My favourite time of the year too!
I go all out if I got the time.
One thing I use a lot in most of my costumes is light, either
with electronics or batteries but the easiest way to create a
light effect is to use “light sticks” and they work fantastic!
One year I went to a party as a robot character something like
the “Terminator” character. I used hockey equipment and painted
it all silver and put “light sticks” behind any opening on the costume
to light it up from the inside, carried a big futuristic gun also with
lots of lights on it. I spent two months on making the costume and
enjoyed every minute of the creation.
Last year I did a haunted house for a fundraiser event. It turned out
to be a lot of work because I only had one week to start and finish
and I did 95% of all the work. I started at 8:00am and went until
12:00 midnight every night until opening.
Scary music, coloured lights, black lights, strobes, dry ice, duct tape,
paint, lots of cardboard, a fog machine, a few good masks and a lot
of creativity and POOFF!! You got a pretty fun haunted house for all the kids!
Tips for a haunted house or castle:
-Make your tombstones out of Styrofoam and use black construction
paper in a large rectangle shape to simulate a dug out grave, spread
real leaves around for better effect.
-Make castle walls and old house walls with cardboard and paint and it
doesn’t have to look perfect because it will be dark or you may have
coloured lights on in that area.
-Black lights work great for all kinds of effects I recommend you get some.
-Make cardboard tunnels but be sure to tape any sharp edges with duct tape.
Well that’s all for now, thanks for listening.
And don’t forget to make a scary Jack-o-lantern!
Here are some links that may help for ideas. http://www.halloweennet.com/site/index.shtml
How about a costume with one arm as the Lion’s paw,
the other arm as the Tin man’s arm with an axe, your
legs as the Scarecrow with one side of your face as the Witch
and the other side as Dorothy and maybe the back of your head
as the Wizard? And if they ask you where Toto is, just have a
bicycle near by with a basket and small dogs paw sticking out!
[This message has been edited by insect (07-16-2002 11:03 PM).]