Easy to Make Halloween Costumes for "The Nightmare Before Christmas"


Tim Burton's animated movie "A Nightmare Before Christmas" is a popular film with children and adults alike. With some preparation, you can make your own whimsical Halloween Town costumes based on two characters from the movie, Sally and Jack Skellington.

Things You'll Need

  • Light blue tights
  • Black fabric pen
  • Patchwork print dress
  • Scissors
  • Black boots
  • Light blue theatrical cream makeup
  • Black makeup crayon
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Red lipstick
  • Long red wig (parted in the middle)
  • White button-down shirt
  • Black pinstripe suit
  • Black shoes
  • Velcro self-adhesive backing
  • Rubber bat with long wings
  • White theatrical makeup
  • Black theatrical makeup
  • White colored hair spray
  • Gloves with skeleton design

Sally Costume

  • Draw stitches on the tights with the black fabric pen and allow them to fully dry.

  • Cut out jagged edges in the hem of your patchwork dress with scissors to create a look similar to the one Sally wore. Dress yourself in the dress, tights and boots.

  • Apply the blue theatrical makeup to your face, neck and exposed areas of your arms.

  • Draw stitch marks on your arms, around your wrist, on your neck and a line of stitches extending from the corners of your lips to halfway across your cheeks on both sides.

  • Apply the black eyeliner, mascara and red lipstick.

  • Put on the red wig.

Jack Skellington

  • Put on the shirt, suit and shoes. Make sure the top button on the shirt is fastened.

  • Cut the Velcro backing into two smaller pieces. Attach one piece to the middle of the fake bat and the other over the top button of your shirt.

  • Press the two pieces of Velcro together to form a bat bow tie.

  • Apply the white makeup to your face, except for a circular area of 1 inch in diameter around your eyes.

  • Fill in the area around your eyes with the black makeup.

  • Draw five short lines above your upper lip and five below your bottom lip with the black makeup crayon.

  • Cover your hair with the white colored hair spray.

  • Put on the skeleton gloves.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look for patchwork dresses and pinstripe suits in thrift stores, vintage stores or costume shops.

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