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Costume Tutorial: Jack Skellington From Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington costume Gender Bend

I love how this costume turned out! I am all for using thrifted items for Halloween costumes, but I realize that finding a pinstripe suit that fits and looks the part is no easy task. Thankfully, Tim Burton’s style lends itself perfectly to hand painted stripes, so you can find any suit jacket that fits you and make it work!

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Jack Skellington Costume Tutorial

In this particular tutorial, we skipped doing a pinstriped pant and opted for sleek black leggings with heels to give Jack a little more feminine appeal, but you can easily continue the pinstripe described below for a pair of black pants as well, and it could still be paired with heels or a flat shoe, whichever you prefer. I also like how the heels extenuate the tall skeletal look, and as my sister has a much more slender and tall frame than I, she was the perfect model!

What you will need:

  • Bat Bowtie (see previous tutorial)
  • Black suit jacket
  • Black leggings or pants (painting optional)
  • Black shoe, heels optional
  • White tank top or undershirt.
  • White acrylic paint and paint brush

Super Simple Instructions

1. Start by painting along vertical seams on the jacket, then following the seams and any curves with the white paint. Space out your stripes about half an inch between each.

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2. Leave details, such as jacket pockets, untouched.

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3. Finish by painting the lapels with stripes that angle outwards and up.

4. Let dry and flip to the other side (assuming you started with the front) and complete pinstripes.

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And that’s it, you’re done!

Take it up a notch

While my sister didn’t want to include this in her photos, I thought it would be fun to use white knee-high nylons and use a sharpie to draw out the tarsal bones of the feet where it would show above your shoe (provided you wore a heel or flat that actually shows your foot.)

I also had purchased gloves with bony fingers, but they didn’t quite work with the 3/4 sleeve jacket she chose. They would, however, be a great addition to a costume with a full length sleeve!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Wheeee!!!"
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas

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