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Coolest Homemade Fireman and Fire Truck Halloween Costume 11

by Heidi
(Fulda, MN)

Homemade Fireman and Fire Truck Halloween Costume

Homemade Fireman and Fire Truck Halloween Costume

Homemade Fireman and Fire Truck Halloween Costume
Homemade Fireman and Fire Truck Halloween Costume

I was so excited when my 3 year old son said he wanted to be a fireman for Halloween. So, I got to work researching how I would make this all happen. After Googling ideas for making a fire truck, I stumbled upon this website. After looking at some of the submitted pictures for homemade Fireman and Fire Truck Halloween costume ideas, I was set to go.

My 3 year old son already had a fireman costume, so I elaborated from there by making a fire truck to complete his costume. I started with a long, narrow box that, at one time, housed a wagon in it. From there I cut a small hole out in the middle of the box for his body. I made it just big enough to fit his body and fire fighter coat in; I wanted it to fit snugly. I purchased 2 yards of red, 1 yard of white, and 1 yard of black vinyl, some Velcro strips, belt-like pieces (for the suspenders) and 4 suspender clips, a hot glue gun and glue sticks from Jo Ann Fabrics.

I hot glued the front half of the fire truck with the white vinyl and hot glued the back half with the red vinyl. I then made the windows out of the black vinyl and glued them to the front and sides of the fire truck. I took a long, slender piece of wood, covered it with tin foil and glued it to the front of the fire truck as the front bumper. For the truck number, I traced numbers onto silver card-stock, cut out and glued onto the front.

For the doors, I used foam letters to put the name on the door. I decided it would be really neat if I had the truck named the same as our town's fire department. I used the long flaps from the box to make the side ladders and covered them with the white vinyl. After they were covered, I duct taped them to the sides of the fire truck.

To make the wheels, I used two small dessert sized paper plates, filled the inside with foam to keep its shape, and taped the edges with duct tape. I then covered the plates with the dull side of the black vinyl and hot glued and duct taped it on the backside of the plate. For the rims, I printed off the fire and rescue logo and Velcro-ed them to the middle of the tires. To attach the tires, I used strips of Velcro, taped to the back of the tires and then attached the tires to the sides of the truck.

For the lights, my husband found battery-operated LED lights, which we used for the headlights and the light on top. The lights were self-adhesive, which stuck very nicely to the vinyl. We covered the top light with a pink plastic Dixie cup to symbolize a red flashing light with siren (my son's voice provided the siren) :-)

The taillights consisted of Halloween flashing safety lights, which were duct taped to the back of the fire truck. For the hose, I took 2 paper towel tubes, taped them together, and covered with the dull side of the black vinyl. I applied silver duct tape to the ends to symbolize the clips and fastened the hose down to the top of the fire truck with silver twist ties by poking 4 small holes through the box and threading the twist ties through the holes.

I used the foam letters again for the 'STAY BACK 501 FT' sign on the back of the fire truck. The American flag was an iron-on patch that I got from Jo Ann Fabrics, which was self-adhesive and attached very nicely to the vinyl. The suspender clips were simply attached to the truck (they grabbed nicely on the vinyl although they did come off a few times throughout the night).

All in all, my son LOVED his Halloween costume. We got a lot of compliments and the Fulda Fire Chief really liked the fire truck touch.

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