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Awesome Michael Jackson Costume Ideas

Was good last year and better this year. Did Remember the Time for all the die hard MJ fans. This years outfit was so much more detailed and hard to find. Took me over a month to get the peices worked outfor my Michael Jackson Costume so they looked just like the outfit he had on in the spectacular video.

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The Egyptian theme is great and filled with color and pizazz. I have won the work contest for the past 3 years as MJ doing a different video each year. Halloween is my favorate holiday because you get to be who ever you want to be for a day. 

Anyone you admire or look up to. As Michael I have not paid for a meal or coffee or doughnut. Everytime I go anywhere someone always picks up my tab. That must be how the rich stay rich. Thats the secret no one will tell us.


Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!

I’ve been wanting to make a Michael Jackson costume for a while now, mainly because of the Thriller jacket (Who didn’t want to own one back in the day?!), so I finally tackled it this year!

  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!
  • Most Outrageous Michael Jackson Mask and Thriller Costume Ever!

I started off with a quick sketch of Michael to get his proportions correct. Started the sculpting process until I had everything right. Then proceeded to make a mold and cast of the head, added a helmet inside so I could wear it comfortably, eyes (two sided so I could rotate them), primer and paint with an airbrush. The whole process must have taken me about two months total and many, many trips to the hardware store.

It was much more intensive than any of my past costumes and I ended up using multiple tools to finish the job including a dremel to sand, cut and smooth out surfaces, jigsaw to cut lumber for the internal helmet structure support, modeling clay and tools, wire, gorilla glue, a cordless drill, many screws and nuts, and of course my trusty old duct tape.

Creating the jacket was a whole other process. My sewing skills very limited, I had to learn a few new techniques including creating a patter for my size (I’m 6’4″ with long arms), cutting it, making ribbing using a thin foam underneath the plastic material, and adding a zipper. It turned out pretty well!

A few things I failed to foresee:

  • People expected me to dance as well as MJ in his prime.
  • Everyone was generally excited to see me except for a few small children who I almost scared to death.
  • Had more fun than expected!

Hope I made MJ and all his fans proud.

P.S. I might wear the Thriller jacket after Halloween, if it survives that long.


Black and White Michael Jackson Costume

My husband and I came up with this Michael Jacskson Costume a few years past, both huge Michael fans, we hoped it wasn’t going to offend anyone. Luckily folks got the humor and we were a huge hit! We had people yelling “we love you Michael ” out the car doors this past Halloween.

  • Black and White Michael Jackson Costume
  • Black and White Michael Jackson Costume
  • Black and White Michael Jackson Costume

Black Michael was a wig plus a thrift store find of a red ladies sports coat. I cut it up, and used gold craft paint to make a “bad” jacket…White Michael was a lot easier. Just needed the black hat, white tee and button down, and some funboo costume boots to recreate the “black and white” video look.


Homemade Michael Jackson Inspired Costume

For this Michael Jackson Costume, I first I brought a fedora, a sequined glove and sunglasses at a Party City. My outfit consisted of a white button up 3/4 sleeve shirt, a vintage tshirt and some black slacks, and my combat boots. 

  • Homemade Michael Jackson Inspired Costume

I put my hair up into a ponytail and let some loose strands fall in front of my face. The hardest part was finding the right shirt to match with the T-shirt I had picked. I wore my costume to school (Im in high school).

Many people complimented me and said it was very creative and some people just looked at me for a few seconds and then ask me “Who are you supposed to be?”.  A fellow classmate started to tell Michael Jackson jokes (lame ones), for example when I said that I too lazy too move, he responded with “Michael Jackson wasn’t lazy, he loved to move” and as I was about to walk leave the classroom, he said “Hurry up, and Moonwalk your way out of the room.”(-facepalm-).

Also, many teachers put me on spot and asked to dance in front of the class, to which I said no. I was worried that people would think I was being racist or that my custome related in no way to Michael Jackson, but overall I got positive feedback on my homemade Mj custome, which made me happy that people got the message of my custome; which was to honor my idol.


Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love tapping into my creative side to come up with costume ideas that have the “wow!” factor. I definitely achieved that goal this year. I usually make my costume decisions on November 1st of the previous year. My requirements are: nothing skimpy/slutty, nothing pre made (i.e. Party City or Johnnie Brock’s rental), under $40, and has to be a classic or childhood favorite

  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume
  • Coolest Michael Jackson Thriller Costume

My past costumes from the last 5 years included Oompa Loompa, Strawberry Shortcake, Girl Scout, 60s/vintage Robin (Adam West’s sidekick), and a Referee. I didn’t think I could outdo my Strawberry Shortcake and Ooompa Loompa costumes but, alas, I proved myself wrong this year.

My original costume plan for Halloween 2015 was eliminated due to medical issues I encountered in early September. I was devastated and even contemplated skipping Halloween celebrations altogether.

