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The Mad Scientist Who Lost His Head - Homemade costumes for kids
Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Jen, the 'Mad Scientist Who Lost His Head' costume creator:

My six-year-old son, Zane, is the Mad Scientist Who Lost His Head. Zane is wearing a backpack containing a rectangular piece of foam insulation. We put a t-shirt over the top of the insulation and duct-taped the bottom of the shirt to hold stuffing. We used two wire hangers for arm supports and dressed the scientist in a large dress shirt and lab coat. Black rubber gloves were stuffed and taped to the end of stuffed shirt sleeves. The arms were bent and secured with safety pins to appear to hold Zane's head as it poked between the button openings of the shirt and lab coat. Zane wore a wig, facial make-up and a pair of safety goggles to complete the look. It was not a difficult costume to make and the items used were easy to find. My Headless Mad Scientist was a huge hit at the neighborhood parade and as he trick-or-treated on Halloween night.

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#1 comment by Hannah October 13, 2012

This is creative. Great job!

#2 comment by Pinkpoptart July 29, 2013

That looks so cool

#3 comment by Judy September 25, 2013

Hi, I am thinking about trying to make this for my grandson so I was wondering is your son wearing a cape made like that or is it really part of the lab coat? Any other tips you could pass along would be so much appreciated. Thanks

#4 comment by Jen September 26, 2013

Hi Judy. I can see why you asked, but no, he's wearing just the lab coat with his head coming through an unbuttoned section. It's really not hard to make. I would suggest that you make sure the backpack fits your grandson well- you don't want it to be too loose or the scientist's torso will flop around. Good luck and let me know if you have additional questions.

#5 comment by Christine October 1, 2013

Hi there... Could you tell me where you found the wig? I'm doing this costume for my son.
Thanks!

#6 comment by Jen October 2, 2013

The wig was purchased at Targetg

#7 comment by MJ October 18, 2013

WOOOOOOW!!! I loved it, GREAT idea! Congrats on creativity!

#8 comment by Diane J. Gordon October 27, 2013

We are trying to put this costume together for my 9-year old grandson, and just a bit confused on how the back pack is secured to extend over the head, and is this a lab "coat" or lab "jacket"? I found a jacket at the thrift store but if we are going about it right it doesn't seem quite long enough. Kind of short notice, Halloween being just days away, but if you could help we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

#9 comment by Jen October 27, 2013

Thanks for all of the compliments!!

[at]Diane: I'm fairly certain the lab coat was adult-sized (one-size-fits-most)- I found it in a costume department. My son was only six when we did this and I would imagine it would be more challenging now that he's taller.

As far as how to secure it... It's a bit of a balancing act. The foam insulation needs to be long enough to fit down in the backpack and still stick out, but not so long that it'll be top-heavy.

I hope that helps. Good luck!!!!

#10 comment by Diane J. Gordon October 28, 2013

Thanks so much for getting back to me on the costume. It makes so much more sense to me now knowing that the insulation is longer/taller than the back pack. We just couldn't get the picture (some things are harder than others I guess). Anyway, I think it just might work now. Thanks again, I appreciate your response.

#11 comment by Joanna October 21, 2014

Where did you buy the foam insulation ...Please and tia

#12 comment by Jen October 21, 2014

Hi Joanna. The foam was actually a large piece of styrofoam board purchased from a craft-supply store (Michael's, I believe). Good luck!

#13 comment by Joanna October 24, 2014

Hi Jen is there a video on how you did this costume. ..my son has a book report due on Halloween day but he has to dressed as one of the characters in the book so it would be a scientist...One desperate mother lol

#14 comment by Jen October 24, 2014

Hi Joanna. Unfortunately, no, I didn't make a video, but I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Good luck to you and your son.

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