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Gremlin Costume

Gremlin Costume

Never feed them after midnight

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Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2019 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Amanda, the 'Gremlin' costume creator:

I have always loved watching Gremlins as a kid. This love has been passed down to my own children. They think the gremlins are so funny. My oldest daughter has noticed her 2-year-old sister has a lot of the same mannerisms as those little monsters, which just makes it funnier. (They don’t call it the terrible twos for nothing). It’s become a tradition to watch Gremlins every year at Halloween and Christmas. I, on occasion, even catch myself calling my kids “gremlins” when they are naughty instead of other choice words. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but this year was going to be the year I actually made one.

I really wanted the costume to be as inexpensive as possible, like $20 or less. I have 2 other children that needed costumes and it can add up quick. This costume started with a $1 Halloween hockey mask and a roll of masking tape. I started crumpling up newspaper and taping and shaping it to the hockey mask to make the face. To make the ears I used a piece of 55 pound galvanized steel wire that I already had at home. I taped the wire across the forehead right above the eyes. I bent the wire to shape the top of the ears and tapped newspaper around the wires to shape the top of the ears. To make the part of the ears that hangs down I used a layer of the weekly store ads folded over. I securely taped them to the top of each ear. Then I cut them into the desired ear shape and taped the layers together at the bottom. Then I started to papier-mâché.

I used shopping adds I already had at home for my paper. I just used flour and water for my paste. This process took days adding layers and letting each layer dry. Well, at this point I had gone too far down the rabbit hole to stop. I had to see this through now for better or worse. As I was adding the layers of papier-mâché, I used wadded up pieces of papier-mâché to add details to the face. For the details on the ears I rolled up strips of masking tape and gradually stuck them on the ear flaps with strips of papier-mâché to make the ears look veiny and more detailed.
To make the eyes, I used an old plastic Christmas ornament I already had home. I cut it in half and used a half for each eye. Each half of the ornament I cut a diamond shape out of the middle and painted it.
To make the desired shade of green for the face and ears I mixed a dark green with just a tiny bit of black and brown. I lightly painted red over the areas of the face I wanted darker to add depth. Around the veiny looking parts of the ears I used a tiny more brown to make them look more realistic. The teeth are made from masking tape folded over itself multiple times and cut into shape. The gums are painted red. I used a little blue to create purple and red hue on the gums between the teeth to make them look like they are textured instead of flat. Inside the mouth I used the same color to make it look deeper.

After the mask was all finished, I realized the elastic on the dollar store mask was too flimsy to keep it on her head (sad face). I cut off the top of a pair of old panty hose and hot glued it across the back of the mask so it would cover the top and back of her head, without sliding around. It worked! Yay!
To make the body I bought a plain small long sleeve crop top shirt from thrift store for $1. The body of the shirt was small and short so the length of the shirt was perfect but the sleeves were extra-long. I cut the sleeves off at my daughter’s wrists. The cutoff sleeves were then used as leggings to match the shirt. The shirt was a little baggy in the armpits, so I sewed the seam up a little higher in the arm pits to make it fit better. Prior to painting I placed a piece of cardboard inside so it would not bleed through the shirt. I started with the stomach. I used acrylic craft paint that I already had in the garage. Around the outside of the yellow / beige part of the stomach, I outlined with black and brown to provide more contrast. I painted the stripes on the arms the same way. It took a couple of coats of paint to cover the shirt thoroughly. With a very light amount of paint I dotted darker green and brown randomly around the front of the shirt and on the sleeves between the stripes to try make it look more textured. Note to self, do not let paint dry on the cardboard. Pull the shirt away from cardboard before it dries all the way, or it will be glued solid to cardboard. Oh goodness, I learned that the hard way.
If I had to purchase all the materials, it would have only cost roughly $10 to $15. Most of the items were things I already had around the house. The only items I didn’t already have were the shirt, mask, and a couple small bottles of acrylic craft paint which totaled (drum roll please) a whole $3! Yay!
This costume was a labor of love. It took between 1-3 hours / day for about 2 weeks. It was a learning experience for sure. Looking back, it was fun making it, and it turned out better than I had imagined. My daughter absolutely loves it! That makes my heart happy. She is almost 3 and is the perfect height this year. She loves scaring everyone, dancing around, and doing a silly Gremlin voice that makes everyone laugh. It has brought a ton of entertainment to all our family and friends. I’m glad I finally did it.

Well, that's the story. So if your air conditioner goes on the fritz or your washing machine blows up or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds, 'cause you never can tell there just might be a gremlin in your house.

Comments

#1 comment by Jaki Lynn November 14, 2019

This is the cutest costume!!!

#2 comment by Mary Saye November 14, 2019

Adorable!!

#3 comment by Connie November 14, 2019

Love it. Great job mom!

#4 comment by Tina Pomposelli November 14, 2019

I LOVE this! This mother is a woman after my own heart. This is a Halloween that her 3-year old (and the whole family) will always remember!

Very creative use of the steel wool for the ears. I've paper mache balloons for costumes but she really upped the game by using hockey mask for a base and building on that.

Amazing! Well done! Kudos! and all other accolades !

#5 comment by Jonathon Skinkle November 14, 2019

Im obviously biased, but I can say how incredible it was to see the amount of time and effort my wife put into this costume. After wrangling three kids ages 6, 2, and 9 months old, waiting for them all to be asleep so she could stay up late to work on this project...she amazes me. I had no idea how awesome this was going to turn out, but it surpassed my own expectations.

#6 comment by Michelle Westbrook November 14, 2019

Hahaha epic!!!

#7 comment by Teresa Flinders November 14, 2019

She should win! This is seriously so awesome!

#8 comment by Kim Owen November 14, 2019

I am seriously impressed with the creativity and ingenuity used to make this costume. I love it!

#9 comment by Shari Stevens November 14, 2019

This is so awesome! I love it!!

#10 comment by Brenda November 14, 2019

Very creative! I love how you made a work of art out of every day items, most of which you already had at home. She makes an adorable gremlin!

#11 comment by Alisa November 14, 2019

What an amazing costume!

#12 comment by Ryan November 15, 2019

That is super cool!

#13 comment by Sunday November 17, 2019

Wow! Great costume!

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