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Dinosaur Trainer Costume

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Dinosaur Trainer Costume

Ready for Trick or Treating

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Photo #1 - Ready for Trick or Treating Photo #2 - Side View Photo #3 - Side/Back View Photo #4 - The vest
Costume type:  Costumes for Boys
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for boys entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Jen, the 'Dinosaur Trainer' costume creator:

When asking my kids what they wanted to be I should have expected exactly what I got. It's not hard coming up for costumes for Ariel and Snow White. The difficulty comes when your 7 year old self-proclaimed Dinosaur Expert says "I want to be a dinosaur!" Never ask what kind and how might I come up with that. Really. Mom's of most little girls don't have any clue what an Ankylosaurus is. Fortunately, I do. Note to self (an any other mom out there) "I want to be an Ankylosaurus!" should never be followed by "That's a low walking dinosaur, did you want to have to bend over to make it look right or have it around you?". The inevitable answer will be "Ooo! Like I'm riding on top of it!"

The first step was finding enough cardboard to build this monster. Fortunate for me, the neighbor just bought a new snow blower and had the box out for recycling. The sides seemed just about the right size to build the shell. An oval top and bottom with an oval cut out of the middle for the "Expert" fit through. It was duct taped together with small strips as the sides. The head was a box that I cut the end off of and bend to form a sloping face. The tail was just a piece of cardboard rolled into a tube. The club tail was just a couple of lunch bags stuffed with other bags and glued on.

My husband had found some bottom of fruit boxes that seemed to have a great shape to glue to the top for armor. The spikes are just cups cut and formed into cones. The most difficult thing of the entire process was putting in his "hyde". It is a suede-like material was cut around each cone and hot-glued into cracks and cravices to show the detail.

The legs were a bit of a challenge but with a little help from a friend, took those same fruit box bottoms, crushed them, hot glued them on and painted to look like texture.

We took some felt, cut it for a vest. Computer iron-on patches are great! A big thank you to James Cameron for the slightly altered logo for the patch on the back of his vest. Take an old pair of pants belted to the rider with shoes attached at the bottom and there you have it!

Besides all of the cheers he got on Halloween, the best part was my little "Dino Expert" was a happy guy. (Once we took it off he was even happier- it was heavy!!).

Rating: 4.9 of 5. Votes: 136

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#1 comment by eric November 4, 2012

Great job Jen, very greative.

#2 comment by Jennifer Wagner November 4, 2012

This is one of the best I have seen from Jen's creations! She and Ryan deserve to win!

#3 comment by Frank Woodward November 4, 2012

Takes alot of work to be that creative. Way to go!

#4 comment by Christine Ratcliffe November 5, 2012

OMG Jen! You are AMAZING! That's the most awesome costume. Go Ryan!!

#5 comment by Mark November 5, 2012

This costume is awesome! Very creative and unique.

#6 comment by Kate November 5, 2012

So awesome and cute at the same time! Great job Jen!!!!!

#7 comment by Guy November 5, 2012

Great Costume Good Luck Ryan

#8 comment by jacquie November 5, 2012

The pictures don't do it justice--it was amazing!!!

#9 comment by Tanya November 10, 2012

Great original costume and wonderful story!

#10 comment by Katie November 12, 2012

This costume is awesome Jen!

#11 comment by Kelli November 16, 2014

Awesome! Best costume ever.

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