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I need to make a costume for Halloween. I need to make a costume from scratch (or not) that will end up as Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Any suggestions or advice or help?

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Halloween Costumes

Halloween is coming! It may still be a little bit in the future, but a truly great costume requires some planning. To help you out with some ideas and techniques, here are some wonderful costume Instructables to check out.Make something awesome, document it, and be sure to enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Pumpkin Carving Halloween Decorations Halloween for Kids Halloween Makeup Halloween Party Halloween Masks Realistic Werewolf Costume by missmonster This costume won the grand prize in our Halloween contest and for good reason. It's a beautifully detailed costume that should scare any and all kids you see. Be a Ghostbuster for Halloween! by Honus Going as the Ghostbusters is one of the best group outfits out there (KISS would be good, too). Learn how to get your own gang of proton pack-wielding fighters of the paranormal going. Also check out other great costumes from Honus such as the Boba Fett costume, the MIB Costume, Han Solo and even making a great helmet out of cardboard. Yip Yip Costume by sliny Bring the Martian aliens from Sesame Street to life. Yip-yip-yip! Six-armed Hindu goddess Kali Costume by nicemag Become a multi-armed goddess with this detailed Instructable. Can be easily modified to help you get a spider outfit together as well. Mystic Lord costume: horns, armor, silk painting + more (oh my) by houseofdarkly Want to turn a favorite video games character into reality? Here's the lowdown on jumping into the deep end of cosplay. Build your own steampunk chicken-walker mech by Bug The idea here is pretty simple, but the effect is oh so satisfying. Convince people that you really are a mad scientist with this robotic costume. Halloween LED Jellyfish Costume by T0BY Attach some strings of LEDs and create a shimmery underwater world wherever you go. How to make a pair of Angel Wings by marc_alain You could make a pair of wings with fabric and wire, but why not go all out and use some real feathers for a better effect? how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment by enlighted Learn how to wire up your costume with EL wire and you'll be able to add a sweet finishing touch to any costume. Iron Man Helmet by pmaggot Let loose your inner Tony Stark with this custom Iron Man helmet. How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor by msraynsford Complete the Iron Man look with an arc reactor. If the Iron Man helmet is too big of a project, you can also try mraynsford's Iron Man Mask.

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Halloween!!!

Halloween is tomorrow and I'm really curious about what everyone is going to be. I'm going to be a zombie bride. :D Leave a comment and tell me what your going to be!

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Halloween Kids

Halloween is coming! It may still be a little bit in the future, but a truly great costume requires some planning, especially if you're going to be making it for a kid. To help you out, we've compiled a list of Halloween Instructables that can be used for a kid's costume. Be sure to check them all out.Make something awesome, document it, and be sure to enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Pumpkin Carving Halloween Costumes Halloween Decorations Halloween Makeup Halloween Party Halloween Masks Toddler Flintstone Car by lemaster63 A total Instructables classic, this describes the process of making a Flintstones car to go with Pebbles and Bambam outifts. Make a pirate eye patch for your kids by hobbyman.se Every pirate outfit needs an eyepatch and with a small project like this the kids cen help make it as well! How to make a superhero cape! by jessyratfink Want to be a Marvel superhero or maybe your own invented superhero? Then you're probably going to need a cape so read this and start making one today! How to make a child skunk costume by Honus This skunk outfit was made to introduce an Instructablers' son to the spirit of Halloween. He must've loved it because he had another cool outfit the next year as well. Giant Toothbrush by caitlinsdad This huge toothbrush goes along with a dentist outfit, but you can use these ideas to make any other huge prop you want. Almost any costume is improved with a cool prop to hold. Kid's Obi Wan Costume by CementTruck Show off your young one's connection with The Force by creating a custom Jedi outfit. You probably won't even have to buy much new material. How to Make a Chicken Costume by bethaldridge Turn the kids into chicks for Halloween and then give them a ride in a cart for some cute overload. Make an awesome Harry Potter wand from a sheet of paper and glue gun glue by KaptinScarlet Another classic Instructable, you can easily make your own custom wand for a Harry Potter outfit. It's so simple you'll probably end up making a bunch. Expelliarmus! How to Make a Pucca Costume by kawaiicrafter A dead simple outfit with great results. Turn your kid into an animated character for a day! How to Make a Naruto Style Headband by laminterious Turn a soda can into a nice shiny headband. You can copy the Naruto design or make up your own.

