by M. Brown
(Bracebridge, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada)
Our Town Costume
What started as a simple idea of a "Our Town" costume for my 2 year old son in 2002 soon became too big to fit on him. I began with collecting business cards from the local merchants and cutting up the phone book and taking out packaging for logos.
I drafted the 2 main streets of our small town on the front and back and began hot gluing everyone on. All the madness was in the details- traffic signals made from beads, the river from a blue plastic bag, even the silver bridge our town is known for, was made with pipe cleaners and coloured beads ( it is always lit with coloured Christmas lights year round). The best part was the street lights made with battery operated Christmas lights lining the main street.
Not very many people saw it in the dark on Halloween night, but I wore it around the next day and dropped in to all those businesses again - some even took pictures to use for promotional purposes. I wore it again for Halloween at work in 2007 and boy did we ever discuss the changes in our towns growth - a lot of stores were gone and even more new buildings had been put up in those short 5 years.
This billboard costume was made a bit easier to do having a projector. My son surfed the web for billboards that he like including taking pictures of local billboards. I then got transparencies made of the pictures. We put them on a projector and used a 15 foot roll of white paper. We traced the projected pictures and colored them with marker.
We placed the paper on two science fair boards that we cut one of the small sides off. We also cut a hole for his head. We glued and stapled the boards together using the small side for the top and made a hole big enough for him to move the billboard from front to back and back to front.
We then bought a ten foot piece of shim wood for the bottom of the bill board and used wire to wire it to the billboard and allow it to look like a billboard.
We used reading lights from the dollar store as the projected lights seen on some billboards. We had him wear black pants since most bases are black and we did enforce the sides a bit.
My son loved this costume and we stopped a lot of traffic.
This was my sons idea to be a Barrel of Toxic Waste Halloween costume. I took a sheet of foam and spray painted it gray. Then I formed it into a barrel shape and taped it together with duck tape. Then I cut holes for his arms. Then I took LED battery powered lights and taped them onto the top of the barrel and flowing down the barrel. Then I covered them with spray foam insulation to look like foaming toxic waste.
I then painted the spray foam insulation red, orange and green to make it look like it is glowing. Then I glued toxic waste signs from the internet onto the barrel. Turn on the lights and it looks like glowing toxic waste oozing from the barrel!
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My daughter needed something easy yet 'cool' for her school costume parade. She wanted to do something really 'girly' and so the spa girl costume was born!
We bought face paints and mixed them up until the proper shade of green for her face. We bought a turban from a local beauty supply chain. She already had the robe and slippers so this was a quick, easy costume with lots of style!
An added bonus... Under the robe she has on her regular school clothes so once the parade was over, all she had to do was wash off her face and roll back down her jeans!