My third favorite Halloween costume (so far) in my DIY Halloween Costume Countdown is none other than a couple’s costume (that I forced my husband to wear with me and he wore it like a champ 3 years ago)… Peter Pan and his Shadow! Essentially that just means, a Peter Pan costume, and a second Peter Pan costume, but all black. And the best part? It’s under $30, as I always do!
We had so much fun rocking this costume together (or at least I did) at the children’s Halloween Carnival at our church. We ran the “Ick Booth” station and helped children put their hands in a box full of gross-feeling objects (all fake of course) and then rewarded them with candy. The children were kind of freaked out by me because my face was entirely black, but we were the talk of the church! I only wish that we had gone out after that and had a night on the town to show off our costume more, but Chris was feeling like a home-body that night, and I had already put him through enough. So, we instead went home and watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you and a friend/significant other rock this costume, be sure to show it off longer than we did!
- 2 pieces of bright green felt (for the hat) ($2)
- One large red feather ($2 for a bag of multi-colored or red feathers)
- 4 yards of light/bright green soft fabric (or a bright green dress/large T-shirt) ($4)
- Light brown rope/braided belt ($4)
- Green tights ($7)
- Thick Brown paper bags (free!)
- 4 pieces of black felt (for the shoes and hat) ($4)
- Large black feather (or black spray paint with any color feather) (price above with red feather)
- Black thick tights ($7)
- Large black T-shirt or dress (one you are okay cutting) (Around $4)
- Black long-sleeve turtle-neck shirt ($6)
- Black face paint ($1)
- Black gloves (or you can paint them) ($2)
- Black hair spray paint (washable!) ($3)
The hat is pretty simple. The most important thing that you need to worry about is measuring how large your head is from the middle of your forehead to the middle of the back of your head. The easiest way to do this is with a cloth measuring tape, but you can also just mark on the square of felt itself where you need to cut. Be sure to leave about an inch longer on either side of your markings just in case so that you can sew it inward– it will look nice that way. Then cut the felt into a triangular shape, as shown below.
After you have two triangular pieces of hat, (with a taller bottom side so that you can fold it upward), you are ready to sow them together. Turn them inside-out (as if there is a difference between the two sides, lol) and sow them by hand all of the way around (except for the bottom where your head will go, of course!) I think the stitch I used worked very well, which is actually to keep looping it around the edge of the fabric, pulling the needle into the same side every time, as opposed to moving the needle back and forth from one side to the other. Then you turn it all inside out after tying a knot, and fold up the long flat edge. The fold will be at the back of your head.
Source: Knot Sow Normal
Next, cut two little slits, about one inch apart, into the fabric on one side of the hat (I chose the right side for both of us. Make sure you match!) inside of the fold, where the side of your head will be, and then slide the red feather in one slit and out the other. This will keep the feather in place and it will stick up out of your hat. You want it to be a vibrant and noticeable feather, so don’t be afraid of it sticking straight up!
Repeat ALL of the above hats steps with the black felt to make a hat for the Shadow. If you don’t have a black feather (don’t worry, I didn’t either. I think they may be a little difficult to find at the craft store) then spray paint or paint one of the feathers that comes in the pack that you bought that included the red feather. I purchased a multi-color set for only a couple of dollars, and spray painted the yellow feather black because it would take the new color very well. The only downside to this method is that the feather is no longer soft, but the point is the look instead of the feel, so in the end it doesn’t matter very much.
My advice is to use a giant over-sized T-shirt that you find at Goodwill in both colors. This is much easier than the green dress that I made from scratch, although both methods will work of course! For the from-scratch dress (I’m sure my husband doesn’t appreciate me calling it a dress, but for lack of a better word…) I bought one large piece of soft green fabric (as wide as a blanket wrapped all of the way around him, and the length of the middle of his neck to above his knee) and sowed the two sides together into one large tube. I also sowed the top corners a little, but left the middle as a hole for his head. This provided him with shoulders. Lastly I cut two holes on both corners for his arms.
I had him try the “sack” on, and it fit pretty well, just a little bit loose around the waist. This was perfect because he would be wearing the braided rope belt around it, and Peter Pan’s look always looks a little home-made like this anyway. (I already owned a thin light brown braided belt, but you can buy a similar one here for under $4). If you simply buy a large T-shirt, then you will only have some detailing to do, so skip to the next step. Just make sure that the shirt/dress is long enough to cover their thighs, or your Pan might be a little uncomfortable and revealing all night!
Lastly, I just had to cut jagged triangles onto every edge of the dress. The bottom edge was cut into deep triangles (a couple of inches into the fabric), as well as the sleeves, and even the neckline. If the triangles are pretty long, then you should be able to easily fold the neck back like a polo collar, which makes the triangle fold out and hang down and look very Pan-esque.
Repeat ALL of the above steps with a black shirt or dress for your shadow, and you’re set with the largest part of the costume!
