This Homemade HellBoy Costume was inspired by one of my favorite comic characters HellBoy! The most difficult and time consuming part of the costume was the fully functional hand of doom and everything else was either handed down or bought (i.e. makeup and adhesive).
On YouTube.com, I found a video of a guy who used an old glove and rubber bands to create an armature of a robot hand. So out of red Styrofoam and pieces of foam puzzle pieces (used to cover floors in kids play rooms) I followed the step by step instruction from the video but altered it to make it look like the Hand of Doom that Hellboy. I made sure and added small details, like draw in crack in the foam to make it look like it was made of stone.
The filed down horns that where made of small foam pieces, bought at Michaels, that I painted and used gum paste and FX makeup adhesive to attach them to my forehead. Fortunately enough I am already bald, so I just grew out the little bit of hair that I did have left and my beard, so all I did was shave it down to make it look similar to Hell boy’s and apply red makeup with a makeup sponge to the exposed areas of my skin.
The clothes: coat, boots, belt, cigar….etc. were supplied to me by my friends as well as parts from costumes from years past. All in all it was one of the best costumes I ever had, in part because I made most of it myself. And the reaction from people was great!
So, being the movie fan I am, the list of Halloween costumes is rather long. However, at the top of the list for a long time was a Homemade Hellboy Halloween Costume. So about three months prior to Halloween I got started.
This included growing my hair and beard to shave back on the day, making a tail, the belt and of course the right hand of doom that is not only red and doomy, but holds a beer!
I started with the fist cause that was going to be the trickiest bit. It's made of blue insulation foam that I carved, glued and sanded into shape, the step by step build is on my facebook page here...
Note: the insulation foam worked great for keeping my beer cool during the party!
The belt is thick vinal with a sculpted buckle, rosary beads and a few pouches. My tail was sewn by a friend and stitched into the black pants and the horns were the same blue foam as the fist stuck to my head with spirit glue. My hair was all grown and then shaved on the day with a bit of black hairspray to finish it off!
This is my nine year old son max who came up with this Hellboy costume idea about six months before Halloween. We usually try to make our own costumes every year and there is a local costume contest that we have participated in the last five years.
The fist is made up of two different parts. The fist is an old hockey glove painted red. The second part was foam painted red. For his head we took a construction helmet with the brim cut off and glued the hair on it. Then we cut cork into circles and painted them red and glued them onto the helmet.
I actually had a hard time finding red face paint. Even though we live in a metro area, I had to go to at least four different stores to find red paint. The hardest part of the outfit was finding a trench coat for a nine year old. We had to go to many different thrift stores the months before Halloween. To make him look more muscular, he wore an old wolverine costume that had built in "muscles".