How to make your own Pac-man and ghost costumes.
First you must ask yourself if you are willing to spend the hours of 10a-11p constructing a Pac-man and one (or more) ghosts.
How to make your own Pac-man and Ghost group costumes for Halloween and/or Chemistry Lecture Invasion
The materials we used pretty much fell into our laps at the last possible moment.
It's probably a good idea to not rely on luck as much as we did for this.
Boxes full of collapsed USPS shipping boxes. We had two sizes, the flat-rate was the smaller of the two.
Two rolls of duct-tape, 3+ rolls of regular scotch tape, 1+ rolls of packing tape.
Had there not been 30 people on our floor each with their own hunting knife handy, we would have not finished this project.
Pencils, Pens, Markers.
Were used to mark where to cut the
cardboard and were promptly lost thereafter in the massive amounts of
trash cardboard, that is why we needed to continuously return to get
Originally we were going to use poster-board or
something but then we were informed that our local deliveries building
had large rolls of colored paper. We used approximately 60-70 sq. ft of
gold colored paper and maybe 30-40 sq. ft of blue colored paper, about
6-10 sq. ft of black.
We needed some really nice hax to pull this off. We used our resource hax and then our speed hax to finish this project before Monday, October 31
and some string
Originally we had called Walmart the day prior to construction to see
if they had any extra boxes for us to use. They told us something about
calling during the night-shift so we called again then. The man who
answered said that we simply needed to be there by 7:00a to pick up the
extras. However, college dictates a different sleep cycle, so we got up
at 10:00a and called them. We were informed that we needed to make
reservations the night before with the men workig the night-shift.
So we went and got some food, asked around, and got two empty vegetable
boxes from the local dining hall. We saw our LA at lunch and asked her
about where we could get boxes.
"Check Wade," she said.
There was a stack of boxes in the corner of the room, we asked if we
could grab a few (although they seemed rather compact). The dude behind
the counter told us that the boxes were from a prank, that they were
ordered to Wade via prankhax and that we could have as many as we
Upon opening a box to empty its contents, my eyes befell a magnificent sight. The boxes were full of more boxes.
That was our first encounter with the magic luckhax.
Yay we have boxes. Junk; we need tape.
So we chill around the dorm for a bit and then we realize that we have
people on our floor who actually buy things. A few weeks ago a girl
tripped over my tape dispenser
into pieces because of the fall off of an end table and the collision
with her foot. Therefore she owed me all her earthly possessions.
We asked her for tape, she had a HUGE roll of duct-tape. "thx." Our second encounter with luckhax.
Awesome, we have basic materials. How are we going to make a circle :|
So we hax some string from a girl who likes to knit and stuff and we
draw out the circle by picking a basic radius length (height of one
USPS [large] box). We put some duct-tape on the string to indicate the
raidus we would use. After taping a bunch of boxes together (3x3 large)
and centering the string we held a pencil/pen to the duct-taped portion
and went around radially.
Junk. Scissors are useless against this cardboard madness!
(note: image is of ghost constuction but the knife is there)
So we used some very large knives that we got from our affiliate floor members via luckhax.
The end result was a mad hax of a quarter circle. We then used the quarter to trace another quarter.
The quarters were taped together and used to trace another two quarters (1/2 circle).
We haxtaped some more boxes together, traced the half circle and cut it out.
Now we had a full circle which we traced and created a (fairly
identical) circular counterpart. We decided to make the mouth not come
out from the center but rather raidus/2 of the radius as to allow the
user to have more breathing room.
We had haxxed two sides of a Pac-man, now we needed to give it depth.
When we needed to give the Pac-man a third dimension we decided that we would need more boxes (boxen if you will).
Wade still had a pile of unused USPS boxes boxes boxes so we took a few smaller boxes of boxes.
smaller boxes of boxes had smaller boxes inside them which we used to
prop open and place on one half of the Pac-man. We taped down a "spine"
to the Pac-man outfit that would line up with the person's back and
keep both sides of the suit an equal length apart.
spine box was a large USPS shipping box with the box lids folded to be
half length, the halves were then set to the sides at 90* angles
(perpendicularity) which also allowed us to have a very good
approximation to keep the circles level with each other during the
addition of the third dimension.
the spine was placed we simply needed to add the depth-verifying boxes.
Our luckhax had not run out and we encountered it yet another time. It
turned out that the height of the smaller shipping boxes was equivalent
to the height of the spine (the large box with its flaps folded by
half). Max. Hax.
taped the smaller boxes all the way around and left two spots open, one
for the viewer and a smaller one in the base of the mouth so we could
easily add a bag for when we went trick-or-treating.
added a shoulder harness that was made of onef of the vegetable boxes
we got at lunch, it was very thick cardboard (3 layers). Hax.
For more intensive shoulder harness explanation please see the Inky construction explanation toward the bottom of this page
still needed colored paper. Checking the "convenient store" yielded no
search results. We did not want to go hunting down the only open places
on a Sunday and then spend lots of $$$ on poster-board.
