Homemade Jekyll-Hyde Costumes

Updated November 21, 2016

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are from the classic work of fiction by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is the story of a man who becomes two separate people in one body. One, Dr. Jekyll, is good, and the other, Mr. Hyde, is pure evil. If you want to dress as this dual nature for Halloween, you could purchase a costume at a costume store or you could save some money and, with a little time, make your own.

Sprinkle red acrylic paint around the inside of a black reversible cape. Allow the paint to dry. Choose a cape that is black on both sides but can be turned around. If you cannot find one that is made to reverse, just use one that is solid black. The red on the inside is to represent blood for Mr. Hyde's violent personality.

Wear a black tuxedo with a white shirt. Choose a black or white cravat for the tie. Also wear black dress shoes.

Slick your hair back with hair gel. If you have facial hair, trim it so it is tidy. You want a clean, tailored look for Dr. Jekyll. When you are portraying Mr. Hyde, wear your mask.

Cut the nostrils on a plastic full form mask form using an utility knife. You want to enlarge the nostrils. Also, enlarge the eyes, as well. Cut a hole in the mouth to expose where the teeth would be. The exact size of all holes is up to you. You are trying to make the mask to look deformed. Do not worry about even cuts.

Cut a piece of black felt large enough to cover the hole you cut in the mouth. 3-by-3 inches should be large enough. Use acrylic paints to paint teeth on the felt. Use hot glue to attach the felt to the back of the mask.

Pour 1 cup of liquid starch into a bowl. Tear 1-inch pieces of white tissue paper off, crumple them and then dip them in the liquid starch. Crumple them again to squeeze the excess liquid out. Press the wet pieces to the right side of the mask. Use enough pieces to cover the entire mask. You want the finished product to be lumpy and deformed looking. The number of pieces depends on the size of the mask. Allow the mask to dry completely.

Mix together tan, white and green acrylic paints on a paper plate. Swirl them so they are not completely combined. Use a paint brush to paint the mask overtop of the dried tissue paper. Paint around the eyes of the mask with black to outline them. Then paint a thin red line around the edge of the cut to make the lips.

Glue dried Spanish moss to the top of the mask to create hair using a hot glue gun. Cut a small amount of moss and glue it where the eyebrows should be. If you want the moss to be a different colour than its natural greyish colour, spray paint it before gluing it on.


Mr. Hyde is described as being deformed without knowing what is actually out of place on him. When dressed as Hyde, add an extra layer of deformity by walking hunched over.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic face mask
  • Utility knife
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue
  • Acrylic paints
  • Liquid starch
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper plate
  • Paint brush
  • Spanish moss
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Black cape
  • Black tuxedo
  • White shirt
  • Cravat
  • Hair gel
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