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Halloween Costume HELP

My friend and I (girls) are seniors in high school. Only seniors can dress up for halloween, so our costume has to be good, only we don't have ideas. Creative and original please. Any ideas?

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nephew's halloween costume

Hi all, I am new here because my nephew wants to be a robot for halloween. I showed him a number of sites which featured adult halloween costumes (and some for children) and he didn't like anything I saw on the site. Does anyone have any links I can check out or ideas about how to make a robot costume that is both environmentally healthy and more importantly safe for my nephew (He's 10 years old)

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Idea for Halloween Costume

I have an idea for a cool Halloween costume. I know it is a little bit earlllyyyy.... But I don't care. :P I am wanting a costume based on the principle of the mermaid captured costume by using the backpack as a support. I want a tall costume, like a 7ft or so tall. I was thinking have a backpack and sew in a PVC/ Dowell rod standing up going to the head.. But I'm not quite sure of the arms or how I would see out of it. Any help is appreciated or links or just anything and everything. I'm also wanting it to be like a ghost type monster almost shady creature costume. Thanks!

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Halloween Costume Contest

Hello everyone! Every year for the halloween contests we the staff have to draw some lines between props, costumes, and decor items.  This year we've decided to draw the lines similar to where actual theater companies draw their lines.  Believe it or not there is a prop union, costume union, and set union.  It helps to give us some firm definitions of what item goes into what contest! This year we are defining costume as the following: "Something that is worn on the body to add to or create a character." This includes any and all clothing, hair clips, jewelry, hat, and shoes! Examples below!  If you have any questions feel free to post them here and I'll answer them to the best of my ability! Want to enter the Costume contest?  Check it out here!

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Halloween costume help!?

For my halloween costume that I am wearing to a dance at my school I will be a robber.(I am a boy, and yes costumes are manditory) I need a weapon to be part of my costume or other thing that helps show that I am a robber.

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Halloween Costume Help

I decided to be Marilyn Monroe for Halloween and I have a long pink dress that I am going to alter to emulate Monroe's pink dress from the film Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Does anybody have any ideas how I could do this? The three main things that I need to do are get rid of the rhinestones in the middle, make a bow for the back, and get rid of the straps.  I know how to alter the middle but have no idea what to do about the bow or the straps. Any ideas for how to make the bow would be very appreciated. I know that I could just cut the straps off but there is no support on the top whatsoever and the top is a little loose on me. The material is silk so if I just cut off the straps I'm pretty sure the dress would just fall off. Any ideas are very appreciated!  

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Halloween Costume Ball

Come one, come all, to our Halloween Costume Ball! The festivities commence at 6:30pm on October 27. Bring your friends, family, costumes, snacks, and enthusiasm- we'll supply the fabulous venue, music, more snacks, roof deck, and skyline view of San Francisco.This time the Show & Tell project is your costume! Build, sew, assemble, hot-glue, knit, or weld something awesome, and wear it with pride. If you don't have a costume come anyway, and build one here! Pose in your costume in front of our spooky backdrop, and enter your photo in the Halloween contest! Awesome prizes await.Things to do:Eat Jesse's birthday cakeMake costumesBob for applesCarve pumpkinsWhack Halloween pinatasPose for a ghoulish costume photo shootDance to spooky musicTry ghost writing (laser etching- bring your phone!)Watch classic monster movies Details:The party starts at 6:30pm on Saturday, October 27th.Bring yourself, your costume, your friends and family, and something to eat or drink. The Halloween Costume Ball will feature costume making, bobbing for apples, dancing, ghostly writing (laser engraving), monster movies, a ghoulish photo shoot, and Halloween Pinatas with enough candy to rot your fangs out!There will be a dancing on the roof deck, weather permitting, and a movie room showing non-stop monster classics!Come early for pumpkin carving. We'll have tools and a few pumpkins on hand, but you can bring your own!Have something to demo or display? Let me know, and we'll get you table space.This event is kid-friendly- we'd love to see their costumes too, and will run the interactive events before bedtime.RSVPs requested, though not absolutely required- we need a decent crowd estimate to ensure enough tricks and treats for everyone! Drop me a PM or email at canida at instructables dot com.We'll see you there!Instructables HQThe Squid Labs Control Tower2175 Monarch St.Alameda, CA 94501We'll see you there! Eric and I will be wearing our elf costumes.

