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Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Barrel, voiced by Danny Elfman, is part of the trio of antagonistic Trick or Treaters in the 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with Lock and Shock.

He is presumably the youngest out of the group, and has pale blueish tinted skin, wide eyes with black and purple-red smearing around them surrounding black pupils, turquoise lips, and slicked back wavy green hair.

Barrel wears a costume similar in build to Lock’s, with it essentially being pajamas, but his are greyish or purple (depending on the version) with white stand-out bone detailing on both the shirt and pants. In line with the other two, he also has a trick or treating mask, with his being a white skeleton face that mimics his own.

Shock from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Shock, voiced by Catherine O’Hara, is part of the trio of antagonistic Trick or Treaters in the 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with Lock and Barrel.

She has pale green tinted skin, black eyes, stringy and curly deep turquoise hair with the same color around her eyes, and lighter turquoise on her lips.

Shock has a typical sort of witch costume, with a dusty purple hat with a ribbon, a dress of about the same color depending on the version (Kingdom Hearts has a lighter pinkish dress instead) with a darker purple trim around the collar, hem, and sleeves, and wears a green witch mask to go with her costume.

She has what appears to be grey gloves on, and what looks like black thigh high boots (you can probably go with just regular witch boots instead, with the tights listed above, and have the same effect).

Lock from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Lock, voiced by Paul Reubens, is part of the trio of antagonistic Trick or Treaters in the 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with Shock and Barrel.

He has pale off-white skin, yellow sclera eyes with black pupils, red hair slicked back and styled up into devil horns at his forehead, and his teeth are sharp even outside of the mask.

Lock has turquoise blue lips, eyes shaded with red and purple on each lid, he wears a long sleeved red pajama set, matching red pointed devil shoes, has either yellowed hands or gloves, and a red, presumably real, devils tail. He also has a matching stylized devil mask that mimics his face and head shape, to match the other two’s themed masks.

president james dale from mars attacks

President James Dale from Mars Attacks!

Jame Dale (played by Jack Nicholson) is the ill-fated President of the United States when aliens invade Earth in the sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!  President Dale believes the Martians to be rational and seeks to make first contact in a bid for peace, a plan which quickly goes awry.  President Dale dresses as most Presidents–in dark suits.  He wears several different ties throughout the movie, but you can’t go wrong with something vaguely patriotic or merely striped.  If you don’t quite have his distinguished hairline, an old man wig can do the trick.  Less noticeable than his widow’s peak, President Dale sports a wedding band, gold watch, and a signet ring.

weird girl from frankenweenie

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 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.

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

The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland

The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland

Anne Hathaway brings the ethereal White Queen to life in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movies. She is the polar opposite of her sister, the wicked Red Queen, preferring kindness over decapitation of those who annoy her. She favors the color white and a Victorianesque wardrobe, consistent with the era of Lewis Carroll and Alice’s home world.