Halloween Image by Carrie R., Steamboat Springs, CO

This is a family or group costume of "loose change" (the coins) and piggy banks (to collect the loose change). It is a fun Halloween image of our group creation.

I made the coins by finding high-res coin pictures online and reprinting them in 2×2 poster mode onto sticker paper (so I ended up with 4 sheets for each side of the coin).

I trimmed the pictures and stuck them onto vinyl purchased in a sheet from Wal-Mart. I trimmed the vinyl about an inch larger than the pictures and left two tabs at the top. I cut another sheet of vinyl to fit over the top (the vinyl sticks to itself hence the 1 inch extra). I did the same for the back of the coin then used blanket edging for the straps (it is very comfortable).

I sewed the blanket edging between the tabs of the vinyl with embroidery thread with the biggest needle I could find. For the hats I printed a small picture on the front of the coin, trimmed it and hot glued the picture to the hat and then hot glued a small piece of vinyl over it (the vinyl gives the coin a realistic shine and depth).

For the piggy banks just a 2XL pink sweatshirt and a sharpie marker. I wrote Piggy Bank on the front and drew the slot on the back. With a pink foam sheet I made the ears and hot glued them to pink pipe cleaners. I used a pink pipe cleaner twisted and hot glued to the bottom middle of the sweatshirt for the pig tail. The snouts were purchased.

These costumes are a great Halloween image and work in cold climates (as down coats fit well under all of them) but can also work in warmer climates with just t-shirts underneath). When trick or treating at our town’s downtown event I would say "Where’s my loose change? A Piggy Bank needs coins." and people would crack up.

I hope you enjoy our Halloween image!

Total Spent: $50

Coin Costume Halloween Image

Halloween Image by Natalie J., Seattle, WA

Coin Costume Halloween Image

The “Georgia” Quarter. In my perpetual obsession of coming up with “a costume that has never been seen or done before” I was brainstorming what extraordinary creation I could come up with for my daughter Georgia (who was 2 years old at the time). One day (as I was receiving my change at the grocery store checkout) it hit me: “A GEORGIA QUARTER!!! IT’S BRILLIANT!!” (Sadly – the clerk was not nearly as impressed as I was with the shiny coin I was holding in wonderment!) [The year was 1999 and the “state” quarters had just started being released.] I got right to work on the costume: the materials I used were – 2 large pieces of styrofoam, black self adhesive Velcro, a black turtleneck and leggings, a silver puffy paint pen, silver pipe cleaners, craft glue, and clear spray paint with silver sparkles in it, and of course: a shiny new Georgia quarter from which to copy the design., , I cut the styrofoam out in 2 identical circles (approximately 18″ in diameter – this could vary depending on the size of the wearer) and (in light pencil) I drew the design of the quarter’s front on one circle and the design of the quarter’s back on the other circle. [Note: You could also probably photocopy the quarter onto transparency paper – enlarge it by a couple hundred percent and use an overhead to trace the design if you aren’t comfortable with the idea of doing it free-hand. Or get an artistic friend to draw it for you – offering him a quarter for his troubles of course!], , I then just traced over the pencil drawing with the silver puffy paint pen and glued the silver pipe cleaners around the edges. I stuck a couple pieces of Velcro on the inside of each circle and measured Velcro straps to fit my daughter over the shoulders and around the waist like a sandwich board (so it wouldn’t fly off of her). For a finishing touch I twisted some leftover pipe cleaners into a little headpiece for her., , I spent a total of around $10 and it took me about 1-1/2 hours to make. We took her to a Harvest Festival in costume and she was the hit of the night! All evening my daughter walked around proudly, “I’m Georgia! I’m a quarter! I’m a Georgia Quarter!!”, , This is a fun, extremely simple, and a very original costume especially if you have a child with a “state” name such as: Virginia, Georgia, Dakota, Arkansas (hey, it could happen!) Heck, get enough “state-named” kids together for a costume party and you might even end up with change for a dollar.

Have fun creating your own Halloween image!, , Total Spent: $10

Coin Costume Halloween Image