Happy *beep* Halloween *beep*

by Erin on October 30, 2008

My son's school's Halloween party was last night, and weeks ago I had promised him that I'd show up as a "robot mama" for the big event. But how to deliver?

I still had the blue box from last year, so I figured that would make a good robot body base … but I really, really wanted to have flashing lights. What's a robot without flashing lights?

A quick trip to the party store and I had eight flashing lights: three of those newfangled "pumpkin lights", and five safety flashers (and some mylar ribbon, which was an impulse purchase).

I traced the lenses of the pumpkin lights to make a template, and used the template to space the holes I wanted to cut in the box. I duct-taped the flashers to the inside of the box; the little safety lights had clips, so I hung those on bits of wire that I threaded through the box and twist-tied on the inside.

The whole thing (including the trip to the store, but not including running around trying to find the duct tape) took under an hour. (And it probably looks like a rush job, to grownups, but I have to tell you — this costume KILLED with the under-seven set. I never had so many people ask to take my picture in such a short time, and certainly never with so many ladybugs, fairies, princesses, Batmans, Spidermans, and monsters …)

Here's the end result — my first-ever Dress A Day video (hard to get the effect of the flashing lights in a still image!). The audio (which is NOT essential, so feel free to turn those speakers down) is me giving instructions to my long-suffering cameraman, Mr. DressADay.


Erin's Robot Costume 2008 from Erin McKean on Vimeo.

The green deelyboppers on my head? A last-minute addition; I keep them in the trunk of my car, "for emergencies".

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Alvrodul October 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Cool costume! I certainly understand why the kids loved it!

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Erin October 30, 2008 at 12:24 pm

That was some great cheesin’. Nice robot!

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Rayna October 30, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Good grief! That is one SUPER AMAZING Halloween outfit! I can see why everyone wanted to have their picture with you!

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Amy G. October 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Well done–that’s awesome!

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Doris October 30, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I keep them in the trunk of my car, for emergencies. That killed me!Awesome costume and thanks for the great video!

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the_lazymilliner October 30, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Great gumption, Erin, to wear a costume right along with the kiddies. Too bad so many parents don’t dress up right along with their children. Why is that?

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Blakely October 30, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Great Costume!

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Nadine October 30, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Erin, I think you are SO COOL, and my sons (9 and 6) do too! :D

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Julie ZS October 30, 2008 at 1:18 pm

What a killer costume! I can see why everyone wanted to take your picture. And it wouldn’t have been the same without the green deelybobbers.

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Sarah October 30, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Perfect!

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AngelaBeth October 30, 2008 at 1:36 pm

What a good mommy! You are TOO cute! And clever. And now I know what you sound like so I can put your voice to all your posts! :)

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Lydia October 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm

OMG you are adorable.

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Lauren October 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

So awesome! I love it!

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Chantelle October 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I love that costume! The green deelyboppers definitely make the costume :)

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Birgit October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Way to go, Erin! Very cool costume!Though, dare I say, you are about as non-robotic as they come ;)

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Kristen October 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

awesome! it seems to me that the moms-of-boys tend to be “required” more often to dress up for halloween than the moms-of-girls. am I wrong? i certainly never cared if my mom dressed up, but my boys sure do insist upon it. how we suffer.. :)

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La BellaDonna October 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Talk about a Mom brightening up her son’s day! You have given him MAJOR bragging rights!Love the concept, the execution, the “emergency deelyboppers”, and the Mom who will dress up. Rosie the Robot had nothing on you!

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Vireya October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Fantastic! Love the flashing lights – thanks for the video.

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Cel Petro October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Why I read DAD–reason No. 300: Halloween costumes!

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Dilly October 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm

SO COOL.Nuff said

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Penny October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Not enough glowing comments on the whole concept could capture how truly wonderful this costume is and your happy persona, Erin.. Your son is lucky to have a Mom like you…. You added personality plus to this robot!!!!

