You're jokin'! You're jokin'! I can't believe mah EYEZ!" I made my husband into Oogie Boogie as a last minute costume for the LACMA Tim Burton/Dead Man's Ball, that we ended up missing and I cried. (We were both in costume, lost in downtown LA as the party was ending.) One of the most depressing moments in my creative career.

But hey, we made up for it with a great suggestion from a friend - on Halloween night, we went to Downtown Disney and took hundreds of photos with children and families and we were smiling all night. It felt really awesome for him to be recognized as Oogie Boogie and it was funny because everyone thought that we worked there and we were supposed to be taking pics. (The half-circle crowd with flashes from cameras, multiple familes in the same photos by incident and even some children crying at the sight of him.) - I was dressed as elegant Shock (Boogie's Kids).

We tried to get a portrait drawn of us, but the guy had to call his manager because of the mask. We overheard him in the background "NO, it's LEGIT"... hahah. It was a no-go. :(

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Burlap - around 7-8 yards to be safe
Black Yarn - cheapest stuff (Red Heart?)
Multi-Pack of needles - it has some big ones in there with round tips for burlap
Embroidery Floss - to match the burlap
Black Fabric/Embroidery Floss- for the mouth and eyes, optional
Black Sharpie - for the eyes/mouth as needed
Paper Towels - to wrap/pad the wire
Thick Wire - utility/type from Home Depot
Pliers, Scissors
Glowz by Krylon 6/7/8 cans - optional for black light effect
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pikachu4592 made it!8 days ago

We are working on a nightmare before Christmas display for Halloween and Christmas for our home in the front yard. Your costume was the inspiration for our stand up Oogie Boogie. Took us a while to get enough stuffing to fill him up. Hope you like him. Your costume helped me get a great start and turned out fantastic. Thanks for the ideas and diy.

mryan2 made it!9 months ago

Turned out great! The only things I changed were: I sewed just the edges of the arms so I could easily take my arms in and out. Also I made little boots for it to fit around my shoes.

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mryan29 months ago

Turned out great! The only things I changed were: I sewed just the edges of the arms so I could easily take my arms in and out. Also I made little boots for it to fit around my shoes.

cheener10 months ago
also made this...didn't do the glow and added some bugs....I also used a hat and some foam underneath to keep the burlap off my hubby face...thanks for the directions
Thank you for the how to manual....our boogie boogie was a huge success...

Question: Did you double up on the burlap? In your photographs the entire costume looks very opaque. But with the burlap I'm using one layer seems pretty transparent. Under decent lighting I can easily see clothing and hands under it.

Mielameri10 months ago
I can't even wrap my mind around how awesome this is. Really cool, and so well executed!

How did you cut the burlap for the mask?? I am trying to make the costume to my son, but I am a little scared about the mask! :-). Cross you fingers :-)

myrrhmaid10 months ago

This is awesome!

emily.artis.1010 months ago

im making a girl version of this, but im going to use your mask.

leah.everest10 months ago

Pics to follow as it is not quite done but making this for my 10 year old for part of our family costume. This made it so much simpler!!

karynml10 months ago

This looks like a really great project; thanks for sharing! I'm going to try it for a Halloween event next week and the only thing I'm going to change is to purchase green (or avocado actually) colored burlap - and bypass the issues with using black lights and/or spray painting the fabric. I have sourced the colored burlap and hope my design turns out half as good as yours! Thanks again!

krayman made it!10 months ago

Thank you! I followed your instructable last year for Halloween; it turned out really good & everyone loved it! Here is my daughter wearing it with my niece in her store bought Sally costume. I think the only thing I had problems with is making his body look full & not like a person wearing a sack...mainly because I ran out of time.


This is awesome! It looks so professional. I'm trying to do a last minute costume. I have too many events & I won't be able to swing too many projects, but this one looks perfect. Thanks so much for the idea and for the tips! You have inspired me!!!!

propgirrl1 year ago

Love this!!! Finally a project I think I can pull off! LOL!

Thanks for posting. Nice job!

You did such a wonderful job. I am looking at making him as a prop for an event in October and wanted to thank you for the tutorial. It will be helpful because I did not want to make a solid piece due to transport and now I realized I can do it similar to what you have done and make the costume then prep him on site! Thanks again

jujudalton1 year ago
I used your directions to make an Oogie Boogie this last week. They were so helpful! Thanks so much!

Mine isn't as nice as yours and it doesn't glow but we did win a costume contest.
tandykins1 year ago
Can I recommend making the paint yourself? You can buy the glow powder relatively cheaply (it's used to make fishing lures) and then just mix it with any clear coat. Viola. Glow paint.
Can you help me make a Candlejack costume?
dfm5002 years ago
I did this for Halloween this year. Mine didn't turn out as well (and didn't glow), but for ~$25 and ~2 hours of work, I was presentable at a halloween party. I used hot glue for the seams. It was faster and easier than sewing. I also created the sleeves separately, so they could be pulled off easily. I wish I had used safety pins to hold the mask to the body. I am 6'3", and I kinda looked like a guy in a burlap sack. I wish that I had used safety pins to hold pillows on the inside, around the middle to give the body some bulk. But otherwise, it was cool. Thank you for the original instructions!
lefaye1522 years ago
Beautiful! I would have sewn some plastic bugd into the seams.
this is awesome. very inspiring.
karalalala2 years ago
This is nuts. You are AWESOME! Nice job.
rrkrose3 years ago
Wow this is amazing! I am planning on making it for someone for halloween.
did you make shoes for the costume
I LOVE OOGIE BOOGIE! Great job on this costume! It's the best I've seen!
xxev753 years ago
Luv it!!! You are amazing ty for sharing.
I can't believe how good this is. It's like you pulled him right off the screen. Great project and well deserved win. Congrats.
kristylynn84 (author)  cdawisconsin3 years ago
thank you very much! that's amazing feedback and i super-appreciate it!! :)
depotdevoid3 years ago
Congrats on the well deserved win! This was one of my favorite costumes this year!
kristylynn84 (author)  depotdevoid3 years ago
thank you so much! :D i am giving him the prize for his bday tomorrow! i hope he doesn't see this! :D
you might want to try priming the burlap with a less expensive clear finish spray paint first and then finish off with the more expensive GLow paint.

this might lower the project price. However I would test it first to see your results.

take black light outside during the night and give the neighbors a paint show. this will allow you to see how your progressing.
kristylynn84 (author)  Lynne Bruning3 years ago
that's exactly how we did it :) minus the clear coat. (clear coat may be able to give the glow paint more to adhere to) good tip! :)
dismissie3 years ago
Your D-Land story is adorable- Oogie Boogie is just great!
sweeety3 years ago
*head explodes*
lcoelho3 years ago
very cool
Great Job!
Fantastic. Many kudos to you - the final costume looks perfect!
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