Oogie Boogie Costume
|Costume type:||Costumes for Adults|
This homemade costume for adults entered our 2016 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Octavio, the 'Oogie Boogie' costume creator:
I am wearing the costume in the picture. I am a huge Tim Burton fan and I absolutely love "The Nightmare Before Christmas". This character, Oogie Boogie, is the villain of the movie. The costume took me 2-3 weeks to make whenever a I had spare time. It could be created in 2-3 days if you put your mind to it, but I only had a few minutes to an hour to work on it each day. Total cost in materials was around $200. The two most expensive parts were the Burlap fabric and the inflatable black suit I used to make myself bigger. The suit I bought from one of the many costume stores that open up during Halloween. It is similar to the inflatable sumo wrestler costume that blows up with a small fan attached, only it's completely black. The costume must be tailored to the person that will be wearing it. I used my arms and legs to determine the necessary length of the arms and legs. I used the black costume (while inflated) to get the measurements for the body part. I left a few extra inches of fabric on each piece so that I could sew the pieces together using black yarn. I used an old pair of boots that fit me comfortably to make the feet. I used burlap to encase each shoe- again with black yarn. Sew it tight! The mask was made separately and by far took the longest. I had to make it look like it had eyebrows, which was done by using thick metal wire wrapped with paper towels to create a thick, bendable material to use as "stuffing for the lips and eyebrows. Those were sewed into the mask from the inside and bent into the desired shape. The eyes were the trickiest part. Primarily getting the right shape. Look up the character online so you can get an idea of what shape to make the eyes. You can either color the eyes with sharpie or go the more difficult route like me and use a pitch black, see through fabric to sew into the mask. When it's time to wear it, you must be sewn together by a helper. First get into the inflatable black costume, put on the body portion to cover the black part. Have someone sew the arms and legs on and last but not least, put on the mask. But remember! This is burlap! Luckily, the black costume comes with a mask that covers your face completely. So you're safe from accidentally overexfoliating lol! The attached image is the final result. Unfortunately I only have the one picture because I was unable to take a selfie from within. P.s. I learned this by firsthand experience, make an emergency exit! Haha... you don't want to be caught needing to tinkle while sewn inside a costume! Consider a small, discreet flap... make it sealable using Velcro. Last but. Not least, and completely optional- decorate with glow bugs and spray with green glow-in-the-dark spray for an extra eeirie effect!