We encountered a ton of costumed characters throughout the Valley in 2016, and each of 'em were
colorful in their own way. There were cosplayers at geek gatherings like Phoenix Comicon, pranksters dressing up for fun at such off-the-wall events at the Idiotarod
, and all the folks who got into the spirit of Halloween. Here's a look back at the best costumes we saw this year.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman, Melissa Fossum, Michelle Sasonov, and Simone Yavar