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Predators Costume

Two Homemade Predators

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Photo #1 - Two Homemade Predators Photo #2 - Boys wearing costumes at a local festival. Photo #3 - Tape dummies Photo #4 - starting point for the masks / helmets Photo #5 - First helmet started Photo #6 - second helmet, Berserker Photo #7 - airbrushing Berserker skin Photo #8 - Classic Predator skin Photo #9 - Biohelmets Photo #10 - Looking cool from behind
Costume type:  Costumes for Boys
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for boys entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Erin, the 'Predators' costume creator:

We made two Predator costumes for our boys (ages 10 & 12). One is a classic Predator from one of the earlier movies (similar to Wolf) and the other is a super-Predator (Berserker) from the more recent Predators movie.

We started with army helmets and hockey masks, built up the mask skeletons with foam (used the foam from flooring tiles you might use on a garage floor) before covering with Crayola Model Magic, decoupage gloss and spray paint. The Berserker mask was covered with truck bed covering spray (which made it really durable). We drilled holes in the back side of the helmet and inserted the dreads with wire (about 30 or so per helmet). We inserted a laser on the side of the helmets that can be turned on by pressing a button (much like the Predators had in the movie).

Dreads were made from light-weight caulk saver foam insulation wrapped in either black athletic tape or friction tape (you can get this at any hardware store). Once inserted in the helmet, we covered the tops of the dreads with felt to hide the wire and create tubes coming out of the head. Covered the eye holes with black mesh and cushioned the inside of the helmet with upholstery foam to keep the helmet snug on their head.

Latex skin was made by using an existing Hulk Hogan muscle costume with about 3 layers of liquid latex mixed with acrylic paint to cover (use a well-ventilated place, golves and a ventilator if you plan to use liquid latex), followed by airbrushed Predator details (we cut out templates for details). Before latexing the suits, we made tape dummies (wrapped kids up with duct tape, cut them off, retaped them and stuffed them) to keep the latex from shrinking too small. Instead the latex formed to their exact body size.

Armor was made out of additional foam floor mats, zip-ties and old belts and wood for swords. We had netting (used pair of fish-net hose) for the classic Predator, but our son opted to not wear it.

It was a family effort with the boys making dreads and my oldest made the jaw for the Berserker. My husband worked on latex suits and armor and I did the bio helmets. It took us a couple of weeks, working after work and school.

Rating: 4.3 of 5. Votes: 52

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#1 comment by Sandy November 4, 2012

WOW! These are awesome!!!

#2 comment by Katy Lacefield November 4, 2012

You guys look awesome! You must have some amazing mom!

#3 comment by Kathy Schwier November 4, 2012

Fantastic and very creative job in making the costumes

#4 comment by Diane DeSonie November 4, 2012

these are really cool costumes!

#5 comment by Edna Domingo November 5, 2012

Fantastic job! You raise the bar every year!!

#6 comment by GAS and GUS November 5, 2012

These are amazing! Pretty cool to help make such fantastic costumes at 10 & 12 years old!

#7 comment by Jerri Gaw November 5, 2012

These really look amazing.

#8 comment by Patty Cox November 5, 2012

Erin - You might be getting a call from Hollywood! Great costumes!

#9 comment by Dawn Barr November 7, 2012

Good job. You should be costume artists in the movie making business. dawn Barr

#10 comment by Madison November 17, 2014

Do you still have this costume?

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