In Rob Zombie's 2003 cult classic horror film House of 1000 Corpses, there are more than enough terrifying characters to make for a creative Halloween costume. Fasten your seat-belt and buckle up, it's going to be a demented ride.
• Captain Spaulding Costume
The film chronicles a group of teens who are traveling across the countryside to write a book on zany roadside attractions. Unfortunately, however, they encounter the nefarious Captain Spaulding, played by the late great Sid Haig, a demented man and member of the Firefly family, a sadistic and psychotic family.
To start, we'll be creating the iconic Captain Spaulding who acts as the MC on the murder ride. For this costume you will need a traditional clown outfit, which can be bought on Amazon or at a local Halloween store. The costume should have large, white, baggy pants, large red shoes, a baggy white top with large blue furry buttons , and blue stars and red stripes down the sleeves.
Next, be sure to get an oversized red cloth bowtie. Captain Spaulding wears a yellow skull in the center of the bowtie, so be sure to add that if you can find one. If not, feel free to cut out a skull shape from some yellow construction paper.
Next, you'll need to either shave your head or throw on a bald-cap. Use some fake hair to don a large gray beard. Now, it is time for the eccentric face paint. Start by applying a white layer of face paint to your entire face. Using some pink coloring, create rosy cheeks to mimic his jovial clown look.
Apply a thick layer of black eyeshadow and draw high, exaggerated eyebrows. Just under the brows, apply some blue paint, as shown in the image. Finally, finish up with an undersized American flag top hat!
Albert Fish Costume
Albert Fish (1870 - 1936) represents primordial pain, something that is present in all of us, and so is extremely disturbing to most people. Worse, he embodies the act of reveling in torture, a mixture of sadism and masochism that is bound to make the people around you wince.
For an effective Fish costume, you're going to need a mask. Make sure that it is high-quality and realistic, or else it's not going to be nearly as scary as it should be. Next, find some retro-style clothing indicative of the timeframe and be sure to have fake pins sticking out of your body to personify your masochistic side.
If this costume is too much, you can always go for a Pinhead (Hell Raiser) costume. Once again you will need a mask of high-quality and realism. Next, find a black frock like the one he wears in Hellraiser, ideally with a chest-plate portion that displays the pieces of torn flesh on his body.
Lizzie Borden Costume
Although seen briefly on the murder ride, Lizzie Borden's (1860 -1927) appearance did make a chilling impact. To start you'll need a black hair (or a wig) and an outfit that mimics the styles of the late 1800s. For the outfit you can go with an all black or white garment that fits within the Victorian era. Other options is to pin a flower in the collar of your dress and to wear a large spring hat, as Borden was typically seen wearing.
Since she is alleged to have murdered her family with an axe, don't be afraid to carry around a bloody prop axe to freak out other partygoers. You can purchase the ax at any online Halloween party store.
Ed Gein Costume
There's something about primal human fear that makes the idea of a killer a good basis for a disturbing costume. Many folks have a strange fascination with this fear, which is why people are so interested in seeing manifestations of pure evil during Halloween.
If you have a flair for the morbid, you can be part of this interesting psychological phenomenon by dressing up as psycho killer Ed Gein (1906 - 1984). You can research this real-life serial killer and base your costume around him. At any rate, you can find some pretty convincing looking fake axes these days. Make sure to buy lots of fake blood, too.
Doctor Satin Costume
The last scene on the ride is Dr. Satan, the evil genius that conducted brutal experiments on patients. There are a couple options for this costume. One option is to wear a surgeon's outfit covering up your entire body and face (as shown on the Murder Ride.)
A more complex version of an older Dr. Sartain (shown later in the movie) would require work. To start you will need a bald cap to start. Next apply a thin layer of white/grey body paint to your head, face and torso, to mimic the "decaying" look. Add a small amount of white, wet hair, that drapes from behind your ears down to the shoulders.
Dr. Satan is known for his oxygen mask (though its use is never explained), so be sure to wear a fake mask as shown in the image. Dr. Satan wears a large apron with many pockets, all of which are stuffed with medical tools (knives, scalpels, etc.)
He also has a device rigged on both arms, but the viewers never get a good look at his entire body to fully understand his weaponry. If you show up to a Halloween party as one of these iconic Rob Zombie characters, you will most definitely gain the respect of hardcore horror fans.
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