Hurray for Summer Convention Season!: A Look at Some of Our Favourite Cosplay Moments

The Super Kiss

The Super Kiss by Alex Erde

We’ve got cosplay fever these days! With Toronto’s Fan Expo on the horizon for next month and Montreal’s Comiccon coming up in September, we’re having fun speculating about popular heroes (and villains!) we’ll cross paths with this summer. One thing we know from past experience, no matter what the film of the moment is, or which character the latest buzz is about, cosplay often has little to do with being predictable and everything to do with deliciously unexpected surprises. If you don’t know what we mean, take a look at some of our favourite cosplay moments captured in the photos below:

Red Shirt Massacre by Alex Erde

Red Shirt Massacre by Alex Erde

Gender Bent Justice League! by Pat Loika

Gender Bent Justice League! by Pat Loika

The Avengers

The Avengers by Pat Loika

Comic-Con 2013 by Pat Loika

Comic-Con 2013 by Pat Loika


Our 2014 Summer Cosplay Recommendations

Captain America Women's Costume

American Dream Classic Costume



Captain America

After the resounding success of the 2014 spring release of Captain America: Winter Soldier, is it any wonder that the all-American superhero has inspired one of this summer’s hottest cosplay outfits? Keep it interesting – and stay cool in the summer heat – with this gender-bending version of Cap’s red, white & blue costume for women.












Amazing Spider-man 2 Muscle Adult Costume

Amazing Spider-man 2 Muscle Adult Costume




Perennial favourite, Spider-man, continues to put in a strong showing at fan conventions and special events. Go for a beefed-up, muscle-bound version of Spidey’s outfit, like the one pictured at right, or choose a sleeker bodysuit option (coming soon). We even have a Spider-man tank dress for all you web-slinging Spider-women out there!








Justice League The Flash Costume

Justice League Flash Costume



The Flash

No need to bother with getting a babysitter! Many Comic-con events and fan conventions offer free registration to children accompanied by a paying adult. If you’re bringing your favourite little superhero to the convention this year why not dress them up as well? After all, costumes aren’t just for adults! We’ve got tons of great children’s costumes to choose from. We especially love this Flash costume for little guys and gals that we think would make an excellent half of a father-child or mother-child matching costume ensemble.











Spock Costume

Live long and prosper!


All aboard the USS Enterprise!

When it comes to fan convention attire, somehow nothing says, “I’m an ultimate geek” like wearing a Star Trek costume. After all, what better outfit is there to wear when meeting your favourite Star Trek celebrity? As an added bonus, it’s a easy choice for group attendees – every group of friends has a serious and analytical Mr. Spock, a plucky and dependable Scotty, and a devil-may-care James Tiberius Kirk.















Winning Costumes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Fans in blue body paint at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Keepin’ it simple! Uruguay’s fans are cool blue at the 2014
FIFA World Cup in Brazil (photo by Jimmy Baikovicius)

How do you show your support for your favourite team? The attendees at the 2014 FIFA World Cup know that the biggest sports fans are the ones that go that extra mile to put together an extra-special costume to display their team colours, loud and proud! We’ve put together a few pics of some winning costumes we feel scored big at World Cup games and events so far.

British Football Fans in Brazil

British fans standing guard (photo by Jimmy Baikovicius)

Dutch Football Fan Wearing a Cow Costume

An interview with a Dutch fan/cow. Moo-oo! (Photo by Filipe Castilhos)

Kangaroo Costume

Go Socceroos! A kangaroo sports the yellow and green jersey
of Australia’s Socceroos (Photo by Filipe Castilhos)


Stand out in the crowd!: Our costume ideas for sporting events

Face, body and hair liquid makeup

Face, body and hair liquid makeup





Paint your face…and arms and hair and torso and…

Whatever outfit you decide to wear to the stadium, a little (or a lot!) of face paint or body makeup is the icing on the cake when it comes to displaying your team pride. Paint your team’s flag or logo on your cheeks for some ‘subtle’ flare, or go for all over body paint in your team’s colours to make a stronger statement. Go team!!


