DIY Slappy Costume Inspired by Goosebumps

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Your favorite menacing ventriloquist doll loves to cause trouble in the Goosebumps series and movies. Learn how to make this DIY Slappy costume for less than $15

Slappy Smile Makeup

I don’t know how life is in your house, but my kids love the Goosebumps books and movies. This time of year especially, Goosebumps fever his high and it will stay that way through Halloween.

My boys love the books and the movies, and last year for Halloween, my second grader even dressed up as Slappy the dummy!

Since then, my kiddo got some classic Goosebumps books by RL Stine and the first movie for Christmas (thanks Mimi!) and reenacts his favorite scenes using a menacing group of stuffed animals all around his bed. 

My youngest especially loves Slappy the evil ventriloquist dummy so when he wanted to dress up as a living dummy for Halloween we were all in.

Thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for sending us a copy of Goosebumps 2! My affiliate links are below, which means I may earn money from purchases made. 

DIY Slappy Costume Inspired by Goosebumps

Check out how we made our own Slappy costume and enjoy some other fun Goosebumps 2 activities to enjoy at home.

Calvin planned to be Slappy on Halloween for months ahead of the holiday and then a few weeks before, he switched to something else. I had loved the idea of Slappy but you’re only 7 once and if you can’t choose your own Halloween costume, I don’t see the point.

Of course, as kids are prone to do, he switched back to Slappy just days before trick-or-treating.

Now maybe I would have said no if I wasn’t so excited about the costume in the first place. I really had a vision for Calvin as Slappy and I was looking forward to seeing him in costume.

I knew he would look incredible as Slappy, so when he switched back to the dummy costume I was all too ready to say yes. Can you blame me?

Make this Goosebumps DIY Slappy costume using thrifted items and a little creativity. Perfect for Halloween or playtime inspired by the super fun Goosebumps 2 movie.

DIY Slappy Costume Supplies

I got all of our supplies from a local thrift store with the exception of the ribbon and flower, which I found at Walmart.

All told, this costume was less than $15 and only took me 20 minutes to pull together. And most of that time was spent creating the bow tie, which I totally would have purchased if I had found one that day.

Slappy Asleep

You will need:

  • Gray suit jacket
  • Gray pants
  • White collared shirt
  • Black dress shoes
  • Red rose or carnation flower
  • Red bow tie
  • Safety pins

I used safety pins to attach our bow tie and flower to keep things simple, The rest was just a matter of getting dressed. Can’t get much easier than that! *vacant expression and dead eyes sold separately. 

DIY Slappy the Dummy Face Paint

Slappy Smile Makeup

We had the best time with this part! All you need is black eyeliner pencil and a some patience. I drew Slappy’s thick eyebrows, filled them in and added lines down from the corners of his mouth to his chin to get the ventriloquist dummy effect.

I also added a few smudges to his nose and chin to make him look a little worn.

Finally, if your child has longish hair like mine, use some styling gel to keep it in place and give it a little plastic look.

My kiddo had the best time trick or treating and continues to wear his costume during playtime.

Now that he’s a little older, he regularly brings the Goosebumps Horrorland or Goosebumps Slappyworld books home from school and reads for hours.

Total win for this mama!

Goosebumps 2 on DVD

Goosebumps 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is now available on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD and it really is such a fun movie! We saw it in the theater and all really had a great time.

Goosebumps 2 is designed to be a little creepy but with the exception of a couple jump scares, it really was more about the adventure. I love that it’s rated PG and the fact that our disc came with digital download means we can add it to the boys’ Kindle Fires. And yes, my little Slappy has already watched it. Twice.

Official: Be careful what you wish for. With their after school junk business, best friends Sonny and Sam hope to find treasure in other people’s trash. But when cleaning out the old Stine house, they open a locked book that frees a supernatural nightmare-Slappy! Now, with the help of Sonny’s sister Sarah, they’re in a race against time to get the sinister dummy and all the creatures he’s brought to life back into the pages before he unleashes total pandemonium!

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Gag Reel
  • Three Deleted Scenes:
  • Five Featurettes
    • “Thrills & Chills – The Making of Goosebumps 2”
    • “Meet The Monsters”
    • “Science With Slappy”
    • “Junk Brothers – Call Now”
    • “Slappy’s Audition”
  • Three SlappyOke Sing Alongs

Bonus behind the scene, “Take Me Out of the Manuscript” with Slappy.

GOOSEBUMPS 2 has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and is rated PG for scary creature action and images, some thematic elements, rude humor and language.

Science with Slappy

Want even more ways to enjoy your Goosebumps fandom? How about some science with Slappy? Check out these fun experiments, grab your gummy bears and get ready to learn!

Have you made a Slappy costume? I’d love to see your pics! Feel free to tag me on Instagram or hashtag #SlappyCostume and I’ll come say hi.

Have fun and and SLAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to

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