Aha! Wade has colored paper too for RAs and LAs to make bulletin boards with! Hax.
"What do you need it for?"
(We showed the girl the finished products and she was very pleased)
"Pac-man costume :D"
"...Well, it's kinda for like bulletin boards and stuff."
"Yeah it's a pretty big bulletin board, need to put some stuff up..."
"lol k just keep it moderate or whatev d00d 8-)"
the Pac-man took a while, we needed to double layer it to cover up all
the markings from the USPS boxes (dark blue) and the duct-tape stuffs.
had to attack the people at Wade four times to get enough yellow paper
(and some black for the mouth) to cover it well. The final time we
...haxxed some blue paper (swiped with intent of return) and did not
return to Wade until the costumes were done.
We still needed to add eyes. I wasn't sure what to make them look like
at first, round or what. So I asked my roommate and he explained that
they look like backwards pacs. (lol nice pacs)
So I take a look online, after a few minutes on google image search I
come to a conclusion and make them look as my roommate first
instructed. They seem to make the costume look 100x more awesome.
So we cut into the arm hole centers and then folded the yellow paper back and taped it on the inside.
black paper was added to the blantanly visible part of the mouth and
then to the inside-sides of the mouth so when looking at the Pac-man
from a non-perfect profile view you could still see perfection.
we had our final product. The harness busted after a day of wear and
was fixed up with emergency duct-taping at a very late (well, early)
Total elapsed time: 9.5 hrs
Construction time: 7 hrs(but this was definitely one of the best Sundays I ever lived regardless of how many hours I spent staring at USPS logos)
Inky the Ghost
started almost immediately after Pac-man was done and took considerably
less time because we had already perfected the method.
We checked some pictures online of actual Pac-man gameplay and decided
that Inky should have a smaller radius for his semicircle top and that
he should ideally consist of a semicircle and rectangle.
So we whip out some string and tape together the larger USPS boxes again.
We draw a semicircle (1/2 circle)
We made two semicircles and then taped rectangles to them to create the
two "halves" of Inky (the blue ghost).
Finding that we would need a shoulder harness for the ghost costume as
well, we rejoiced when we had taken exactly two boxes from the eating
commons. Luckhax madhax ownhax etchax.
We proceeded to trace and cut the bottoms of the two sides into triangles to emulate more Pac-man-ish-ghost-looks,
although somehow there is no photographic evidence of this even occuring.
(note: this picture was taken after joining many pieces together and is not the next logical step)
of the spectators (several had come and gone, spending much time simply
watching us make this stuff) suggested that instead of using a flat
spine that we use a box-ish spine (that is, opening the spine box up to
yield more support) and it worked wonderfully. friendPatric, the wearer
of the Pac-man suit, definitely insisted that the Inky suit frame was
much more stable than the Pac-man one, which might warrant a slight
redo of Pac-man in the future.
[From here on out it's the same process as the Pac-man suit except for the addition of an extra support box.
When I should have added the shoulder harness I did not so we had to
hax away at some of the construction paper after applying it (augh-hax)
and then had a great tape shortage.]
We began the sides and in case you were wondering how we got
the postal boxes to curve (or imitate a nice curve) we bent them at
fourths and then haxxed them into place via tape and resourcehax.
The boxes are then placed along the edges and taped into place (overlapping onto the sides of the frame)
we should have done this before placing the ends together and taping up
the sides, we added the secondary box support immediately after cutting
the bottom corners out of the ghost costume.
cut arm holes a bit late (after joining the sides) and started to cover
the ghost in blue paper. We found out that only one layer was needed to
make it look fine (the Pac-man yellow was not dark enough and exposed
too many duct-tape areas / USPS logos so we used a double layering). I
made no notice of the lack of shoulder harness in the suit and was
helped in covering the suit in blue paper.
We poke a hole in the center of the arm hole covering paper and proceed to cut it and fold it back.
Then I notice that the harness isn't in place.
harness has two long ends on it that stick out on both arm holes and
are folded up onto the suit sides and duct-taped securely into place.
The normal line of moves in this chess game is to put the shoulder
harness in and then
add the paper. So we had to use some speedhax and
I unwrapped the semicircle of the suit and the taped down the long ends
of the shoulder harness. Then rewrapped the top of the suit.
A spectator / tape helper examines the wreckage / awesomeness and we decide that we can add the eyes.
The whites of the eyes are taken from printer paper and we patiently
waited for friendPatric to return the blue paper we took earlier and to
also return with a darker blue color for the irises (and pupils I
friendPatric returns and tells us that there is no darker blue, only a teal / cynober-ish color that would look like junk.
think of some quickhax with our speedhax on and decide to use some left
over black for the pupils and add another set of eyes to the back.
I take a ridiculously long three-second nap but manage to awake in time to show off our suits to nearby spectators.
Construction time for Inky: 4 hours
it was awesome; nice hax.
(Written by the kid in the Inky costume)