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The Claw Machine Costume

The Claw Machine - this costume earned this mom major kudos

Costume type:  Costumes for Boys
Category:Halloween Costumes

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

A word from Christina, the 'The Claw Machine' costume creator:

My son, Jackson, decided he wanted to be The Claw for Halloween. I was a bit intimidated in the beginning. I started thinking through how to build the costume in my mind, trying to predict any difficult areas; and there appeared to be a lot of possible difficulties. We went together to buy the supplies. I must have asked Jackson 20 times if he was really sure this is what he wanted to be before I made the first cut. He was adamant that he wanted to be The Claw.
1. The First Cut is the Deepest
I bought extra foam core so I could safely screw up the first piece or two. I measured it and started cutting out the windows with an xacto knife. I cut windows in three of the pieces of foam core. I was able to return the extra pieces since I didnít screw up a single cut.
2. Thinking Outside the Box to Build a Box
I covered the back piece of foam core in silver wrapping paper so it would look like a mirror and began gluing the sides together and reinforcing the corners with duct tape. The duct tape was also to add some decoration.
3. This Ainít No Elf on a Shelf
The stuffed animals had to have a place to sit and the entire box had to sit on Jacksonís shoulders, hopefully comfortably. I cut pieces of foam core to make the shelves which held the stuffed animals and also fit perfectly on Jacksonís shoulders.
4. Shedding Some Light on the Project
The lid was also covered in silver wrapping paper so it would reflect the light we put on the ceiling. The light is just a simple tap light glued to the inside of the top.
5. Canít Have a Claw Machine without a Claw
The claw mechanism is made with plastic coat hangers covered in silver duct tape and glued to a foam ball which is covered in aluminum foil. The claw is hung from the ceiling by a piece of plastic covered in silver duct tape.
6. Itís All in the Details
The sign was made with wooden letters which were painted black and glued onto a piece of foam core which had been covered in silver duct tape. The front of the machine has a prize door which was cut out of the front piece of foam core and covered in silver duct tape. The joy stick was glued to a foam core box and attached to the front of the machine. The front of the joy stick box has a picture of quarter slots.
Thatís pretty much how it was built. Once it was all put together, we added the stuffed animals of course. My favorite part was building the shelves. I thought that would be the most difficult part but it went together so perfectly. Every step was exciting because it was coming together just as I had pictured it. Seeing the joy in my sonís face as he watched it all come together was great. I think he had his doubts in the beginning but I came through and now he agrees his mom has some great crafting skills.

Rating: 4.6 of 5. Votes: 39

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#1 comment by Justine October 29, 2012

This is some costume! Very creative and well executed.

#2 comment by Rachel Pfeiffer October 29, 2012

Impressive! AWESOME JOB! :)
Good Luck! You have all 5 stars from me!

#3 comment by Missy M. October 30, 2012

Wow! I am so impressed! I love this creative, fun, non-store bought costume! 5 stars all the way!

#4 comment by Susan Swanson October 30, 2012

What a fantastic costume!

#5 comment by Tommy ward October 30, 2012

I loved reading the behind the scenes in making this costume. Mother of the year....my sister

#6 comment by Kristin M November 1, 2012

Very awesome and creative and realistic!!

#7 comment by gina November 4, 2012

Amazing costume by an amazing mom! You totally rocked this costume. Kudos to jax for picking such a cool idea too!

#8 comment by Carolyn Reynolds November 6, 2012

Great costume!! If I put money in the slot would the CLAW attack me????

#9 comment by RoxanneS November 7, 2012

Holy Smokes!!! First of all, how inventive is Jackson for coming up with the idea for The Claw (vs. say... a bat!) And to Christina, I want you on my costume design team next year. AMAZING EXECUTION!!! Best costume!!!

#10 comment by Christina S November 8, 2012

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments and for voting. For some reason voting doesn't seem to be working any longer for us. Thanks again!
Roxanne...a bat costume is awesome...and I hear you made 2 costumes this year...so kudos to you for being a rockin' mom!

#11 comment by Lauren July 26, 2013

Hi, this is so amazing!!! My son would love to be the CLAW! Can we buy this from you?
thank you!

#12 comment by Christina Swanson July 27, 2013

Your request is quite a comment and I appreciate that...but the costume isn't for sale...my son is quite attached to it. Thank you again.

#13 comment by Cheryl November 15, 2014

This is so cool!

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