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Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Costume

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Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Costume

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Photo #1 - Ready to go! Photo #2 - The under-monkey Photo #3 - The modified image file Photo #4 - The bucket is complete! Photo #5 - Walnuts and chocolate anyone?
Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Jason, the 'Chunky Monkey Ice Cream' costume creator:

When it came time for our Daughter, Mollie to choose her Halloween costume, she new exactly what she wanted to be: her favorite dessert, Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream. Fortunately, this choice is far and away the simplest flavor or ice cream to anthropomorphize. After some discussion, we settled on the idea of an actual monkey wearing a carton of the ice cream hobo-style.

To start with we made her a monkey costume which slipped on and off basically like footy pajamas. The head piece was made separately to allow her to remove it if she got hot. The banana on her head was there simply because it made us smile. This part was relatively straight forward but messy as the furry fabric we chose shed horribly when being cut or sewn.

After the monkey jumper was complete we moved on to the ice cream carton. For the base we explored many options including trash cans and flower pots until we stumbled on these large toy tubs at the dollar store. it was perfect. We knew we wanted the carton to be as realistic as we could make it so we chose to print the label rather than draw or paint it. We cut open and scanned the label from an actual pint of Chunky Monkey to get a digital copy of the artwork (we first attempted to talk Ben & Jerry into just sending us the file but they weren't keen on that idea). Then we had to enlarge and adjust the geometry of the label to fit our tub. When complete we printed the label on a large-format color printer and had it laminated to protect it from the elements. With the label complete we turned our attention back to the tub. We cut the bottom out so she could wear it while walking around. To hold it up, we threaded a system of nylon belts which clipped around her waist. We then painted white the areas of the tub that wouldn't be covered by the label.

To fill in the gap between her body and the carton we created "ice cream" from Great Stuff Foam and painted pieces of wood (fudge chunks) and wads of brown butcher paper (walnuts). When set, this was cut in half so it could be fitted around her tummy.

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#1 comment by Beeen October 8, 2014

um is it possible u can make me one of these? or tell me where i can purchase one of these?

#2 comment by Jason October 8, 2014

Sorry, no. We've got our hands full building new costumes for the kids each year and couldn't even begin to think of adding builds to the schedule. I'm glad you like it though!

#3 comment by Stron October 24, 2014

Jason,

What size did you make the label and who prints that size?

#4 comment by Jason October 26, 2014

I don't recall exactly how large the final print was. The important thing is to enlarge it to fit whatever large tub you end up using. I am fortunate to have ready access to a full-color inkjet plotter which can print on a continuous roll of paper up to 48" wide. You can often find similar printers at print shops like FEDEXKinkos.

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