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PONG Video Game Costume

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Originally released in 1972, the game PONG was one of the first successful video games. It simulated a game of table tennis with a ball that bounced between two paddles that players moved up and down on the sides of the screen.

This costume is fun homage to those simpler days, and it's sure to get attention at your Halloween party. You can play it by yourself or invite friends to take each paddle while you bounce the "ball" between them. It's quick and easy to put together and only requires about $15 in materials and an hour of time.
 
 
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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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You'll need the following tools and materials to build your PONG costume:

  • Black foam core board – 20″x30″
  • White tape - duct tape, electrical tape, whatever you’ve got
  • Styrofoam block at least 2″x4″x8″ (or enough smaller pieces sized as needed)
  • Face paint – black and white
  • Scrap cardboard – 6″x12″
  • Elastic band – 1″ x  18″
  • Skewer, metal coat hanger, or 1/8″ dowel
  • X-Acto knife
  • Glue

Step 2: The Board

Cut the white tape into 1″ strips and apply it as a border around the foam core board, slightly inset from the edge.

Cut some more of the tape into 1″ squares and apply it as a dotted line down the middle of the board, one inch between each piece. Skip the middle, because you’ll be cutting that out to put your face through.

What score do you want your game board to show? Cut some blocky, pixelated numbers from the tape and apply them at the top of the board on each side of the center line.

Cut a face-sized hole in the center of the foam core board, then tape or glue the elastic band on both sides of the opening in the back of the board. How much elastic to use depends on how big your head is.

Cut a 1/4″ slot along the short sides of the foam core board, far enough from the border that your paddle stays in bounds. The paddle handles will slide in these slots.
ALECIALLEY2 months ago

hahahahaha...its cute n funny...

poofrabbit8 months ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween costume contest! Can’t wait to see if you win good luck!
Tatterhood8 months ago
Gaha! LOVE IT!!
Mr. Noack8 months ago
Very cool! Love the originality!!
TheGreatS8 months ago
Drat, I thought for sure I would be the only one with a pong costume this year! Still, very well done. It looks really nice and is far less expensive than mine.
HaHaBird (author)  TheGreatS8 months ago
I thought the same thing when I saw yours: "What's this? Another Pong?!" Nice to see two different approaches to the same idea.
imbiglarry8 months ago
Hilarious!
mikeasaurus8 months ago
Genius in simplicity. Nice.
THAT IS HILARIOUS!