Beaver costume

Show your Canadian pride in this patriotic beaver costume





Be your team’s unofficial mascot

Lead your friends in cheering on your team in one of our crowd-pleasing mascot costumes! We’ve got a great selection of winning mascot costumes, like this patriotic, cheeky beaver costume (pictured on right), our adorable St. Bernard costume and our perky kangaroo costume.




Blue suit

Make a fun, yet mysterious,
statement in one of our skin suits





Turn heads in an skinsuit

A skinsuit, like the Blues Brothers kit featured at left, is a sure-fire way to make a captivating appearance in the stands. Also a great bet for a group costume idea for you and your friends!











Red Wig

Rock out in this cool red wig




Top off your fan outfit with an eye-catching wig!

Choose a wig in just the right colour to top off your winning ensemble! Our selection of wigs spans hundreds of options in an array of colours and styles to match your super sports fan persona!









Summer Music Festival Costume Ideas

Festival goers at Coachella 2014

Festival goers at Coachella 2014 (photo by Thomas Hawk)

If you’re looking for that perfect costume to show off your personal flare at an upcoming summer music festival, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you! Iconic festivals like Coachella and Sasquatch have already happened, but there are plenty more on the horizon, like Pickathon and Montreal’s very own Osheaga Festival. For starters, we thought we’d take a look at some of the costumes spotted at a few of the festivals that have already taken place this season. Here’s a few winning favorites that we’ve come across:

Hippie-inspired stylings at the Coachella 2014

60′s-inspired style at Coachella 2014 (photo by Samatha Saturday)

Character costumes at Bonnaroo 2014

All our favourite characters at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Shannon)

Polar bears at Coachella 2014 (photo by Global Inheritance)

Polar bears at Coachella 2014 (photo by Global Inheritance)

As always, popular costumes at this year’s festivals are bright, colourful and super playful! Check out our suggestions below for making a splash in a great costume at the next summer music festival you attend this summer. Happy festival going!!

Our 2014 Summer Music Festival Costume Suggestions!


Looking for a group costume idea? You and your besties will look cool
and stay cool in these superhero tank dresses!


Monkey Costume






Animal costumes are another perennial favourite at music festivals. If you’re game to brave the heat in one of these costumes, we’ve got a great selection to choose from. Think of how much fun it would be to tear up the dance floor in this cheeky monkey costume!








70s-Inspired Costumes




You can never go wrong with 70s dance outfits! We’re talking about music festivals afterall! You’ll set the mood for a night of dancing to your favourite bands with this Disco Boogie Babe costume. We’ve also got over 160 other polyester-inspired, stylish ensembles for you to choose from, perfect for getting down until the wee hours of the morning!












Mission Purimpossible!


While many citizens of the world take to the streets wearing white, green and orange in the middle of March to celebrate Saint-Patrick’s Day, there is a very old, very festive tradition that has been celebrated in the Jewish faith since long ago: Purim! In fact, I would say it embodies many of the same values as Patrick’s Day: freedom, togetherness and indulging in true vices.

Royal Bride - Purim Costumes for girls



Every young girl dreams of dressing up as Queen Esther for Purim, and with this beautiful costume your little girl can. Queen Esther is the strong female hero of the Purim holiday, and is credited with helping to save the Jewish people from the evil henchman Haman. She is the beautiful wife of the Persian king Ahashverosh, and her strength and beauty is highlighted in this elegant dress. A ruffled dress with long sleeves and a beautiful white sheen will make any girl feel like a queen this Purim!


