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!
Step 1: Materials
- Fairly rigid plastic fencing
- Plastic fencing with finer holes
- A thermal lunch box
- A phone book
- Tissue paper
- Plastic weather sheeting/shrink film
- Brown and white paint
- Rubber hosing
- 2 small funnels
- Compressed air canister
- Shiny thin red fabric
- Zip ties
- Packing/masking tape
- Dry ice
- Poster board
Step 2: The Frame
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.