Oh my! so many great ideas here! I LOVE this thread!
this is what I'm starting on..http://www.instructables.com/id/Creepy-Creature-quad-Stilt-what-nightmares-are-ma/
there are several hits from google when I search for 'stilt' type costumes. I plan a different face/head covering for mine. I am still working out exactly where I'm going with this idea.
I'm so happy to discover several others around the web that have made this sort of costume and am pleased all of them are very open source about the how-to.
The problem I expect with this costume is that I could hurt myself if I step wrong! I'm going to have to have a "handler". I've done impressive costumes before and believe a "handler" is the only way to avoid some things, like unexpected stairs.
I know I always ask nicely before taking a picture of someone in a neat costume and I would never touch/grab another person, costume or not. However, not everyone respects that there is still a live person in the costume.
Any suggestions to help deal with over excited grown ups? I do not expect children to remember I'm a person inside the costume and have always been able to quickly and nicely detach a child that has a hold of my costume/me. However, I'm at a loss to do with grown ups. I've literally had strangers POKE ME in the face or grab a hair piece as they didn't seem to grasp I was not an object. Since this one will require a handler to keep me from stepping off a curb or something, I plan to discuss being a bit of a 'body guard' with my handler before we get in public.
At first I'd considered making some sort of evil "great pumpkin" from the stilt creature idea and asked Mr. Noph to dress as Charlie Brown (this would not be too hard as he shaves his head anyway). A simple CB costume would also allow him to be my 'handler'. He thought this idea was dumb all the way around "Noph, no one even knows what the great pumpkin looks like!" As I wasn't attached to the idea I nixed it. His costumes are usually elaborate, too. He is considering building his own stilt walker costume, making two of us which I think sounds awesome. We have a dear friend who will be happy to be our handler if both of us go all out. We are still trying to think up ideas that would allow him a less fussy costume so he could 'handle' me, but we can't think of what would make a good "matching set". I would truly be thankful for any suggestions/brain storms/ideas on where to go with this costume idea.