Happy October everyone! I am still sort of wondering where the month of September went, but oh yeah – my 2 year old’s birthday, Oktoberfest beer, and a great picnic at a beer garden, not to mention all the fun stuff that we tried to cram in that we didn’t do all summer long.
During September, I became annoyed with the number of diaper boxes in my house that hadn’t yet made it to our recycling bin. AND I was inspired from reading a Thomas the Tank Engine Halloween book that had a train costume in it. AND I made a cardboard train for my daughter’s 3rd birthday, so shouldn’t my son have a train for his birthday too? Wouldn’t it be awesome if that train could be made in September and still be around for trick-or-treating six weeks later? AND aren’t trains so easy to make out of boxes?
As you can see, I had MANY reasons for thinking that a cardboard train costume would be a good idea. Probably the MOST important one of all was the idea of making a large Halloween costume that could fit my kids, who would inevitably need to wear winter coats in order to trick-or-treat comfortably in Wisconsin. (Sigh…it never fails to be cold for Halloween). Gone are all those dresses and thin costumes – we need layers people!
So I started making the “greatest” train costume ever with a diaper box and two other boxes cobbled together with a lot of tape.
phase 1 diaper box train
I covered it with cut up grocery bags to give it a cleaner look.
covered in brown grocery bags – phase 2 cardboard box train
Finally, I browsed through my scrapbook paper stash and found some green paper – my son’s favorite color to jazz up the engine. I used spray adhesive to make this part easy.
When finished, it came time for the ultimate test: would my kids wear it?
My son’s response – no way! I could barely get it over his head.
My daughter’s response – for about 5 minutes! It was a little too back-heavy, to which my engineer husband said, “Yeah, you should really balance it a little better.” I gave him a nasty look, encouraging him to give it a go then. He has not taken me up on this challenge to date.
Ultimately, this is a costume built for two, as modeled by my daughter and her cousin at the birthday party. Aren’t they adorable?! My dad also suggested that you place a bowl of candy in the opening on top of the train, and have the child walk in the driver’s seat. I also tried putting it over our wagon, but it didn’t fit. That could be cute, but as it is right now, it is a cardboard Halloween Costume FAIL. Bummer.
Final – cardboard train costume for two!
Do you have any cold weather or cardboard Halloween costume suggestions? What are your kids dressing up as?
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