Halloween inspiration from Indie Games

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Let’s pretend that you’ve been caught by surprise by Halloween and need a costume in a hurry. Indie games can provide a cost-effective and quick source of inspiration. With so many characters to choose from, let IGM help you out a little. Of course, if you have any other ideas, feel free to comment below and inspire the world.

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile:

Female gamers who want to try something a little different this Halloween don’t have a lot of choice within the indie sector. Are there strong female leads within indie titles? Yuki from The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is certainly one character that you do not want to mess with. Yuki presents quite a simple costume idea with clothing that is readily available. The challenge is having a chainsaw for one hand and a sword in the other at all times. Just don’t get too influenced by the game; nightmares, violence and bloodshed will ensue.

No Time to Explain:

If you can get away with wearing red spandex this could be the costume for you. All you need is that daring outfit, something resembling a gun and a pair of aviator shades. The gun is essential, but thankfully it is not a particular model. All you need is a grey tube. If you can get a working replica then you are sure to create a night to remember as you trick-or-treat in style. Alternatively, go as the pre-time travel character with a green jumper and black pants. Just remember to part your hair and you are set.

Shank 2:

Beard? Check. Red shirt? Check. Bandana? Check. Arsenal of weapons? Oh, hang on. That’s sure to cause some issues regardless of where you go. Still, Shank is certainly a quick and painless option as far as Halloween costumes go. There are a couple of subtle touches to implement to round off the costume. Wear a permanent scowl for the night and drape chains across your body. Whether police, bouncers or neighbors will be overly impressed to see a man walking around armed to the teeth is yet to be established. But if the hordes invade your city or town, they’ll surely seek your assistance.


To the untrained eye, you’re a guy wearing a suit…But to those more in the know, you are the beloved Tim from Braid. If you are caught on the hop with a surprise party, this is possibly the easiest costume imaginable. Again, you have to part your hair. This begs the question, what is it with indie games and hair partings? That’s another issue for another day perhaps. If you can crack the manipulation of time people are bound to be amazed. They may also ask why you didn’t buy enough time to make a more in-depth costume. If this happens, just keep rewinding until you have that perfect comeback.


So there you have it: a couple of quick, cost-effective costumes that you can pull off if you’re in a hurry. Have you any other ideas that you would like to add? Can you think of a few more female costumes? Bandage Girl from Super Meat Boy deserves an honourable mention, depending on how far you are willing to go to replicate the look.

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