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Coolest Electric Chair Costume

by Kathy

Homemade Electric Chair Costume

Homemade Electric Chair Costume

I was inspired to build this costume from a drawing I saw on the internet. I was looking for something out of the ordinary but yet kinda scary.

After much thinking and planning the process began. I folded and hot glued cardboard into the shape of boards. I wanted this to be truly three dimensional. After a package of 100 glue sticks the form was built. I then spray painted it brown to resemble wood. I cut out a hole in the seat and attached shoulder straps so I could actually walk around in this costume.

Then I hit the thrift stores.

I found the pants, shirt and belts for the straps there. I bought iron on patches and wrote "Death Row" and 103107 for the shirt and stuffed the legs of the pants. After many trials and errors, I found this headpiece that was just perfect. It was an old reflecter light complete with the wires that I found at another thrift store. I cut the adjustable parts out of an old hard hat and super glued it all together. The feet were from a previous costume that I had stored.

This costume also had lights and sound. I ordered a white flashing survival light and attached it behind my head $20. The mask was also ordered for this costume for $30. I had an old Halloween flashlight that had the sounds of electricity on it.

Total cost was about $80.

I took first place at two different clubs for a total of $150. And... had a sore neck for a couple days from wearing it all night LOL!

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Good Job
by: Anonymous

I knew you had a "sparking" personality! magnolia aka Susan

by: Kristen

Your costume was awesome. You do a great job at creating them and I look forward to hearing/seeing what you be each year and trying to think of some cool ones myself :)

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by: okTiara

We all got a real "charge" of of this costume. I look forward every year to your next work of art.

by: Harriet Jones Jr.

Wow Kathy, I really like what you did there. Say, what are your plans for Halloween this year? I also live in Illinois and was curious to know if you wanted to come by my apartment. I am inviting several other creative halloweiners over for an adult party.

by: Anonymous

ohh wow. I thought this was a real person. This looks really scary though.

My Original Costume
by: James

You may not believe this, but I originally created this costume back in 1984 in South Florida. It looked more or less the same, and had the fake legs and shoulder straps as you described. I wore the costume through about a ten year period and won pretty much every major contest in South Florida.

Prizes included over $30,000 in cash and vacation trips the clubs offered. It was an amazing costume that just couldn't lose. The only exceptions were if a contest were judged by a panel of judges versus audience voting (this means lots of screaming and shouting by the crowd in my favor).

In the evolution of the costume, I added a CO2 fire extinguisher with hoses up the back where you could activate the extinguisher via a plunger rod, that would send billows of smoke up the back of the costume all the while as I yelled and screamed bloody hell to the audience.

That costume was one of the best times I ever had. Glad to see so many others being inspired by it.

original costume?!?!?!
by: Anonymous

Wow, you created the FIRST ever electric chair costume?? How were you able to research so extensively into history to figure that out? I can't believe that nobody did an electric chair costume before you. The electric chair must have not been invented until right before 1984!

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Coolest Electric Chair Costume 2

by Jody S
(Emporium, Pa 15834)

Electric Chair Costume

Electric Chair Costume

Coolest Electric Chair Costume was made from recycled materials, except for $3 purchase for grey and black eyeshadow for the face effects. The chair is from a fridge box panel we painted and cut out like a pop-up card, it's just one piece. The prison suit is a used tyvek jumpsuit from a mechanic friend with sharpie prison stripes. We used leftover copper tubing and electrical wires from a renovation job, my favorite kitchen strainer (since retired) for the electrical cap, and a leather belt and faux leather fabric for the restraints.

Stuffed the body and socks with plastic bags. Other than having to hold his arms up for a long time, my son was able to easily walk in this Electric Chair Costume, and when he walked around he just put his arms down until he got to a door to trick or treat.

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