How to Make a Jack Skellington Halloween Costume


Transform yourself into the Pumpkin King and rule Halloween Town. Jack Skellington is one of Halloween's most beloved figures and has reached an iconic status since his debut in the film "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Jack Skellington's costume can be made from existing pieces of clothing, or created from a commercial pattern. Costume enthusiasts can turn old clothes into new garments with just a little paint and the addition of a stylish bat bow tie.

Things You'll Need

  • Black tuxedo jacket
  • Black suit vest
  • Black dress pants
  • Tape measure
  • Painters tape
  • Sponge brush
  • White screen print paint
  • Poster board
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Scissors
  • Polymer clay
  • 20-gauge wire
  • Large barrette
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • White bald cap
  • White face paint
  • Black face paint

Jack Skellington's Wardrobe

  • Add pinstripes to the black tuxedo jacket, suit vest and pants. Place painters tape in half-inch intervals on the surface of each garment. Paint pinstripes on each piece using white screen print paint and a sponge brush. Allow each piece to dry before removing the painters tape.

  • Create Jack Skellington’s iconic bat bow tie. Draw a 3-inch circle on the center of a piece of poster board. Add a bat wing to each side of the circle. Each wing should measure 5 inches across. Cut the pattern out of the poster board. Lay the bow tie pattern on a large piece of pre-stiffened black felt. Pin the pattern in place and carefully cut around the edges of the pattern. Use the white screen print paint to paint motion lines on the bat wings with a flat-edged paintbrush.

  • Form a bat head out of polymer clay. Insert a metal wire into the back of the bat’s head. Leave an inch of wire extending outside of the back of the clay. Bake the clay according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Allow the bat head to cool. Once it’s cool, insert the metal wire through the center circle on the bat bow tie. Coil the metal flat against the felt. Add a dab of hot glue and a small circular piece of felt over the metal. Hot glue a large barrette onto the back of the bow tie. Paint white eyes on the bat’s face.

Jack Skellington’s Makeup

  • Place a white bald cap over your hair. Make sure that all of your hair is inside the cap.

  • Use white face paint to create the foundation layer of Jack’s makeup.

  • Paint large black circles over your eyelids and eyebrows. Make sure that the bottoms of the eye sockets extend to the tops of your cheekbones.

  • Outline your nostrils with black paint. The painted nostrils should be slightly larger than your natural ones to represent bone.

  • Paint a thin black line to create the mouth. Start the line between the ear and the mouth. Curve the line downwards towards the mouth and then past the mouth and upwards ending between the ear and corner of the mouth on the opposite side of your face. Add small vertical lines intersecting the black smile line to create the appearance of stitches.

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