The Maitlands

Beetlejuice is one of my favorite movies and the scene in which they transform their faces is perfect inspiration for a Halloween costume.

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I had 2″ white rigid wall insulation on hand and glued about 12 pieces to create the original form. I then used a drywall saw and then extendable blade knife to create the general shape. I then used a Dremel for more detailed shaping.
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Carving the teeth. So… carving white foam is not ideal. But I already had it on hand so I used it. Looking back, I would have used less granular ridid foam to avoid some of the mess.
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At this point, I’ve started to smooth the surface. I then sealed it so I could paint.
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Roughing out Adam’s head
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WIP shot with two of my tools. Adam’s nose was too bulky at first so I narrow it considerably as I make more progress.
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Ears were carved separately and attached with foam adhesive. The seams were then smoothed.
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After lots of plaster and sanding I sealed both heads with diluted glue. After that, I begin to paint.
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I’ve got, Geena Davis eyes.
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Nothing is attached yet but most of the painting is done. Many layers of clear coat help to create the wet look.
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Adam Maitland eyes. I used ping pong balls for the base and hot glue to create optic nerves.
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Mid-paint. And one of the few shots of the lips and teeth.

 

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Fast forward to the finished product! Adam’s eyes and Barbara’s throat were covered with black semi-transparent fabric.  I laid the hair track by track on brown felt and used concealed velcro tabs for eazy-ish access.
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Adam and Barbara walking in a parade with the rest of the crew.
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As seen on ABC7
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Another group shot.
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Delia, dead football player, sandworm, shrimp cocktail, Beetlejuice, Adam, Juno, Barbara, ghosts in designer sheets, receptionist, Lydia and Otho. As a crew, we won best group in the Halsted Halloween Parade in Chicago.

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