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What are u going to be for Halloween

What are u going to be for Halloween.

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Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014 Our annual Halloween Contest may be half a year away, but we're so excited we wanted to start the conversation about it now! As with previous years, this contest is open to Instructables posted from November 12, 2013 onwards is eligible. So you can post your scary creations right now and be eligible when the Halloween Contest goes live September 12, 2014. The categories this year are: costumes, props, decorations, and food. We want to be blown away by your creepy creativity! To help get those juices flowing, here's some outstanding content from previous years. Winning costume from 2013: Killer Predator Costume Winning decoration from 2012: Giant Tentacle Monster Want more insight? Here's links to previous years Halloween Contests to get your brain juices flowing: Halloween 2013 Costumes Halloween 2013 Decorations Halloween 2013 Food Halloween 2012 Props Halloween 2012 Decorations Halloween 2011 Halloween 2010 Halloween 2009 Got prize ideas? We want to hear them! We're hoping to make this Halloween Contest even bigger than last year, with mega prizes in each of the categories (costumes, props, decorations, and food). Share your ideas in the comments below!

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Halloween Pinterest Giveaway Rules

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How to make a Geisha face for Halloween?

My daughter wants to be an asian princess for halloween.  I have an outfit (asian silk blouse and black satin shirt) and all I need now is ideas for accessories and how do to her make up. Thanks!

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Fun Halloween pics to share.

A few Halloween pics from this year..The image note making function isn't working, so I'll just explain here..1: A spooky spread on a bloodsoaked (99cent) tablecloth2: Haunted Gingerbread house. I hate it when people say these things are 'too pretty to eat'.. That's what we made it for!!3: Crunchy Cats! Tortillas cut out with cookie cutters, spread with sunflower oil and crisped in an oven.. Dip in a selection of goopy dips, and enjoy! (These felines are sooooo addicting!)4: Spooky Orange flavoured cupcakes!! Oops, I took the photo after I ate one. whoops.5: Witch's Broom PB Cookies with pretzel broomsticks. The salt and sweet flavours together are divine.6: The ice Queen and the Monkey. We should have taken photos for an indestructible on that hair and makeup. It was great!7: My wife's ice queen makeup close up8: "Phantom of the Paradise".. No helmet pics just yet.. They're at work.9: Phantom and Monkey10 & 11: Two Shots of a Mr. Tumnus costume I made for my friend Dave. It's been a fun Halloween. I have tons more fun photos!!

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Halloween Make-Along 2016

Welcome to the Instructables Halloween Make-Along 2016!  This is a new event we are trying out this year, as a fun way to get motivated and stay on track for all our ambitious Halloween projects.  Every week, from now until the end of October, there will be a different theme or discussion prompt to participate in, and we will be doing weekly drawings for people who post in this forum thread to win a Leatherman Skeletool!  At the end, we will be doing a drawing for everyone who participates for the chance to win a Cannon EOS Rebel Camera!  So jump on in, show us what you're making to to get ready for Halloween! Week 1: September 19-25 Ideas, Inspiration, and Planning What is your costume going to be?  What are you going to build/make?  What materials do you need to make it happen?  Post your preliminary sketches! Week 2: September 26 - October 2 Measure Twice, Cut Once Assemble materials and begin your creation.  What steps are you taking as the foundation of your project? Week 3: October 3 - 9 Take notes! Start your instructable and write what you do as you go along.  It will make it much easier to remember what you did later on when trying to finish writing up your Instructable!  Remember to post about your progress on this forum thread! Week 4: October 10 - 16 Get by with a little help from our friends In a jam?  Ask for help!  If your project is going smoothly, see if you can help out someone else.  Words of encouragement definitely count as help! Week 5: October 17 - October 23 Home stretch   Hopefully, we are almost done!  How’s your progress?  Are you on track? Week 6: October 24 - October 31 Finishing frenzy and Final Touches Hopefully you’re almost done with your project!  Or...you waited until the last minute to start.  It’s all good, we will get through this together!

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Advice on making a Halloween costume?

