how to make the mayor from nightmare before christmas

Creating a costume to resemble the Mayor from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” can be a fun and creative project. The Mayor is known for his two-faced appearance, with a happy face on one side and a worried face on the other. Here’s how to make a Mayor costume:

Materials You’ll Need:

For the Costume:

  1. Black suit or blazer
  2. Black dress pants
  3. White dress shirt
  4. Black bowtie
  5. Black top hat
  6. Black shoes

For the Mayor’s Heads:

  1. Two Styrofoam heads or foam balls
  2. Red, white, and black acrylic paint
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Black felt
  5. White felt
  6. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  7. Thin wire or a headband
  8. Elastic cord (optional)
  9. Black and white face makeup (for your own face)
  10. Black gloves (optional)


1. Prepare the Costume:

  • Put on the black suit, dress pants, white dress shirt, and black shoes. Make sure everything is neat and well-fitted.

2. Create the Heads:

  • Start with two Styrofoam heads or foam balls. These will represent the Mayor’s heads.
  • Paint one head red with a worried expression and the other white with a happy expression. You can use acrylic paint for this. Allow the paint to dry completely.

3. Add Facial Features:

  • Using black paint, add the eyes, nose, and mouth to each head to create the distinctive expressions. You may need to use reference images from the movie to get the details right.
  • Once the paint is dry, you can add black felt to the back of each head to make it easier to hold.

4. Attach the Heads:

  • To hold the heads, you can either attach them to a headband with wire or use an elastic cord.
  • If using a headband, hot glue the heads to the headband, one on each side, so they resemble the Mayor’s rotating heads.

5. Wear the Costume:

  • Put on the black bowtie and top hat.
  • To complete the look, apply black and white face makeup to your own face, mimicking the Mayor’s two faces. You can use a mirror or have someone help you with this step.
  • Optionally, wear black gloves to match the character’s attire.

6. Get into Character:

  • Practice the Mayor’s mannerisms and expressions, switching between the happy and worried sides as you move and interact with others.

With this DIY Mayor costume, you’ll be ready to bring the quirky character from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to life. Don’t forget to practice your expressions and have fun embodying this iconic character!

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