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3KillerBs October 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I’ll have to show that to my 8yo. He loves robots.Our little boys certainly do love when we enter their imaginary worlds with them. :)

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Kelly October 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Oh, Erin, I LOVE this! Great job!

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sixties sewer October 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Erin, you are just too adorable and of course you have green deelyboppers in your trunk. Who doesn’t? What a lucky son. And Mr. Dressaday, no complaints right?

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labibliotecaria October 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

So cool! You are brilliant.

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Theresa October 31, 2008 at 3:56 am

So, what kind of dress do you wear with that outfit?Fabulous costume. my son wants one for next year.

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Helen October 31, 2008 at 4:58 am

love love love your costume.And ever so glad that there is someone in the universe who may need deelyboppers in an emergency. You rock.

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Jeanette October 31, 2008 at 5:55 am

Being a UK Mamma, I don’t quite get the whole Halloween thing,but your costume is amazing, you really made me smile!

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Cassie Louise October 31, 2008 at 7:41 am

What a lovely robot you make (and made!) I bet your son is very proud of you… and thank you for making me smile :o)

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Miss Kitty October 31, 2008 at 8:49 am

AWESOME costume! Thank heavens for creative moms…I always had the BEST costumes thanks to mine.

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Meg October 31, 2008 at 10:53 am

Just too cool for school.

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Renee October 31, 2008 at 11:50 am

Such a cool costume! Of course everyone wants to take a picture with the Participating Adult in a real costume. So many parents are afraid of having fun WITH the kids, and the kids love those who validate their make-believe ideas. Its Okay to Dress Up in something other than a sweatshirt decorated in a ‘holiday’ theme – which is NOT dressing up.

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cherie October 31, 2008 at 2:24 pm

That was the cutest blog post ever. What a great mom you are to do that for your son!

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Lisa @ the Vintage Fashion Library October 31, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Erin, even your voice is cute. My gosh…….you’re amazing.

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Sara November 1, 2008 at 2:40 am

Erin, you are the cutest thing ever. :DI hope Archie McPhee makes an action figure of you someday.

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deanne November 1, 2008 at 11:38 am

this is SO COOL, Erin! I love that the costume had actual working flashing lights!

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wundermary November 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm

How funny that Halloween came out of the UK in the first place, but really hit it’s stride here. Is it because carving pumpkins is so much easier than carving turnips? Surely we couldn’t have cornered the market on the whole “trick or treat” concept. I think were slipping on that one, really.What a great costume! I find it incredibly funny that kids under a certain age find boxes so appealing, often more so than whatever object may have arrived in it. A box fuels the imagination like nothing else can.

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Maggie November 2, 2008 at 1:12 am

Erin, I was wondering why you never show the dresses you sew. It would be so nice to see the work you do.Please? BTW the halloween costume is so cute!

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Juliet November 2, 2008 at 3:39 am

That costume rocks!juliet xxx

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Erin November 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Maggie — you can see stuff I’ve sewn under this tag: http://www.dressaday.com/labels/erin_sewing.html

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Carolyn November 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm

I LOVE IT!! You are adorable! “I’m pretty sure..”

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JB Silks November 3, 2008 at 7:47 am

Love your costume! nice work :) looks really fun.

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melinda November 3, 2008 at 11:45 am

you are too cute for words! great costume, thanks for sharing!

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Eirlys November 4, 2008 at 10:35 am

He-hey! Respect, Erin! I spent my first US Halloween (as an adult) this year trailing my kids (one Grim Reaper in borrowed white sheet; one Dementor, also in borrowed costume) in just my regular turtle-neck and a thin overshirt. Chilly! I hadn’t anticipated that we’d be out so long and such generous candy pickings. The UK version is a sad, meagre, begrudging affair in comparison, cf the weather and so much else… [SIGH].

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Aniela November 26, 2010 at 1:43 am

cool mom you are..i bet you’ve had a great time doing the arrangements and putting all together. it was worth it anyway, cause it turnet out a great original costume!:)

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