We used a backpack and put a flat polystyrene lid inside it and then put a carton over it and taped it to the back pack. This was the trunk of the Head on Platter Costume.
We then put stocking over the top of the carton and stuffed the arms (legs of the stockings) with plastic bags. We tried rags first but the whole thing was too heavy. We fashioned a plastic bag head, we put a knight's hood from our dress up box to help shape it. You could use a balaclava maybe, then put a mask on the head.
We looped a sheet over our creepy man that reached the ground so was meant to cover the backpack and it to look like the legs were his and we sewed gardening gloves on the end of the stockings?
We cut a hole in another polystyrene lid large enough to put his head through, the gap is later is covered by a platter which we cut smaller hole in and slit up the back to get in and out of. Around the neck we put tissue and used tissue paper as a cover for the table cloth. We attached the hands by stitching them, but I must admit, the weight caused them to keep falling off. We decorated the plate with blood and spinach leaves and grapes.
My son was stopped by everyone in this costume and won the best dressed of the night.
Thank you Coolest Costumes! This site was a great resource and the inspiration for my spooky head on a platter Halloween costume. I won Most Original Costume at work and it was a sensation!
I followed the instructions and tips from other happy heads on a platter from this site. I bought everything at an art shop and made everything Halloween themed. I bought the knife headband at a costume shop. The most important thing is the hot glue gun – without a doubt that is the most important tool. Also, I cut the hole in the box large enough for my head and then cut a platter to put it around my neck so it is snug without having to pull it over my head and avoid any gaps.
The makeup was pale cover up and grey eye shadow surrounding my eyes (very easy) – also I used a fake tattoo for the gash on my forehead and fake blood from the costume shop. The spiders, flies, rat, and skull all made the costume great. I was very happy with the end result and it took me about an hour to put together.
I spent less than $25! Thank you for the great idea!
We won the scariest costume award. This head on platter costume is such a great and easy costume.
The table is just foam poster board with a Halloween table cloth. All of the other stuff on the table are from the dollar store. We use plates and all fun creepy stuff. The red ribbon is what you can buy to stuff gift bags.
We colored her hair with white hairspray. Her face is a mixture of white, green and black face paint. She wore a black t- shirt and black pants under her costume. Her arms were free to carry her trick or treat bag.
This costume got lots of attention. People everywhere had to stop us and take lots of pictures. It was so easy to make and so much fun to wear.