This is a semi step-by-step guide of how my girlfriend Jess and I built our Ghostbusters proton packs for Halloween 2008! We ended up spending just under a month and just over $200 on each pack. Not including random tools here and there that we needed.
No expensive lightboards or sound packs here. This is 100% homemade and on the cheap.
Here is a couple stills of the final pack.
Step 1: Costumes
The costumes themselves were simple as hell and only took a night to do.
Flight suits off of Amazon.com
Paratrooper Belts off of Amazon.com
Boots off of Amazon.com
Then a couple custom patches off of Ebay to read 'Hogan' and 'Morrison' and of course the No Ghost symbols and we were pretty much good to go!
Just a few details needed adding like the gloves, circuit board (which were junked old sound cards) and some random tubing which can be found easily at Home Depot.
But in making a Ghostbusters costume remember...90% of the work in the pack.
Step 2: Cutting the Motherboard
To start off we cut the 'motherboard' out of masonite board we found at Home Depot. This is the same stuff you'll find clip boards made out of. Just a much bigger sheet of it. We then downloaded the blueprints we needed from [ GBFans.com]GBFans.com and cut away using a Dremel. This made a HUGE mess by the way, so do yourself a favor and either cut it outside or in a space that's easily cleanable like a bathroom.