Halloween Pop Quiz!

In the spirit of Open Critique Day, and in honor of Halloween, today you are going to be providing helpful costume design pointers to other Internet citizens bedeviled by poor fashion sense (for instance, these sad bastards) in our second one-day surprise Pop Quiz!

  1. Go out on the web and find an image of someone in what you think is a poor example of a Halloween costume.
  2. Grab the link to the outfit image, then redesign a better one in HeroMachine.
  3. In a comment to this post, give us your critique of the original (along with a link to the image), and a link like for any character design contest to your proposed re-design.

At the end of the day I'll pick a winner, who will receive their choice of any HM3 item or portrait, or a "sketch of the day" style custom black and white illustration of whatever they like (within reason). Then we can all go out tomorrow and celebrate by dressing up in slutty costumes and begging our neighbors for candy. As Jim Gaffigan says, when he was a kid that was cool, but try it now and they call the cops on you! Probably because he makes a hot Catwoman.

Good luck! And hurry -- just look how badly this guy needs your help:

36 Responses to Halloween Pop Quiz!

  1. Rozenstal says:

    Has found the whole 6 pieces of the children’s costums, one I will take to myself, the others take who wants.
    The legendary Russian BOY-CENTAUR.
    Its friend the Canary (the nun or simply zombie?).
    Pigeon of the Pieced.
    The Nutcracker.

  2. RJ mcd says:

    my eyes my eyes Jeef your just evil !!!!!!!!!

  3. RJ mcd says:

    opps i ment Jeff *shoots typest*

  4. Rozenstal says:

    First of all, it’s not clear whether this boy wanted to impersonate Spiderman, Prince of Persia, a terrorist or some random guy. Placing pants on the head is a bad idea, just like going on a festival with masked face and naked chest. The cape on the backplane looks totally like a curtain, that doesn’t add any beauty. All that in general looks so terrible that I’m sure – this is the worst Halloween costume I’ve ever seen

  5. Danny Beaty says:

    @Jeff: Will the costumes (and redo’s) be critiqued?

  6. Jeff Hebert says:


    No, the only critiquing is by you all of the costumes you picked. Today I am simply a judge.

    Regular Open Critique Day resumes next week in all likelihood.

    Also, you asked in another thread about what’s next for HM3 and the answer is that crappy internet has slowed me greatly (along with taking over the UGO forums administration) but I am still converting male-only items to female.

  7. Me, Myself & I says:

    Any idea what time is this little contest expiring? I won’t be able to work on it till I get home tonight after my kids halloween party.

  8. MartianBlue says:

    @Rozenstal(4), It’s clearly Battle Pope, I mean look at the hat, dead giveaway, haha.

    You did a great job of recreating him, probably should’ve flipped his left arm(his left), upside down, and as far as the pants(pope hat, nah just kidding) goes, if you overlap the legs onto the base, and move them closer(usually up, obviously down here) 1 place, it hids the beak lines.

    Now with that out of the way, I think your suppose to improve on the design, instead of just recreate it, but either way, you did a very nice job with it.

  9. MartianBlue says:

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    -The First
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    Sounds promising, me thinks!

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    Free Champions, yes, I like what you did here.

  10. Myro says:

    Oh man, I really wish I had the time to take part in this one. Stupid job that I have to go to.

  11. Cliff says:

    Acutally I like Tiger guy, always have,

    I might redo him with tiger shorts and not Spidey

    but here is the one I chose

    Unicorn Guy



  12. Toilet Boy: With special thanks to HammerKnight and his Recipe Card


  13. Cliff says:

    the problem with Tigger Boy … he didn’t keep the Tigger theme going … IMHO
    so here is the revamped Tigger Boy

    (Sorry it’s so late, HM3 kept glitching on me.
    But at least I made it before midnight


  14. Me, Myself & I says:

    Well this um … unique guy’s costume leaves a lot to be desired. The color scheme itself is really quite simple and used differently could work quite well.

    Unfortunately it was used this way. The pattern seems confused and disjointed; almost as if a bunch of black and white construction paper just got knocked of a desk and subsequently sewn together the way it landed.

    The loose, sloppy collar really goes a long way to demonstrate an unfinished ensemble.

    The raised, thrust back elbows give the impression that the jacket doesn’t fit. That coupled with the strained monkey mouth facial expression really gives the impression of someone not entirely comfortable around people.

    In this case the opposite dichotomy of the colors gives the impression of two separate elements not quite coming together as a whole.

    The end result is a what appears to be a cross between Steve Urkel and a Rorschach inkblot test

    Sad and Confused Black and White Lad!

    In the redo of this outfit I had a few goals. The first of course was to make the costume look more balanced. While each color now occupies a predominant side, each side now meshes better and is less disjointed. The addition of the background was meant to help emphasize that idea.

