This year when I asked my 3 ½ year old son what he wanted to be for Halloween I couldn’t help but think “Oh great!! Just my luck!?”. This was the first year he had a specific request for a costume – he wanted to be a crane!!- With a wrecking ball!!!

All I could think was “How in the world do I do that”? A couple weeks before Halloween he was undecided about being a panda bear or a crane, I kept my opinions to myself and kept fingers crossed for panda bear but then he decided and he was pretty firm on his decision. I thought maybe he meant crane as in the bird, but nope, it was crane as in construction equipment!

After my first attempt at building the crane failed miserably I was very relieved to hear my husband had been thinking about it and planning and had it all under control.

Materials used.

Plastic hard hat from dollar store
2 empty diaper boxes
Black tape
Yellow spray paint
Black spray paint
Plastic bowling ball from son’s bowling set
Glue gun
String

First he took one diaper box, took it apart, turned it inside out and re-glue it. He cut holes for our son’s head and arms. Next he disassembled the second diaper box and cut it to the appropriate size to use for the boom of the crane. He then used the glue gun to attach to the front of the crane. We then spray painted the entire thing yellow. My husband then went to a local store that sells construction clothing and asked for a shoe box from a pair of Caterpillar shoes. They were more than happy to provide it and we then used the lid of the shoe box to make a stencil to spray onto the crane. He used the black tape to make the markings on the crane and boom. He then attached the plastic bowling ball to the string and attached it to the end of the boom. Needless to say our son was more than impressed and the look on his face when he saw his costume made it worth every minute!