Traditional Kohen Gadol Purim Costume




Don’t forget to include this wonderful Kohen Gadol Costume for your next Purim celebration!  This ensemble depicts a high priest from the biblical days of the Jewish people. The costume consists of a priestly robe, tunic, sash, and turban. It also comes with a priestly breastplate that holds twelve gems, each symbolizing a different tribe of Israel. Dress you son in this lovely, detailed, and colorful costume and he will exude dignity just like the high priest did in biblical times!

Moses Adult Costume




Tired of dressing up as the same old king and queen every Purim? Then look no further, because now you can dress up as one of the Jewish people’s favorite prophet: Moses! Not only did Moses receive the 10 commandments, but he also sports a biblical stylish beard that is downright epic. This legendary costume includes a cream-colored plain robe under a shortleeved robe in stripes.




Mother Rivkah Costume for Girls




This costume is guaranteed to bring the spirit of the biblical matriarchs into your Purim party. Rivkah, the wife of Isaac, and father of Jacob and Esau, is credited with being one of the most cunning and kind of all the Jewish matriarchs. This serene crisp white dress comes detailed with camels and print, along with a beautiful headpiece. Perfect for any young lady to remember one of her very first Purims by!

Jewish Grand Rabbi Child



This Jewish grand Rabbi costume is one that captures the timeless essence of devout and pious Jewish Rabbis. A golden zip-up robe, with black trimmings, and a golden sash mimics the robes worn by influential Rabbis throughout the centuries. Let your son dress up as his favorite Rabbi this Purim, and watch as  he becomes the life of the party in this fun and respectful costume!



Silver Rabbi Robe





This stunning button-up Rabbinical robe is silver in color, and has black velvet lapels. The robe has a beautiful pattern, and will make any young man look smart, observant, and fun! This robe goes passed the knees, and will keep any man warm while trudging through the wintery streets looking for the closest Purim party.


Plush Lion Costume



This Purim, dress your son or daughter up as the king of the jungle! This lion costume is cute, cuddly, and will scare Haman and any bad spirits away from this year’s Purim party! A brown fringed mane and a cute fluffy tail highlight this very sweet and fuzzy costume. Your child will have a roaring good time at their next Purim party wearing this awesome costume.




Biblical King Costume



This biblical king costume will make any young man feel like a king at his party this Purim! A white robe with a purple vest, detailed with golden edges, really highlights the royal feeling of this costume. The costume includes a crown and golden belt to complete this biblically regal look. Don’t show up to this years Purim party looking like a peasant! Dress up in this costume and you are sure to be the most talked about king at the party.


King Robe Adult Crown Set




This adult king costume is regal, royal, and fantastically red! The long red robe is elegant, with a collar and edges that are white spotted fur. The spotted fur also appears on the rim of the royal hat, which is large and gold ribbed, just like a king’s hat should be! This is the perfect outfit to wear while you feast, and toast your royal subjects in this years Purim party.




Jumping On The Lucky Wagon


Most national holidays only get celebrated in their respective countries. My American friends definitely do not know when Canada Day is, or what traditions – barbecue, anyone? -  we have to celebrate it. Similarly, though I do know that the Journée de la Bastille in France is July 14th, I have zero idea how they celebrate. It is very normal for a national holiday to be an insular phenomenon. So why is Saint Patrick’s Day so widely celebrated? Why is it that, come March, people who have their own national pride all year long suddenly wear “Irish For The Day” badges and drink green beer and plaster shamrocks all over their windows? Obviously this holiday has some contagious element to it. In order for you to properly celebrate(no matter your heritage!) I have put together an excellent list of green costumes to help you adequately celebrate the luckiest day of the year. And if none of these outfits feel lucky enough, find way more on our St Patrick’s Day Feature page!     Gentleman's Kilt






Often asked what is underneath, gentlemen in kilts get wild amounts of attention from both ladies and guys. Truth is, no one ever really needs to know: but lifting up your hem will definitely get the Irish party going, that’s for sure. Don’t catch cold!