Hello everyone! I’d like some advice on a Halloween costume I’d like to make. I’d like to be a mermaid with a spear through my stomach, so somewhat of a zombie/corpse mermaid. I was wondering what I should make the spear out of and how I should attach it to my body? I’m planning on putting it through my stomach pointing upward to avoid having it run into people lol, and I plan on doing some special effects wound makeup around it if that helps. Thanks in advance!

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LED help for halloween costume

Can anyone help me with this. I am wiring LED's to my halloween costume and I think I need a larger power source. I currently have 8 superbright white LED's wired in series to a 9V battery. Each LED is rated 60 mA and I need each to receive 3V. I am currently using a 100ohm resister with this. This size resistor is the smallest that I had so although I don't need that much resistance, that is all I had available. Can anyone give me any advice on this setup and on how I could make it better. The lights don't seem as bright as they should be so I am thinking that I can improve on this circuit.

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Halloween Easy Costumes Winners

First of all - congratulations to all the finalists! Our Halloween Easy Costumes finalists shared some absolutely fantastic costumes! Here at Instructables we are always impressed with how the simplest of materials can be turned into the most amazing Halloween costumes. Not only were our finalists super creative and resourceful, their costumes were well documents and could easily be recreated on a small budget and with very little time. We loved reading all the tips and tricks for getting a costume just right, substituting materials and customization. Picking winners was challenging, but we know you'll be just as impressed as we are with them! And so, without further ado... FIRST PRIZE Composer Busts by davidandora. This costume is not only incredibly easy to do, but it's an original concept and looks fantastic. Another fun attribute is that it looks even better when grouped together, so this costume is perfect for you and your friends! SECOND PRIZE (alphabetical order) HAWKEYE. by Mr.Sanchez How to make a Thor Costume by The Rambler Minecraft Steve Costume by pjkumpon pjkumpon's Minecraft Steve Costume was one of the best we've got on Instructables - looks amazing and the finishing touches like adding velcro to keep the head on straight or adding foam for comfort truly made it a top notch costume! Hawkeye and Thor used hot glue and craft foam in fabulous and inventive ways - both costumes are definite proof that those two materials can make great costume armor. THIRD PRIZE (alphabetical order) Duct Tape TMNT Shredder Costume for $8.11 by imamathguy Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (Kid-friendly) by eric3dee Make an award-winning costume in one night with packing tape and newspaper by morganlemae Mr. Fredrickson from UP - Halloween costume, 8mo+ by T_Albrecht YOSHI HOODIE by jtrask1 Our third prize winners really shined when it came to using household and ready made materials! Mr. Fredickson's PVC pipe walker was perfect - and we loved the idea of adding extra weight to it to help with stability. And the sweater vest and bow tie were too cute! Shredder's cardboard and duct tape armor came together quick and was ingenious - the duct tape is a great substitute for metal. The Yoshi Hoodies were a great project - we loved how the author took a simple piece of clothing and was able to make a cute costume that looked great and was easy to wear out trick or treating! morganlemae's tree costume shows the potential of packing tape in costume making - I can't wait to see if it spawns more packing tape costumes. And last but not least, the creative use of materials like ace bandages and a milk jug for the Luke Skywalker and Vader costume was really impressive - not to mention the absolutely adorable photos! Congratulations to all that entered! It was so much fun reviewing all the entries. Our Halloween contests make us realize we truly have the most creative and expressive community on the internet. You are all amazing - thank you for sharing with us. :D

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Halloween Contests Clarification

Hey Instructables Community! I am in charge of moderating the contest entries for the Halloween Contests; this is to just clarify some things in case you are wondering why you were rejected from a contest. -------------------------- You cannot enter the same Instructable into both the Epic and Easy Costume Contests.  If you are not sure which one to enter, go ahead and enter both and I'll make the call. You cannot enter the same Instructable into both the Decorations and Props Contest.  Props relate to costumes while decorations are simply decorations. Any Halloween Photo Instructable qualifies for the Halloween Photo Contest. Food can also qualify as a Decoration. If you have a Costume with an awesome Prop, it would be best to post them in different Instructables so you can enter each in its corresponding contest.   And don't forget, you can enter up to 3 contests, so read through the contests descriptions when you go to publish and enter any and all it qualifies for! You can enter each contest as many times as you want! The Contests: Epic - Costumes that take more than a day to make if you were to work on it that whole time, we're looking for something that is EPIC! Take a look at the current entries for an idea of what we're talking about.  (If you are rejected from Epic it doesn't mean you don't have an awesome costume, it just means we're looking for something more EPIC.) Easy - Costumes that take about a day or less to make. Props - Something that is part of a costume (meaning, worn or held), including, but not limited to: facepaint/makeup, hairstyles/wigs, swords/sheilds, and masks. Decoration - Something that you would not carry around including lawn and home decor. Photo - Any Halloween Photo Instructable Food - Anything that is food that relates to Halloween Any Questions?   Please leave a comment here or PM me, I'm happy to help out :)

