killers are one of the many real life monsters that inhabit our little world and
have been portrayed in both film and television many times. But one of
the most memorable versions was the portrayal by Anthony Hopkins as the brilliant
psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the 1991
movie The Silence of the Lambs.
In fact, Hopkins won an Academy Award for his
and was later voted to be the most memorable villain in film history by
The American Film Institute.
Below is how we assembled our own Hannibal
Lecter Halloween costume as close to the one in the movie.
terrifying visage of Dr. Hannibal Lecter fully restrained and forced to wear a special
protective mask meant to prevent him from attacking
anyone he might want to sink his teeth into was one of the most
memorable scenes in the movie and was very creepy.
The Halloween mask
pictured to the right is simple and
inexpensive and is without a doubt the most important element
you will want to use in transforming yourself into the homicidal Hannibal
Lecter or can be used to create your own version of a psycho
This mask is made of brown colored PVC plastic with an elastic band to
hold it on the head and is one size fits most.
The "Happy Hill Asylum
Straight Jacket" Halloween costume includes a
simulated "straight jacket" with a tie-back and open ended
sleeves for free hand movement.
It also comes with matching pajama style pants.
The adult size fits up to six feet in height and
pounds. Material content: Pants & Top:
Polyester, Rayon and Cotton; exclusive of trim.
If you want to add even more realism
to your Hannibal Lecter Halloween costume you can add a
blaze orange prisoner's costume to wear underneath
the straight jacket, just like Hannibal
Lecter wore in the movie. The "Jail Bird" Halloween costume
is single piece cotton orange jumpsuit that works very well for
General Purpose Hand
As you remember, in the scene where
Hannibal meets the senator, he is double strapped to a hand
truck and wheeled into a aircraft hanger. All you need for
this is a standard hand truck like the one shown to the
right. If you don't already own one, you can buy one at your
local hardware store. A hand truck with air
inflated tires will give a better ride and are easier to
push than those with solid tires. Just made sure that it has
a higher weight carrying capacity than the person that will
be on it. You can attach a small pillow using straps as a
There were two straps that held Dr. Lecter to the hand
truck. One over his upper arms and the other over his legs.
The easiest thing to use is nylon straps that attach with
Velcro. Just make sure that you attach them in such a way
that you can get out of them on by yourself. There was
actually a third set of straps around his ankles securing
them to the base of the hand truck, but we don't recommend
this for safety reasons.
Little or no makeup is needed. You can slick back your hair
with some styling gel.