My son is obsessed with the Nightmare before Christmas movie. Obsessed!! It has been his favourite movie since he was 3. So when I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween, I should not have been surprised when he announced Jack Skellington. Little did I know this costume would become my obsession over the course of several weeks.
I started with a basketball. Something not so thick would have been a better option here, but the size was perfect for a 4 year olds head. I papier mache’d several layers (by several I mean I spent a couple hours every evening for a week adding additional layers). I then cut out the basketball. Cut holes for the eyes. I then molded the brow with paper towels and masking tape and then continued to add more papier mache layers. I then painted the whole head with white paint. I glued black nylons to complete the eyes. Ideally I would have liked to have sealed it inside and out, but was worried about the fumes so just left as was. It held up amazingly well apart from the inside being a little soggy from the condensation of his breath etc.
For the neck tie I used a Styrofoam ball for the bat head and cut out wings out of construction paper and painted them black. Found a pin stripe suit at the thrift store and voila….mini Jack.
All the effort in making this Homemade Jack Skellington Costume was worth it to see how happy he was to be the pumpkin king for a day!
My daughter was having a difficult time choosing what/who she wanted to be this year. When she said Nightmare Before Christmas, I thought “Sally!” and she said “Heck no, I want to be Jack!”. I knew I could buy a Jack Skellington Costume, but since I was making my two other kiddo’s costume I might as well as well do hers too.
HEAD: I made it out of paper mache. I blew up a balloon, and layered the balloon, with about 4 + layers. Once it was finished, I drew on the face, cut out the holes, and made the eyebrows come out a little to give it that arched effect. I then covered it with fabric, placed sheer black fabric for the eyes and nose.
SUIT: I also made myself. Of course I could have maybe gotten a used suit… However I looked far and wide and no thrift store had one. So I made it Myself. Fabric cost about a good $3.00 a yard, I made the bat bow tie out foam, bought a large white button, and I bought the white turtle neck in the baby section at Wal-Mart… if you buy it in the older kids area a 5-6 turtle neck cost about $7-8 in the baby area $3.00 for a 5T its about the same size.
All together I think I spent no more than $20.00. Let her tell it, and she says she got the most compliments out of her brother and little sister. It’s always a competition. (Sigh)