I wanted to do something that was simple yet scary. My favorite Halloween costumes are ones where the person becomes the character for the day, thus the Headless Man Costume. I got an XXL used men's suit from a thrift store, and built the costume from there. The inside frame work is really the only technical part. I made a backpack type rig, starting from the bottom with stirrups that cupped the top of my shoulders (wire hangers plus foam padding plus duct tape), attached them to a flat back brace (hangers plus cardboard and more duct tape), and ending at the top in a box structure that filled out the upper torso and shoulders of the costume above my head.
I used black mesh at the chest of the suit jacket so I could see out and give the idea that my head was the heart, and framed my head with the hands draw attention to what could not quite be grasped. The hands and feet were both "monster hands" from a discount store. The mesh, hands, feet, and position of the arms were all attached by hot glue gun.
All that was left was to add my own flavor of how to move in a silent yet intimidatingly scary sort of way, and the character was complete!
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Homemade Headless Boy Halloween Costume
This is my 11-year-old son in his homemade Headless Boy Halloween costume.
The only things I actually had to purchase for the costume were the giant gray shirt(thrift store), poly-fil to stuff the arms, shoulders and gloves, and the make-up.
I used a backpack baby carrier to give the costume height and then used a TON of poly-fil to bulk it up. I cut a hole in a cardboard cake box for his head to fit through and used red tissue paper to fill in around his neck. I used safety pins and a hot glue gun to attach the arms to his sides (so they wouldn't sag) and the fake hands to the cake box.
I also used the hot glue to attach the back of the cake box to the shirt to keep it from pitching forward. I used a plastic ziploc bowl at the neck, hot-glued it into place and put spaghetti that had been boiled with water and red food coloring. I then added some fake blood to that to make it look like there were blod clots in there too. He won first place in the kids category of our local costume contest!
We created my son's Homemade Headless Costume with help from submissions to this website. We used an old rolling backpack we had around the house, a pool noodle for the arms, Styrofoam from my husbands work, lots and lots of duck tape, a wire coat hanger, an empty bread crumb container with cotton balls glued to the top, paint, and fake blood. We had work pants with a big waist that we put up over the back of the back pack and then we used elastic to make a kind of suspender to keep them up. We attached a good coat hanger to the top of the back pack and built the body on that. Cost was under $5.00.
As you can see the finished product was awesome. Everyone that saw him said it was the best costume of the night. I have always made him costumes and they are cool but I think the headless man is the neatest thing ever. He was so excited to make it and wear it. Thanks for all the good pics and descriptions for helping create this excellent costume.