For us horror lovers out there, there aren’t many holidays to catch our fancy. Halloween only comes around once a year and days such as Thanksgiving and New Years Eve just don’t electrify the senses. With the sudden inception of Alien Day, however, it looks like things are about to change.
The holiday is very much in its infancy stage, with only a few hardcore fans catching on and celebrating, so local geek hangouts aren’t having any significant events lined up. If it grows to be a well-established day, which is certainly possible with the power of social media, this could end up not being the case in years to come. A chestburster can dream…
But enough about what this day can morph into. What matters is the now, so here’s a few ways you can spend your first ever Alien Day.
Treat yo self
Here’s the deal. Finding Alien merch in person isn’t the easiest thing to do. The series isn’t at Star Wars level nor will it ever be, meaning that store walls will never be lined with Xenomorph plushies or Newt shirts. And for those times that you do come across an item or two, selection is so small that chances are you won’t be interested in what you find.
As usual, I’m promoting the internet. This time around, Mondo is probably your best bet.
They’ve prepped up for the holiday, offering up items ranging from pins to vinyl to ugly Christmas sweaters. There’s even an adorable facehugger ski mask available. I won’t deny that the selection is a bit on the pricey side, but when your options are limited, you sometimes have to take the financial plunge.
Have a double feature
It’d be silly to go through the day without watching at least one flick in the series. I’d call the act blasphemous, even. Personally, I’d suggest sticking to the first two, and I’m sure many others would agree. While David Fincher is a god among men, Alien 3 is a release that should forever be ignored.
If you only have time for one of the movies, duke it out with your friends and determine whether the first or the second is superior. They’re both stylized in exceedingly different ways leading to contrasting atmosphere techniques and character roles, but they both have something to offer.
My vote goes for the movie that started it all; you just can’t go wrong.
Start designing a cosplay piece
MegaCon is right around the corner, but there’s still time to take out the ol’ sewing machine and make yourself into a Queen Alien. It’ll be the first of many sleepless nights, I’m sure, but the payoff will be worth it. Conventions are so full of Deadpools and furries that putting together such a piece is a definite way to make yourself stand out in the crowd.
For those of you who have minimal skills when it comes to costuming, there’s still hope to be had. A Ripley cosplay is rather simple to do, with most of it revolving around little details rather than a grand design. Hey, you can even pick up a patch from Mondo to go with your outfit.
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