The movie "Big" has always been a favorite of mine. As I was pondering what to be this year, and, more especially, what would go with the new beard I'd been fostering, it came to me: ZOLTAR. Zoltar is the machine that was asked by Tom Hanks to make him "big" and, of course, Hanks got his wish. The Zoltar machine is also quite a popular arcade attraction.
Now, I am a dancer and most of the parties I attend are of a dancing nature, so a stationary box caricature would just not do. I have to be free to dance, walk around and sit. I decided to buy a ready-made sultan outfit but added a few touches here and there.
I built the Zoltar box in approximately a month out of 6 sheets of 3/16 foam core and lined the windows with 1/2 balsa wood to create the illusion of a thicker wood. Because it was a box, it was very strong. The only wood in the construction is the cove molding on the top. The box is suspended by a light weight tubular back- pack frame. I sewed one of my nice dress vests into a shape befitting a Zoltar and placed it over the backpack harness to conceal it.
Most the time was spent decorating this: drapes, lighting effects, felt in the bottom, and of course countless doodads such as coins and jewels hot-glued in front of Zoltar. Don't forget the Tarot cards.
This was a very fun project to build and, boy, what a reaction I got when I walked in the door.
I made this Homemade Zoltar Costume from Big back in high school the night before Halloween. Basically took a big box and spraypainted it and rubbed coal from the woodstove on it to make it look a little bit less like a cardboard box and cut it to size.
I'm pretty sure I was wearing suspenders made out of rope under the shirt to hold the costume up as well. Covered the center with playing cards and jewels and whatnot and hung a curtain behind me.
I think I either printed out or stenciled the Zoltar and Fortunes signs then dipped them in tea to color the paper then burned them a bit over the stove. Underneath there was a dispenser that put out fortunes. Did some standard “dummy” makeup and put on a turban. I actually ended up finding a chair and sitting for quite a bit of the night, and telling people to get me a beer and I would read their futures.
It was pretty fun, but not the most mobile costume. Hope you enjoy it!
My Zoltar Fortune Teller Machine Costume is a classic coin machine well known from the movie "Big" starring Tom Hanks. It was inexpensive to make with materials I found either around the house or from the dollar store and thrift shop.
Materials used: box, paint, touch light, balloon, construction paper, gold shirt, black vest, old jewelry, fake gold coins, fabric, jeweled pin, belt, glow stick, make up.
This costume is fairly time consuming so start early so you have plenty of time to finish. It was well worth it, it was a major hit at school and also on Halloween when we went trick-or-treating. After making the costume belt threw your pants loops, cut to slits in the back of the costume and pull belt and buckle to the back of the costume and buckle.
This held up the costume great and left the hands free to collect candy. Enjoy!