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Vending Machine Costume

We love to make our own costumes for Halloween. I have some kids who have come up with some pretty creative costumes over the years. We usually are “last minute” costume designers, but this year I got a jump on things and I already finished a Halloween costume for my daughter.

She is going as a vending machine! The whole family pitched in to get the costume made, my oldest helped me with the design of the costume and my youngest picked out all of the HERSHEY’S candy to put inside the vending machine.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cardboard boxes (one for the machine and one for inside)
  • Slinky
  • 6 HERSHEY'S candy bars
  • Plexiglass (I used the plastic from an inexpensive poster frame I picked up at Walmart)
  • Spray paint (I used gray)
  • Cardstock (for decorating the front)
  • Utility knife
  • Glue gun
  • Packing tape

How to Make

  • 1

    You can use any size of box that you have on hand or one that will be a good fit rectangle that was a little bit smaller than the box I had that was going to go inside the machine.

    Once I was done, I spray painted the box gray. I was able to cover the entire box with one can of spray paint.

    Vending Machine Costume - Step 1
  • 2

    Next, I worked on the inside of the vending machine. I made two shelves inside the smaller box that the candy will rest on.

    Vending Machine Costume - Step 2
  • 3

    I took the Slinky and used wire cutters to cut it into six roughly equal parts. I stretched them out a bit and then taped each one to the back of the box, so the candy bars would be able to rest inside each one.

    Vending Machine Costume - Step 3
  • 4

    Next, I added the HERSHEY'S candy bars. I used tape to make sure the candy bars didn't move around. I added some white cardstock onto the front of each shelf and wrote the selection numbers for each candy bar (examples: A1, A2, A3 etc.).

    Vending Machine Costume - Step 4
  • 5

    I decorated the front of the box by cutting slits on the bottom and adding the word “PUSH.”

    Vending Machine Costume - Step 5
  • 6

    I also added a place where you could deposit coins and I used some old keyboard buttons for the candy selection buttons.

    Vending Machine Costume - Step 6
  • 7

    To put it all together, I added the plastic to the inside of the box with super glue, and then I used packing tape to attach the smaller box with the candy bars to the inside of the vending machine. I did use a smaller box to prop up the candy bar portion, so it would stay in place.

  • 8

    Lastly, I cut the holes for the head, arms and cut out the bottom of the box so my daughter would be able to walk easier.

    Have you started thinking about Halloween costumes yet?

    Vending Machine Costume - Step 8