    Additionally the new costume was meant to look like it fit better and the obvious result was that it is more comfortable to wear.

    The layout of the colors, blacks together with blacks, and whites with whites, is much simpler and less distracting.

    Overall, the wearer of the newer version of the costume appears much more comfortable in not only the costume but also his own skin. I’d venture to say he even looks a little cooler.

    Yin Yang

  15. Myro says:

    Cliff, that was freaking amazing (and also quite disturbing).

  16. Me, Myself & I says:

    Here are a few more costumes that I thought would be fun to critique, kind of like Wednesdays: Bad Super Hero Costumes. It seemed to fit here.

    Oompa Loompa Presley
    The first thing that came to mid with this dude was the Oompa Loompa’s from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Then I couldn’t help but notice the similarity to Elvis Presley. I tell you, those are two entities I never imagined would ever seem coalesced into one. I could not help but notice how he was flanked by all the Cylon’s. A really strange mix and yet, call me crazy, in some masochistic way, it kind of works. Go figure.

    Soccer Fans
    Well Argentina’s Football (or as us North American’s like to say Soccer) fans are certainly unique. I actually like the colors together. The soccer ball chef hats make these dudes seem like either a cross between the State Puff Marshmallow Man and the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I’m pretty sure the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland wants his funky top hats back too.

    Fuchsia Rocker
    What the f**k! I mean really?!? Sorry for the language but what scenario, in what culture, on what planet would this outfit EVER be considered O.K.? This is so bad I can’t even bear to break it down into individual reasons.

  17. Cliff says:

    LOL thanks Myro
    I hope Jeff agrees! LOL

    Hell I hope he actually judges it considering there was such a low turnout.

  18. Rozenstal says:

    Cliff, cowards not orange, and with Spyderman.

  19. Well darn…I have to re-do some dumbos suit? AWWW, fishsticks…I already made few Hallowee themed dudes! And like Myro I’m out…shoot.

  20. Woah!! Typos, so sorry. Kinda late right now. Also the keybord I’m using at the moment sucks….

  21. Myro says:

    Okay, I know this one is late (I’ve got 1:20ish AM Mountain Time), but I’ll throw it up, and if Jeff accepts it, cool. If not, I really did want to participate, and this was the best I could manage, but I will abide by Jeff’s rules.


    Where to start… Kid, you have the worst parents in the world. Either they were too stupid to know how to tell you how much this costume is in poor taste, or, Heaven forbid, they encouraged you to wear this. They should be forced to apologize to any victim of a suicide bombing attack, their families, and frankly, most Arab Muslims.

    Also, your explosives look stupid, and you’re wearing a fleece hoodie and jeans. I can tell. I can’t see your feet, but according to what I can extrapolate, I think you’re wearing running shoes. Not traditional Arabic garb. You get a fail.


  22. Cliff says:

    Not quite sure what you meant there.

  23. Jeff Hebert says:

    Hey guys, quick update — better internet service (hopefully) coming later today for me, so I’ll be judging the pop quiz then.

  24. Me, Myself & I says:

    Hey Jeff, make sure to check your junk mail first. It looks like my entry ended up there.

  25. Jeff Hebert says:

    MMI, nope, the spam and pending queues are both empty.

  26. Cliff says:


    OK so you were commmenting I forgot Spidey briefs …. but I didn’t. I mentioned he should stick to the Tigger theme and loose the Spidey briefs. I am a HUGE Spidey fan myself and I don’t mind a guy flashing some skin, I encourage it. My “improvement” was for Tigger Boy to keep the Tigger theme, which was what I did purposely in my HM3. I hope that clears things up.

  27. Cliff says:

    Well I am off to a Halloween Party, afterwards you guys probably can redo my costume for teh contest LOL
    You all have fun. I hope to.

  28. Danny Beaty says:

    Forgot to critique the original (#28, Stupid spider costume): It sucks! The hat, the bowtie, what self-respecting man would be caught dead in that thing? The thick yellow gloves are just ridiculous, and the boots look clumsy. The costume seems to have been inspired by those spiders in the old cartoons from the forties.

  29. Jeff Hebert says:

    Woah, geez, Cliff (12), a little “inappropriate content” warning would have been nice there.

  30. Joshua says:

    If only I had the good sense to heed Jeff’s warning above, I would have been spared the searing of mine eyes, but foolish me thought he was being a tad dramatic. Now, it’s far too late to unsee the horror I’ve witnessed.

  31. Cliff says:

    I am SO sorry
    I did NOT notice the big gold phallus, to my eyes it blended into the background. Bre had to show me why you made that comment.
    I wouldnt have picked that one had I noticed.

    I keep telling you all I’m legally blond … guess we know how much now.

    Sorry again