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Army man halloween costume????????????? Answered

I was thinking, "should i be an army man for halloween?" When I realized I could. With your help, fellow instuctablers, I shall Make an UBER army man costume! I already have camo pants, so I need a camo shirt/top/sweatshirt, and a noise making(no airsoft please!) rifle. Preferably a m-16, m-4, ak47, or g36c. ANY help will be appreciated!!!! I will gladly SUBSCRIBE to you if you help!!!!! AND, as a BONUS, I will rate ALL your ibles a 5 STAR RATING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thankyou!!!!

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Transforming Halloween

Ever since seeing the Transformers movie I just couldn't stop thinking about transformers. So I decided a Transformer costume was it this year. It started out as just a box and later became more elaborate and more of a car. IT IS FINALLY DONE. Took three months but it's done. Pictures of the final product is here. Today I took it to school for a contest. I probably transformed at least twenty times. At one point the tape wasn't working on the spoiler because the "haters" would tear it off. So we used a bolt instead. In the contest people were chanting my name and I won ... a cheapy blue necklace. But now whenever I was going around the block all I would hear is "Are you the Transformer kid? Transform for us". Of course I would. So if anyone has questions or wants me to post instructions let me know. The instructions will be hard because of the variety of height and weight.

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costume for plum lady?

Hi all, I've been wracking my brains but can't seem to come up with a costume for myself. I'm plump, and quite frankly there aren't that many female characters out there in fantasy and sci fi land that are. can you suggest anyone?

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The Perfect Costumes for Pillaging

This is me and my sister as pirates. We made pretty much everything from scratch, most parts are made from Simplicity and Vogue patterns. It was SO much fun. One of the photos is (obviously) hyper-edited, but the rest are untouched. I'm in pink, my sister is in black. A few costume tips: - Start early. This gives you time to shop around for cheap fabric and trims. Most of these fabrics came in at $2 a yard or less. - Have a teammate. Two people are more convincing than one somehow. - Think creatively about patterns. Look at costume patterns and normal clothes patterns for parts to use. Combine things from multiple patterns - we used 4 different patterns for this. - Too much is never enough. Layer, add decoration, add parts, whatever.

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domo kun costume

I got the urge today to be domo kun for halloween.. but I couldn't find any good Ideas... anyone wanna make a domo suit?

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More Halloween Party Pictures!

Check out Arwen's pictures from the Halloween party!You may notice that we nabbed zieak's ideas for the doll serving dish (we used spinach dip) and a variant on his toddler toddy for our sangria and sherbet punch.

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Halloween's Most Wanted

The results are in for the Top Ten Halloween Costumes! This is a great standard list, but it lacks the ingenuity the Instructables community is known for!What's in your top ten? Let's get creative and show them a thing or two.Get building and boast your ideas here: DIY Halloween Contest Top Halloween Costumes 2008Adult Costumes1. Witch2. Pirate3. Vampire4. Cat5. Fairy6. Nurse7. Batman8. Political9. Ghost10. AngelKid Costumes1. Princess2. Witch3. Hannah Montana4. Spider-Man5. Pirate6. Star Wars7. Pumpkin8. Batman9. Disney Princess10. Athlete Information provided by CNBC

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Your Halloween Plans?

