Picture of Smoking & Erupting Volcano Tiki Costume

This year for Halloween, I created a costume I have never seen executed anywhere else before...a Tiki-inspired volcano god.

To take it that extra step from 'unique' to 'epic', I wanted to add some degree special effects to the costume which could be easily and inexpensively constructed and did not need to rely on electronics (the thought of someone spilling a drink on my laptop is scarier than any Halloween monsters). I decided to build:
- A cheap, reusable confetti cannon to fire through the top (that does not require any sort of flame ignition)
- A smoke effect to come from the top of the costume (that does not require a heavy, electric smoke machine)

Here is a short video of the confetti 'eruption' and smoke effects I was able to achieve:

I would love your feedback - please leave me a comment below!
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Here's a list of the main materials I used to put together the costume:
- Fairly rigid plastic fencing
- Plastic fencing with finer holes
- A thermal lunch box
- A phone book
- Tissue paper
- Rope
- Plastic weather sheeting/shrink film
- Brown and white paint
- Rubber hosing
- 2 small funnels
- Confetti/sparkles
- Compressed air canister
- Shiny thin red fabric
- Zip ties
- Flour
- Packing/masking tape
- Dry ice
- Poster board

Step 2: The Frame

Picture of The Frame
I began by rolling a length of the heavier fencing into a circle wide enough for me to stand inside (with enough room to move my legs to walk).

Zip-tying three of these rolls on top of each other created a tube roughly 6 feet tall and 2 feet in diameter.

The fencing I chose was not especially rigid, so I also added some thin wooden dowels for added support (pvc pipe would work as well). Though I would recommend using a sturdy fencing as the base to nicely hold its form.
Awesome! I love the added effects! Really makes the costume.
garenburg (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Thank you!! The effects are what made it especially fun to put together!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I like this costume, the smoke and confetti put this over the top!
garenburg (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Thanks a lot! That's exactly what I was hoping they would do!