I have a friend who every year creates work of art Halloween costumes. They’re all so original! Ken Tanabe is a designer, animator and an art director. Check out his amazing costume ideas from the most recent to 2004.
2009 Halloween costume. Materials: Bought: 20 feet of clear vinyl tubing ($5), 500 purple zip ties ($30 for bag of 1000), one yard of purple shirting fabric ($10). Already owned: black turleneck, black jeans, black Fessura shoes, one coat hanger, steel wire, scissors.
2008 Halloween costume. Materials: Free of charge: 5 FedEx shipping tubes (free), 2 large FedEx shipping boxes (free). Bought: 2 cans of Montana Gold spray paint (2 x $10), black costume gloves ($6.50). Already owned: black turleneck, black jeans, assorted small bolts, nuts, and washers, X-acto knife.
Ken, my friend Thomas and I at the last year’s Halloween parade
2007 Halloween costume. Materials: Bought: Dryer hoses (2 x $9.99), pipe insulation ($2.48), hanging wire ($2.29), yellow spray paint ($3.27), foamcore boards ($12.49). Already owned: black pants and turtleneck, duct tape, wire coat hangers, Puma Mihara Yasuhiro sneakers.
2005 Halloween costume. Materials: Bought: plastic tubing ($1.99), paint roller tray ($1.35), red gloves ($5.00), red spray paint ($2.99), assorted small screws, bolts, and washers ($3.96). Already owned: painter’s coveralls, plastic colander, vegetable steamer, bicycle safety light, electrical tape, white Japan-only Adidas shoes. Donated: red duct tape.
2004 Halloween costume. "Death of the VHS Videotape Format." One of five finalists in the NYC Halloween Parade costume contest. Materials: 63 used VHS videotapes (rescued before disposal), black duct tape ($5.50), one sheet of white foam board ($1.50), white acrylic paint ($1.75), medium paint brush ($2.00), clear red plastic (donated by a friend).