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Angler Fish Costume

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Angler Fish Costume

Angler Fish - Full Body Front View

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Photo #1 - Angler Fish - Full Body Front View Photo #2 - Angler Fish Full Body - Side View/Dorsal Fin Photo #3 - Stay Away from the Light! Photo #4 - Angler fish Head Photo #5 - Amazing Angler Fish
Costume type:  Costumes for Girls
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Animal Costumes

This homemade costume for girls entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Carolee, the 'Amazing Angler Fish' costume creator:

My 11-year-old daughter, Isabel, has had a fascination with the Angler Fish ever since she saw it on the BBC Blue Planet series (age 5?).

Last year she did a school research report on the Angler Fish which sparked the idea that she would BECOME her favorite creature this Halloween. It's CREEPY! Itís SCARY! It's WEIRD! AND it comes with its own flashlight! It doesn't get any better than this!

But...you don't find this costume on the rack at the store. Now, just how was I going to make her into this fabulous fish? This was my greatest Halloween DIY challenge to date.

Happily it turned out much better than I expected. My daughter was proud to wear her costume and was by far the biggest attraction in the neighborhood! As she haunted the neighborhood she posed with neighbor after neighbor who just had to have their photo snapped with the amazing Angler Fish!

COST: Under $30


Sports helmet
Masking tape
Wooden skewers
Paper Mache clay (joint compound, toilet paper, white glue, flour)
Polymer clay (glow in the dark and dark red) like FEMO or Sculpy
Spray paints (glitter and metallic, lime green)
Acrylic craft paint and brushes
Spray clear gloss top coat/ sealer

3" acrylic round craft ornament
(2) 3" round LED lights
(1) LED clip on book light

2" black elastic (2-3 yards)
6-8 yards of tulle (green, black and gold)

Clothing that mimics fish skin
Black gloves

The Angler Fish Head/Mask was made using a sports helmet with partial face mask on which I constructed an armature of the fish head with cardboard, newspaper and lots of masking tape. Wooden skewers were used to create the bony spines of the dorsal fin.

After constructing the armature, a long wire was strung through one of the ventilation holes in the top of the helmet. This wire would later become the lure of the Angler by deconstructing a clip-on LED book light and duct taping it to the end of the wire. The wire would also be covered with silver duct tape.

The armature was then covered with a 1/4" thick layer of paper Mache clay (toilet paper, white glue, joint compound and white flour). Fish scale details were carved into the clay with toothpicks.

Glow in the dark teeth and red tongue were created with polymer clay and hardened in the oven. Teeth were attached to the mask by sticking them down globs of paper Mache clay which would become the gums of the fish. When the clay dried the teeth were secured to the mask. The tongue was adhered inside the mouth in the same manner using a glob of paper Mache clay under the tongue.

The piece was allowed to dry for 24- hours.

The head was then painted with metallic and glitter spray paints. Fine details were painted with basic acrylic craft paint. Once dry, the paint was sealed with a clear gloss spray top coat.

The eyes were created by cutting a 3"clear acrylic craft Christmas ornament in half. Each was spray painted lime green to create a creepy green glow when placed over 3" round LED lights that were adhered in the eye sockets.

Fish Body - My daughter wore a black and shiny silver long sleeved blouse from the thrift store which had the appearance of fish skin, a black turtleneck, and a pair of silver and black metallic leggings with a snake/fish scales design.

Pectoral Fins and Tail - As she was the entire fish, her arms became the pectoral fins and her legs the tail of the fish. Strips of sparkly dark green, black, and gold tulle where tacked with needle and thread around bands of 2" black elastic (2 for the arms and 2 for the legs). Black gloves were worn to hide her hands.

Back Dorsal fin - Was again made with paper Mache clay over wooden skewers and cardboard that was spray painted when dry. Elastic bands (similar to butterfly wings) were used to make the fin wearable.

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#1 comment by Camille Prendergast April 15, 2014

Hey can i purchase this costume from you, my daughter is in a finding nemo play and i wont have enough time to make it, can you please get in touch with me or let me know if there is a specific website that makes it.

thank you

#2 comment by Jessie December 6, 2014

I absolutely love this costume, it is so unique!

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