American Idol Judges Halloween Costume

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My next challenge was to attach the styrofoam figures to my platform. Screws wouldn't hold styrofoam, so I employed a bit of 1x4 pine board, and sandwiched the styrofoam torso in between.

My and my new pals. 

We had only been at this house for a few weeks, and I was already making friends!

This costume was big, and it is always a good idea to check to see if your giant costume is going to fit in your car, or if you will have to be able to disassemble it.

I wanted the wrists of my two costume dummies to twist, so I attached the hands to some green gardening rods and popped a hole into the pvc elbow.

The first hole wasn't big enough, but the elbow didn't have much material to work with.

When I tried to expand the hole, the whole arm nearly broke off. 

I solved this problem by bending a new elbow, and taping an additional tube below the original arm. All this ugly craftsmanship would be hidden within the arm.

Thumbs up!

Thumbs down!

I had enough rod poking out the back to control the wrist, but I hadn't quite worked out how I was going to engineer that.  

I used a human model to calculate the arm length and hand positions.

My two guys had hands. They looked terrific!

The faces needed work.

With my styrofoam heads in front of me, I got thinking about making the mouths open and shut like a ventriloquist's dummy. I wasn't sure this would improve the costume enough to be worth the trouble.

With the moving mouths on hold, I began carving faces out of the two heads.

White styrofoam is a crude material for this, but I didn't need anything spectacular.


My head quickly became the most pockmarked face on earth.

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