Will your costume be hideous this year? A vampire, a monster, a ghoul? Well then, you can’t be caught dead carrying around that silly, orange plastic jack-o-lantern bucket! What would everyone think? How can you take a creep seriously if he carries a smiling pumpkin? Of course, if you were carrying a severed head that would definitely grab the attention of others! You’d be a much more convincing monster!
Use a large plastic bowl to make the head that will have everyone screaming. A bowl that’s green, white, black or another Halloween color works great for making the weird head candy bucket. The perfect bucket is one with a rounded ridge around the top, outside of the bowl. Bowls with scalloped edges or colorful patterns are not ideal.
African braiding hair is perfect for making the bowl look like a head. You can purchase packs of the hair at many dollar-theme stores for a buck or two. Available in shades from brown to black the hair can easily be glued on with hot glue. First, cut a wide piece of ribbon, fake fur or other material to use as the handle. Glue the ends to opposite sides of the bowl.
Begin adding the hair by taking quite a few strands, applying a little hot glue to the ridge of the bowl, then gluing the hair in place. Wait a few seconds for the glue to begin setting then push the hair in place with a popsicle stick or similar implement. Grab more hair, apply more glue, and attach another clump. Continue this until you’ve covered the ridge of the bowl from one handle to the other. The remainder of the bowl will be used to create the face.
Use a sticker face to create the features or use wiggly eyes and other supplies. Or, use a technique to make a more convincing face. Before adding the hair to the bowl strap a Halloween mask onto it. The mask must be one that doesn’t go over the top of the head. Ideal masks are ones with a simple elastic piece that wraps around the back of the head. Make sure the mask is large enough to cover the whole “face” of the bowl. It might be necessary to make small cuts around the chin and jowl area of the mask to get it to fit over the bowl correctly. If the mask won’t fit over the bowl perfectly consider gluing on “whiskers” made from the braiding hair to cover the bare places. Place the mask on the bowl then attach the head hair as stated above. This Halloween candy bucket is wickedly delightful!