My son loves to come up with crazy ideas for Halloween costumes, and we love figuring out how to make them. So when he told us he wanted to be a fire hydrant, we were excited about the challenge. Using a concrete form for the body, layers of foam board for the hat and nozzles, and red and black duct tape to cover them, his fire hydrant costume was born.
We first cut down the concrete form to a length that was comfortable for him to walk in and then cut out arm holes in the concrete form and attached shoulder straps to the inside so it would sit on his shoulders instead of resting on his arms. We then spray painted it red, attached a piece of red jersey fabric to the top with a hole for his head (this hid his shoulders from the top), and started cutting out the nozzles and such from foam board, available at Home Depot. My husband cut out varying sizes of foam board circles, Gorilla glued them together to make the top, and then started shaving it to resemble the top of a fire hydrant and scooped out the inside to make a spot for my son's head. We covered all the foam pieces with duct tape (because the spray paint ate away at the foam). A red long sleeve shirt, red pants, and red paint for his face and the costume was complete! (We wanted his little sister to be a dog and follow him around all night but she wasn't having it.)
He received so many complements on his fire hydrant that it still sits in the garage, my son not able to part with it. It's our favorite costume so far!
I love having coordinating costumes, and especially homemade ones, for our two children. Though as they get older, I know my chances of this continuing will soon come to an end. But for now, we are having fun!
The first year they were Dorothy and the Tin Man. Last year, they were a Firefighter and a Fire Hydrant. Since their daddy is a volunteer firefighter in our town, and our two kids LOVE the firehouse, it seemed the perfect choice for them.
We bought red sweatpants, a turtleneck and a winter hat at Walmart. The couplings are made of Styrofoam, which we sprayed with silver paint, and attached with glue. We used red fabric, cut into strips, which we glued on to the sweatshirt, to make the appearance of the indentations that would be on a real hydrant. We bought some chain in the craft section and attached it with safety pins.
Our son was only two at the time and didn’t really have an opinion about Halloween. He went with it since it was firehouse related! It was a little tricky trying to keep the Styrofoam in one piece through two parades and a neighborhood Halloween party, but it survived and we think he looks adorable!
The homemade fire hydrant Halloween costume was a lot of fun to make. I started by purchasing 1 1/2 yards red felt, 1 yard of a darker red colored material, and some bendable wire at Wal-Mart. I had a lady sew casing to the top and bottom of the felt piece and then I fed the wire through to give it a cylinder shape, like a hydrant. From there, I placed Velcro strips down the back of the costume to keep it shut once it was on.
The nozzles were made out of foam pieces covered with the darker red material and attached with Velcro. The stripes on the shirt are pieces of the darker red material and hot glued to the felt. The 'nozzle hat' was foam pieces covered with the darker red material hot glued together. I took my husband's old red bath robe tie, hot glued it to the bottom of the 'nozzle hat' and then tied it to my head.