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
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
Find a piece of cardboard large enough to fit over your
stroller. Fold it over the front of the stroller creasing it
twice. Fasten the cardboard behind the stroller using string
or bungee cords.
Cut a hole in the front of the box so you can see the
Paint the box yellow. We used tempera paint with
Add a green border with construction paper around the cut-out
Borrow the Cabbage Kids
logo from Google Images, print it on regular paper, cut the access
paper off and glue the logo to the box.
Cabbage Patch Kid "Doll"
Make or purchase a crochet hat in any color to act as
"hair." Pull long strands of yarn through the crochet hat as
pigtails. Leave the hair loose or braid strands
together. Fasten ribbons to the ponytails! If you do not
know how to crochet, do not worry. I have seen Cabbage Patch
hats available for purchase on Etsy.com.
For the outfit, your
"doll" can wear just about anything you like! In this doll's
case, she simply wore her own patchwork jeans and a wool
Sue Quinlan of Palatine
Daughter, Alexis, 21
My son wanted to be Luigi riding Yoshi for Halloween, so we
improvised to make him a cute and unique costume.
We bought a dinosaur costume at the
store, which served as the Yoshi part of the costume.
We pieced together different clothing items for Luigi's costume:
We bought a green sweatshirt at Goodwill. We found white gloves and
a Luigi hat at the Halloween store.
My son put on the green shirt, added the dinosaur costume over
it. The straps from the costume served as Luigi's suspenders. Then,
he put on the Luigi hat and white gloves.
Add a mustache with Halloween makeup or eyeliner.
Luigi riding Yoshi is complete!
Heather Holtz, Hanover Park
Son Jaden Holtz, 6
Hot glue packing peanuts on the front of the costume base (white
fish pieces (check out many pictures of sushi on Google Images to
get the general shape/look of the fish)
For Tamago (egg cake)
Cover a box or a rectangle piece of foam with fabric from a
Hot glue the yellow fabric to the rectangle
For Sake (salmon)
Cut a piece of foam the shape of the salmon
Cover and hot glue the
foam form with fabric from an orange T-shirt
To make the stripes on the salmon, braid strips of fabric from a
pink T-shirt and glue on the salmon. You could also cut
strips and glue without braiding.
For Ebi (shrimp)
Cut orange and white T-shirts into long strips and tie the
strips together on one end
Braid shirt strips together (I did a fishtail braid)
Cut cardboard the size
of a shrimp tail, cover and hot glue the tail with parts of an
To make the tail look shiny like a shrimp tail, cover the tail
with clear packing tape
Hot glue the tail to the shrimp
Use black duct tape to create long pieces of seaweed
Fit the black duct tape around the sushi and your Trick or
Treater with Velcro
Affixing the fish to the costume base
Using hot glue, glue the fish on to the costume base.
Tack various areas of the fish pieces to the costume base
with needle and thread
Watch your children be the hit of the Halloween parade and enjoy
Instead of a shirt, use a puffy/quilted vest, then maybe omit
the packing peanuts
Other family members can be a part as a sushi chef, wasabi, soy
sauce bottle or packets
Find shiny black belts to use as seaweed
I bought the white shirts (costume base), because I wanted them
to be new (more durable) and a larger size than what my children
were wearing at the time. Online, I found the shirts for about $30
with shipping ($8 each). All the other items, I already owned
and found many people who had foam and packing peanuts and were
more than willing to have me take them off their hands.
Things to consider:
Ownership. Involve your Trick or Treater in the fun. At
the very least, you'll need to have them try the costume on along
the way. There's nothing worse than getting halfway through a
costume creation and having your Trick or Treater change his/her
Weather. In Illinois, it can rain, snow, or broil on Halloween.
I always make costumes that can be put over a coat/layers AND is
waterproof just in case.
Lightweight. Depending on the size of your Trick or Treater,
you'll want to use material that is not too heavy and might travel
on a school bus well.
Indestructable. Use materials that are easy to mend and hold up
against the elements.
Add Ons. Find cute accessories to put fun finishing touches on
the costume. I used wasabi green turtle necks under the costume
base on days they needed just a layer. Cute soy sauce packet hair
clips would be fun, too!
Maria Dripps-Paulson of Sugar Grove
Son and daughters Philip, 9, (sushi chef purchased
costume), Clara, 5, (shrimp), Naomi, 5, (salmon), and Zoe, 5,