If you’re lucky like me, you already have green bright tights. You know that I already had these on hand if you read the post from a couple of weeks ago, DIY Bunch o’ Grapes Costume. (They really do come in handy!) I had my Pan wear these (Luckily they stretch to fit him as well!) to really sell his look. Hey, at least he was pretty comfy! You can find a similar tight here for under $7.
I would be absolutely SHOCKED if you didn’t already have black tights, but hey, if you don’t I won’t judge! Here is where you can find them for under $7, especially if you don’t have opaque ones yet. You really want ALL of your body to be dark black, so don’t wear something sheer that will show the color of your skin underneath.
There are two different ways you can accomplish the shoes, and I ended up trying both! Because you need a light brown fabric for Pan’s shoes, you can either use a thick brown paper bag (preferably pieces of the bag with very little writing on them) or light brown felt. The paper bag is obviously one of the cheapest parts of the costume, as it is completely free!
For both types of material, you will use a similar technique to the hat and cut the triangular shapes that you need for your feet, sow them together and then fold the top edge down like a polo collar. (Yes, you can sow brown paper bag and it works pretty darn well for this purpose!) Just make sure that you carefully measure how long your feet are and leave an extra inch on either side before cutting it. Leave a hole open at the top for your leg, and also don’t sow the bottom of the shoe at all.
After it is all sown and ready to go, slip it on over a tennis shoe (something like a pair of Converse is perfect) and tape it around the bottom of the shoe. I would recommend using some white duct tape, putting just a little bit of the tape up onto the brown shoe covering, sticking the tape to the bottom of the shoe (and rubbing it pretty firmly into the bottom of the shoe and all of the grooves and divots so that it stays on well) and then reaching the tape up to the other side of the shoe covering. Then color the parts of the tape that is showing over the brown shoe with a light brown marker. It will not be very noticeable and it will ensure that the shoe all stays together. If you aren’t that worried about being active or moving around very much on your Halloween adventures (unlikely right?) then you can have the shoe covering simply sitting on the shoe, however I would be worried about the real shoes showing too much.
SHADOW COSTUME EXTRAS
As you can probably tell from the pictures, the shadow costume has a few extra pieces that are necessary above and beyond the Pan costume, because you have to literally cover every inch of your skin. It’s the most important part! Note that because of this, the Shadow will be a lot warmer than Pan, so you may want to consider putting the person who runs warmer in the Pan costume and vice-versa. However, if the look is more important to you, I recommend putting the shorter person in the Shadow costume because typically shadows run smaller than their counter-part. (Yes this is untrue for low suns with long shadows, but whatever, you catch my drift.)
As the shadow, you must add a long-sleeve turtle neck or long-sleeve black shirt to the costume. If your neck is uncovered by black fabric, you will need to paint ALL of it in addition to the painting of your entire face. If you don’t already have a turtleneck or can’t find one at your local Goodwill, here is one on Amazon that is only $6 and looks to be thin enough where you won’t overheat.
On top of the shirt, you either need to add black gloves or paint your hands (and nails!) black as well. I would not recommend the paint, because it will wear off very quickly, especially the underside of your hands when they sweat and you pick up things throughout the night. Plus, you won’t be able to hold hands with your Pan (if you’re a couple!) The gloves are definitely recommended, although they are quite warm. If you don’t already have black gloves, here are some that are pretty thin and under $4. The only downside is that they are very long, so you will likely want to cut them, or use a shirt that has shorter sleeves.
The final touch of the Shadow costume is the hair and makeup. Luckily it is very easy, it is just extensive and messy. If you have long hair, put it up in a bun. If you have buns, sweep them to the side to achieve a look similar to Pan (his sticks out from the front of the hat.) When your hair is situated, using black hair spray paint, spray all of your hair black. Stick the hat on top of this and using bobby pins to pin it down securely.
Lastly, paint every inch of your face, neck and ears that are showing with a layer or two of black face paint. Be sure to paint as close to your eyes as you possible can, and even use black eyeliner to make your eyes black except for the actual eyeballs. It will give it the perfect shadow effect, and look creepy cool! Don’t forget to paint the inside of your ears black as well (any part that will be visible) so that it matches the rest.
Now, you both match and you are ready to hit the town together! Just be sure to stick together the whole night, as your costume makes a lot more sense together than apart. The Shadow on its own will get a lot of confused faces, trust me. If you’re the Shadow, mimic Pan’s exact movements, especially when their head is turned towards you, and when their back is turned stick your tongue out at Pan and unleash your rebel attitude. Even try to run away a couple of times, and your audience will get a kick out of it. If you’re Pan, DON’T let your Shadow get away!
Your turn! Have you ever dressed up as Pan or Pan and his Shadow? Have you ever done a similar type of costume, such as Robin Hood? Let me know of any easier, better or less expensive techniques if you have them! I’ll update this post if you do to help any Pan lovers in the future with this tutorial. Happy Halloween!