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Pinocchio and Gepetto - Homemade costumes for boys
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Costume type:  Costumes for Boys
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Literary Costumes

This homemade costume for boys entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest, and won 2nd place in the Best Children's Costume nomination!

A word from Arlene, the 'Pinocchio and Gepetto' costume creator:

This is my 10 year old son wearing my homemade Pinocchio and Gepetto costume. I saw a similar costume online and asked him if he wanted to do that for Halloween. He was all for it.

Gepetto: His body was made from styrofoam packing material we had in boxes. I put a mask on a styrofoam wig holder/head with a wooden dowel holding it in place going into the styrofoam body. I added fun fur for the hair and mustache and the glasses were wired around the head under the fur to keep them on the mask. I added tape to the neck to help hold things together and give it a wrinkled look and painted it. I used wire (plant holders from hardware store), foam pipe insulation and lots of duct tape for the arms. His hands were rubber kitchen gloves from the dollar store painted flesh tone and stuffed. My daughter added the fingernails with nail polish. The fingers were wrapped around the dowels for Pinocchio's strings and glued in place with liquid nails. I purchased the Gepetto shirt from Good Will. The Gepetto body was put into a back pack my son was wearing and the straps were covered by the suspenders from Pinocchio's shorts. I had to do a little alterring of the pants I purchased at Goodwill for my son to wear as Gepetto's pants. My son is wearing really long soccer socks and his own shoes. I wrapped a white apron around the backpack and tied it around my son's waist to hold Gepetto in place and cover the backpack.

Pinocchio: The legs were styrofoam from packing material cut into strips and shaped then wrapped in foam. To get the hinged look at the knee, I used duct tape folded over on itself to make straps that I sandwiched between the upper and lower part of each leg. I did the same strapping idea to attach the legs to the inside of Pinocchio's shorts. Each foot is a piece of styrofoam attached to the leg, stuffed, and covered with a black sock. Pinocchio's shorts and collar were from the homemade costume I purchased on ebay. The suspenders are crossed behind my son's back to support the shorts and legs. I made Pinocchio's hat and bow tie from the pattern I received with the shorts purchased on ebay. Pinocchio's nose was made with liquid latex by my niece and attached with spirit gum. Her detail included a leaf. The yellow shirt was purchased at a hobby store. The gloves were attached to the strings with a safety pin hidden inside the gloves and a loop made in the string.

We made a few adjustments after the school parade and my son went trick or treating with the costume on without any help. The Gepetto body needed to be tied to my son to make it all feasible and the apron did that.

Rating: 4.8 of 5. Votes: 88

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#1 comment by izzy November 16, 2011

omg this is such an awesome costume! Great job!How did you come up with such a great idea? I don't think I could ever tackle a project like that. kudos to you. :)

#2 comment by tbb November 16, 2011

flippin awesome. that had to take some serious time to make! you are creative and crafty and patient!

#3 comment by Jackie T. November 16, 2011

An amazing costume! To have one little guy carry the two is just awesome. Good job! You got my vote!

#4 comment by Charlotte November 16, 2011

Awsome. Looks so creative. I love it that its not scary. so realistic! How long did it you to do this?

#5 comment by Can Can November 16, 2011

The talent and time it must have taken to make this~ I think this is VERY COOL ~ GREAT JOB!! I wish I could have thought of that.

#6 comment by Shoebee The Clown November 17, 2011

I want you to make my next custome! This had to be a lot of fun! I hope he wins. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Coool

#7 comment by Jim November 17, 2011

Great.!!! just proves all the hard work and creativity pays off. You have my vote --will forward to others.

#8 comment by Michele November 17, 2011

It is really ridiculous that I need to type a really long comment to vote! This is a great costume! Great Job!

#9 comment by AJ November 17, 2011

Can you say awesome???............... guess awesome is just to short of a comment! Now hopefully this comment will work :)

#10 comment by Donna November 17, 2011

Ok wish I thought of that! You most of gotten a lot of candy this year. I will show this to boys they will love it.

#11 comment by collette November 17, 2011

great costume...very cool and creative...and that's no lie...I'd like to see you sing and dance in it...lol

#12 comment by Andy & Patty P. November 17, 2011

Arlene that is the best costume we have ever seen! We sure hope Kevin wins the contest.

#13 comment by Delores Garry November 18, 2011

GREAT JOB!... Very creative...He must have been a hit on Halloween! I hope he wins this contest! I too have to continue adding to my comment because it is too short.

#14 comment by Pam November 18, 2011

Awesome!!!! Way to go!!!! I need two costumes next Halloween!! :D Storybook characters are always the BEST!

#15 comment by Myra Dela Merced November 18, 2011

Arlene - the kids were talking about Kevin's costume when they got home that Monday, this is awesome ! You are one talented lady !!!!

#16 comment by Bill Walters November 18, 2011

You should be in theatre or film... we could use you and your abilities.

That is much more creative and well crafted than we see most of the time! Nice job!