Listening to Thriller on the car radio a couple of weeks later changed all of those thoughts for the better. Over the next 2 weeks, I created my best costume thus far: Michael Jackson in Thriller. Here’s how:

Michael Jackson Costume Jacket

The most important piece of the costume was surprisingly the easiest to find and create. I found a black security guard jacket at the Goodwill for $8 and red duct tape at Michael’s for $3.50 (on sale at 50% off).

Before applying the tape, the jacket fit perfectly, with room to spare. Once covered completely in tape, it seemed like it shrank a size because it was tight and barely zipped up. The tape job only took about four-five hours total to complete and I did not go on an eating or high salt binge, so I know it wasn’t me, lol.

After the jacket was “turned” red, next step was making the black “V” and stripes along the sleeves and waist. Using black utility tape, I applied strips along the sleeves and waist.

The utility tape didn’t adhere to the jacket as well as the duct tape so I used a glue stick for reinforcement. The “V” was made using poster board ($.50 at Dollar Tree). I cut 4 long strips, approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and the length of the board. I then taped 2 of the 4 strips together so that I ended up with two, long, rectangular strips that were long enough to drape from the front of the jacket, over my shoulders, and to the bottom of the back.

Once positioned, I cut the ends of the strips, removing a triangular piece from each end, to form the V. The strips of poster board became “straps” of leather by wrapping them tautly in the utility tape. The “leather straps” were then attached to the jacket using regular, clear, packing tape.

Total spent: $12

Shoes:

Finding black loafers without platform heels or embellishments was quite challenging. Thankfully, we have several Goodwill stores and I found the perfect pair at the sixth location. They were a size too big but I wore thick socks to compensate.

Total spent: $6

Pants:

Again, finding tight, red pants was a challenge. I struck out at the Goodwills and found a pair at the mall. The mall pair was the right shade of red and fit OK, but they were $40. Back on the shelf they went. Driving home, discouraged, ready to refund my shoes, and thinking about all of those hours spent taping my jacket, something told me to check out Walmart.

Jackpot! I found a pair of red jeggings for $13. Of course, it wasn’t going to be that simple. I had to go to four locations before I was able to find a pair in my size. Was everyone in St. Louis trying to be Michael Jackson for Halloween? because apparently every M or L wearing woman in St. Louis wanted this item too.

Total spent: $13

Makeup:

While buying my pants at Walmart, I also picked up a box of Knox gelatin, $1 tubes of creme makeup in gray, black, green, and brown, and a tube of liquid latex.

The gelatin and liquid latex was used to make prosthetic, zombie-esque eyebrows and cheekbones. I researched the process looking at several YouTube tutorials. Finding the right shade, similar to Michael’s in the video, was a chore. Lots of trial and error but I finally got it close enough for my liking.

Total spent: $7

I attended two costume parties this year and I was a huge hit at both! I actually won first place at one of them! The second party was on a much bigger scale and I had stiff competition amongst the other 49 contestants. Although I didn’t win or place in the top 10, the cheers from the 1000s in the crowd, and several requests for photos was much more rewarding!

Total spent: $38.

Total days to create: nine – ten (including drive time).

Reaction/Outcome: priceless.


Cool Michael Jackson Costume from “Remember The Time” Video

Being the huge Michael Jackson fan that I am I decided to re-create the outfit he wore in the “Remember the Time” video.  It was a bit harder than I anticipated but turned out wonderful and got lots of compliments.

  • Cool Michael Jackson Costume from “Remember The Time” Video
  • Cool Michael Jackson Costume from “Remember The Time” Video
  • Cool Michael Jackson Costume from “Remember The Time” Video
  • Cool Michael Jackson Costume from “Remember The Time” Video

Starting off with the shirt. Where the heck was I going to find a long sleve gold high colar shirt. Checking the local thrift stores for something I could use didnt work out so off to Walmart. I found the perfect material. Bought a turtle neck from the thrift store and took it apart at the seams to use for my patern. The falcon/eagle on the front was also a seperate task. Went to Michaels and bought gold thick paper and rhinestones. 

The skirt was just sheer fabric with an egyptian theme side panel. For the panel I bought the closest fabric I could find at the thrift store and cut a long piece and added gold stripping. For the belt I bought a thick belt from the thrift store and spray painted it gold. Black skinny jeans under the skirt brought it all together for the perfect replica outfit.

I carried my tablet around my neck with the video playing as I danced around walking like an egyptian. The outfit was a hit and so many people took pictures with me I lost count. His legend lives on.

My 17inch laptop played the video at my front door as I sat on the couch waiting on the little trick or treaters. The door was opened but the security screen closed. I could here them walking up and once they said trick or treat, I would pause the video and come walking over from the side. The children thought Michael walked right out of that video to pass candy out to them. The parents were amused and loved it.

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