Introduction: Man Cut in Half Costume

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This costume is a major hit because the boy in the picture is "beside himself" as one man says.

Total cost due to finding used clothing to buy was $15 or less.

Step 1: What to Buy/Find

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1. Extra large dress/khaki pants ( any color but we chose black) that when pulled up come up to about your armpits
2. Large shirt a few sizes bigger than normal - we chose a long sleeved button down, but any long sleeved shirt would work. Also buy a second shirt (very close in color to go under this, short sleeved shirt so doesn't show). Thrift stores or stores like goodwill are great for these cheap clothing items.
3. You will want to find a pair of your own pants that are the same color as the large pants (we will explain why later). You will need a belt that will fit around the waist of the large pants.
4. Find a small box, similar to the waist size of the pants, to fill in the waist and hip area of the pants. We just used a cardboard box we had laying in the garage. A few zip ties will be needed later to help secure the box inside the pants.
5. Red fabric (small piece to cover the top of the box)
6. Your shoes or no shoes will work if you don't mind walking around barefoot
7. A small weight like a fishing weight to clip onto the shirt

Step 2: Cut Slits the Pants

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Cut a slit in the pants horizontally right behind the knee large enough to get your foot and calf into.

Step 3: Cut a Slit in the Back of the Shirt

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Cut a horizontal line in the back of the long-sleeve shirt from shoulder to shoulder (large enough to get your head and arms through).

Step 4: Making the Waist Take Shape With the Box

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Now you will attach the small box inside the waist/hip area of the large pants.

To secure the box, hold the box in place and make 2 tiny holes in the belt area of the pants using a knife about an inch apart in the front, back and both sides of the pants.

Then using the holes in the pants as a judge for placement, make small holes in the box so that you can feed the zip ties through the pants, into the box and back out into the pants to be closed and secured.

Once the box is secured, take a belt and belt the pants. This will help to hide the zip ties and make the pants look more believable.

Step 5: Covering the Box to Appear Like a Bloody Top of the Legs

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Cover the box with the red fabric. You may want to cut a rectangular piece of the fabric a little bigger than the box. Cutting small slits where the zip ties are will help you be able to tuck the fabric inside the pants to be held on. If not able to secure it, you may need to glue it down

Step 6: The Fishing Weight and How to Wear the Shirt

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Place the small weight on the right outside bottom ( this would be the direction based on if you are wearing the shirt) of the shirt.

Now to explain how to WEAR the costume.

First you will put on the short sleeve shirt and your smaller pants.

Next, put your head and arms through the slit in the back of the long sleeve shirt.

You want both the front of the shirt and back lower part below the shoulders to be hanging in front of your body. In the back will be the upper half of the long sleeve shirt on top and then the same short sleeve colored shirt showing through on the lower half.

Step 7: How to Wear the Pants

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Put on your regular sized pants. Then put your feet in the slits of the larger pants. Put on shoes or stay barefoot if preferred.

Step 8: How to Wear the Costume

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Pull the pants up straight on the left side of your body putting the pants next to you and securing it under your left arm by putting the right corner of the box under your left armpit.

Your left arm will look like you have your arm around the waist of the large pants. Move the top of your body slightly to the right and make sure the shirt is hanging forward and to the right side of your body to appear like you body is fully filling it.

The weight should help to keep the shirt pulled out and down.

There you have it...the boy cut in half who is able to fully walk to fully "sell" the costume and make it that much more believable!


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goldenDolphin (author)2017-10-22

sooooo coool!!!!

fannybekker (author)2017-02-20

Wow! I should think about it next time when I don't have any ideas for Halloween! Thank you for the great idea!

tchouken (author)2017-02-15


Mochicat6 (author)2017-02-04

I was mind blown! amazingly WOW!

gmsale made it! (author)2016-12-11

I made this for my son and everyone had a great laugh over it. Thank you for the detailed instructions.

Autigerfan made it! (author)2016-10-31

Thank you for the idea and instructions. Big hit!

