Anyone can buy the most in-demand Halloween costume at a store. But when the kids want something out-of-the-ordinary, parenting creativity kicks into high gear. These costumes from four Chicago Parent readers - Samantha Sheahan, Maria Dripps-Paulson, Heather Holtz and Sue Quinlan - are certain winners.
Step 1: Take the box and use spray adhesive to seal all sides and let it dry overnight.
Step 2: Cut a hole in the bottom and top that is big enough for your child to stand comfortably
Step 3: Spray paint the entire box red.
Step 4: Cut a piece of white contact paper to create the front of the truck (which also adds another layer to help hold the box together).
Step 5: Use the foam board to create windows, ladders, etc. Cover some foam pieces with foil to create headlights/front grill, etc.
Step 6: Use anything else to continue decorating your truck! We used stickers, foam as a hose, and flashing lights for the top. This part is all up to your imagination!
Step 7: Use suspenders with clips to place the box over your child's shoulders and have them dress in their best fireman costume!
Samantha Sheahan of Oak Lawn
Son, Jackson, 5