This website was such a wonderful resource for our family this Halloween. Words cannot describe my feelings of the potential for parenting inadequacy when my adorable, gentle seven year old son announced "I would like to be a robot this Halloween, please".
The robot costume, at first, seemed like an insurmountable task. Thanks to all the wonderful ideas and advice on this site, we were able to pull together my son's dream robot costume in less than two hours and for less than thirty dollars. Thanks goes out especially to the individual who mentioned that it was a good idea to keep the body of the robot to around the height of the hips- I don't know how we would have managed to get him buckled in the car if we'd gone any lower.
We used pipe insulation around the arm holes and pool noodles at the bottom of the box. My son already had gold pants so he just wore those. I made the shoes out of box-board and will likely be remaking some for actual trick-or-treating as a stiffer material would hold up better.We had limited time to wait for glue to dry so my husband just wired the circuit board pieces to the box.
The head piece is a spray painted planter with LED lights and ski-goggles over the eyes. Ta-da. We will have to make a different top for school as he is not allowed to wear a mask but I think we'll just make it out of a spray-painted milk jug top and some reflectors.
A note to others- it takes longer to disassemble a laptop than you'd think so it's a good idea to start early.
I always wanted a robot costume, but never had a good enough reason to make one. So when I got invited to a Hero & villains Halloween/birthday bash (he was born on the first of Nov!) a robot was the first thing on my mind.
It is made out of a hell of a lot of gold backed card, so there was no need to paint it. It’s mainly held together with split pins but some duct tape is used on areas that need reinforcing. The crotch is elasticized so I can sit down comfortably and on the chest is a red flashing bike light and a pair of iPod speakers for banging out robot tunes!
I didn’t decide on it being a hero or a villain till I started making the head. The design I settled on lent itself obviously to the villain because of its downward pointing mouth, single eye and daunting wide set head. I myself am 6 ft 5; the suit adds another inch so it must be quite intimidating.
One day while at work I saw two boxes sitting on the floor, so I brought them home then decided to make them in to a robot costume since we can not afford to buy costumes this year, and I did not want my children to miss out on Halloween.
I took stuff that I had around the house. I spray painted them to give them color, then I painted buttons for the back of the gears. I cut them out of paper and taped them on. The antenna's are made of meat skewers with tin foil covering them up.
It took me two days to put them together, but the kids are real happy with them. This will be the best Halloween ever and the cheapest one yet.