I always loved the Munster’s as a kid and thought it would be great for Halloween! After researching as many pictures a Homemade Lily Munster Costume I could find (and she actually wore two different costumes during the show), I decided to go shopping for the material – gray material and sheer gray for the webbed sleeves, two different lace trims for the dress and sleeves, black ribbon for the dress. Now the hair…my hair is really long, but it is not black. I tried dying my hair black and a strip white – didn’t do well. I had to wear TWO wigs to make it right. Then there was the make-up. I worked on making gray for a long time before I got it right. Then we came to the accessories – which can really kick off a costume! Do I wear the Dracula medallion or the bat necklace? I decided the bat necklace is much more recognizable. I tried making a bat necklace with homemade materials, but it just wasn’t turning out right. So, I found a “bat necklace” and was extremely pleased with it. Certainly made the costume!
The Munster’s was a TV series that I watched on the weekends when I was a kid. So, now that I have my husband LOVING Halloween, I thought he would make it perfect in a homemade Grandpa Munster costume. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to get started!
The costume was a bit of a breeze – long-tailed black tuxedo and pants; white dress shirt and vest and white bow tie, a black cape and the red Dracula medallion. Then came the hair - he has the coolest hair to work with. I started with hair sculpting molding crème first to keep that hair down then added black hair gel. A good teasing of his hair on the side and some white hair spray to bring out Grandpa pa’s crazy hair style, along with brushing his eyebrows up.
Then came the make up - have you every tried putting eye liner around a guy’s eyes? It’s not easy. It took me about 5 hours to do his hair and make-up. But how great is this?!
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I'm crazy about Halloween and have a huge themed party every year. This year we decided on the Homemade Munsters Group Costume : Herman, Lilli, Eddy and Grandpa. For Herman's flat head, I used plaster of paris and an old Easter basket and molded them to my husband's head. Modeling putty and green dye took care of the rest. To make him tall and awkward, I took 2 4" x 6" blocks, shaped them to his work boots and nailed them on. This was surprisingly effective if a little unsteady! A too small suit and padded tee shirt made up the rest of his costume.
For Lilli, I used a Salvation Army wedding dress, deconstructed it and added rickrack. The cape was part of the wedding dress. For Grandpa, the Salvation Army again supplied the suit and the medallian. Eddy's outfit was faily easy except for finding the right jacket. Make up really made the outfits, especailly Herman.
We won first prize at the local bar and had a splendid time!