For the past few years I have been making a couple of homemade costumes for my boys each Halloween. Last year I made a Masterchief following some of the advice from this site and it turned out pretty good. This year my youngest boys told me they want to go as Alien VS Predator. Well I knew that this was going to take a bit of time so I started in September. I decided to start with the Alien, arguably the more difficult costume, not finding too much advice for making a homemade Alien costume I had to get more creative. Did I mention that I am leaving one job and starting another so I only had a budget of about $25.00?
Step 1: Building the Head
The Alien head seemed like the most difficult part to me... How to get that elongated tubular shape? And how to get it to stay on the kids head? Well, I started looking around the garage. Digging through the clutter I came up with an old bicycle helmet. being made of Styrofoam it was pretty easy to shape. I started by cutting the sides down to the bare minimum so my Alien didn't have too bulbous of a head. Now we needed some tubes. The local dollar store came in very handy, I found several 3 quart plastic containers and a plastic pitcher that seemed very promising. Total cost? $3.00 doing good. I cut the containers up and hot glued them onto the helmet. By the way... I went through two bags of hot glue which are about 4 bucks apiece. Then I cut the bottom off of the pitcher, cut that in half and I had my Alien Jaws. A little marker to draw out the teeth, sharp scissors and boom.. we had Alien teeth. I used scrap pieces of the pitcher to make the rest of the Jaws. The head needed a little rounding, fortunately I had several empty 2 liter bottles. By the way, careful with hot glue around two liter bottles, they wrinkle and shrink if the glue is too hot.