Happy Halloween!

Lego Costume

So on Monday, about lunchtime, my sister Kate sent me a link to the awesome Diana Eng's supercool Lego costume.

I desperately needed a costume for my son's school Halloween party THAT SAME NIGHT, so I went ahead and put one together … with a few modifications for the lazy.

First of all, you can't buy spray paint in Chicago (and I didn't have time to wait for it to dry anyway) so I ran to Home Depot and bought a roll of the widest blue painter's masking tape they had (cost me about $11). Then I hopped across the street to Party City and bought a package of plastic bowls in the same blue ($4). I taped the box completely, then I cut the holes for my head and arms. (I use an old serrated steak knife to cut cardboard.)

After trying it on to gauge proper placement, I stapled the bowls to the front of the box with an ordinary Swingline stapler (not a red one). I used a stapler because I'm sure I have a glue gun around here somewhere, but bless me if I can find it. I asked my son to bring me a real Lego block for reference, grabbed a Sharpie, and wrote LEGO on all the bowls.

The whole costume, not counting driving to the store or the time it took me to move some bikes in the garage so I could get to the right-size box, was done in about twenty minutes. Sweet! No sewing required, even!

I have to say that it was really fun to be a giant Lego. Lots of kids came up to me and said "ARE YOU A … LEGO?" (I was good and said "Yes" and not "No, I'm a banana.") I also joked that Legos are very scary to parents. They multiply and always end up underfoot …

Thanks very much to Kate for the link and to Diana (and the folks at CRAFT) for the idea!

And in unrelated news, if you want to see me wearing the yellow-bird dress, there's a picture up here.

0 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

  1. I see LondonI see FranceI see Captain Underpants!(Sorry, I guess I’ve been working on the Homer Simpson costume a bit too much this week!)Costume and dress are both terrific.


  2. So clever! And so simple to execute! How kind of you to answer the kids directly. My husband adores using sarcasm with our 2 year old who either doesn’t notice or bursts into tears.


  3. a creative person could probably do grafitti with the right gun and enuf ammo-very good use of what you could get to make a fun costume-


  4. I love your costume. Wish I had thought of it!Bird fabric, though–I love that fabric. I believe Repro Depot has it, unless they’ve sold out. Thing is, they used to have it in a turquoise and orange colorway, and that’s the one I NEED. Anyone know where I could find it? I love the yellow, but the turquoise and orange goes perfectly with my kitchen, where I have vintage turquoise Fiesta, modern tangerine Fiesta, an orange KitchenAid mixer, some orange kidney-shaped Homer Laughlin plates, and other assorted items in those colors (and others, too, don’t get me started about the chartreuse Fiesta…) It really is perfect for me, and I was pulling my hair out at missing it. Help!!


  5. HA! What a clever costume, glad folks in Chicago are protected from the evils of spray paint.I’d never paint anything if I could not use spray paint.;-)Cute, super cute dress…of course I love the fabric (who wouldn’t?), but the green makes it awesome.Happy Halloween everyone, hope your kids bring home tons of yummy candy for you to snag.


  6. Great costume! Must forward to my friend’s 36 yr. old son who still puts Lego stuff on his XMAS list, though he may not have to now, because he has his own son…Spray paint in CA is under lock and key in most stores, but we can purchase it, FYI.We had a 5.6 earthquake in the San Jose area last night, but your bookcase looks like it was affected by it, though so far the farthest east it was felt was our Central Valley. Is it hazardous to remove a book because of the domino effect?I still love that fabric, too, but I have sworn off buying fabric just because I like it: I have to have a specific purpose. Let’s see, I’m sure I can come up with something…! 😉


  7. Perfect! I think kids just can’t fathom that adults might still like Legos – they must expect that they will grow out of it. Well, my friend Sean didn’t grow out of it – he makes money building lego sculptures for people now! Check out http://www.seankenney.com for his portfolio.-Robin


  8. Gee whiz, that’s a brilliant costume. I may have to steal that idea at some point. (I said no salt NO SALT on my margarita!)


  9. Does banning the spray paint actually reduce graffiti? (I’m just imagining how easy it must be to get spray paint from other places and sell it to those who really want to graffiti.)


  10. And that dress looks way more awesome in person. Why is that? Dress forms technically have the form, but dresses never look as good on a form as on a person. (and may I say very few people can pull off looking like they mean business while wearing a yellow bird dress, but you manage it)


  11. Cute! Great idea. Have you seen the Lego cake on the net? Cake mix, frosting (dyed with tons of dye) and jumbo marshmallows. Love it.My personal favorite was when my hubby and I went as bacon and eggs. (I was eggs.) White, gold, tan and burgundy felt, a little cotton batting, some sharpies, scissors and a glue gun. We were a hit.This year I just raided my closet and went as a choreographer. My daughter was a tiny dancer in a quickie no sew tutu. Hubbs went as a professor. He is one. Very creative, non? 😛


  12. 1) Love the costume! Maybe that’s what I’ll be next year. :D2) Can I just say that you are adorable+awesome? (I read your site all the time but rarely comment. This though, was too good pass up.)


  13. That is a beautiful, beautiful dress! And do you still work for OUP/OED? I used to work there but in Oxford… I was very excited to find a dress a day/oup connection!


  14. Ceri, I’m a consultant for OUP — the American dictionaries. I’ve never worked on the OED. With, yes, but on, no. :-)Thanks!


  15. WHoa! You live in Chicago and Vogue fabrics doesn’t satisfy your need for fabric? I used to live in Evanston, and I’m still mourning the loss of easy access to Vogue Fabrics. I once got the most gorgeous embroidered linen there for just $2.99 a yard. Now I wish I had bought every yard they had. 🙂


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