My family and I had just finished the X Men series and were OBSESSED with it to say the least! It was a given what we were going to be for Halloween!
Magnito – Dad
Storm – Mom (me)
Wolverine – my son
Mystique – my daughter
For Magnito, I recycled my husband’s Darth Vader helmet from the year before (you can also use an old skateboard or biking helmet spray painted black). I found a DIY version of the Magnito Helmet on line. The templates are provided which you can print out and uses to cut cut out the pieces from a poster board. After cutting them out, I attached them to the Darth Vader helmet with black duck tape and a glue gun. Then I painted the back and silver portions of the mask accordingly. I had him dress in all black and used a recycled black vampire cape from years before.
For Storm, the white eyes were a challenge to figure off how to pull off. I found a pair of clear lense/frameless front glasses (a bit of a Benjamin Franklin style) which I glued eye shaped cut outs from white poster board. I wore a white wig that I backcombed and sprayed to give a wind swept look. I also dressed in all black with black combat boots.
For Wolverine, I bought Wolverine claws for $20 from the Halloween store. For the rest a white tank top which I drew three diagonal black streaks with a sharpie and dripped Halloween store blood from the slashes. He wore jeans and a brown fake leather jacket I found at a thrift shop. For his hair, I backcombed, hairprayed, spray dyed brown his hair into a Woverine coif. I added dark eye brows and side burns with a brown makeup eye pencil.
Definitely the biggest challenge was reinterpreting Mystique, a naked blue woman, into an age appropriate version to suit my 8 year old daughter. First I purchased a blue full body leotard on line (about $25 which she has used again for various dance/play costumes). My daughter was having a duck tape wallet making moment, which inspired me to construct an overlayer of matching blue ducktape (with self duck tape backing) into a one piece type body suit to place over it. Definetly not easy but I had fun doing it…at the end, I cut small scale like pieces out with an exacto blade to imitate the scaley skin look of her character. We covered a pair of old shoes with the same blue duck tape. For her make up, I first applied flesh colored scar paint to create the 3D scale ridges and painted over them with blue face paint. I only painted the top portion of her face as the face makeup seemed to bother her and I wanted her to be comfortable. We had an old red wig from a mermaid costume which we slicked back and sprayed to top off the look!
It was by far our favorite family costume (so far) – definitely a hit that night!