Coolest Homemade Mr. Wing Costume from Gremlins

Hello.  This year I dressed as Mr. Wing (Grandfather), the shop owner from the movie, Gremlins.  This costume came to me at the last minute after I’d already searched everywhere for a few months for parts to my other weird costume ideas.

With only a week or so left, it was too late to get a Kung Fu jacket or uniform online.   Well, too late to get a cheap one.  I had no luck searching for that style in town, except for a ladies velour that was too small.  I even called some martial arts instruction places.  I finally located one Asian grocery store that sells clothing in a nearby city, but their jackets cost twice as much as the ones I’d seen online.  Aiya!  I ended up buying a hoodie-type jacket for $3 at a thrift store.  In the first movie, Mr. Wing actually appears to wear more of a vest over his robe or long shirt.  I cut off the sleeves of the thrift store jacket, made some buttons out of shoestrings, and glued everything together because I cannot sew.

The robe is from a previous priest costume.

The shoes were new from Wal-Mart.

The black pants are just my pants.

I tried making the hat a few days before Halloween, but I messed it up horribly.  I’d glued fabric–which I gleefully found for under $2 in the Hobby Lobby clearance bin–onto a beanie and didn’t take into account the stretching needed for my head.  The finished project would not fit, would not stretch.  So, I then got one of my dad’s baseball caps and cut off the brim and glued on some fabric and a red tassel.

The pipe is just a dowel rod I bent and poked into the bottom of an acrylic paint bottle.  I sprayed it white, added orange to the mouth end.

I tried to spray paint my hair, but it just did not work out.  Luckily, I had found a wizard mask the night before and was able to use it for the hair and beard.  I added some gray spray to both, and then I attached the facial hair with liquid latex.

I used a white contact from a previous costume, and I got a brown non-prescription sample from my clinic (my eyes are blue).

I was in a rush before work on Halloween and did not try any of the creams or makeup I’d purchased.  I wanted a little color because I am so pale.

The Gizmo doll is smaller than I’d have liked, but I couldn’t afford to spend too much money.   I got an MP3 of Gizmo singing, transferred it onto an MP3 player, and placed it in the box.

Which brings us to the box, Gizmo’s carrying case.  I built it with my dad’s assistance.  Whenever I’m in his workshop, I like to use the scraps and such that he really just wants to throw away.  I found some old cabinet or entertainment center doors or whatever to use.  After putting it together, I painted the outside with acrylic paint (the attached side-of-box picture with flash make the colors too bright, in my opinion).  It’s not a perfect replica, but I think it’s still nice.

I didn’t take any pictures during the process of making everything, but I can take pictures of the mess I made in my house if you want to see that.  :-P

I wore the costume to work on Halloween.  Some people knew it immediately, some people figured it out after I opened the box, and some sadly have never even seen the movie.  When not carrying him around, I sat Gizmo on the counter of my desk to greet our customers.

Not counting the items I already had (pants, robe, paint, etc.), I probably spent $40-$50.   The most expensive item was Gizmo at around $15.

I guess that’s everything.  Thanks for taking the time to check out my costume, and I hope you had a great Halloween!

Coolest Homemade Mr. Wing Costume from Gremlins

Coolest Homemade Mr. Wing Costume from Gremlins

Coolest Homemade Mr. Wing Costume from Gremlins

Coolest Homemade Mr. Wing Costume from Gremlins

Coolest Homemade Mr. Wing Costume from Gremlins