#17 comment by ETB November 18, 2011

wow. speechless. Your talent is quite obvious in this costume design. Kevin was a great sport. This costume combines creativity with skillful playfulness.

#18 comment by Stacy November 18, 2011

This costume is so adorable and completely original! I would love to do something like this for my children. LOVE IT =)

#19 comment by srowlett November 18, 2011

Love it where can I get one. It is really original and think it should win.I give it 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!

#20 comment by Karen Anselmi November 18, 2011

That is the greatest costume I have ever seen. He is such a cute kid. Wow! You are so creative! I think you found a new career!!!

#21 comment by Don Plantz November 18, 2011

This is a wonderful idea for a costume design and excellent execution in pulling it together. I can't think of ever having seen a better home made costume.

#22 comment by Kristin Listecki November 19, 2011

Way to go Arlene!!! This is amazing! Wow to cool! I just love it. How will you ever top this?! Kevin looks great in it too.

#23 comment by kyle creach November 19, 2011

Beast costume, the beast one I've ever seen in my life!! One of the most creative and amazing costume I've seen.:)

#24 comment by Vera, messenger November 19, 2011

Very creative and unique, I hope to use this idea in the future to build upon my own creative process in costume designing.

#25 comment by ted November 19, 2011

This is an awesome halloween costume! Great idea, I would like to try this one day. What a great mom who helped put this together

#26 comment by JESUS November 19, 2011

THATS SOOOOO AWESOME! how long did it take????????? this one should win! good luck. i like waffles!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#27 comment by betty ziesmer November 19, 2011

my son, the theater professor was raving about how great the costume was and how creative! I have to say i agree with him and all the other comments posted here. Super job!!!!!

#28 comment by Robert November 19, 2011

This costume is amazing!!! I have never seen anything like it, one day my little one will be wearing the same thing!!

#29 comment by Slinkydoodles November 20, 2011

I must say I could not have made this costume in 1000 years! How very neat! Good Luck I hope you win!

#30 comment by Ellen Crank November 20, 2011

thanks Kevin is a nice little boy that deserves to win never have saw one like it before..it's awsome...

#31 comment by Sheri November 20, 2011

This is the best costume I have seen! Awesome job Arlene and it should definitely win! Kevin looks great!

#32 comment by Margie November 20, 2011

Way too good! Great job! Worthy of any great stage production. I only wish I could have come up with something this fabulous. Those who can do. Those of us who can't offer wonderful critiques. Well done!

#33 comment by MaryAnn November 20, 2011

I love it! Nice job, can't wait to see what you do next year! How much longer does this comment gave to be?

#34 comment by Erin Hynes November 20, 2011

What a very creative costume! I hope you someday are a real boy. Don't tell any lies, and watch out for Lampwick!

#35 comment by wendy November 20, 2011

I love your costume. You have a wonderful talent. Not only was it creative but all the hard work you put into the costume equates to the love of putting your costumer together. I hope you win the contest because you really deserve it.

#36 comment by Bob November 20, 2011

Very cool idea for a costume, this is fantastic! I also like how it seems fairly easy to make (not to talk down the awesome job Arlene did!) Way to go mom, pinoccio and gepetto! =)

#37 comment by Chuck November 20, 2011

Fabulous Costume!! I can't imagine the time it took to create it. You look great!! Excellent Work!! Really Creative!! Is this comment long enough now?

#38 comment by Michelle November 20, 2011

What a great job on creating this costume! Very well made! I hope he had a great time trick or treating!

#39 comment by Aunt Virginia November 20, 2011

very creative and original..kudos to the creator! I had to look twice to find the difference between the two characters.

#40 comment by karen November 20, 2011

Awesome costume!!! Great job, very creative! I sure hope you win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#41 comment by Ruth November 20, 2011

very imaginative as far as creating the costume itself! hopefully cleverness counts so good luck in winning the contest!

#42 comment by TRISHIE November 20, 2011

wow ... this is so amazing ... U did a great job ..:)Even someone without alot of money could make this for thier little one.. nice job best of luck on winning ...

#43 comment by Nancy B November 20, 2011

Love the custom. It is very creative. He makes a great pinocchio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#44 comment by cherylhomis@yahoo.com November 20, 2011

unblieveable this mother has talent and patience and alot of time i love it
short and to the point thats me lol

#45 comment by Laura Rowan November 20, 2011

Great costume!! I don't think I have ever seen a better costume, so creative and what a good looking Pinnocio

#46 comment by Lyn Listecki November 21, 2011

I've never seen such a wonderful costume, thought Glenn or Frank were Gepetto! Kevin was a model Pinocchio. You certainly could have a career along this line you are so creative. Hope you win!!!

#47 comment by Missie Mailfald November 26, 2011

That is to COOL!!! LOL Great job!

#48 comment by Kerry October 3, 2012

Very interested in this costume...wonder if u can share the idea and tip in doing this for adult size...cause I will like to get one for my company event this 5th November.Thanks

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