My first dragon costume, done in 1994, was sort of… well, an exercise in what not to do. 🙂
1993 was the year Jurassic Park came out, and it inspired me to make my first Halloween costume. I really had no idea where to start or what materials to use! I tried a couple of times to start with a base of paper mache over a balloon, but finally settled on building papier mache (a type of paper clay) over a base of cardboard. I worked out how to make the jaw move when I opened my mouth. The eyes actually moved as well, but I had to pull strings to “puppeteer” them. You can see the strings if you look closely.