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This homemade costume for men entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Nicholas, the 'Scarecrow Lives' costume creator:
This costume is based on the legend of Samhain, just given a few twists here and there. For this, Samhain is a demon who rises from the underworld every October to cause mayhem, which when entering the New World he found a fight against him. The colonists attempted to kill him time and time again yet he kept coming back. First he was beheaded and was given a pumpkin head, which children would carve pumpkins as a threat to hold him at bay, giving birth to both jack o'lanterns and the headless horseman legend. Then another year they hung him, but he ripped himself down and used the noose as a belt to mock the colonists in return.
The costume itself is all homemade (exception being jeans, shirt, gloves and scythe, each I have had for years. The face is a two piece appliance made by: carving air dry clay on a white mask base for shape, coating in liquid latex, and painting the dried product. To apply, I used a bald cap to maintain the shape needed, painted my face a dark beige, blocked out my eye brows, wore cat eye contacts, and placed each piece carefully into place with liquid latex before going over it with extra face paint to bring out shadows that I felt needed touching up.
The hood is made up of several pieces of burlap that I had cut up and sewn over a rice cooker to get the shape of a hood. Next I placed a stem appliance (air dry clay carved into shape, liquid latex, painted, stuffed with cotton) through a hole in the hood and sewn it into place.
The noose is a real noose that I tied from thick rope and wore for both aesthetic purpose and to tighten the hood.