My son, Blake, asked to be a fish tank for Halloween this year. He is a fish hobbyist. He has a 55 gallon fish tank in his room that he loves dearly! I’m sure that is where his idea came from.

The Angler Fish was inspired from the movie, “Finding Nemo”. We decided he was just creepy enough for Halloween!

The Items we used were:

  • Cardboard boxes.
  • Wood-look Contact Paper.
  • Cellophane.
  • Electrical Tape.
  • Bicycle Helmet.
  • Paper Mache’.
  • Clear Christmas Bulbs.
  • Battery operated Tea Light Candle.
  • Battery Operated Black Lights.
  • Aquarium Plant Decorations.
  • Lots of electrical tape, masking tape, and hot glue.

Angler Fish Construction:

We covered a bicycle helmet with plastic grocery bags and masking tape to create the shape. Fins were cut from cardboard boxes and attched with masking tape, the light was attached to floral wire with masking tape. 

After the Angler fish form was made, we covered with paper mache’, let dry, and painted it using acrylic paint.

Fish Tank Construction:

We created the fish tank completely with cardboard boxes covered with electrical tape, cellophane for the glass, and contact paper. We attached some lightweight black material to the back of the costume to cover his lower half. 

We went to several Halloween Events around town, and The Angler Fish costume was big hit! Lots of giggles, and picture requests! He won a few local costume contests! My son loved all the attention, and extra handfuls of candy he got for having a unique costume!