I made this Homemade Headless Costume for the Denver 2011 zombie crawl and the Fetish Ball. The costume came out so good that I ended up on three news web sites. 7 news, Denver Metromix (their photo), and the Denver Post even though there were somewhere between 15,000 to 30,000 people on the Denver 16th street mall dressed as zombies. I was stopped every few feet to have my picture taken or have my picture taken with another zombie. I had hundreds and hundreds of pictures taken of me.
I made the costume by covering a shirt I was wearing with duct tape and then cutting off the shirt and tape. I added wire in the tape to stiffen it up a little. Then I stuffed the body with batting. I taped a small plastic bowl into the neck, covered it with a t-shirt and painted it red. I covered the body with a turtle neck and then a white angel costume and a double breasted coat from Goodwill. I cut a hole in the angel costume to stick my neck through. I also bought some very long pants at goodwill and sewed the crotch much deeper (cutting out the original) so the pants would come up to my chest making the body and legs look more natural. I taped in dryer duct into the arms to stiffen them up and taped gloves to the dryer duct. The turtle neck covered the duct and the top of the gloves. I used safety pins to keep the gloves together and to keep the arms in place.
This Homemade Headless Costume was actually an idea from this page. I used almost everything from things lying around the house. The coat and paint were the only things we purchased and the coat only cost a couple dollars (the thrift store was perfect for this costume). We used old pool ladder handles for the frame, a noodle for the arms (with some newspaper), a backpack with double zippers and ace bandages to hold the frame to his back, a small plastic bowl, covered in newspaper and painted for the neck, attached to frame with a long zip tie, lots of safety pins, cut pieces of velcro and duct tape.
For the goo on the neck, we added some "flarp" that had partially dried out and broken into chunks to some red "sludge" my son had gotten at his book fair, then added a little extra darker paint later. It took a few days to collaborate everything, but has been well worth it! You can tweek it however you want to get the look you need.
My 5yr old has quite the imagination. She wanted to be a headless skeleton but also wanted to be sure everyone would know she's a girl, so we added a tutu. Her head is also her candy bucket. This Homemade Headless Girl Skeleton Costume was so much fun to make and not too much work. The "head piece" is the rubber portion of a plunger with some hair clip attached. I sewed the neck hole shut and glued the plunger to it, then we just slipped it into her hair and voila!
Headless. I used tulle triple folded for the eye slit. The paint is glow in the dark. She won the local costume contest, 2nd year running!
We did this Homemade Headless Girl Costume last year too, but after trial and error made the costume better and lighter which my daughter loved. We used coat hangers for the arms and a wooden stick for the shoulders. A rolling back pack but it wasn't tall enough so we tore it apart and used what we could of the back pack to make the upper body tall enough.
We moved to a new town and everyone loved it. She got tons of pics taken of her and of course all the boys thought it was cool.
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