Michael Jackson is the Halloween costume for this year. Stores and online costume companies are selling Michael Jackson costumes like crazy. Here’s a DIY Michael Jackson Billie Jean moon walk costume. When Michael Jackson choreographed his Billie Jean single, he added a move not seen for quite some time: the now famous ‘moon walk’ dance step. Cab Calloway was the first to publicly record the backward, toe-stepping moon walk. It was based on the world famous mime Marcel Marceau’s sketch ‘walking against the wind’. Michael personalized the moon walk and made it uniquely his own. Videos of Michael Jackson performing his moon walk on the 1983 television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever had the nation in pandemonium over this amazing dance. You Tube is awash with video clips of the moon walk, especially since Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009.
If you want to create a Halloween costume based on Michael Jackson’s look for Billie Jean and the moon walk dance, here is a diy guide. You can make it one of two ways: the original or the later sequined version. You should be able to get everything you need from a secondhand store. You will need:
-black fedora or gangster hat
-curly black wig: if you have curly hair, color it dark brown or black with temporary Halloween hair color
-white tee shirt or silver satin dress shirt
-plain black jacket, coat or dress coat: Michael Jackson’s coat was covered with sequins. You can glue on sequins or for an easier style, take silver glitter spray paint and spray the coat with glitter. Glitter spray is available at any craft store and in most craft supply or paint sections of hardware or department store.
-plain black flannel dress pants: you can use any dress pants or even straight leg black jeans. Be sure that the pants are rolled up of short, to expose your feet and socks.
-white or silver glitter socks (use your glitter spray again)
-white arm band with silver sequin or glitter (Cut the top off from a white sock to make an easy, diy armband)
-one right hand silver glove (buy a sequin glove or use your glitter spray) This is a must as it became Michael Jackson’s trademark.
-black dress shoes, slip-on tennis shoes, penny loafers or dance shoes
Be sure to practice your moon walk dance to impress all your friends in your Michael Jackson Billie Jean Halloween costume.