Picture of Adam and Barbara Maitland Costumes from BeetleJuice!
For Halloween this year my boyfriend and I decided to go as the Maitlands from Beetle Juice. We are both huge fans of Halloween and Tim Burton and wanted to do a monster mask costume. These costumes are much easier than they look and there is plenty of room for variation to suit individual tastes. They were as much fun to make as they were to wear! We hope you enjoy them!

Step 1: The Materials

Picture of The Materials
For these masks you will need:

Thin cardboard
One roll of Masking tape
Wire hangers
An old helmet or a hat
Paper mache clay ingredients
  • Cheap toilet paper (measure the wet paper pulp, and use 1.24 cups – some rolls contain more paper than needed)
  • 1 cup Joint compound from the hardware store (get “regular,” not “fast set” or “light”.)
  • 3/4 cup Elmer’s Glue-all
  • 1/2 cup White Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Linseed Oil
*Or regular paper Mache
Black Nylon
Brown fur
Crayola Model Magic
Various colors of Acrylic paint and brushes
One rubber glove

These materials in total cost less than $50 to accumulate and are used for both of these masks.
I feel like there are steps missing? The final product looks great but what about under barbara's mask? Is there something you do to disguise your chim, ears and side of your face? I have been folliwing this to the letter but there is still a LOT not covered by mask or hair.
ammaraee3 months ago
How much would you sell it for?
ChristalR11 months ago

Are you willing to

I would be willing to sell mine of you're interested. I can send pictures if you email me at Lindsey_lb@yahoo.com
WhodrankmyBru10 months ago
Didn't think I used too much clay but my mask turned out so heavy I can't even wear it! It pushed on my lower jaw/chin badly so I was thinking about adding some padding there but any advice on how to make it a little more comfortable/wearable?

made these costumes this year. What fun!. I used a toy hard hat with an adjustable headband for the guy mask and a baseball cap (with the bill of the cap duct-taped up to form the upper lip of the female mask. The bottom lip was made with a wire hanger frame and cardboard for the body of the bottom lip. I think its important for the fit around your head to be secure so as weight is added, the mask won't shift. And I used paper mache paper strips and lots of maskin/duct tape for the body. Paper mache pulp for the raised portions adding depth to the mask. And, coat the mask after painting with Decoupage (sp?) it paints on like white glue but dries glossy clear and hard.

LauraC10 months ago

For anybody else struggling with the paper mache clay, I highly recommend plaster of paris cloth (looks like a big rolled bandage) instead. As long as you build your model up with all the paper and tape you need for your form, this is so much easier than the clay.

Rudyroo220110 months ago
I loved your post! Inspired me to make them both this year. What fun I had.
lynisha10 months ago

Hi! Your costumes are amazing, Im making these this year, i only have 2 days left until my party and I doubt I will finish. Would you consider selling these?

ChristalR11 months ago

are you willing to

AmandaI1 year ago

How'd do you make the eyes?

qwertyuiopll (author) 1 year ago
dable so sorry I haven't gotten back to you! I just got the instructables app. Yes the pmc should be very thin. Build everything out of paper and tape and just let the pmc be the outer coat or it will get very heavy. for Barbara there are a lot of pieces you can substitute if it is getting too heavy. especially the teeth. try making those out of modeling foam too. or cover paper or cotton balls with pmc to take off some of the weight. The Barbara mask is the heaviest, but the lower jaw rested on my chest and made it pretty comfortable. I also used an old shoulder pad for my forehead to make it softer. Remember you don't need to use so much paper mache clay because it will dry very hard and is really durable.
I'm going to make these for my boyfriend and I, and our best friends are dressing up as Beetle juice and Lydia. Do you have any pointers? I'm anxious to get started :)
Camoorer1 year ago
These are awesome. Can I buy them?? Way too hard for me to make.
Ebvardh1 year ago
Awesome! I've always been a huge fan of Beetlejuice. I might try to do these this year.
dable1 year ago
Soooo, taking a crack at this. Got my first amount of 'paper mache clay' and overnight its already too heavy. The wife is going to refuse to wear it, if I keep this up. What you see in the picture that is white is 100% paper mache clay. Should I be modeling with tape and newspaper first and then just be putting light amounts of paper mache clay over it like skin? For some reason I thought the mask would be 90% paper mache clay, but if that's the case it'll be too heavy for the average neck, or I'm doing something wrong. PLEASE HELP! :(

Photo: http://imgur.com/fCQoVvR
sprnklz542 years ago
Love it!!! BeetleJuice is the best!!
sclocher2 years ago
Great job! Also, i find it pretty funny that you bought those outfits at the good will, and Lydia's line (in response to Otho asking about there clothes for the Seance) is "You'll have to check the Goodwill" lol.... Sorry to nerd out, but great job none the less, might do this for Halloween this year.
Hunrichse2 years ago
awesome i love it
This is so amazing. Best costume duo EVER!
CandyLV2 years ago
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Nick705872 years ago
That is so great!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Love this movie and your look is spot on! Very well done!
pokiespout2 years ago
Gorgeous work, and this thing doesn't even read like stereo instructions!
I've been seeing photos of this all over! Super awesome.
I gasped when I saw this. Love this so much, great work!!!
Yay! Way awesome costumes and you have the book too!!!