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It was my first Holiday with my husband, then boyfriend, 2007. He told me that he was going to be Zoidberg for Halloween and I had no idea what that was. So he had to show me by playing some Futurama episodes. I still thought he was weird, but I always want to make things happen. I brainstormed for a while and surprised him by putting the costume together for him. He was very surprised and impressed with what I had come up with and he wore it to a Halloween party with my friend and I that year. (I had done the post cards for the party, so I got free drinks that night. ;) haha.)

As he would say "bwoo bwoo bwoo bwoo bwoo!" - or however it goes. :)

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Step 1: The pieces!

Picture of The pieces!
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Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue
Bart Simpson Mask
Red Face Paint
Red Glove
4 Pieces of Red Felt
Lab Coat (embroidered)
Needle, thread
A Dude with Dr. Zoidberg's stature


I ordered a Lab Coat from or something like that, and had it embroidered with "Dr. Zoidberg".

For the Claws, he bought a hot glue gun and some felt and I was kinda puzzled as to how to make them .. cute/realistic/wearable, just make sure to have good scissors, stack the felt 2 at a time and wisely cut so that the 2 pieces match up. I used elastic to keep them on his wrist and stuffed them with polyester fill, to make them more functional.

For the lucked out. Tripped over a bart simpson mask at Target and we ended up making the eyes into the shape of goggles, leaving tabs on the side for elastic attachment to hold them onto his head.

The "mouth fingers" were a pair of women's gloves. (I cut the thumb off and hand sewed it shut and then took the part and attached it to ITSELF in the back, behind the mask, also stuffed the fingers a little.
water rat1 year ago
I LOVE IT!!! And the way you organize your Instructable in step 1 is sooooo appreciated!

Seriously, great job!
A couple things wrong with the costume, mainly superficial but still. First zoidberg has no ears and secondly the clothes below is wrong. I am going to use scrubs (light blue) also found at Plus I want to make it so that 1) I don't have ears showing and 2) somehow figure out how to put that fin thingy he has that he can make pop up. I have an idea on how to do it but execution right now is unknown. Also, I bought a pair of oven mitts that are lobster shaped and plan to use rubber bands (lol @ the irony) around the wrists so that it looks more neat. Also may utilize the entire mask, rounding off the top (or use a red swim cap) which would solve the ear problem as well. Hopefully it'll turn out good. The mask use would also mean using less paint, which would be good since I'll be going to a drinking party and paint + sweat + drinking don't mix well. Just have to figure how to fit my big head in the mask. Might have to slit the back and then use velcro to secure it after. Seems legit. Will see as it goes along. Thanks for listening.
dcarney13 years ago
I'm going to rock the zoidberg for halloween.. I'm having some trouble with the claws. what were the dimensions you used for the claws?
kristylynn84 (author)  dcarney13 years ago
i just kinda used maybe the entire sheet and traced a huge shape around my hand. as long as the thumb juncture can reach over the thumb, you can always tighten the wrist and you just stuff the claw with cotton and it's all good. :) PICS when you're done! and let me know if you get stuck :D
Here's my zoidberg

For the claws I did the same as yourself. Thanks for that by that way.

For the head I bought a red faceless balaclava (I have a beard and I didn't want to shave it). I got two small funnels, cut them to size and curved them to my face. I glued the lens' from a pair of those 3d glasses that you get in the cinema for 3d movies to cover in the holes for the pupils. Then I used the strap and nose bridge from a pair of swimming goggles to hold it onto my head.

I'm quite happy how it turned out. The only thing I didn't think about was adding air holes around the eyes because the lens kept steaming up. Many thanks for your description of work. It really came in handy, particularly for the claws.
kristylynn84 (author)  dcarney13 years ago
that's awesome! do you have the close-ups of the mask/face area? the funnels are brilliant and a great alternative to big eyes, without having to buy a mask! :D did you wear it for halloween and get lots of comments!? so cool!!
Does anyone have suggestions on a more generic way to do his eyes? I have everything figured out except those, and don't want to buy a rather expensive rubber mask just for its eyes. Any input would be very helpful, thanks!
I made some similar eyes for a costume a while ago.
I stretched cling film over a table tennis ball and coated half of it with white mastic.
If you are careful you can get it quite smooth, you could always invert it so the smooth inside becomes the outside.
Just use a hole punch to make the pupil.
A table tennis ball was the right size for what I needed but for this would need a bigger ball.
Valster3 years ago
I often search the Halloween section to see what's new here. This costume cracks me up every time it pops up.

Finally read the instructions and I gotta say it's amazing in its simplicity! Good job!

Thanks for sharing!
Squag3 years ago
Making a halloween costume?
-Why not Zoidberg?

I love this, nicely done.
kiffakitty3 years ago
That is awesome! Man that totally inspires me to make a zoidberg costume! I wonder if it would be easier just to use a Homer Simpson mask and then spray paint it red. He is bald like Zoidberg, so all you have to do is glue on the 4 red fingers over his nose. Or you could also use this mask:
and then glue on the Simpson eyes for a creepily realistic zoidberg! :)
chicopluma3 years ago
materials bart`s mask eyes lol
Kiteman3 years ago
It's taken you three and a half years to post this properly! Why wait so long??
kristylynn84 (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
LOL! ahhh, you caught me! :D i'm a lagger. but now that i've been posting, i know what i am doing! :D
It's such a distinctive image, and I *knew* it had been posted before, I was almost ready to cry foul on a copycat before I checked.

I'm now loking forward to the next costumes...

ytashi3 years ago
hehehe! my kids would freak but this is awesome!
mdel_giorno3 years ago
Wicked awesome!
tchitwood3 years ago
Awesome! Love Futurama (have cats named Bender, Leela and Nibbler) and love Zoidberg. :) Nice and simple sometimes works the best.
insomniaSAH3 years ago
I think this may be the best Zoidberg costume I've seen xD

Using a Bart mask for the eyes for a futurama character was inspired - simple solution, awesome results.
canida3 years ago
I'm speechless. It was done so simply, and the results are excellent!
mary candy3 years ago
lol cool !
wilgubeast3 years ago
That is awesome! The Bart Simpson mask repurposing was inspired.
kristylynn84 (author)  wilgubeast3 years ago
it is a great idea for any of those characters! :D