sweatpants and brown slippers for a Lounge Link version. The possibilities are endless.

Above: The orange lines indicate where you're going to cut your shirt

Above: Save one of the cut sleeves and turn it inside out. This will become your hat

Above: Staple the cut side of the sleeve together and flip your new hat right side out

Above: You may need to pull the extra fabric of your Link tunic to the back so that it doesn't bunch up in the front when belted

* sword and shield are optional

But, GamesRadar, I don't like Iron Man or Link! Fine, try your hand at one of these ideas instead:

Sims character: Use a headband and cut out a green diamond for above your head (you can use a similar technique as the Animal Crossing Floating Present), wear a ridiculous outfit pulled from your closet, speak in gibberish.

N64 Goldeneye character: Put on your best suit, get a toy gun and wear a stocking over your entire face. Congratulations, you now look like a Nintendo 64 character.

Portal: Draw a blue circle on one side of a t-shirt and an orange one on the other. Print out and assemble the Companion Cube papercraft twice and stick one on the front of your shirt and the second on your back. You're now costuming with portals.

We hope some of the ideas we presented sparked some creativity for Halloween this year. Did you use any of our ideas? Want to show of your videogame costume from this year? Link to a picture in the comments and you may win a prize!


  • Japanaman - October 31, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    You forgot some other simple costumes: MGS Cardboard Box What you'll need: -Cardboard Box That Black Blobby BlazBlue Character: What you'll need: -Black Cloak -Faceless Hood -Foam Paper Plate Intellivison Man -Red or Blue Body Suit Sims -Nothing. Just say Wahwahwahwawhwahwahwah an awful lot Pedestrian -Nothing. You could be a pedestrian from Driver, GTA, Saints Row, Carmageddon, etc. Saints Row Streaker -Nothing. Literally.
  • GamesRadarCheryll - October 31, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    I mention two of those costumes in the article, Japanaman. :)
  • pin316 - October 30, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    "N64 Goldeneye character: Put on your best suit, get a toy gun and wear a stocking over your entire face. Congratulations, you now look like a Nintendo 64 character." Slight downsode to this costume is that you also look like the prime suspect for any armed robberies that happen around that time in your local area...
  • inconceivable - October 30, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    This is an awesome article.
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 30, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    Nice. The Tony Stark one really took me by surprise. It was simple and effective. Thanks Gdar.
  • Fenderstat - October 30, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    Now all Carolyn needs is a mega man costume and all of Brett's fantasies come true.
  • ProfessorLeighton - October 29, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    Hank looks like he's about to creep on some trick or treaters
  • TheMagnificentManCooker - October 29, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Brett must have the biggest boner over that Link costume
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 29, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    The GoldenEye 64 costume sounds pretty awesome. Alas, i won't be dressing up this year. The funniest costume I've seen so far, is the "bad babysitter" one, saw it on AFV. look it up!
  • Nap1400 - October 29, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Pfft, none of your costumes can beat the awesomeness that is my Scout costume! BONK! Just gotta work on my Bostonian...
  • soren7550 - October 29, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    I was the Scout a few years ago. Was really fun, but wasn't good for the weather. Especially not now seeing as it's fricken *snowing* out right now (and I live in New York).
  • Nap1400 - October 31, 2011 7:32 a.m.

    Hey, I live in New York too! Must be a coincidence. I can deal with the cold. And the only "snow" that hit my area during that storm is now melted, so I'm okay.
  • soren7550 - October 31, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    Yeah, it's all gone from here too (at least as far as I can tell), but I'm still going to be wearing my Lazy Shepard (with inflatable Omni-Blade!). Happy Halloween!
  • emeraldphoenix7 - October 29, 2011 6:12 a.m.

    These are pretty neat, but I think that my epic Vergil costume has got you all beat.
  • SlightlyBetterName - October 28, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    Couldn't do better GR? I'm a little disappointed.
  • Riche666 - October 28, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    CAROLYN IS 5'8"! Need to add this info to my super secret stalker journal!
  • taokaka - October 28, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    These are brilliant, it's a shame I'm not dressing up for halloween this year, I really want to dress up as a companion cube.
  • MeabhieD - October 29, 2011 1:41 a.m.

  • Jared117 - October 28, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    Carolyn is so cute!
  • R-ape - October 28, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    I invented Halloween.

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