Parents hate them, kids love them. I'm talking about the Toy House Claw Machines that you find at a ton of restaurants these days.
My Claw machine is the best though; EVERYONE loves it. I started off with one big box. I cut 3 of the sides out and, on the back of the one remaining side, I glued metallic paper to the back to look like a mirror. I then spray-painted the box black and added silver glitter spray-paint.
There are 3 other boxes to this costume. 1 is a base to the "main" box and there is a box attached to that for the coin slot/joystick holder. Both of these were spray-painted with both black and glitter. I hand drew the coin slots with orange numbers and lines for the coin slot beneath.
Inside the "main" box I took silver tape (like you put around piping) and covered another box. I then took a coat hanger and made the claw and wrapped that with the silver tape. I put all the animals in the box and then used the winterizing window stuff and put it around the inside of the 3 openings I had cut earlier. A hole was cut out of the bottom of the "main" box for my head to fit into. I then colored some things on paper and cut out the letters to spell Toy House and glued them to the front of the "main" box.
After that I added the final touch which was attaching 2 strings of battery-operated Christmas lights to the sides of the box. That's it. It took a couple days and about 8 hours to make, but it was well worth the time and effort.
Here's another good Halloween costume, a Homemade Claw Machine Halloween Costume which is fun and easy to make.
All the items you will need are some big cardboard boxes, some duck tape, a load of teddy bears, some fake money notes and rubber bands. Also some lightweight see-through plastic and some silver foil cardboard for the inside. You will need decorations for the outside and you will also need a joystick and some wire and a gripping claw and paint for the outside and a clown suite.
Now the making of the Arcade teddy bear Claw Machine Halloween Costume.
Cut out 3 big windows, one at the front and one at each side. Now make a small size box for the coin slat making sure it's the right size for a joystick to go on top. Ducktape the small coin box with joystick to the front of machine. Then add the silver foil cardboard to the inside of box using tape. Use some silver foil cardboard with a hole in the center for the head to pops through. Duck tape that bit well up and add to handle for the person to carry.
Now paint and add decorations outside when all is dry. Cut the lightweight see-through plastic for the window to size and duck tape it on in the inside. Now make a roof with cardboard and add the wire and claw. Put the fake money note to the teddy bears with the rubber bands then put inside machine.
Now put the person with the clown suite inside and your all done. I hope you have fun making this costume, I sure did.