While the rest of my team did purchase their costumes, I have a firm policy of never buying Halloween costumes and this year made myself a Geico costume.
I used about 20 boxes; I flattened them out, cut a hole in the middle that I could fit into but, at the same time, was small enough to sit snugly on my hips and stuck them all together. I then printed a large $5 bill, consisting of several sheets of paper, and stuck it to the top of my money stack. I painted the edges of the box stack green, so it would look like money.
I used a drill to make holes where the eyes should be and used two Styrofoam buoys for the eyes. I used two wooden skewers and hot glue to fasten the eyes to the stack. I also made a T-shirt to wear with it that had “I always feel like…” on the front, and “somebody’s watching me” on the back, as a tribute to the song used in the commercial.
It was hard navigating around crowded parties and bars for Halloween, but well worth it. I had a ton of fun and competed in three different costume contests, winning all three, including an additional prize for most creative costume!
The Geico Money Halloween costume is all hand made. While walking around trick or treating, my son even had his own theme music!
It's made from 2 sections of foam which I then painted green. Then I printed the large money on a Mylar type material. I glued them all together and wrapped the ribbons around the 2 sections of foam, gluing them down as well. The eyes are made from 2 paper plates covered with 2 clear plastic lids onto which I painted black pupils; I stood them up with 2 rulers and more glue. Finally, I strapped on a pair of suspenders for him to put over his shoulders.
He was spotted all over the neighborhood and people yelled "Woah, it's the Geico Money" and they laughed when they heard his music. His little sister was the Geico Lizard (although her costume was store-bought). I put a portable CD player in her coach/stroller so, needless to say, by the end of the night we were sick of the song.
I decided about two weeks before Halloween that I wanted to be the money you are saving on your car insurance by switching to Geico. So to make this Homemade Geico Money Costume I bought some perforated cardboard and had Kinko's help me out with a 5 dollar bill. I had a harness that I wore and made the eyes myself.
This costume is 100% homemade! This was a big hit everywhere I went. It took about 6 hours to make and cost me about 60 dollars to make, but it was worth it. Several people asked me if Geico paid me to wear this costume, but no, I made this all by myself! I hope you all like it. Also the best feature, a built in cup holder! It was great for tailgating at the Iowa game that day. Also I carried around a radio playing the music so it felt authentic. What a great Halloween!
It started this Homemade Geico Money Costume with a target plastic bin as the center of the costume. I cut a hole in the top and wore it as a skirt. I took foam board and cut holes over the container and made four shelves that were fastened over the bin. Then I stuffed newspaper in layers throughout the costume. I took bamboo stakes and pierced all of the items together.
Then spray painted the paper with green spray paint. I added the money strip with construction paper. I used foam eyes and black felt for the pupils. I installed speakers behind the eyes and downloaded the song on my iPod. It turned out great.