How to Make a Custom "Scream" Costume

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Make your own "ghost face" mask and robe for Halloween, with the look made famous by the "Scream" movie series. This is a simple costume, so you can use household items and inexpensive craft materials to make it yourself. Use images of the mask as a reference when you make it to ensure that it looks right and people won't have to ask you what you are going as. Find the things you'll need where craft supplies are sold.

Things You'll Need

  • White poster board
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Ghost face mask picture
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Black permanent marker or
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Elastic cord
  • Black king-sized sheet
  • Safety pins
  • Belt
  • Black gloves
  • Plastic knife

Make the Mask

Draw the "ghost face" mask on a large white sheet of poster board and use a ruler to make sure the measurements of the mask are nine-inches-wide by one-foot-long so the mask will cover your face. Look at a picture of the mask to make sure you get the look and proportions correct. Add the downward curved, slightly open eyes near the top edge. Make the nose a small upward-curved opening and draw the long mouth so that it tapers slightly at the bottom.

Cut out the edges of the mask from the poster board with scissors. Use a utility knife to cut out small slits inside the lines of the eyes so you can see through the mask. Cut a small opening in the middle of the nose so you can breathe.

Color the mouth, eyes and nose with a black permanent marker or black acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Wait five minutes for the marker to dry and at least 30 minutes for the paint to dry.

Poke holes through the side edges of the mask. Measure and cut a nine-inch piece of elastic cord and tie the ends to the holes so the mask will stay in place snugly on your head.

Make the Robe

Drape a king-sized black bed sheet over your back and over your head to form a hood. Secure the sides of the sheet together under your chin with a safety pin to secure the hood.

Close the edges of the sheet around your front and secure it around your waist with a belt. Pull the sides out from the belt under your arms to form the draping sleeves of the costume. Cut a jagged line along the edges of the bottom of the sleeves.

Cut a jagged line along the edges of the bottom of the sleeves. Pin the edges together below the belt to secure the rest of the sheet together. Put on a pair of black gloves and pick up a fake plastic knife to complete your costume.

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