Homemade Vending Machine Costume that Actually Dispenses Candy
Dalaine Nolan as a Vending Machine.
This Vending Machine costume is definitely one of a kind. Our family had a lot of fun making the costume but we also had a lot of trouble with the costume. The box was a refrigerator box. It was cut down to the height of Dalaine. Brian, Dalaine, and I spent a lot of time making shelves out of cardboard boxes. When we got the shelves in we were not happy with how they were sagging in the middle and not able to support the weight of the candy. We were getting frustrated.
Then as I was looking around the box I said this box is so wide how will Dalaine be able to go through doors. Brian tells me it is too wide and she will not be able to go through doors. I told him this is unacceptable, as most of the places we take them to we have to go through doors. Brian had to take this box and cut the back off and tape and re-glue it. Once he decided to do that he decided that the best thing to use for the shelves was laminate wood as it would better support weight of the candy.
Dalaine loved to decorate the vending machine. When Dalaine first came up with the idea of a vending machine she said that she would love for people to be able to put money in and to be able to dispense candy out. So her and I put our heads together to come up with a way. Dalaine asked if all money that she made on the candy sales if she could donate it. During summer she goes to Casowasco camp, so the money that she raised is going to Tyrone United Methodist Camper ship fund.
Dalaine went to her school’s Halloween party and a lot of kids were just in awe of her costume. When they were told that the vending machine actually dispensed candy and all the proceeds were going to be donated, they wanted to see how it worked and were excited to get a candy bar. So when someone put a dollar in the slot, Dalaine would grab the money and it would look like it slide in the money taker. If they put coins in the coins slot she would get them in her hand. So the child would then of course press the buttons. I would be asking the child so what kind of candy bar are you getting and they would say and then Dalaine would bend down in her machine, as she had a bag full of candy bars and then grab that bar and dispense the candy in a tray (picture the tray was where the skittle’s sign is) and the child would push the skittles sign and reach in a get it.
This costume was a talk of conversation every where we went. People took pictures, they laughed, and they were amazed. In all it was a very good time.