Best DIY Headless Costume





Introduction: Best DIY Headless Costume

This was the best costume that we have ever made. My daughter is 8 years old and she was a big helper. We went to our local thrift store and bought a couple of trench coats. They were on $2.00 each. I wasn't sure what size we would need. My daughter is small but it ended up that we needed a large adult coat. We didn't use the buttons because I thought if she tripped or fell it would be to hard to rip open. Instead we closed the coat using velcro.

Step 1: Plastic Container

We tried different size containers. The one that was big enough was a pretzel container that we got from our local grocery store. We cut the entire bottom out of it. We cut half of the back out too. We put black duct tape around all the edges so they would not scratch her.  We took the lid off and rubberband a piece of thin material around the top.  Once she wore the costume for awhile the inside would start fogging up so we decided to remove the cloth from the top and kept it open . Our daughter said it was better that way. More air flowed through.  We added cotton balls to the bottom and dripped fake blood around the bottom. 

Step 2: Fake Arms and Hands

To give the look of natural arms and hands we tried a couple of things. At first we tried using a swimming noodle.  It was too thick and wouldn't give the elbow bend that we needed. We tried a metal hanger that we straightend out. It looked ok but it was too light and it did not give the thicknest we needed. What we ended up using was plastic grocery bags. We stuffed the arms and gloves with plastic grocery bags.  It was light weight, fexible and it looks like the real thickness of an arm.  We used velcro to fasten the gloves and a few fingers to the plastic container.

Step 3: Headless Torso

This was an easy step.  We used very thick and sterdy cardboard. We cut out a "T" shape.  At the top of the "T" we used plastic tie downs to secure a wooden hanger. We tapped a metal ruler to the back of the cardboard so it would not bend backwards. We taped foam used for quilted to the top of the hanger to give the shoulder and neck look. We taped a small doll baby pillow to the bottom, at my daighters waistline.  I was afraid that a straight board against her back would be uncomfortable. Having a pillow in the small of her back was very nice she said. We hot glued some scrap material over the entire thing. It was flesh colored and it work perfectly. To secure it to my daughter we used an old elastic/velcro back brace. It fit arcross her chest and under her arms and it was wide enough to keep the enitire lower part of the "T" covered.  

Step 4: Make-up

My daughter loved this part. She did her own make-up every time.  She did her face in all white. She added purple and blues around her eyes. She dripped blood from the corners of her eye and mouth. She would walk around with her eyes half shut and her head tilted. She played the part so well. She loved this costume.



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    Do you have any pictures of the inside of the torso? The cardboard T? Thanks!!

    I'm Gonna Make It For Halloween

    great job!! I would love to see more pictures of the inside.

    I'm going to do something like this for my son's cub scout troop; they're doing a Haunted Hallway at school and we wanted a headless character. Thanks for the ideas!

    wow thats good

    Really good we're gonna try and do it for Halloween 2014, it looks quite hard but we'll try our best.

    Thank you so much for commenting on our costume. Thanks for taking a look.

    Thank you for looking at our costume. Thanks for commenting also.


    Thanks for the feedback. This is my first go around. I have a lot to learn. Your Carl is spot on and I just love willie wonka and the chocolate factory. Way to go.

    I saw this costume last year either on instructables or by searching costumes on google. The one you built is much better than the ones I have seen in recent years. Great job putting it together. I like the costumes that are visually misleading and crafty.

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    Thank you so much. We tried to look up examples online to help us with the construction and we finally did it all by ourselves. We made funny memories trying to figure it all out. My daughter help out so much. In return she is so proud of it. Thank you so much for your comment. It means a lot.

    Thank you so much for the comment. It was just a fun project to do with my daughter for Halloween and it is getting a lot of attention. Thanks again.

    you got my Vote!

    Nice job.!!.check out mine what u think? I made out of card boards and tape lol Vote if you like show some love in return :-)

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    Thank you so much for the vote. Wow yours is awesome. I guess I have a lot to learn. We really loved making this together and she had a blast being in character and scaring people. Thanks for the comments.