Sexy Leprechaun Costume





Become the leprechaun any group of college boys wishes to find at the end of a rainbow – and no, I do not think they will be disappointed by the lack of pot of gold. In this adorable green and white dress/jacket combo and hat, you’ll charm any shamrock-sporting lads right into your pocket.

        Kiss Me Cutie Irish Costume



Overwhelmed by the sea of green happening around you? Be the splash of white that everyone will happily welcome in this flirty little Kiss Me Cutie costume. With its off-the-shoulder sleeves and white gloves, you’ll be the talk of the town – and the belle of Belfast city.








Leprechaun Parade Pleaser Costume

I present you with the absolute sexiest of all St Paddy’s day costumes. This larger than life Leprechaun Parade Teaser comes with everything depicted, minus the pipe and buckle shoes. Throw it on and you will not be able to to keep the kiddies away. They’ll be scratching at your big ears in hopes that you may be hiding gold in them!

              Shamrock Sweetheart




Wanna be the cutest shamrock in the grass? In this Shamrock Sweetie outfit you will turn heads, steal hearts and make all the other ladies in the room green with envy! You can rock it for any St Patrick’s day celebration – but maybe you’ll wanna select a different outfit for the parade…











Green Skinsuit






 Okay, so he doesn’t necessarily look all that irish…or does he? We don’t actually know WHAT is hiding underneath this ridiculous green costume. Putting skin suits, or morph suits as some call them, on the right partygoer is the most sure fire way to make a totally tame party into a madhouse!

        Mr. Leprechaun Costume Leprechaun Pet Costume









Staring at these two dudes, I couldn’t help but notice an uncanny resemblance between them…perhaps they’re related? In all honesty though, this could be the cutest couple costume of the year. The beard gets me every time. #smitten

We Wish You A Merry Disco

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Costume Trends


Oh, the holidays… always busy, usually stressful, and never dull. Between the office party, dinner with the in-laws, visiting aunt Myrtle’s organic farm in Vermont, and Christmas…well, needless to say, it is totally likely that you will be pooped by New Year’s Eve. That, my friend, is preposterous! You mustn’t start off your year on a tired foot! We here at Oya are firm believers in The PNYTP: that is to say, The Perfect New Year’s Theme Party. It remedies any and all holiday fatigue. Quick, grab one of these costumes and head over to your neighbours’ Disco themed cocktail party! Trust us, you will make the whole block wanna boogie!

Disco Diva Costume







Brave the cold in your biggest parka so that you can peel it off at the party to reveal this cute, simple Disco Diva dress! With its mesmerizing swirls and cute matching headband, this little number is sure to win the hearts of many a Beegee!







Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Costume Trends


Hey folks! We here at Oya have switched gears. We have launched ourselves fully and completely into the holiday season, and we truly believe that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! To prove it, we compiled a small sample of our vast array of jolly ole Saint Nick costumes. We want YOU to love the holidays as much as we do. Have a peak! And don’t forget to check out the rest of our fun Christmas supplies!

Santa Baby Costume



Welcome to Christmas, small one! In this adorable Santa Baby Costume, your little bundle of joy will undoubtedly chuckle his whole day away. You’ll be lucky if you can get him out of it long enough to clean it!





Jolly Santa with mid length coat


In this imitation crushed velvet Jolly Ole St Nick Costume, you will swank up even the fanciest parties. The jacket with attached cape has a long, old-fashioned feel and beautiful embroidery on the front, along with the classic faux fur trim. Add a little bell and you will be ho-ho-ho-ing all through December!







Halloween – in HOLLYWOOD!


Hurray! The day has finally arrived! Happy Halloween everyone. Here at the Oya warehouse, we are wiping our brows and counting our inventory now that our positively gigantic Halloween rush is calming down. In fact, we even had time to do a little of research into what celebrities are wearing this year. The paparazzi has spoken: the stars seem to be loving the same costumes as us…check it out!



Bacon and Eggs

Egg Costume!














