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How to Dress Like Jack Skellington
Introducing the perfect Halloween host--Mr. Skellington!
I have assembled some ideas for a Jack Skellington costume to make at home.
He's a dapper fellow, that Jack. As long as you have the Jack Mask and a black tailcoat jacket, you can carry this off pretty easily.
But for those who like details, you may need to shop around for the right items -- not all of Jack's personal accessories are available to the public, btw. But that is a very Jack Skellington kind of truth, now isn't it?
You can buy the Nightmare Before Christmas black light poster
The Jack Skellington Face - You Need This to Complete The Look
Of course, the best way to be Jack---just buy the ready-made costume and be done with it.
However, the mask? It's a must have.
Jack's face is round. His eyes are hollow and his teeth choppy and square. In order to get that look you would have to have a face shaped that way and there aren't many of us born with a face like that. :-)
So, splurge on the mask and build the costume around it.
Different Mask Styles and Prices
You'll find lots of different Jack faces. Having two or more on hand broadens the different looks you can create for Jack. Jack often wrinkles and lifts his brow when he is thinking. There is a mask with that look available on Amazon.
The standard Jack mask comes in a lot of different sizes and price ranges. The round toothy grin is the most common.
This is the one item you must purchase to complete your Jack Skellington costume. Jack's look isn't something you can paint directly on your own face without some difficulty.
Who has a mouth that wide or a grin that crazy? You could blacken each eye and extend your mouth with face paint but it isn't going to look as good as the mask. Odds are people will be asking you who you are instead of recognizing Jack's goofy grin.
This mask is inexpensive and will completely transform your appearance. Get it and finalize your own version of Jack.
Jack the Skeleton Tails
You can have someone make the tailcoat jack wears using a pattern like the one below.
Most modern males do not have tiny waists and long skinny legs and arms like Jack, unless they live permanently in Halloween Town, hehe.
Getting that exact look is possible, however, if the right seamstress is used, black and white stripe fabric like Jack wears can be used to trick the eye.
OR, you can wear a black tuxedo tailcoat. Jack often shows up completely in black.
Pattern Alternatives for Tailcoats
Here's another pattern for a man's tailcoat : an 1840's Dress Coat Pattern.
The 1830-40 period of dressing uses the tailcoat.
Jack's clothing often includes a tailcoat and tailcoats aren't something you can find easily in retail stores. You could probably find something similar to this pattern in a formal wear store.
Call around and see if you can find a local men's tux outlet that carries evening coats or tailcoats. You can either rent it or ask if they sell older, worn items from their inventory. In fact, some of those stores might have a sale rack or used clothing rack.
If you aren't successful with that route, buy the pattern and locate a seamstress that can make the coat for you. You'll have to pay for the fabric, buttons and the sewing labor but you'll end up with a great costume piece that you can wear over and over and over.
Jack's Lament - Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack's Batwing Collar
You can get this great poster at AllPosters.
The image has a very clear view of the bat wing collar.
Unfortunately, this is not a separate Halloween accessory you see very often. So, if you are making your own costume you will need to get creative.
How I would make this collar--quick and easy---no sew
You can make one using black poster board (get the kind that is black all the way through) that you buy from an art store. Hobby Lobby may carry this type of poster board, too.
Make a pattern using newspaper or a paper bag. Draw out the collar shape to the size you need on the newspaper or paper bag. (you could even copy the image above to your computer and enlarge it so that you don't have to draw it freehand.)
Cut it out and use it as a pattern. Lay it on the black poster board, trace the image on the poster board and then cut the shape out.
Punch two small holes at the bottom of the wings on either side and run a single, black shoelace through so you can tie the collar around the neck.
Other Bat Wing Collar Ideas
Adapt the stand up collar "look" by using a vampire or Dracula collar or cape.
It's not a bat wing shape but, hey, it's Halloween. As long as you have the Jack mask, everyone will get the idea. :-)
You can find Dracula capes at Amazon, Halloween stores and costume shops during the Halloween season.
Fabric stores carry costume patterns for capes so you can make one at home.
What is This? - Jack Visits Christmas Town
Dress Like Jack's Personas -- Santa Jack
Santa Jack is just one of many adaptations you can use for costume inspiration.
Use this drawing of Santa Jack for a reference.
How to create Jack's Santa Look
- Buy a red union suit.
- Add a cheap black belt.
- Add some fur around some tall, black boots.
FYI: Fur attachments are called boot cuffs.
You could also head to the local fabric store and buy some fake fur, cut it to the right length and width and attach it around your wrists or boots with Velcro or glue--cheaper and works without any sewing. :-)
Just remember, if you use glue you can't undo what you've done so don't use glue on any items you want to keep or have an emotional attachment to.
The Deluxe Jack Skellington Costume
You can find this costume on Amazon.
All you have to add are the pants, gloves and shoes.
It's any easy fast way to look like dapper Jack and it all arrives via delivery.