For this Damsel In Distress Costume I used a large piece of foam core and made an opening just large enough for my head to fit through near the top on one end of it. I painted the foam core to look like rocks/pebbles.

Using other cut pieces of foam core painted brown, I made wide “wood” beams (vertically across the large piece) and two other longer horizontal pieces I sprayed in bronze metallic to create train tracks.

On one side of the train tracks, I affixed a large train locomotive I built using mainly metal air duct pieces that I spray painted metallic bronze and black. The strategically placed “Smoke Stack” for the locomotive was made with a shaped coat hanger and gray panty hose.

The light of the locomotive was created using a powerful rechargeable flashlight with a “hold” button to keep it turned on. On the other side of the train tracks, I had an “X’ shaped “Train Crossing” sign with flashing lights.

For the center of the Damsel In Distress Costume, I made a little humanette puppet of a busty woman wearing white and lace (a “Humanette” puppet is a “puppet” where the puppeteer’s face is the face of the puppet with a little puppet body) and attached her to the train tracks using an assortment of ropes, chains and padlocks (lighter prop ones purchased at the Halloween stores, of course) – with my head through the hole, my head appeared to be hers, while my hands are free to reach down to the bottom of her feet where I had attached 2 dowels to the heels of her feet so I could wiggle them frantically in unison with my “Damsel in Distress” cries.

I also kept throwing terrified glances at the bright light shinning in my face of the “oncoming” locomotive. Oh, the drama!