The PHB’s 14th Halloween Costume Contest: The Devil Wears Poptropica 💎😈💙

Hello, Poptropicans! Spooky season is upon us, which means it’s time for our annual Halloween costume contest… but with a twist.

This year, “The Devil Wears Poptropica” — our theme inspired by a clever Poptropica meme tweet thread, which is itself inspired by an iconic scene from the cult classic film The Devil Wears Prada — not only calls for your freaky costumes. We’re adding one special request in honor of the game we love: they must include something blue. 💎

☑️ Rules ☑️

  1. 💙 Create your costumes on Poptropica! You may create as many as you like for the competition. To qualify, it needs to contain the color blue — as much or as little as you like.
  2. 📸 Take a screenshot. For backdrop, we recommend either the character customization screen or the Customizer window on PoptropiCon. Here’s how you can take a screenshot. Please crop it to focus on your costume.
  3. ⬆️ Upload your pic to the internet. You’ll need a web link for your pic to share it with us, which you can get by posting it to sites like Imgur, Discord, or Instagram. Then, comment on this post with the link.

🗺 Tips for Creating Your Costume 🗺

🌟 Prizes 🌟

  • 🗓 Deadline: The contest closes on Saturday, October 29.
  • 🎃 On Halloween (October 31), we’ll post our favorite costumes on the front page of the PHB for all to enjoy.
  • 🥇 First place will win a 6-month Poptropica membership.
  • 🥈 Second place will win a 3-month Poptropica membership.
  • 🥉 Third place will win a 1-month Poptropica membership.
  • 💎 Winning costumes will be immortalized in our Look Book, but we’ll also have honorable mentions for just the post, not page.

Best of luck! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

And then I think it was Apple, wasn’t it, who rolled out the cerulean iMessage? I think we need a refresh here. And then the blue hues quickly showed up in the logos of eight different internet brands.

And then it filtered down through the internet, and then trickled on down into some tragic brand generator. Where you, no doubt, fished it out of some premade color palette. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs.

Poptropica on Twitter
The movie scene that inspired the meme

~the PHB 💙😈💎

Fan Art Features, Monthly Costume Contests

Homemade Halloween Peeks 🎃🧵

Hey Poptropicans, looks like the Baron’s airship will be staying awhile!

Like last year’s Red October, the Cabin of Curiosities will be refreshed with six player-designed Halloween costumes — the winners of September’s contest, arriving this Thursday! We’ve already got peeks of the first two, with the rest to be revealed in the coming days. Enjoy~

Unlike before, however, this would be the first time the airship doesn’t depart before arriving with new stock. But this means that September’s haul will soon be replaced, so grab them while you can!

With all these spooky suit-ups on the way, it’s not too soon to start thinking about your Poptropica Halloween costume… 🎃

Speaking of costumes, check out these inventive looks from the latest fan art featured on Poptropica’s Instagram stories:

October is a great time for Pop fan art, as we’ve just launched Poptober 2022, a series of daily drawing prompts to inspire your creative juices. Find out more here and do share your art with us on the PHC! 🌟

“Poptober Day 3: Evil — Director D” by Purple Paw


Guest Posts, Popspiracy Theories

Popspiracy: The Baron’s Backstory

Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by HeartofEnder. Enjoy!

Heart here, with a slightly impulsive guest post written shortly after Baronstiltskin’s takeover. With all the new lore, I decided to write up this Popspiracy (Poptropica conspiracy) about the Baron’s potential backstory. Remember: None of this is canon to Poptropica (yet?), so take this with the tiniest grain of salt.

Early Life

The Baron was born on Fairytale Island as a member of the royal family. This was confirmed in the latest Baron visit but has been theorized for a long time. At some point either before or after Baron was born, Rumpel was causing trouble for Poptropica, playing with the world around him. This annoyed the Red Queen, so she locked Rumpel away. 

The Baron didn’t like the whole being part of the royal family thing, so at some point she ran away or announced her departure. Either way, the Royal family seemed fine with that, since we never see them trying to get their daughter back. They likely still have some sort of connection, considering that Thanksgiving picture we saw.

