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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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The Terminator
The blockbuster "Terminator" movies brought cyborg's into mainstream society, both as the good guys and bad guys, and pushed special effects technology to there limits. Terminator's are powerful cyborg's who have been sent back in time to exterminate mankind, or in a few cases have been reprogrammed by human resistance fighters of the future, to protect mankind.

With "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", a new television series based on the movie characters, and a fourth Terminator film in the works, Terminator type Halloween costumes are sure to be in demand once again.

The term "Cyborg" is a combined and shortened version for cybernetic organism, which is essentially an advanced robot with real human tissue covering its metal endoskeleton. This allows them to look just like a human being, so they can blend in with humans and infiltrate our society. But what would set them apart from everyone else on Halloween night?

The answer to this question is the mechanical endoskeleton that lays underneath there organic skin, which can be exposed through physical damage. Using makeup effects, you will want to create the illusion that the Terminator has been injured and its true mechanical nature has been revealed.


Terminator Costume
New for 2009 Halloween Costumes is the "Deluxe Terminator 4 T600" costume and
officially licensed Terminator 4 mask. This set includes the Jumpsuit, Molded Chest Piece and Mask.

In the movies, Model 101 Terminator's dressed in cool and tough looking clothing. When assembling your Terminator Halloween costume based on the films, you should wear black pants or better yet black leather pants, a black t-shirt, a black leather jacket and motorcycle boots. This type of clothing can be expensive.

If you can't afford to buy new, look around at thrift shops and garage sales.

The signature sunglasses that the Terminator wore in the original movie were Gargoyle brand, but any pair of cool looking sunglasses will do the job. Just remember to use extra caution when wearing dark glasses at night.


Terminator MakeupAnother option is to use the makeup techniques that are commonly used for face and body painting. While not quite as realistic as an appliance, you can create a two-dimensional illusion that metallic cyborg parts are showing through damaged skin on the face using this type of makeup. The cyborg effect to the right is a fairly simple design and only uses three different colors, but since you are actually painting on a design using brushes, face painting does take some artistic abilities. Watch for our upcoming article on face painting that will include basic instructions and suggested supplies. Click here to see how!

At one time there was a Terminator makeup kit called the "Terminator 2 Metallic Cyborg Makeup Kit with Light-up Eye Costume Mask". The kit featured a metallic looking plastic appliance that you trimmed and then wore over one side of your face and contained a simulated red light-up eye. All the makeup you needed to apply it was included. A brush, sponge, makeup tray, cyborg skin, light unit, skull piece and thirty pieces of adhesive tape strips for securing it to your face. We wonder if this type of makeup set will return to store shelves this year?


If you want to go all out with your Terminator costume, you can purchase special effect contact lenses like the "Chinese Spinner" shown to the right from FX Eyes for an extra special effect. Custom contact lenses can be a great addition to your costume, but they are still a medical appliance and need to be treated as such. Since you need to see an eye care professional to have a lens fitting exam, ask them to instruct you on the proper care and handling of contact lenses.


Terminator Accessories
Replica Firearms - Whether you want to carry replica or toy firearms is a personal choice. Guns, whether real or toy are not evil, self-animated devices with a mind of there own. They are mechanical devices no different from any other. It is humans that use such devices for good purposes or bad. The "Terminator" style Sport Airsoft Shotgun looks realistic, is available at many airsoft retail stores and sells for only around twenty-five dollars. We suggest that you attach a sling to it, so you don't have to carry it in your hands all night long.

Note - Under federal law, all Airsoft guns are required to have a blaze orange colored tip permanently attached to the barrel to distinguish them from a real firearms.

Replica Bandoleer - Shotgun shell bandoleer's are available at most gun stores for around fifteen dollars. These are meant to hold shotgun shells and do not include them. Since you will not want real shotgun shells in the bandoleer, you have a couple of options. Go to a shooting range and pick up the empty (already used) shells and trim the expanded ends off, or you can go to a local gun store and buy empty shell cases that are meant for reloading.


Safety & Legal Concerns - If you intend to carry simulated firearms on Halloween night, contact your local law enforcement agency well in advance and let them know exactly how you will be dressed and what type of replica firearm you want to carry. Make sure to ask them if there are any federal, state, and local laws restricting them from being carried on public property. In other words, make sure that it is legal and safe for you to use them as part of your Halloween costume. It would be better to exclude these from your costume, than to risk being arrested!

Never point one at another person, even as a joke. If going to a Halloween party, advise the party-givers in advance that you will be bringing a replica or toy firearm as part of your Halloween costume. Never carry a real firearm as part of a Halloween costume set. Do not represent a replica or toy gun as being real.

The intent of this article is not to give legal advice, you should consult with law enforcement and your family attorney regarding any potential legalities.

Click here more information about the new television series, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"!



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