My husband Arsenio made these awesome Cranky the Crane and Diesel 10 character costumes for himself and our son, Egon, from scratch by sculpting cardboard. Egon’s a huge Thomas fan, so these two grumpy characters were a natural choice for Halloween costumes!  We both had an awesome time making them – him shaping the bodies, and even making a working crane arm and ‘Pinchy’ the claw for Diesel 10.

I helped paint, and drew the faces of the characters as a finishing touch.  We had a great time at the parade in our poor, hurricane-swept Brooklyn neighborhood last night, and got so many delighted responses, mainly from small boys and their families!  SO worth all the time and effort!