How to Build a Halo Costume Out of Junk

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How to Build a Halo Costume Out of Junk
Inspired by video game characters? Dress like them for next Halloween! (controller image by Thommi from

Halloween costumes can be quite costly. This is especially true if the costumes are based on characters from famous television shows, movies, books, video games or are of celebrities. That said, however, it need not cost much to go as someone from Halo. In fact, with some creativity and some junk items, you too could have a facsimile costume for yourself or for a young child. Why not start creating today for use at the next costume or Halloween party?

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Things you need

  • Pencils
  • Old clothes buttons
  • Clothespins
  • Cardboard box
  • Box cutter or Xacto knife
  • Spray paints
  • Poster paints
  • Shoelaces or pieces of elastic
  • Scrap fabrics
  • Scissors
  • Old bicycle helmet
  • Toy gun
  • Scrap paper
  • Painting ventilation mask
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic or Latex gloves

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    Familiarise yourself with the Halo characters before trying to replicate them. Using the game itself, Internet pictures or gaming magazines will help inspire you with the details. Draw sketches on scrap paper to minimise waste of materials.

    How to Build a Halo Costume Out of Junk
    Start Game...Rather, Start Your Costume! (blue game pad image by Warren Millar from
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    Examine the details of the costume of one character and list what you will need. If that character has a helmet or weapon, see if you can find something similar around the house, in the garage, at local used sporting goods stores or yard sales. You can find other options at the Artists Helping Children's website.

    How to Build a Halo Costume Out of Junk
    Do not forget to check your garage. (garage door under window image by L. Shat from
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    Draw the main costume design sections on cardboard and then cut out the pieces with either box cutters or an Xacto knife if you are over 13. If not, please have an adult do it for you. Next, lay the items -- including any weapon and helmet parts -- out in a ventilated area and follow the spray paint instructions in the reference section or with the paint itself. Wear a face mask and gloves for protection.

    How to Build a Halo Costume Out of Junk
    Start early on this costume so you can avoid paying too much for materials. (spray image by Dragana Petrovic from
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    Test paint one section to make sure the paint adheres and dries properly. Then proceed with multiple layers of paint to make it look like high quality work. Leave plenty of time to dry, then use poster paints, buttons and clothespins to make the finer details of the costume. Each detail is important!

    How to Build a Halo Costume Out of Junk
    Great costumes are all about the details. (button image by Edsweb from
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    Assemble the costume pieces after they have dried using shoelaces and Velcro. Make sure they fit the child or costume wearer well. If for a young child, avoid having loose items the child could eat or trip over. Likewise, make sure to add reflective tape or paint if it is for nighttime trick or treating.

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    Take the parts and compare them to the original sources of inspiration. If necessary, make adjustments or start anew. Remember this project takes patience and trial and error.

Tips and warnings

  • Start early and keep a budget.
  • Have an adult cut the cardboard and use the spray paint.
  • Use care with the spray paint and cutting cardboard boxes. Make sure to spray paint following either the directions which came with the paint or refer to the Krylon one listed as a resource for this article.

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