I made this homemade Herbie the Love Bug costume when my son was 2. He was in LOVE with Herbie the Love Bug and of course, we couldn’t find a single Herbie costume anywhere. It is completely homemade (carved out of a block of styrofoam, painted, striped, and we even added functional LED headlights and tail lights). We used styrofoam to keep it lightweight, and since we live near Seattle, we had to coat it before painting it to make sure it would hold up in the rain.
As it turned out it fit perfectly on his red rider wagon, so even though we attached suspenders for him to carry it with, we set him and Herbie in the wagon and would pull him up to the houses for trick-or-treating fun. He would pull the string on the “hood ornament” and the home owners would drop the candy into Herbie’s “trunk”.
Very fun to do and the most ambitious project we’ve done to date (it took nearly a month to complete it!), but I’m sure he’ll come up with something else to challenge us soon!