My 2018 Halloween Pokemon DJ Pikachu costume idea came to me this summer while playing the popular game Pokemon Go! Growing up I watched the Pokemon cartoon, and with all the hype of Pokemon Go, it inspired me to create a Pokemon themed costume!
I knew from the start I wanted to be Pikachu and somehow incorporate the Pokeball into the costume. I eventually came up with the idea to turn the Pokeball into Pikachu’s own little DJ booth!
Inside the Pokeball, Pikachu has his own DJ controller with moving lights! Under the DJ controller, there is a stash of Pokeballs that I used to throw out to the crowd. The top half of the Pokeball was covered with mirrored panels, so when the top light is turned on it creates a light show for anyone within 10 ft of DJ Pikachu! I also installed a speaker system that played music through the front of the Pokeball. You can’t be a DJ without music!
Overall the Pokemon DJ Pikachu costume was a great success! Multiple people pulled their cars over to get a picture with DJ Pikachu as I walked down the street playing music. I wish I could post a video of the costume in action because you can’t get the full effect of the costume from just pictures! Who needs a DJ for their next event LOL 🙂
Step 1 – Creating the Pokeball – The base of the ball was an inflatable 52″ beach ball. I covered the ball in 20 layers of paper mache to create the hard shell of the ball. Each layer took 45 minutes for a total of 9 hours! This was the most time-consuming part of the costume!
Once the ball was finished I cut it in half and added a PVC skeleton to the inside of the ball. For the bottom half of the ball I sued 3/4″ PVC, and for the top half, I used 1/2″ PVC. The PVC skeleton helped hold the shape of the ball and was the base I needed to allow me to wear the costume as a backpack.
All of the lights and speakers are run off a portable 300-watt battery pack. At 12 lbs the battery pack made the costume a little heavy, but it was the key power source for the whole costume!
Step 2 – Creating the Pikachu Head – The base of the head started with a 10′ cement tube. I wrapped the tube in a few layers of foam. Once I had the general shape of the head I used paper mache to create the rest of the facial features. I built a small fan in Pikachu nose to keep me cool when I was wearing the mask.
The costume cost was right around $300.
Thank’s Costume Wall for hosting this costume contest… Pika Pika