We wanted to dress up as Tim Burton characters, so we decided on Jack Skellington and the corpse bride.
I made the head for Jack Skellington out of papier mache. I covered an inflatable ball with cling film, and put 2 or 3 layers of papier mache (using old newspapers) over it. I didn’t want to use too many layers so it wouldn’t be too heavy to wear.
I painted it white, then drew on the features. I cut a hole in the smile of the mouth so he could see out. So that the head would stay in place, I deflated the ball I used as the mold and stuffed it inside. I made the dickie bow from soft plastic.
For the corpse bride, I bought the corset, and black flowers. I took some of the flowers apart and sewed them onto a hair band, along with an old net curtain for the veil. I layered old curtain lining and stiff net for the skirt. Ran out of time to finish it, so ended up pinning myself into it on the night.
The costumes went down very well on the night, there must be about 200 strangers with our photograph stopping us on the street.