Five last-minute Halloween costumes for kids
Above, you'll see the costume I made for my son in about a half hour (not counting small tweaks). The robot body is made from a pull-up box flipped inside out and re-fastened with duct tape. And i ran to the hardware store to pick up a strip of reflective tape and a package of small reflectors to function as buttons. I also picked up a small tap light (it runs on two AA batteries, and lights up when pressed) and duct-taped it to the front, for authenticity's sake. I also ran a couple of strips of red duct tape up the forearms of his shirt, to simulate lasers. That's exactly how lasers work, right?
I did splurge a little bit and buy silver leggings at American Apparel. And it's still kind of hard for me to believe that I just wrote that sentence. But, the robot legs kind of make the costume. (The trash barrel, wasn't my idea, but my son declared his robot needed a helmet. Be advised).
Easy robot costume:
- $2 Eight-pack mini-reflectors
- $4 Silver reflective tape
- $1 tap light
- ($21 for the silver leggings, but let's not talk about that)
Here are some more ideas to get you on your way: