For Halloween last year I decided I wanted to try something different. As a cosplayer Halloween can be simple as well as complex. Because I have so many costumes to choose from I’d be simple to throw on a past cosplay but it can also feel like a time where you have to have the most creative costume because it’s what you do.
I’ve always loved Nightmare Before Christmas and it’s one of my favorite movies ever so I decided to be The Mayor of Halloweentown. Because I also spend a lot of money on cosplays in general I also wanted to make this costume on a budget. The total costume cost me about $10 because I was able to use a lot of items I already had at home.
Lamp shade: $4 Thrifted
Acrylic paint: owned
Craft foam: owned
Black hat: owned
Spider: $5 Halloween store
Ribbon: $1 Christmas Bow- Dollar Tree
Blazer/shirt/ skirt/shoes: owned
Other: Glue, tape, cardboard / EVA foam
For the mayors head I bought a lampshade at my local thrift store. Using a reference photo I painted both sides of the mayors face (faces?)
Trust me, I’m not an artist so this was a little challenging but once you get the basic shapes done is just a matter of filing everything in. I drew everything out with a pencil and then painted with acrylic paint.
For the mayors button I used a Christmas bow from the solar store and some foam. I bought a spider from a Halloween store and used some string to make his spider bow tie.
For the Mayor’s very large hat I started with a hat that I already had and I used craft foam and spray paint to make the full hat. I used contact cement to hold the foam in place and then spray painted everything black. I cut out an extra piece of craft foam for the stripe on the hat and cut out a circle for the top.
If I ever wear this costume again I’m definitely getting a megaphone. 🙂