Relationship with Amelia

So the Baron left the royal family, now what? They turned their attention to the thing they loved the most: legends! Were they real or not? Only one way to find out, and that’s to go on an adventure!

The Baron started adventuring, eventually stopping at an island in danger. There she met Amelia and together they saved the island, becoming friends. 

Now what caused their friendship to become sour? Those who played Monkey Wrench Island would know the serious measures she took to come first place in the race. Perhaps before, Amelia and Baron had a friendly race. Amelia won, which angered the Baron so much that she ended their friendship —throwing a literal wrench in Amelia’s plane as revenge for the event that ended their friendship.

Post-Monkey Wrench

After the events of Monkey Wrench, the Baron likely crash landed on the same island we did, or landed in the sea and washed up on the island’s shores — we won’t question things too much here. 

Here, the Baron met Ack and decided to adopt the monkey as her sidekick. While stranded on Monkey Wrench, she did some thinking. Taking revenge on Amelia was not a good idea, so what now? Sure, adventuring brought her money, but were there other options?

And then it hit her. The Baron could make easy money by looting faraway islands of their stuff, and selling them to dedicated adventurers: the players! But first she needed to get off the island.

The monkeys on Monkey Wrench Island were smart enough to plan and build the Poptropica blimp, so together with Ack, they worked to build the Baron an airship.

And so, the Baron began her monthly pop-up shop on Home Island to sell her findings to the players. Soon she was offering to let players assist her on her treasure hunts with The Baron’s Crusade

With various developments surrouding the Baron and Rumpelstiltskin of Fairytale Island since then — including Rumpel’s Challenge ending on a cliffhanger, the side-quest becoming available for all, the shenanigans with the Baron’s Rumpel obsession, going missing, and now returning as Baronstiltskin — it sure seems like Poptropica might finally tie up the loose ends of Fairytale Island. 

I hope you enjoy this little theory of putting pieces together! I couldn’t stop thinking about the new lore we got, so here we are. Love how lore adds so much depth to a virtual world — it’s my favorite thing in games.

Last thing: Chapter 6 of Storm’s Calamity, my Poptropica fanfic series, is now available on Tumblr and Quotev.

Heart out!

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by HeartofEnder. If you did, you might also enjoy her fanfiction series, The Witch’s Heart.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. Interested in writing for the PHB? We’d love to hear from you!

Guest Posts

Pop Puzzles: What’s Missing? Round 4 🧐

Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Dizzy FeatherEnjoy!

Tree Topped: You won’t be-leaf where this tree is growing.

Hello everyone, Dizzy Feather here with round four of “What’s Missing?” Here’s how the game works:

I’ll show you screenshots from Poptropica with a detail covered up, and you try to guess what the missing piece is. Leave your guesses in the comments of this post, and in about a week I’ll share the answers and shout out those who got any of them correct! A couple of rules:

  • No cheating! Don’t go in-game to the area shown to find the answers, and don’t copy someone else’s answers (best not to look before sharing yours). Not only would that be cheating others, but you’ll be taking the fun away from yourself!
  • Have fun! It’s just a game. Don’t pressure yourself to get them all.

Now that we’ve got that down, let’s begin with this PoptropiCon Island, Ep. 1 edition puzzle! You may need to click on images to view them in full.

So what’s missing? Share your guesses in the comments, and if you’re right, I’ll mention you when I reveal the answers. Good luck!

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Dizzy Feather. If you did, you might also enjoy previous rounds of “What’s Missing?”: Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. Interested in writing for the PHB? We’d love to hear from you!

Fan Art Features

Airships, Artistry, and Blimps in the Air

Hey Poptropicans! A much anticipated Baron landing has finally made its way to Home Island… but we’ll get into that in our next update. 👀

In the meantime, let’s catch up on the fan art features from Poptropica’s Instagram stories in the past week! That first figure looks awfully sus…

Welp, we’re nearing the end of September, which means it’s almost time to wake up… for spooky season! Get ready for the PHB’s annual Halloween costume contest coming up in October! 🎃

And though Poptropica has spent the entire month ignoring their big milestone, we’ll go ahead and say it: happy 15th birthday, Poptropica. Wish we had something special to go with it in the game, but like our beloved Balloon Boy, it seems to be up in the air. 🎈