I based the snake costume on puppet theater in which the person controlling the character blends in to the background and all you see is the animated character. I didn’t predict that the auditorium would be completely lit and it would appear as if the snake was wrapped around a black tree. Still, the costume was more creative than most of the others on the stage, which is good because my stepson’s only lines were, “Hiss, hiss, hiss.” I think that line quelled any doubts in the crowd about exactly WHAT he was supposed to be.
The start to the costume was to take a baseball cap that fit him well and cover it with a loose-fitting flap of fabric that also wrapped around his chin and then draped down his back. Then I stuffed the whole thing with polyfil. I made the fangs with fabric and stuffed those and fitted them in between the brim and fabric. I glued on plastic “googly eyes” with fabric glue and sewed on a flat, forked tongue of green fabric. The tail was a little heavy (that was a LOT of polyfil) but not so heavy that it couldn’t trail the ground behind him. Like most kids his age, though, he felt safer holding on to it – holding on to SOMETHING.
Funny story… When I got rid of this I gave it to a kid across the street and he hung it on the bedpost in his room. It scared him so badly at night with it’s fangs and googly eyes he couldn’t sleep with it in the room and his mom gave it to some other kid. Now THAT’S a good costume!