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Magician's Assistant from Beetlejuice Costume

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Magician's Assistant from Beetlejuice Costume

Magician's Assistant from Beetlejuice Costume

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

This homemade costume for women entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest, and won 2nd place in the Coolest Adult Costume nomination!

A word from Valerie, the 'Magician's Assistant from Beetlejuice' costume creator:

This was the year I decided to pull off a costume I had been wanting to do for a long time. I had been "Miss Argentina" from the same movie, Beetlejuice, in the past and got a really good response.

For the sofa, I made a frame out of PVC pipe and attached rolling caster wheels. I made the cushions out of cardboard and adhered a thin sheet of batting over top. I sewed fabric like a slip cover and glued it all down. I cut a hole in one side for me to pop up through the bottom and reveal only my upper half.

The legs are from a mannequin supply store, already crossed with a torso. I used some of the extra batting and painted it red for the "cut". I spray painted the whole thing blue to match the body paint I was using. I found almost a perfect match for the fabric online, and using my mom's sewing machine made the collar, skirt and top. I ordered the beehive wig online. I used wire to keep the legs in place on the sofa. Turns out, this mannequin has my shoe size, and I used spray adhesive to keep the fishnet stockings in place.

I marched in the NYC village parade with this and had a LOT of technical difficulty. But, the crowd didn't seem to mind too much. Thankfully, I have crafty friends who were able to come up with solutions in a pinch (such as, jamming paper into the wheel threads to keep them in). I got so many great responses, a lot of people exclaiming that my costume was the "best ever"! And a lot of people wanting to take my picture, and pose with me.

The PVC and components were bought for maybe $15, the mannequin legs were $60, I had the cardboard and duct tape around the house. The fabric ordered online totaled $25 and the wig was $20. The makeup probably cost $20 more.


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#1 comment by Gillian November 14, 2015

This is absolutely amazing! Very creative. :)

#2 comment by Tommy Thompson November 25, 2015

Extremely Creative!
Most creative I've seen ever!

#3 comment by Lilija March 23, 2016

hi can you explain a little more on how you made your couch

#4 comment by Nikki August 8, 2016

I love this Costume i wanna make it this year. How long did it take to make. Im not understanding the couch thing. Can u Email me back with more details. Please i like to enter contest every year. I was a Barbie in a Box last year.

#5 comment by Valerie August 13, 2016

Thank you everyone!! If you click the link at the bottom of the description, it will take you to my halloween costume tumblr where I took some progress pictures. That will hopefully give you a better idea. I recommend really affixing the wheels rock solid or they might fall off like all of mine did over the course of the night :*(

#6 comment by Elizangela Santos October 7, 2016

Can you sell it? I would like to have it. It's awesome.

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