Monday, October 29, 2012

DEVIANTS Halloween Costumes

In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d give you some Deviants-inspired costume ideas for parties or trick-or-treating. Just in case you're a last minute person--like me.

Background and context:  Deviants is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where much of the earth has been destroyed by asteroids and is covered by a strange coarse dust that’s lethal to most humans and has changed the DNA of others—giving some “Deviant” abilities, and turning others into sadistic monsters called Shredders.

My heroine, Glory, and her friends live in a domed city called Haven, which protects them from the dust and Shredders, and is run as a tightly controlled corporation. Generations have passed since the asteroids struck and life inside Haven is bleak. No one even remembers holidays like Halloween existed, and even if they did, there certainly wouldn’t be any candy to hand out. More likely they'd be handing out scraps of rat meat. But even rat meat is rationed.

Glory Costume Ideas

Glory is the sixteen-year-old heroine of Deviants. She always wears practical, simple clothes that let her climb ropes, navigate narrow ledges, and jump between run-down buildings inside Haven—not to mention run from the Compliance Officers (Comps) who would kill her if they learned she has Deviant abilities. Glory’s dark hair is usually tied up in a ponytail. As an added bonus, carrying a few dead rats and a wind-up flashlight would add to your Glory costume.

But the key if you were to dress up as Glory would be the eyes. Glory can kill with her eyes, so I’m thinking freaky contact lenses would get the point across. Check out the artist’s interpretation on my cover.

On the cover, she looks a lot like Oliva Wilde, but in my imagination, Glory’s got more of a Hispanic vibe.

Burn Costume Ideas

Burn is one of Glory’s romantic interests in Deviants. He’s tall and broad and hunky, with dark chin-length hair. Think of a cross between younger versions of Joe Manganiello and Taylor Kitsch. Burn is dangerous and mysterious and almost always wears a long heavy coat that’s big—even on his large frame—and perfect for hiding a plethora of handmade weapons.

And if you can go out for Halloween as Burn without a costume--call me.

Shredder Costume Ideas

Dressing up as a Shredder would be an awesome costume choice. Shredders are scab covered, with bulging eyes and often have places where their bones protrude from beneath torn off skin. (So pretty!) Their patchy hair is most often matted and might have human bones or teeth woven in. For a visual, think of a cross between a zombie and the reavers from the short-lived TV show Firefly.

Comp Costume Ideas

The Compliance Officers are the defacto police force and army inside and outside Haven. They wear heavy armor not unlike a storm trooper, and if they are assigned outside the dome, they’d definitely be sporting a serious gas mask. Another inspiration for your Comp costume might be the poster for the recent movie Dredd 3D.

Mr. Belando Costume Ideas

Mr. Belando is the Vice President of Compliance. If you want to go out for Halloween as Mr. Belando, I’d suggest a sharp looking man’s suit, preferably with some sheen, and a silver tie. Your hair should be well groomed and slicked down, so not a hair can move out of place. The more plastic and perfect you can look, the better. Maybe go for something like a wax statue of Alec Baldwin, circa 1990.

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I hope that gives you some great costume ideas! Happy Halloween!

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Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? As what? If not, when is the last time you dressed up for Halloween?

Me? I don't think I'm dressing up this year, but if I were, I'd be covering myself in grey paint chips and going as fifty shades of grey. I have to give credit to the fabulous Eileen Cook for this idea!



  1. I don't think I've dressed up for Halloween since I was in college. I'm happy to just give out candy.

    1. I dressed up last year... As a zombie. But it had been years since I'd done it. Too bad. I used to love dressing up in costumes. :)

  2. Awesome - this makes me even more impatient for the book!! I am definitely looking forward to Burn :)

    1. Thanks, Simone. :) Both the boys in the book are fantasy worthy. But Burn especially.

  3. Maybe dressing up as a witch. Are you dressing up?

  4. We don't celebrate Halloween where I live (in Asia); sounds like a lot of fun! Bet the kids really enjoy it!

    1. Kids love Halloween. They get to dress up, go out after dark and get tons of candy.

  5. That Shredder costume would definitely scare out kids and leave them having nightmares! I could just imagine their screams!

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