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Back to Halloween? Cosplayers flock to Minneapolis this weekend

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Eagan native Hannah Eva Hofmann is a professional cosplayer, short for costume play. Here, she is in costume as a video game character, Princess Zelda.
Courtesy of Hannah Eva Hofmann

If you are in downtown Minneapolis this weekend and start seeing superheroes, Elven Princesses or even a Jedi, don’t worry. You didn't fall back to Halloween.

Thousands of sci-fi and fantasy fans are expected to converge on the Minneapolis Convention Center for GalaxyCon this weekend. The three-day celebration features people in costumes. Some are amateurs, and others try to make a living at it — like Eagan native Hannah Eva Hofmann, a professional cosplayer. Cosplay is short for costume play. 

Hofmann said she can spend up to two months working on one of her costumes.

“I will be at my sewing machine for hours every single night, just working on every single costume, said Hofmann. “I do all of the work by myself, including all the wig styling and even the photography when the pictures are done.”

Hofmann started making costumes after attending her first convention five years ago. It is now her full-time job, which includes promoting herself on the internet.

“I hope eventually I can become a much bigger cosplayer than I am now, and be able to travel the world,” said Hofmann. “That would be so rewarding for me.”

To hear more about Hannah Eva Hofmann and cosplay, click play on the audio player above.

For more information on GalaxyCon, including a list of celebrity appearances and events, click here.