So, what are your Halloween plans? Are you going to a party? Going trick or treating, or just going to stay home and watch Demons 2? This year, I'm not going to do much. Just paint my face white, and put on black lipstick and eyeliner while walking around the neighborhood. (Okay, I may go to some houses for candy =P)

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I really like to make a Latex halloween mask but do you know what type of latex i need and how?

i want to make a latex halloween mask and i found some instructions but they are confusing me by sculpting a base or putting plaster on head which one is the fastest but cheap.also where do i get the paints

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halloween photo contest

I made this costume for hallloween

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Halloween Makeup

Getting a gory effect can be the perfect addition to your Halloween costume. There's a big difference between looking kinda pale or sorta dead and people wondering what disastrous thing happened to your face! It's worth it for the way people do a double-take as they see you.Check out this list for some inspiration and if you make something awesome this year be sure to document it and enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Decorations Halloween Costumes Halloween for Kids Pumpkin Carving Halloween Party Halloween Masks Realistic Wound FX by Pull and Twist Get yourself all bloodied and gashed up as if you were just assaulted by a werewolf. Sure to creep lots of people out. How to MAKE a Geico Caveman Costume by BeerBellyJoe Devolve yourself with the help of some makeup and a fake beard. How to Apply Elf Ears by jforbess Elves are magical creatures and with just a few dollars you can pretend that you're one as well! Realistic Vampire Bite by Pull and Twist It's... the bite! Make your friends worry that you're about to turn into a vampire with the help of some well-placed bite marks. As Realistic as Zombie Makeup Gets! by abandon your idols The zombpocalypse is coming and you're either a flesh-eating zombie or you're just a container for braaaaaaiiiiins! Get on the winning side with some makeup and fake blood. zombie makeup by zombiecore So maybe the pale-faced zombie thing isn't scary enough for you. You want a face full of gore to show that your body is decomposing as we speak. This is the place for you. Make teeth mold for Halloween Teeth by MastaAzumarek Those cheap vampire teeth at the Halloween store keep falling out, right? Then make a mold of your own teeth to help get a custom set of incisors to die for. Fake a Cut off Finger by loup226 It happens to the best of us. Just chop chop chopping some veggies and whoopsy-daisy there goes a digit! If you're jealous of the mangled hand look you can use these instructions to get it right. BFX Build Plan Kano Metal Face Mask by indymogul Modify a cheap mask into some metallic addition to your face. Turn into Kano or any o Theater Effects: Gunshot Wounds by TrumpetNeel If the gashes above are too subtle for you, you can go for a big gushing gunshot wound. Mmm, tasty.

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Epic Costumes Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered in the Halloween Epic Costumes Contest! The Epic Costumes category has a legacy of some of the most complex and involved projects on our site. The results are always mind-blowing, and this year was no exception. Like previous years, we had no shortage of amazing, EPIC entries. I am very pleased to report that there was more than several heated debates around the lab when selecting finalists, and it was just short of total bedlam while choosing the winners. First Prize Costume Armor with Wonderflex by volpin The Wonderflex Armor won because it had the best blend of process, presentation, and execution. The project gives you a behind the scenes look at how this professional grade costume was made, almost daring you to try and recreate the painstaking details based on the comprehensive instructions. This custom made costume really defined what we were looking for in an Epic Costume entry, and your votes reflected that. Also, the composition of the photographs really sold the hard work that went into this epic costume. Second Prize   Cthulhu by alexthemoviegeek Life-sized Space Marine Armor by thorssoli Bowser's Castle Costume by Mr. Noack These costumes represented everything we hope for in an epic costume; over-the- top DIY awesomesauce! These costumes used several very clever techniques in construction, and the finished projects really show us the artistry and craftsmanship that the authors put into their work. Third Prize Mr.Freeze Costume by rmorrow4 Alien Xenomorph by Mostlymade Bowser Costume by CassiniCloset Orchard Spider by BrooklynAliens Narnia Minotaur by ellwoodjoe The time and dedication put into these creations is evident, and each have their own complexities and challenges that were masterfully overcome. It’s hard to deny that each of these costumes are indeed “epic” and would win the nod of approval from costumes aficionado’s the world over. Congratulations to all the finalists and a big thank you to everyone that entered, you should feel proud of your amazing, EPIC creation. Remember, costumes aren’t just for Halloween, we have an entire channel dedicated to costumes, so you can dress up and have fun all year. If you didn’t win this time around I hope there was something that has inspired you to make another epic costume, next year’s Epic Costumes is open from right now until this time next year! Mike Warren Editor of Play

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Happy Halloween from Instructables HQ!

