After searching for an authentic looking “Jack” mask and realizing there weren’t any, I gave up the search and decided to try to make my own Homemade Jack Skellington Halloween Costume. Looking at several “Nightmare before Christmas” web-sites I found my favorite “Jack Face” picture. Tried looking at a variety of baskets, bowls or anything I could find that were the right size and shape.
Once again, denied. I decided to use chicken wire and paper mache to achieve my goal. After cutting and shaping the chicken wire into two pieces (front half and back half so I wouldn’t have to have a hole big enough to put my whole head through) allowing for a neck hole and eyes. I covered both halves of the chicken wire with newspaper strips/paper mache, leaving the eye holes open. I got some paper mache paste powder at the Craft store, adding water to the powder gives you an almost clay like compound.
I added this all over the mask and used it to shape around the eyes and nose. After the paste was fully dried, I shaped and sanded it with some help from my Dremel tool. Cut out the lines for the teeth, then painted the whole thing white with black detailing around the mouth/teeth area. Decided to use Velcro tape to hold the halves together, after wearing it a while, found it was better to leave a gap between the halves to let more air in. Used black see-through fabric in the eye holes so I could see out, but they still looked black.
Got an old sport coat and black pants and painted on the pin-stripes. Used a toy stuffed bat for the “Bat Bow Tie”. This Homemade Jack Skellington Halloween Costume turned out pretty impressive, especially standing next to my girlfriend’s home-made “Sally” costume.