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Garbage Truck Costume

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Garbage Truck Costume

Garbage Truck Costume

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Costume type:  Costumes for Boys
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for boys entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Andy, the 'Garbage Truck' costume creator:

Homemade garbage truck where three sets of lights came on
individually, as well as a car horn. My son, who was dressed in a homemade WM uniform, with its patches, etc. carried around a homemade green trash can that was made from foam paper and green spray paint to collect candy and dumped it in the truck's dumpster. Front dumpster was used to collect candy, then my son would get inside truck and manually pull the levers back where the candy fell perfectly into a canvas bag slot in the rear of the truck.

I used a push buggy as the chassis, then used old thin pieces of plywood I had laying around for the sides, cardboard and pieces of Styrofoam for the dumpster, pvc pipes for the handles, etc. Also used a 12v battery to connect small running lights, headlights, yellow flashing beacon, and a real car horn - all which connected to their respective toggle switches and car horn button. Used green, white, and black paint, as well as a hand-drawn logo that was copied in different sizes. Three copper pies were used as axles to connect six dolly wheels/tires. Chrome spray paint used for wheels. Reflective tape also used.

It was a huge success! Especially interesting to see kids throw their own candy into the dumpster all night just to see my son pull it back and into the rear slot.

Total cost: about $250.
Total time: about 50 hours

Rating: 4.2 of 5. Votes: 23

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#1 comment by Jennifer November 1, 2016

Hello, OMG you did a great job. I want to make something like this for my son for Christmas, do you mind emailing me more pictures of the inside and around? PLEASE Love this!

#2 comment by Manny Herrera September 26, 2017

I can't believe I found this!!! I've been trying to do this for my son right now. I had no idea how I was going to do it.

Can you please contact me so that I can pick your brain and you could help me out. My 4year old son would go CRAZY if I did this. :-)

#3 comment by Andy September 27, 2017

Sure, Manny. What's your contact info.

#4 comment by Shree Patel September 28, 2017

Awesome work Andy!! Would also love to pick your brain if possible?

#5 comment by Andy September 28, 2017

Would love to help. Please leave contact info.

#6 comment by Andy September 28, 2017

...better yet, you can cintact me at Tomlawnz[at]gmail.com.

#7 comment by Jaimee October 20, 2017

Hi! I love your truck!! My two year old is obsessed with garbage trucks and I am currently trying to build one for him. Do you have any more info on this? I'm trying to make the pvc lever part but I'm having some trouble

#8 comment by Priscilla October 30, 2017

Can you please tell me how this was done too? Like the others my son is obsessed with garbage trucks.

#9 comment by Andy October 31, 2017

Email me at tomlawnz[at]gmail.com, Priscilla.

#10 comment by Sam November 26, 2017

This is just awesome!

#11 comment by Maryann June 3, 2018

How can I get one and how much is it my son is obsessed on being a garbage man and want get fir his 3rd Birthday

#12 comment by Barbara July 1, 2018

This is just awesome! Can I have more photos and perhaps a video when it's in work? My kids would love it, I'll show to my husband ;)

#13 comment by Monica September 24, 2018

Is this still available?

#14 comment by Catharine Green April 27, 2019

i love it

#15 comment by Korie November 25, 2019

Can we still contact you to see how this is built?

#16 comment by Zack G July 14, 2020

Hi my son is obsessed with garbage trucks since 2 yrs old. Been trying to figure out how to make something like this for him. Would you mind sharing the plans or the how to build this trash truck?
I would appreciate it so much! My son would be ecstatic!!

Thank you


#17 comment by Rebecca September 29, 2020


This is incredible. Do you have plans or sketches available? If so, would you mind sharing them? This is so awesome.

Thank you very much and hope to hear from you!

Rebecca (rlynnand[at]gmail.com)

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