Library to Host Star Wars Costume Event

by ARLnow.com October 3, 2011 at 9:38 am 10,490 29 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to look like your favorite Star Wars character, now’s the time to learn how to do it.

With Halloween just around the corner, Arlington Public Library is hosting a Star Wars costume event this coming weekend. Representatives from the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion — international costuming enthusiast organizations for the Star Wars good guys and bad guys, respectively — will be on hand at Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) on Saturday to discuss how they make their elaborate Star Wars costumes.

Star Wars geeks and casual fans alike are invited to come take photos with fully-costumed members of the local Rebel Legion and 501st Legion (slogan: “Bringing order to the galaxy since 1997”). For those who want to follow in the footsteps of legion members, be prepared for intricate instructions on how to become an authentic storm trooper, Jedi knight or bounty hunter.

“This program will be very detailed, so it is recommended for upper-elementary school kids, teens and adults,” the library said on its blog.

The event will be held at the Central Library Auditorium from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 703-228-5946.

  • LP

    Beware of the weirdos!

  • I am going to stay as far away from the library as possible on Saturday.

  • JamesE

    I’m dressed up as chewbacca 24/7

  • hand solo

    Finally, a group of people who get less action than I do.

    • novasteve

      If you add in a Star Trek convention to this, then I could say that about myself as well.

    • Richard Cranium

      *Snarf* Diet coke out the nose burns. +1,000,000

  • MC 703


    • Mike V.


  • Johnny Utah

    No Vader in that picture? I hope someone has his costume handy!

    • star wars fan (nerd)

      it’s a picture of the Rebellion (scroll over the picture and it tells you), which Vader was not a part of, so he doesn’t belong in that photo (simple mistake, not insulting, just informing)

      yes i know he killed the emperor at the end (oops, spoiler) but that one act does not mean he belongs in the Rebellion

      on a similar note, a little disappointed that Admiral Ackbar is missing from that photo… where’s the love for Ackbar?

      • OMG…. I smell pocket protector!

        • star wars fan (nerd)

          your comment lost all meaning after using “OMG”

          plus I already called myself a nerd… way to beat a dead horse

          • V Dizzle

            Some of us nerds use mechanical pencils, and therefore have no need for pocket protection.

        • R.Griffon

          Outside of the Beltway utopia of endless employment possibilities, the pocket protector crowd is the only one with steady jobs in this economy. And good paying ones at that.

          BTW, “nerd” stopped being a derogatory term right around the time this whole Internet fad really took off in the 90s. I don’t think I know anyone who would be terribly put off by being described as such.

          /former software engineer who now hires them, and BIG Star Wars nerd

          • A nerd (engineer) myself, I also no longer use that term except when discussing old movies about science fiction. I loved it as a kid, but there is no way I’d dress up, go to a convention, etc as a nerdy engineer adult.

            OK. I may use it if discussing the movie Revenge of The Nerds. Let’s hope I don’t have to do that today.

      • Johnny Utah

        ah yes, good point. I missed the fact that it was only ‘the rebellion’, I was focusing on “star wars”

        hopefully the empire shows up unannounced and uninvited to crash the rebellions party.

      • Garden City

        It’s a trap!

        • Eponymous Coward

          Ackbar reference FTW.

      • CW

        I’d go as Ackbar.

        • Johnny Utah

          thats Admiral Ackbar to you!

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  • drax

    Star Nerds being taunted by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.


    • star wars fan (nerd)

      that’s one of my favorite bits of all time…

      “which one of these buttons calls your mother for a ride home?”

  • DarkHeart

    When my 3 y.o. sees that VW ad he says “Star Wars” thinking that is Vader’s name and refuses to let me correct him.

  • DarkHeart

    But these people are cool?

  • Jeff

    Oh look, how cute; it’s Ron Paul supporters!!

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  • charles

    I don’t think BUYING a costume should count. Anybody can buy a costume of a Star Wars character.

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