Mouse Trap Costume
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Mouse Trap Costume
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This homemade costume for adults entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from LaWanza, the 'Mouse Trap' costume creator:
I'm wearing the costume at work for our annual Employee Halloween Party.
-How Did I come up w/the costume idea?
I was actually online looking for different options for another costume idea that I had; was ready to buy the items so that I could have them in hand in a timely manner & saw a picture of a baby in a wagon as a mouse in a trap and that started me to thinking how cool this would be in an adult version. I started looking for adult versions that would get my creative juices flowing. After seeing a number of photos online of different attempts at this idea; I knew that I could & would do it. I just needed to tweak a few things so that it would work for me on my job & not interfere with my duties.
- What items did you use to make this costume including accessories used? How did you make it? Step by step details are encouraged.
Purchased the mouse costume & used Cheese Head hat as prop (perfect size for adult mouse); just to save time. Went to Lowe’s and purchased—precut plywood
(24X48), 1-8 to 10 ft. stick of ¾ inch PVC pipe, 1-3/4 inch pipe insulation, 4-3/4 elbows (90’s), 2-pipe clamps big enough to go over the insulation, 2-straps from off of old back pack, and 8-screws to attach clamps and straps to plywood once painted (red & black paint and silver spray paint).
Step 1: Paint board (plywood) from picture of actual mouse trap found online; allow to dry.
Step 2: Cut PVC pipe into equal sections to form a square, connect at the corners with 90’s, spray paint
Silver; allow to dry.
Step 3: Place connected pipes mid-way on board, put insulation over PVC that will be directly behind you, stagger pieces of silver tape on insulation to make it look like a spring (just a little black showing), connect to board with clamps.
Step 4: Connect straps to board appropriate to the height of the person wearing the trap. (I actually had to make adjustments, by moving them 3 times to get a comfortable fit)
Step 5: filed down screws on the back side of the plywood that may have poked through to the other side with a dribble.
- What reactions did you get when wearing this costume?
I work at a casino as a Table Games Dealer. I wowed all the customers/players & co-workers. Many people wanted to photograph me & they laughed hysterically whenever I passed by. It was Freakin’ Awesome!!!! Best costume idea ever-now I’m not sure how to top it nest year. I think I’ve set the bar too high.