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  1. #1
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    Default Need help with pumpkin mask.

    Hello all,

    Any one have any ideas on how to do this? My plan is to have a person wear a real pumpkin on their head, now the face will be cut out and the person will have pumpkin like makeup on their face. But the back and top of the head must look as much like a normal pumpkin as possible. I was thinking of carving the pumpkin out, leave the back and top in tack, then maybe coat the inside with glue or something. I just don't want it to rot over the haunt days. Any ideas??

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    Why not use one of those fake pumpkins you can carve them and you can use a 40 percent off coupon from Michaels

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    Absolutely, use a foam Pumpkin for this. I have used real Pumpkins for the same effect (A Ritual Disembowelment Scene) in the past, but they don't last. What happens is, the Actors get carried away, running around, sweating, and by 9:30, the face of the Pumpkin is gone. It's still a real Freak Show, nobody expects to see that sort of thing, but what a mess.
    Wolfman

    "Because a Child's mind is a Terrible Thing not to mess with."

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    I've used a faux pumpkin for my Scarecrow mask...more than enough room for my head in a larger one...(and I've got quite the melon upon my shoulders)

    I cut a flap in the back, hinged it (using cloth - stitched the cloth to the foam with needle and thread), and used velcro (stitching, once again) as a fastener to keep the flap closed - I have a hole just a little bigger than my neck in the bottom, so when the flap is closed, the mask can't fall off - even if it does rattle around a bit on my head (kind of gives an artificial look when it's at a funny angle too...a little more convincing when you're trying to seem like a stuffed dummy)

    I've scared a number of kids using this one...I wear a blackout mask on the inside, so it looks like the pumpkin's empty...I work hard at looking fake, and it pays off - I've even had adults leave the ground in fright!
    Hell is an eternity of getting up at 4am to nothing but decaf coffee...

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    Use a foam pumpkin! It'll look great for the duration. You could hot glue some soft foam inside to keep it from rattling around too much (like a football helmet).
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    I have actually done this with a real pumpkin, and it was one of my alltime favorite costumes yet!!! I was a headless horseman...I carved the pumpkin out from the BOTTOM to fit my head the night before, then left it in the fridge overnight. I wore it at work the WHOLE day ~ and it was fine...however! you need to line the inside with a little foam or bubblewrap (I used the bubble wrap) to easy the weight on your head. All I can say is it's a great costume and I got free stuff wherever I went that day....I highly recommend it. I would do it again, but my co-workers expect something new and crazy every year so....oh well...email me if you would like to see some pics....it really does work, and the real thing is sooooo much better!

  7. #7
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    Thanks everybody, This scare will be a close up one with a bunch of real pumkins all around. A fake would stand out too much, ruin the suprise. I like the bubble wrap idea...any more??
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    If youv'e got time coat the inside with wax and the use the foam. Keep refrigerated.
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