Fish Burial at Sea Costume
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Fish Burial at Sea
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This homemade costume for girls entered our 2017 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Brooke, the 'Fish Burial at Sea' costume creator:
My daughter was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening disease called Neuromyelitis Optica when she was 8 years old. It causes neuropathy (pain & burning) in her legs when she walks for more than 15 minutes. I decided that I would create a costume around her wheelchair so that she could enjoy the evening with minimal pain.
My daughter recently had a pet fish die, and we had a nice funeral service in our bathroom. This was still fresh in our minds when we began brainstorming costume ideas, so we decided to give it a try!
I measured the wheelchair and then drew out a template using a roll of sketch paper. I wanted to create a toilet that could be placed on top of the wheelchair and quickly removed in case my daughter had to use a real toilet! I bought white foam board from the dollar store and using the template I cut each piece with a razor knife. I used clear packing tape to attach the foam pieces to each other. On areas that were curved (the front of the toilet under the bowl and the edge of the bowl) I used white poster board instead of foam board so that it could be wrapped around. I created a flush handle from foil to complete the look.
The dead fish costume was made from an orange shirt that we already had with an added fabric hood that I created. I drew out a fish head template on paper (making it several sizes larger to make space for polyester fill) and then cut it out in fabric. With my sewing machine I created depth by simply making multiple seams on the fins and lips before sewing it together. I filled the hood with stuffing and added black fabric tape x's for the eyes. For a final touch I added some fluttery orange fabric to the sleeves.
To create a blue "watery" toilet bowl, my daughter wore a blue skirt and we attached the skirt hem to the insides of the toilet bowl with hook and eye tape.
My daughter loved the costume, but as soon as we began trick-or-treating we realized that she could not get very close to our neighbors front doors. The wheelchair made it impossible to walk up steps and ring doorbells. By the time we got to the second house, we solved the problem. I would ring the doorbell and then she would yell "trick-or-treat!". Then I would tell the person who answered the door to toss the candy into the toilet. My daughter loved having the candy thrown into her toilet! The neighbors enjoyed tossing the candy into the toilet too, sometimes making several attempts, which explains the incredible amount of candy when we got home!