What I may also try if I were to do this again would be to actually fabric dye the batting rather than spray paint it because of the concern for fumes. Fortunately I had time to let it hang outside to air out. We had quite a few people recognize him instantly and my son enjoyed scaring some people just acting as the character himself. We also had people want to touch it as he was walking past and the costume held up amazingly well. He unfortunately didn’t win any contests with it because the one contest we entered him in screwed up the time and he didn’t compete, but we had multiple people tell us it was the best of the night!
Haunter Pokemon Costume Materials
- 1-inch craft form 16×16, glued together for the initial carving with hot glue. I used 16 sheets.
- Foam also used for horns, hands, and eyes.
- Quilt batting. one small bag of low loft batting was plenty for this project.
- Purple paint. I used spray paint
- Floral LED lighting
- Hot glue
- Black paint for eyes
- Pink tulle for mouth
- Black long sleeve shirt and pants, and black gloves.
This was by far my favorite costume to craft for my son, and it overall was pretty simple and fun to make. Pictures really don’t do it justice. Honestly the hardest part was keeping it stable to attach the horns to look like the reference character, as this was constructed at my kitchen table.
I then quickly constructed a Pikachu and Ash costume for me and my husband for trick or treating, and painted a pumpkin bucket like a pokeball.