Two of my friends and I do a local Halloween contest on a dinner / party cruise boat every year. Each year make our costumes and 2011 is our sixth year. So far we have one first place award and this year we earned our second, second place award. We decided on the Homemade Peanuts Gang Group Costume because we had two extra people in our group this year. As others have done, we used paper mache on 24" beach balls (3 layers minimum). Make sure you give the paper mache two day to dry before adding the next layer. We then primed the heads with paint and painted them with satin finish paint. We used a paint marker to paint the nose and eyes and the mouths were cut out using an exacto knife and dremmel tool. The mouth was lined with black window screen to cover our eyes. We used fuzzy sticks from a craft store (aka pipe cleaner) for the guy's hair and yarn for the girl's hair.
One of the hardest parts of these costumes is to brace the heads. There is a lot of room inside the head and I used a small pillow to fill the gap, while others used air conditioner foam. For the guys we decided to cut pants into shorts just below the knee to make us look more like kids. One thing I noticed is that on a true peanuts character the socks are the same color as the shirt, so we did the same. Good luck and have fun!
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My Dad has gone by the name of Charlie Brown for over 40 years so it was so appropriate that he was Charlie Brown himself! A year ago he decided it would be a good idea to dress up like the Peanuts gang. We had a blast putting these together and ended up taking first place at the costume contest.
Thanks to the great ideas found on this site, we made the Peanut Gang Bobble Heads from scratch. We started the process exactly one week before. Starting earlier may have been a little easier! We used punching balloons as the base and then 3 layers of paper mache. Styrofoam balls cut in half were the ears (hot glued on) and all heads were sprayed using a paint spray gun. The faces were hand painted and the mouths cut. We added black veil to the inside of the mouths and a big piece of foam cut to the shape of the top of each head helped us keep them on more steadily. The hair was made up of felt, pipecleaners and yarn. We each found our clothes either by ordering on-line, in thrift shops or at our local stores.
We will treasure these bobble heads!
Thanks for looking at our Homemade Peanuts Crew Costume and if you decide to try this, in the end it will be worth the work you put into it. So fun!
I have to admit, I got a lot of these ideas for this Homemade Lucy Van Pelt Costume from this board. I work in HR, so finding the right costume is not always easy. I've been asked to promote our Employee Assistance Program and this got the key audience's attention!
The head was made from a pinata - striped and painted ($15). The dress was a thrift shop find plus lace and thread ($10). Shoes ($10) materials and thread ($15). Cardboard, scrap wood, and hot glue ($1).
My youngest daughter loaned me her musical Woodstock to carry throughout the day. This was a lot of fun for everyone!