Oh, Gwen Stefani. What a total fashion icon she is: of the 90′s, early 2000′s and today. So much so that she can pull off virtually anything and make it look absolutely fashionable. Take this egg, for example. Not exactly the most form-fitting item we have, but on Gwen, it looks positively fantastic!












Clownin Around

Pink Clown Costume



















No need to be scared of this clown kids! She is positively sweet-looking. Pink is another lady of song whose totally unique style sticks in the mind, and evolves fluidly over the years. True to her name, she has chosen our bright and colorful Clownin Around Costume, and she makes it look friendly, funny and cute!











Toy Story Jessie

Sandra Bullock as Jessie!
















Round ‘em up, supermom! Sandra Bullock is a pro at many things: acting, mommying…and dressing up! In this sweet Jessie costume, she makes a perfect sidekick to her sweet little Buzz Lightyear: her son, Louis!








Yo Gabb Gabba DJ Lance







Brad Pitt Gabba Gabba














Hey there, Brad, looking…er…orange? In his fuzzy orange Yo Gabba Gabba DJ Lance COstume, Brad Pitt certainly left a lasting image in our minds. Though we couldn’t help but notice that he added his own finishing touch with the black speedo on top of his pants. To each his own, we suppose…






Incredibles Family




Mrs Incredible Costume















Ladies and gentlemen may I present to you, The Incredibles!…otherwise known as Jessica Alba and her adorable family. With these super fun matching bright red costumes, they’ll be able to pick each other out in any trick-or-treating crowd – no magic powers needed!







Kardashian Cougar

Cougar Costume














Last, but certainly not least, we have what some would consider the new celebrity queen of Halloween. Every year, Kim Kardashian has a multitude of Halloween costumes for what seems to be her favorite holiday. We chose one of her more modest ones for our blog: a cute, simple cougar onesie that hugs Kim’s fantastic curves!


Ladies and Gentlemen: Prepare to Blush


The time has come. The kids have gone to bed, the babysitter has arrived. You are officially off the clock and you are heading to the real party. Sure, you can dress as a witch, a zombie, a pirate, a princess…but if everyone is doing something tame like that, why not stand out? Why not make everyone around you laugh until they’re out of breath? We have compiled a short selection of some of our most ridiculous costumes, our most scandalous costumes – heck, these are some of the most daring costumes on our website. And if these don’t make you blush til the roots of your hair, we are most certain that we can find something else that will





Tassle Twirling Tessie Costume




Oh Tessie, you tassle twirling tease. What in the world were you thinking, coming to the party dressed like that? It’s October, you will freeze! You simply cannot keep forfeiting practicality for fashion! Though, we must admit, red is truly your color…








Petting Zoo Adult Costume




Oh no! Someone has let Larry the Loopy Llama out of his pen! We don’t mean to alarm you …but Larry got his nickname because he spits like crazy. What a mess! So watch out ladies, he’s a wild one.









Wet T-Shirt Winner Adult






On your marks, get set, SPLASH! The lady(or, in this case it could easily be a gentleman, as per this photograph) with the most outrageous wet t-shirt, wins! Whoever earns the title will get this fabulous blue ribbon, prestigious pride and glory(what an achievement!) and…uh…respect from your peers?







Harry Banana Hammock







Hey there, ladies. My name is Harry, and I am here to show you how to have a good time. I like long walks around the trailer park, my mom’s tanning bed, my spandex socks and cold beers with hot sauce in ‘em. Gives my life a little extra spice. Interested? I thought so. Call me, my mom won’t mind. She may even cook us dinner.















Banana Flasher







Okay. This guy may look innocent among all these other clearly loopy individuals. He would be…except his name is Banana Flasher. Gentlemen, keep him away from your ladies, or he will snatch them up…and, in true form, make like a banana and SPLIT!

Woopie Cushion







He who smelt it, dealt it? No, that can’t be it. Last one there is a rotten egg? No, that’s not it either…Oh wait!