Autigerfan (author)Autigerfan2016-10-31

And we painted a red shoe box and placed in pants waist and used it for candy storage.

vmpozuelo made it! (author)2016-10-23

Not as good as yours, but thanks for the idea :)

PicsArt (author)2016-10-19

I just discovered your instructable. Very creative.

thepoisonivy (author)2016-10-12


vairlover (author)2016-10-12

You could also take a metal water bottle and run a tube from right below the mouth of the bottle and run that tube down the arm sleeve and have the end right above where the stomach would be. When you "drink" from the bottle, the water would run down the tube and exit in front of you. You could just say "Sorry! It keeps doing that."

theKingsdaughter (author)2016-10-12

Love it! So real looking.

dblanton2971 (author)2016-10-12

You did a great job on this and wear it well too! Congrats!

rnorton2 (author)2016-10-12

great job man, i'm not sure my hips could handle several hours of that but nice work!!

jimmysgranny (author)2016-08-14

This is great! I actually saw a costume like this posted on a Halloween group on Facebook. When I asked the guy about how to do it he told me he couldn't tell me but he could sell the costume to me for $75.00. I wanted it to donate to our neighborhood high school haunted corn maze. The kids put on a great scare each year for their FFA.

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dmac257 (author)2015-11-12

if you make a red bag with a stiff rope loop at the top instead of the cardboard box you can collapse the top of the pants in front of you so when you walk will be "normal" .. before you say "Trick or Treat" you pull the bag over to the side and open the "bag" for your candy... or doing it in front of them would freak some people out.

mamacarol (author)dmac2572015-12-17

good idea!!! the shock value is increased and you also have a place to carry your candy!!!

mamacarol (author)2015-12-17

this is awesome!!!! my teenage grandson would probably love to make this... (you are never too old for trick or treat)... i will help him make this!!!

theblckwlf (author)2015-11-28

this is awesome! great ibble

HappyWorld (author)2015-11-17

The back also looks creepy!! :)

ecsaul23 (author)2015-11-17

this is amazing! Great illusion!

Wazzupdoc (author)2015-11-12

This is an 11 ! Great 'Ibble!

carlosg60 (author)2015-11-11

Awesome idea. Thanks!

Fabulous_beautiful (author)2015-11-11

Wtf that's real creepy

gerhardus.stroebel (author)2015-11-11

I knew there was a trick but this look like real fun only you must have a double jointed body really good

dukic (author)2015-11-11

PURE 10!!!

Karl EmmanuelS (author)2015-11-10


this instructable was brought to you by the american chiropractor association... taking a pain off your back.

this is a really coool instructable, and probably will be quite cool for short time like a masquerade or as a happening (go walking arround like normal, then twist and fall... but on a long run you'd need some painkillers or a chiropractor.

Cayotica (author)2015-11-08

ooooh! My poor back.

Mo Poppins (author)Cayotica2015-11-10

My thoughts exactly! Really cool illusion, and also a scoliosis-maker!

AnnabellaMarie (author)2015-11-10

I'm pretty sure that Mr. Copperfield has sold his soul to the devil and, hence, really IS magical!!!

f1dd13r (author)2015-11-10

fantastic illusion . It reminds me of those costumes that look like people riding emus etc.

jeanniel1 (author)2015-11-10

OMG - that looks SO effective. I was wondering HOW you'd walk though

mikeasaurus (author)2015-11-10

It's so effective. Great work!

Monomann (author)2015-11-10

Nice job!

AZIIZoom (author)2015-11-10

great idea, sure it will scare a lot of people hhhgg

Bob_b (author)2015-11-10

Cool costume. David Copperfield used something like this in his tornado of fire tv special. I had wondered about how to make a costume like that. In his show he gets cut by a laser. It starts around the 6 minute point. He then goes outside and freaks out the neighborhood kids. I think this would make a very effective costume.

GingerL1 (author)2015-11-10


DanieleZ (author)2015-11-10

What about a box with a impermeable inside made of plastic bag, then fill the bag with tomato sauce and beef/pig/sheep intestine.
That is way more realistic !
Great instructable bdw, I will try it next year ;) with my goore creativity

tab328 (author)2015-11-10

thats awesome, wish i saw this before halloween XD

ThiagoA10 (author)2015-11-10


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vuivui (author)2015-11-10

pro (y)

dimmaz88 (author)2015-11-09

That's an awesome illusion!

Only In Ur Mind (author)2015-11-09

Wow that is so cool. Great job! thanks for sharing!

khalil42 (author)2015-11-08

خوب بود مرسی

cpeters2143 (author)2015-11-08

for halloween i did the costume and all the girls in my grade flipped when they saw me

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