LBlinc, that's one of the coolest costume compliments I've ever gotten! I'm so glad that seeing a person inside the costume took the scaries away.
Doctor Mitch, of course I'd be delighted if you used some of my ideas - that's why I shared them! Good luck!
Everyone else, thank you for the compliments! It amazes me that my bodged-together mess of paint and posterboard is still catching peoples' eyes after all these years.