What are you be for Halloween?  Being admittedly obsessed with anime, you can probably guess what I’m going to be.  Dressing up as an anime is super fun and simple to do.  You may want to join me in my transformation from fan to fantasy in just a few easy steps.

Hum…which character to be?  If you are familiar with anime, you know the possibilities are endless.   Naruto is a popular choice for guys.  Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and Nagi no Asukara are fun for the girls.

Lizzie from Black Butler is another great pick.  Grab a Victorian dress, dawn blonde pony tails, white knee socks and a pair of black (or white) Mary Jane shoes and you’re good to go. Kousaku Hata is easy enough to pull off too.  One black or dark blue dress suit, white or grey button-down shirt and a tie makes for the appropriate attire.  Add the signature hair-do or buy the wig and, ta-dah!

You can choose your favourite anime character or, you can do as I am, and go as the one you look the most like which is Ridoru Ichinose Haru.  I’m not so sure I see the resemblance but that’s what I’m always told so, I’ll go with it.  I love “Riddle Story of Devil” so, how can I go wrong?

If you’re like me and aren’t into making a costume totally from scratch, but don’t want to spring for the price of purchasing the whole kit and kaboodle, you can opt for buying just a piece or two.  I am ordering the wig and putting the rest together myself.  Purchasing just one piece of the costume from a cosplay shop can often make the difference of being recognizable…or not.

Double your fun by dressing up along with your boyfriend or girlfriend as a couple like Kurosaki Ichigo & Kuchiki Rukia or Uzumaki Naruto & Hyuga Hinata.  Mates can go as GetBackers or Oz and Raven in “Pandora Hearts”.  A group of girls can simply dress as anime school girls or a group of guys can be villains.

The best thing about being an anime for Halloween is that you can make your cosplay as detailed or as simple as you please.  Just like in anime itself, there are no rules or regulations.  The objective is just to have loads of fun.

If you really want to go over the top, why not throw an Anime Halloween party?  Send out invitations requesting that your guests dress in their favourite anime character.  You can even specify a certain movie or game the characters are to be from if you want to.

Decorate the party location with theme posters, action figures, backdrops and hanging paper lanterns.  Let candles and coloured twinkle lights add a mysterious air to the scene.  For activities, try masquerade cosplay where guests take turns acting out their character.  Anime film marathons are entertaining too.  Of course, Japanese snacks are in order for anime party snacks.

Anime is too much fun to leave off your Halloween list.  No matter if you dress the part or throw a full blown anime bash, be sure to include it somewhere in the festivities.  I know I am!