We just wanted to share some of the awesome costumes that have popped so far today at Pier 9! Please share what you are wearing today in the comments!  And share links to your tutorials! Check out some of the Instructables too! Disco Outfit Vanellope Von Schweets Interactive Instagram Costume

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Tesla Costume

Hello, so this year for halloween I am hoping to go as our hero Nikola Tesla. the costume will be fairly easy I'm just planning on wearing an old suit etc. but what i really want to do is incorporate some type of electrical effect into the costume. I know a bit about electronics and can solder and figure things out when needed, all i really need is an idea of some type of electrical thing that wouldn't kill me and i can power via batteries.  in a perfect world I would like to create some type of spark gap generator between my hands but this might be too lofty an aspiration.  Anyway if anyone has any ideas specifically ones that wont kill me and aren't too hard to accomplish i would be very grateful. 

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My Werewolf Costume

Hi everyone! I'm new here, so nice to meet everybody. I just want to show off the beginning of a costume I'm making. I'm planing on finishing it up with a full body suit, but I have to wait for the fur to arrive in the mail. I just discovered Instructables, so I didn't really think about documenting any steps, so I'm gonna try to make another head piece with step by step instructions if anyone is interested. Well, I hope you guys like it! It was a lot of fun to make!https://www.instructables.com/id/Werewolf-Mask/

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Halloween Masks

One of the key elements of Halloween is the mask. A still grinning mask can help you look perfectly evil while you can relax and enjoy the reactions inside it. It's a key part of Halloween and to get the look you want you may just have to make one yourself.Here are 10 Instructables to help you with any last-minute needs to make a mask of your own or maybe check out for any costume event in the future. If you do make something awesome this year be sure to document it and enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Decorations Halloween Costumes Halloween for Kids Pumpkin Carving Halloween Makeup Halloween Party Scary Mask by scoochmaroo This project may be a bit intimidating, but check out the Instructable to see it broken down and you'll see it's not so tough after all. Duct Tape Batman Mask by seamster Everyone knows that duct tape is a universal power for good. So put that to good use to make this mask and start taking some villains down! Masquerade Ball Masks by thydzik A simple and effective technique to turn a cheap mask into a custom and elegant disguise of your own. Guy Fawkes Mask in Origami by chosetec You'll need some time for this one and might be afraid to wear it when you're done, but it is wonderful to have around when do finish it. Nazgul Mask for $15-20 by Drakz Get this mask together for just a little cash and get ready to hunt some hobbits! Realistic, Animatronic Lion Mask with stereo night vision and amplified hearing by Solion For those who recreate this Instructable with over 100 steps, we applaud you. For the rest of us, there is so much here to inspire your next project it's not even funny. Giant Mask: Montessaurus! by pokiespout Make a gigantic mask of anything you want! Make a Mad Eye Moody Mad Eye by KaptinScarlet Small, simple, and delivers a great effect. What more could you ask for? How to make an Anglerfish mask by thenickboy Show off your love of the deep, deep waters with this anglerfish mask. Epic Papier Mache Indian Cannibal Mask! by DainiusGB Learn to live and love the papier mache methods. It's well worth the trouble for Halloween or any other time.

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Halloween Decor Contest!

Hello everyone!  Every year for the halloween contests we the staff have to draw some lines between props, costumes, and decor items.  This year we've decided to draw the lines similar to where actual theater companies draw their lines.  Believe it or not there is a prop union, costume union, and set union.  It helps to give us some firm definitions of what item goes into what contest!   This year we are defining decor as: "Anything in a space that adds to the ambiance or feel of a space.  At the same time not an item being held by someone for the purpose of supporting their costume."   Examples below with notes on each of them.  If you have any questions feel free to comment below and I'll answer you to the best of my ability! Want to enter the decor contest?  Check it out here!

