My personal favorite: Robot friend.
A box, silver spray paint, silver duct tape, some creative re-use of food packaging, dryer duct stuff, automotive department reflectors and some glow sticks made the body.
The hat/head was courtesy of http://elope.com/
(Ryan's Pop has an "in" at the company- his awesome wife Rhonda works there and they were kind enough to invite us to their company halloween party- these pics were taken at the party!)
That one was easy and not so DIY, as I recall I was a little overwhelmed that year.
We bought the flight suit online, added aviators, a moustache and a smug attitude.
Just like his dad haha.
When is the last time you saw a bad-ass pilot petting a zoo animal?
Last year- "Hungry Hungry Hipster"
He collected candy in a whole foods bag, and borrowed some of my skinny jeans.
Who you goanna call?
I remember spending a lot of time in military surplus stores for this one, and it seems like this was one of the more expensive and time consuming costumes.
-the tan jumpsuit was from the surplus store and I remember being annoyed by the cost.
-I made a little iron-on patch for the chest and sleeve
-The proton pack started as a backpack frame like this: (an item like it on ebay)
-Ryan's dad did a lot of stuff with plywood, nails, spraypaint and glue to make it. The little details include a frisbee, a couple food-packaging things, like lids to jars, etc., a slinky, and some reflectors. The hose was from an old vaccuum we found at a yard sale. I think.
And one year he was a viking.
I bought some fake fur at Jo-ann's to make into a pelt (I basically cut it up to be vaguely vest-shaped.)
That was the extent of effort I put in that year. I think he already had the other stuff.
Wasn't he cute? And his little BFF Tara was Cruella DeVille that year.
Feel free to copy my awesome ideas. And please enjoy this picture of my cat dressed up as a dinosaur with a tiny caveman riding on her back.