Have I mentioned how much I love Halloween? Of course I have. My Halloween decor is minimal, I’m not really into that aspect of Halloween. I just love getting dressed up and getting all hyped up on candy. Actually it’s not even the candy. One year I gave a piece of my candy to my brother for every nice thing he did for me. Oh I am crafty! I’ve always wanted to do family Halloween costumes and this year I finally get to!
By the time I got to the third plane (Skipper) I was actually pretty good and turning a cardboard box into a plane! Mommies are so awesome!
Planes Themed Family Halloween Costumes
Our family Halloween costume line up is so cute. Here’s the first plane I made. B will be Dusty Crophopper – his all time favorite. As I made these planes he watched the movie sporadically all day. This kid has been in heaven. I love hearing him squeal in excitement every time I ask him to try it on. And every time someone stops by he has to show them. Kids are such a joy! And if you couldn’t tell he’s also wearing a flight jacket.
I will be pushing our youngest in the stroller. I’m going to wear an orange safety vest with the piston and cross wrenches on the back. I might even get some orange directing lights and ear covers. The stroller is el Chupacabra who is my favorite plane in the movie. He is a little spastic but by the end of the movie he has found love and has some sage advice for Dusty. Plus he sings and dances; that’s why I really love him!
When I told my husband about my idea of Planes costumes for the boys he said he would be skipper. I hadn’t planned on making this a full family thing since he’s never been into dressing up for Halloween before. Funny story, for B’s first Halloween I flew to Texas to be with my family. They have been doing family Halloween costumes with my little sister and that year we were all pirates. B was our little monkey. Anyway my husband surprised me this year. We’re going to be Star Trek characters for our couples party too! Here’s his skipper costume. I had to go to Home Depot twice for Duct Tape so when I ran out at the end of making his costume I just left it as is.
I have this love for Halloween and I’ve never actually been trick or treating. Growing my my parents only took us to the church for Trunk or Treating (the safe alternative) and even as I got older I was not allowed to trick or treat door to door. As an adult I understand why and will have the same rules for my kids.
Basic Steps for Making a Plane from a Cardboard Box
- Cut tape if box is already assembled.
- Fold in all flaps on the long sides (length) and secure with tape. (Tape around the side a couple times to be secure)
- Tape one width flap for top of plane nose.
- Fold opposite top width flap out for tail.
- Cut bottom width flap and tape in front for eyes.
- Cut bottom width flaps and save for wings.
- Use extra box flaps for tail.
- Tape with Duct Tape in color of choice (bought in the paint section of Home Depot)
I used 2 large rolls of white duct tape, 1 blue, 1 orange, 2 red, 1 green. I had to use it sparingly so if you don’t want to go back to the store pick up a few extra! It took me a while to get the construction down and each plane was a little different. I also used Sharpie for the details.
Here’s what I did for Dusty’s nose:
What will your family be for Halloween this year?
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