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Grim Reaper with Fading Eyes

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Here's a LINK to some in progress photos of my grim reaper prop for my 2006 Halloween Yard Haunt. Following most of the instructions from ScareFX (it made creating it a lot easier!) but smaller because I used an off-the-shelf costume. It'll be 5ft 7in tall with a 7ft 7in tall scythe. I used the $5 Xmas tree stands from Target to prop it up so I could work on it (they have them out already compared to $10 at Meijer for the same thing). I bought 2ft rebar for 87-cents at Home Depot to hold it up in the yard. The 1" PVC will slip over it. I used a Fading Ghoul costume & a separate cape from the 2005 post-Halloween sales. (3) AA batteries make the glasses fade in and out behind the mask from a Fading Ghoul costume. The mask is the Spirit Halloween one I also got on sale. The gloves & sword I bought this year. Yes, a reaper technically doesn't use a sword nor a cape, but it looks good to me LOL. I may buy a Grave Reaper costume after Halloween on sale just to get the classic reaper robe that comes with it. But for this year, this'll do. The styrofoam wig head was $4 at Halloween Express (compared to $6 at Halloween USA). The hardware mesh torso was left over from the fog chiller ice tray I made. Black duct tape is on the edges. The plastic blade is from a 4ft scythe put into 7ft 1/2" PVC that I'll paint black. The only thing that didn't work out was the coat hanger fingers, but I don't really think he'll need them. The shoulders are a little too square even though they're the correct measurement. But for the first one I ever made in progress, I'm happy with it. I'll improve upon it next year. Thanx to ScareFX for the instruction page! I shared that link with the guy who sold me the PVC at Home Depot. He said he's convinced people use PVC for more things than plumbing ; )
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You guys all need to learn to frequent your local beauty supply store!

Wig heads there generally run $2 and change!

You can get hair pieces for cheap during sales!
I use a lot of masks for my props because of storage issues as well. So when I do, I use a gallon milk jug under it. This fits most adult size masks. And you can stick a glow stick or some form of lighting in it and get a glow thru' the eye holes (tape any other holes over on the inside of the mask, like for ears and nose).

For smaller masks I use juice bottles like half gallon apple juice. I stuff a grocery bag or two in the top if the mask wants to sink onto the flat bottom of the bottle.

If I have a partial mask, like just face w/out hood or hair attached, I put it under a hooded shirt, fashion a hood out of scrap material, or make yarn hair pieces that I pin on.

The best part is I can store all my masks in one bin and throw away the bottles and jugs!
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