How to Dress Up Like a Voodoo Doctor

Written by erika marie
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Voodoo doctors have a superstitious and mysterious persona. The typical caricature-type representation of scary, black magic voodoo doctors includes the painted skeleton face and the wearing of ritual items. Create an ominous and menacing voodoo doctor Halloween costume by buying or making a few uncomplicated props. This costume is a frightening attention-getter that will leave a creepy and spooky impression on passersby.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Black clothing and shoes
  • Black and white face make-up
  • Bone necklace
  • Mini skull props
  • Cotton string
  • Hot glue gun
  • Dreadlock wig
  • Black top hat (optional)
  • Small cotton doll form
  • Marker
  • Sewing straight pins

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  1. 1

    Put on a pair of black trousers and a black shirt. A long-sleeved, black T-shirt will work best. Wear a pair of black shoes.

  2. 2

    Paint your face to look like a skull using white and black face make-up. Paint a circle of black make-up around your eyes and a triangle over your nose. Paint black in the concave area of your cheeks, below the cheekbone for a skeletal appearance. Then paint the rest of your face with white make-up. Finally, paint skeletal teeth around the top and bottom of your mouth using black eyeliner.

  3. 3

    Wear a necklace made of fake bones. Purchase bone necklaces at Halloween or party supply stores. Attach small skull props to the necklace by gluing a loop cotton string to the top of the skulls with a hot glue gun. Hang the skulls by the loop from the necklace.

  4. 4

    Place a dreadlock wig on your head. Wear a black top hat, if desired, and glue more mini skulls around the brim of the hat.

  5. 5

    Make a voodoo doll using a small cotton doll form. Draw the letter "X" over each eye of the doll. Then press straight sewing pins into the eyes and around the body of the doll. Carry the doll with you or glue a loop with cotton string to the top of the doll's head and hang it from the necklace.

Tips and warnings

  • Cotton doll forms are available at doll supply and craft stores.
  • Purchase a bag of feathers at a craft store and glue the feathers onto your necklace.
  • Save chicken bones from a few weeks meals and place them in a small drawstring bag to carry or hang from a belt.

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