When our 2 1/2 year old son said he wanted to be Bumblebee for Halloween, we knew he didn’t mean of the pollinating insect type. We had recently been to the Indianapolis children’s museum and he was taken with the large autobot that graces the main entry of the building. I have so far refused to purchase store bought costumes for Halloween and although this seemed like a daunting task we decided to give it a shot.
We started carving and crafting cardboard into usable shapes that we covered with yellow sheet foam and researched several images online to determine exactly how it should look. Our living room turned into a workshop for almost a month while constructing this as well as the haunted house costume that our daughter decided she wanted to wear. Countless Sunday afternoons and evenings were spent bending and taping as well as sewing and cutting. Scraps and bits of all sorts of stuff floated around for weeks. We debated whether or not we should attempt to make the costume convertible so he could crouch down to form the Camaro, but because he’s so young we thought it best just to keep it “simple”. After several test fittings and numerous designs of a workable boot that he could actually walk in, we finally produced what we think is a very nice result. He was ecstatic! The combination of my husbands carpentry skills and my sewing and crafting interests once again startled even us when we took a step back and appreciated our efforts. We spent very little in terms of material to create this since most of the structure is cardboard paired with some black clothes and an old stocking hat. The boot shape was made to slide over a pair of waterproof rubber boots that he was already using for everyday stuff. If only we could have installed a working radio with dials that could be tuned for effect! It sometimes seems silly to spend so much time making a costume that only gets used once or twice, but I suppose it’s the memories that last a lifetime.