stop motion

Weird Girl from Frankenweenie

Weird Girl (voiced by Catherine O’Hara) is a character in Tim Burton’s stop-animation film Frankenweenie.  Weird Girl is a classmate of Victor Frankenstein.  Weird Girl has long hair with bangs and wears a floral-printed dress.  To recreate her costume, you can use either a white or grey dress, depending on your preference, and add the black flowers with fabric paint.  Some light grey body paint can help give you a ghoulish appearance to match.

Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Oogie Boogie (voiced by Ken Page) is the antagonist of the 90s stop motion animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Finding himself at odds with Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie also manages to kidnap Sally to lure the Pumpkin King to his dungeon-like lair.  Oogie Boogie is a boogeyman made of a burlap sack filled with countless brightly colored bugs that he’s eaten.  Under certain lighting in his lair, he glows a bright green color.  If you don’t want to shell out for the prestige costume below, you can get creative with a baggy dress and shoes (though it may be worth the splurge for the vinyl mask).  For a little extra flair, try a thin layer of glow-in-the-dark paint.  And don’t forget to bring some gummy worms to fill out your costume (and maybe share with friends).

jack skellington from the nightmare before christmas

Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon with Danny Elfman providing his singing voice) is the main character in the stop motion animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  The King of Halloween, Jack finds himself dissatisfied with his usual holiday shenanigans, and with the help of his fellow Halloweentown residents, including Sally, Jack takes over Christmas.  His bid to spread holiday cheer doesn’t go exactly as planned, but everyone ends up with a greater appreciation for the holiday season.  Jack is a tall, skinny skeleton with a pinstripe suit.  If you don’t want to wear a plastic mask, you could always paint your face, though that won’t achieve his immediately recognizable round face.

francesca from mad monster party

Francesca from Mad Monster Party

Francesca (voiced by Gale Garnett) is the main antagonist of the stop motion animated film Mad Monster Party.  Francesca is the secretary of Baron Boris von Frankenstein, who has decided to retire as the head of the World Organization of Monsters.  Francesca is a total babe and often flirted with by the monsters on the Isle of Evil.  She works closely with Dracula in a bid to kill the Baron’s nephew Felix Flanken.  Francesca wears several era-appropriate outfits including a dark beige dress, an emerald green number, and a gold satin party dress.  To really sell the 60s look, you’ll want to be particular about your makeup.  The same eyeliner you use to rim your lids can also be used to create the perfect beauty mark on your right cheek.

Victor Frankenstein from Frankenweenie

Victor Frankenstein from Frankenweenie

Voiced by Charlie Tahan, Tim Burton’s Victor brings a youthful wide-eyed spin on the classic mad scientist from Mary Shelley’s classic novel. After all it’s much easier to sympathize with a little by who wants his dog back than a madman bent on defying the laws of nature!

Victor channels a bit of the original Frankenstein’s mad scientist style with his robes and goggles. But the clothes he wears underneath are more modern. A grey button down, black pants, black belt, and black shoes make up the core of the outfit while a short black wig rounds it out. Grey face paint or dusky makeup can recreate the vibe that you’ve stepped out of a black and white movie. And of course you’ll need your very own Frankenweenie!

Elsa van Helsing from Frankenweenie

Elsa van Helsing from Frankenweenie

In Tim Burton’s universe, Winona Ryder has a way of bringing to life girls that are special mix of sweet and sharp. Elsa van Helsing is no exception. She cares deeply for the people in her life but she’s not exactly a fan of the fluff and frippery that others seem to like.

Elsa’s appearance is a great example of this. She wears her black hair up in long pigtails and opts for a high-neck shirt, a dark pinafore dress, grey tights, and black shoes. You can also use grey face paint if you want to go for the “stepped out of a black and white movie” look. You can also use dusky makeup colors to create a similar look without going for full-face coverage. And of course you’ll want a stuffed poodle to play the part of your very own Persephone

Wyborn from Coraline

Wyborn “Wybie” Lovat is a geeky, charmingly peculiar, awkward kid. He lives with his grandmother, who owns the Pink Palace Apartments. Wybie knows something unusual is going on at the apartment. His family holds the secret to the strange events at the building. Wybie helps solve his family mystery in Coraline.

Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones

In the stop motion series Joshua Jones, the titular character is a cheerful fellow who lives on his canal boat Delilah with his canine companion Fairport. Together they ride up and down Clearwater Canal, making deliveries, doing odd jobs, and helping others in need on occasion.

Kubo from Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo from Kubo and the Two Strings

In Kubo and the Two Strings, Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a young musician with the unearthly ability to transform simple paper into animated origami creations with the power of music. He supports his ailing, widowed mother by entertaining crowds in the marketplace by playing his stringed Shimasen instrument, but he always has to be home before nightfall. The day he breaks that rule, he embarks on a supernatural adventure where he learns about the true magical power of family and friendship.

Atari Kobayashi from Isle of Dogs

Atari Kobayashi

Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin) is the human protagonist of the 2018 Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs. He is a young Japanese boy who travels to Trash Island to look for his lost guard dog Spots. This is a good costume for younger kids or anyone who loves dogs.