When you 9 year old son comes home from school and says he wants a homemade costume for Halloween, you don’t tell him no. Especially when he starts justifying a homemade costume by telling you it will be “cooler” and “it will be fun to make together”.
The shock came when he told me he wanted to be Predator. I knew he had never even seen the movie, but that’s not an easy costume to pull off. I had no idea where to start. As an artist, I got really excited about figuring it out. We went to the art store and found a base mask to start with, some yarn, and foam. Then we headed to the hardware store and walked around looking for materials and ideas. We left with some duct tape, spray paint, and pipe insulation.
We took it back to the studio and I gave my son a lesson on how not to burn yourself while working with a hot glue gun (by burning myself). We began cutting up foam and insulation and applying it to our base mask. It didn’t take long before our mask started to make sense.
We ended up with a mask that we were super proud of and is custom fit to his head. Now for the costume part…