Woops, I sat there again, I played with your farts, got lost in the couch, oh baby, baby…


(thanks Britney)












Tough S#!t







Ah, voilà. The one we have all been waiting for. Allow us to introduce to you Tough S#!t. This is the turd who knows the good word, the poo who knows what to do, the manure who’s cool for sure…this is one tough poop. That’s all.

Make ‘em Laugh!




Alright, that’s it. The leaves have almost all fallen, you can see your breath in the air, and you are starting to think about heading to the garage to put on those dreaded, heavy winter tires. Nobody really wants to think about winter, we all just do. So before you let the crisp fall air drag you down, remember that laughter cures all woes. If we are going to face winter, we will do it with a gigantic, stubborn smile. Here at Oya, we want to make your winter as palatable as possible. This means starting it off with a big smile! And what better way to do that than to find the most hilarious, cackle-inducing costume you possibly could! Here are some pretty silly ideas. Don’t like ‘em? Check out our web page for other hilarious costume ideas!


Wolf Granny Costume






“My, Grandma, what big hands you have!” We all remember the big bad wolf, with his flowered nightgown, nightcap, and downright selfish attitude. With this costume, you can spook little and big kids alike and make them all chuckle at the same time. While you’re at it, why not stop off in the kitchen and see what Grandma is cooking today…






Gorilla In The Midst



EEP! Help, I have mysteriously gotten myself caught inside the hand of a gigantic Gorilla and I can’t get out! In this silly, outrageous and expertly designed costume, you can look flirty and feminine while making people giggle. It isn’t every day that people see a maiden in captivity…at a party…but in captivity. Confused? Us too.

Bowling Pin Costume

“Alrighty, son, knock ‘em dead!” In this blatantly ridiculous costume, you will positively *bowl* over every party-goer you meet tonight! Perhaps you’ll bring some sweet party snacks with you, if you have any to *spare*. Nobody will be able to *pin* anything but jokes on you!  Hopefully you will(or will not?) *strike* out with the ladies…




Hot Dog Adult Costume





Hot diggidy dog! You may be a wiener to some, darling, but you’re a winner to me. In this totally ridiculous Hot Dog costume, you will be the hot topic of the main course at any dinner party. Who knows, maybe you’ll be a nice reminder of summer barbecues and poolside afternoons for all the folks clowning around in costumes. You’ll be the most inspirational hot dog that ever walked!

…or the only hot dog that ever walked.










Tequila Costume







“José! You have arrived! Vamos a empezar la fiesta!” In this knee-slappingly ludicrous Tequila costume, you will turn heads and ignite the most memorable parties. Whether you choose to bartend, shmooze or just stand silently next to a pile of limes, you are going to be the talk of the town(and the liquor cabinet).








Rasta Mon Parade Pleaser







Embrace the sweet summer waves and let the sun shine down on this larger than life Rasta Mon Parade Pleaser Costume. With his hilariously oversized beanie and his big chunky black dreadlocks, it is virtually impossible to avoid loving this big friendly dude, mon!










Cry Baby Adult Costume





“Who the heck do you think you’re calling a cry baby? Not me, that’s for sure!” Wine, kick, scream, yell, do whatever you want in this zany oversized adult baby costume! Be as wacky as you like this Halloween, let your inner baby shine through. It is your party, you cry if you want to!










Flamingo Costume






We can’t guarantee that you will look as graceful as a real-life flamingo in this bright pink costume. We can, however, guarantee that people will be asking you to stand on one leg all night! What an addition to the party you will make, you wild, beautiful, sassy, tall pink creature! Go get ‘em!









Barrel Of Monkeys Costume





Alright, no more monkeying around. This costume calls for some SERIOUS partying! With these two soft little monkey puppets as your wing men tonight, everyone will be cuddling up to you. Forget Barrel of Monkeys, you’re a veritable barrel of laughs!