I was a huge fan of the board game, Battleship from when I was younger. I decided to re-create the game for my Halloween costume this year.
To make this Homemade Battleship Board Game Costume I used black foam poster-board type material to create two board game pieces. I cut interlocking pieces and used krazy glue to create the red and white marker holders on the right side of the board. I then made an elevated box for the board itself and used a grid to punch a 8x8 set of holes in each board. I covered it in blue paper to represent the water.
I used mailing labels to write letters down the side and numbers across. For the battleships themselves, I used gray posterboard to make 4 types of ships - a 2-hole, 3-hole, and two 4-hole Intrepid-style ships. For the red and white markers, as a Halloween touch, I used red Tootsie pops to represent 'hits' and white blow-pops to represent 'misses'.
As a finishing touch, I printed out the battleship logo and krazy glued it to each board. I then tied a rope on each so I could have one board in front of me and one behind me, so two people could play against each other at the party I went to. I wore a blue suit, with a white shirt and Navy tie and got a Naval commander hat and white gloves to add a Navy touch to it.
It was a fun costume to make (took about 12 hours) and it was a hit at the party!
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This gameboard Halloween costume is a real working operation game. It took a lot of time but I was very please with the outcome of it. I took a cut out of my upper body made out of cardboard and set up the boxes (which are made out of aluminum baking pans) cut holes in cardboard to hold boxes then attached this to an oversized shirt.
Then I cut out the pieces of red felt and lines inside of boxes and around edges to clean it up and make it look neat. I cut out game pieces from cardboard and put Velcro on back of game pieces on inside box so they come out. Then I took felt and wrote out operation and cut those out and attached with glue.
Then came the wiring which I had some help with from my boyfriend. I purchase am operation game which we took apart to use the buzzer and light up nose piece. He attached wire to each box, attached to led light for nose, and use a pair of tongs which he wired and brought all those together to connect to main box which made it work so that when you touched tongs to box to get piece out and touched the edge the buzzer would sound and the nose lit up. We also repeated process for bottoms.
As I was searching for inspiration for a Halloween costume I came across costume ideas that were based around board games. Although a fun reference, it was not exactly what I was looking for. Instead, I took the board game idea to the next level and made it interactive.
I used an old white dress and applied a layer of acrylic paint: light blue on the top, a red “belt” that featured “Scrabble”, and then painted the board on the bottom half of the dress. I applied small pieces Velcro to the spaces on the board, and the opposite pieces of Velcro to the scrabble letters from an extra game I purchased. I walked around the entire evening with a small black bag filled with wooden scrabble letters and allowed the party guests to take turns and pull 7 letters from my bag and build words on my board.
Everyone enjoyed being able to have an interactive part of my Scrabble Costume.