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The Nightmare Before Christmas Costume

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Costume

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

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

A word from Joy, the 'Nightmare Before Christmas' costume creator:

My children and some of our neighbors decided they wanted to be characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero, Jack the Pumpkin King, Sally, Lock, Shock, and Barrel.

The heads are all made from paper mache covered in felt for a smooth looking finish. Zero's nose has a battery pack inside the snout and the red ball at the end really light up!

Rating: 4.3 of 5. Votes: 49

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#1 comment by Stefani October 18, 2013

absolutely love this idea both my children want theme. For Jack suit did you buy it at the Halloween store?

#2 comment by Hadley October 6, 2014

I would love to know how you made the heads. What did you use for forms?

#3 comment by Joy October 6, 2014

For Jack, Sally, and Barrels head I used very round ballooons that they sell at Party City. For Lock and Shock I just used cardboard boxes that I worked by bending back and forth until it was pliable and then used masking tape to hold in place so I could paper mache over to make sturdy. Zero the dog was the most complicated and involved paper maching a regular shaped balloon and then I also papermached a long skinny balloon like the kind they make ballooon animals from. I cut a slit in the large paper mached section to make the lower jaw and then attched the cardboard ear and snout with masking tape. Then paper mached everything to make sturdy. The red nose is actually a fishing lure with a battery operated light the lights up.

#4 comment by Crystal October 12, 2014

Would u sell the jack n sally costumes?

#5 comment by Joy October 13, 2014

I will check what pieces I have. I'm pretty certain I know right where the heads are, but will check for the rest tonight. :)

#6 comment by Whitney October 13, 2014

You did an AMAZING job!! So talented! My son wants to be Zero this year, i'm going to attempt to make his costume.

#7 comment by Crystal October 16, 2014

Alright then please let know would love to purchase them.(:

#8 comment by Joy October 17, 2014

Hi! I do have the heads for sure. I still have to check about the suit and Sally's dress. How old are your kids? Mine were 9 when they wore these. What city do you live in? I could ship them to you? Does $30 per head seem fair and then if I can find the rest $50 each? Thanks!

#9 comment by crystal October 18, 2014

Yea 50 each is fair if you find the sally n jack clothes or 30 just the heads are fine their for me n my friend ha were pretty small im sure theyll fit (:

#10 comment by Crystal October 18, 2014

I live in santa ana california you could email me at nightmareb[at]ymail.com

#11 comment by Denice October 28, 2014

Do you have the Shock costume?

#12 comment by Joy October 28, 2014

Only the head and possibly the feet. The rest is just a black sweatsuite that I painted bones on with glow in the dark paint.

#13 comment by Elisabeth November 18, 2014

If you see this can I please have the instructions?

#14 comment by Kathy September 16, 2015

Do you have the zero costume and would you be willing to sell it?

#15 comment by Shannan September 20, 2015

Hi, first let me start by saying, these costumes are AMAZING. I'm trying to make a Zero costume for my 7 year old. I was wondering if you can give me a few pointers on materials to use? Thank you for posting these great pics :)

#16 comment by Joy September 21, 2015

Zero was actually the trickiest. For the head I paper mached a balloon and a skinny balloon (the kind you make balloon animals with. I then taped them together using masking tape. I cut a hole for the mouth and was aable to bend it into shape and added cardboard ears. Then I reinforced the hole thing with more papermache. The nose is a fishing lure with a light in it so it actually glows. The paper mache is covered with felt and the mouth is covered in netting so you can see through...

#17 comment by Lily September 30, 2015

These are amazing! Would you be willing to sell Lock's mask and tail by any chance?


#18 comment by Kate miss me November 4, 2015

I really like the idea that you used in your Halloween costume you guys really went all out of the box whoever made this idea gets all the credit

#19 comment by Jen September 1, 2016

Hi! Did you end up selling these? I would love to make something like them for my 9, 8 and 4 yr old this year!

#20 comment by Joy September 1, 2016

I still have some of the heads. I will have to double check which ones I have. I think I may have Sally, Jack and Shocks head still.

#21 comment by Kim September 14, 2016

Can you email me what you have left if you'd like to sell? Kimberly_674348[at]yahoo.com

#22 comment by Joy September 15, 2016

Yes I will check it out this weekend and let you know! :)

#23 comment by Jennifer September 17, 2016

Amazing! May I ask how you attached the felt to the paper mache? My 5-year-old wants to be Zero. No costumes available anywhere. I'm getting ready to undergo surgery and would love to be able to figure this out before then. If you would be willing to make another one, I would be happy to buy it too.

#24 comment by Jen September 27, 2016

I would love to see a close up different angle of zeros mouth. I am also trying to make it and having a difficult time envisioning it.

#25 comment by Joy September 28, 2016

Hi Jen! Unfortunately these are the only pictures I have. But I made zeros head by paper macheing a regular balloon (the kind out of a party park that are rounder on top but kind of oblong) and the snout is a balloon that you would make balloon animals with. Once they are both dry, I cut the mouth for main head part at the end where the balloon tie would be (the smaller side). I think I was able to kind of bend it to make the bottom of the mouth go down, but I may have used a little piece of cardboard to augment it. I attached the snout piece and the paper mache's it all again to connect it and give it more support. I hope this makes sense! Good Luck!

#26 comment by mo October 14, 2016

What did u used for sally hair?

#27 comment by GRECIA October 17, 2016

i have been struggling so hard making ZERO for my 2 yard old toddler. If there is any way you could re make this or still have ZERO laying around somewhere i would love to purchase it because i am so creatively challenged :(

OTHERWISE do you think you could give me pointers on how to make this for a 2 year old given that seems huge for him/

#28 comment by StacyStace1120 August 12, 2017

I love this!!!! How can I make the Zero costume for my 4 year old son????

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