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Bioshock Big Daddy costume Answered

For Halloween, I've been asked to go as a Big Daddy from Bioshock to a party. Going over the top as I normally do for such things, I'd planed on not only making the drill rotate on the arm, but also the eyes light up. While I've wired motors before, I've never done the same with LED's, which lead to some interesting electrical problems. In total, I'd planned on having all 8 eyes wired up with two different sets of LED's, 4 red and 4 yellow per eye. The idea was to have a pack on my waist set up with the power supply and controls. The power supply was going to be 6 9-volt batteries all wired in series (providing 54 volts of power) connected to a push switch. The push switch would be the on/off switch, with the lead going to a toggle switch. The lead would connect to the middle input, the top would lead to the red LED's, and the bottom would lead to the yellow LED's. The LED's were going to be wired in series as well inside their housing, which was going to be cross sections of multiple Sobe bottles with holes drilled through it for the wires to go through. The eyes were all going to be run in series, with resisters at the end of the series before connecting to the power supply again. 1) does the plastic bottle pose any risk of short circuiting the LED's? Electrical tape can always be applied but the question of if it would be a good idea came up. 2) With 54 volts being generated from those 6 nine-volt batteries, what precautions would be recommended to make sure I don't get 50 mA through the heart if something does go wrong? 3) If possible, can anyone suggest a more efficient way of wiring or working the circuit?

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What was your best halloween costume of all time?

Waht was your best halloween costume of all time? I'll start. I was a marshmallow one year.

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Halloween Contests for 2012!

I don't know if this is the right forum section to post it on, and if it ain't, then please feel free to move it to the right forum section! But I do have a quick question! I've already seen on the Halloween Contests that a single user can submit multiple entrys (more than 1 entry per user), but now the thing is if an entry is of a costume one wore for Halloween a few years back, can they still enter it into the Halloween Easy or Epic Costume Contest for the year 2012?

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Two Costumes You NEED to Look at

We've had a rush of Halloween costumes come through here, but there are a couple of amazing ones that you definitely need to check out if you haven't already.houseofdarkly's Mystic Lord Costumenicemag's Kali CostumeOther costumes were awesome as well (like the werewolves), but it looks like these got a little lost in the shuffle.

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What are you going to be for Halloween?

So what are you going to be for Halloween (as in what costume are you wearing.) Also what are you going to do for Halloween, are you going to stay at you house and give out candy, scare little kids, or go trick or treat with your friends?I am going to go trick or treating with my friendsI have also come up with a costume design which is a transformer costume that actually transforms! Unlike the costly imitation costumes at the store. Here are some pictures of it but it is not quite done yet.Also i was wondering if anyone would like to see an instructable on how to make this kind of costume?Its kind of like this but not as good: Please comment!!!

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Halloween Prop Contest!

Hello everyone! Every year for the halloween contests we the staff have to draw some lines between props, costumes, and decor items.  This year we've decided to draw the lines similar to where actual theater companies draw their lines.  Believe it or not there is a prop union, costume union, and set union.  It helps to give us some firm definitions of what item goes into what contest! This year props will be defined as the following: "an item that is often held or carried but not permanently attached to any sort of costume piece to add to or create a character."  A quick definition is do you hold it in your hand?  If the answer is yes, often, especially for pictures, then it's a prop.   Examples below!  If you have any questions please feel free to comment below and I'll answer them to the best of my ability! Want to enter the Prop contest?  Check it out here!

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The Reaper Is Coming...(My Costume)

... for your 360 *evil laugh* Fear the Red Ring!**EDIT** Wow those pictures are darker then I thought.

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Burda Costume Contest

While you're working up your Halloween costume Instructable, don't forget to enter it in BurdaStyle's costume contest too!  Send your best photo and a link to your project in your BurdaStyle studio to: submissions [at] burdastyle [dot] com, by October 31st at 11:59pm EST. Don't forget to put “Halloween 2010” in the subject line! Then get ready to vote for your favorite!  Voting goes live on November 2nd and ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th via the BurdaStyle newsletter and blog. We can't wait to see what you make!

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Autodesk Halloween Party Costume Contest

I just wanted to share some pictures from the Autodesk Halloween Party yesterday. There was a costume contest with 6 categories.  Instructablers managed to win 3 of those categories! Congratulations: Christy - Best Scary Costume - Dune Sandworm Paige - Best Homemade Costume - Wall Mounted Taxidermy J, Noah, Gabe, and Julia - Best Group Costume - Shop Accidents Other winners: Best Female Costume - Breaking Bad, Heisenberg Best Male - WWII Fighter pilot Best Funny Costume - Monopoly Man

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21 Halloween guides because you procrastinated!

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