This is my favorite Halloween costume of mine – a mouse in a trap. I came up with it and there weren’t a lot of costumes like it at the time. It’s 100% DIY / home-made and I’m very proud of it!
Some websites have picked it up for their blog or a contest, such as PopSugar, Brit+Co, & United Colors of Benetton. You can also find it on Pinterest, Tumblr, and some random Brazilian websites for some reason. I read one blog where they gave a tutorial on how to make my costume and although they gave it good chance, they ended up being a little bit off with the instructions. Thus why today I’m going to do my own tutorial on how to make my mouse costume.
Costume: This was the easy part. I bought mouse ears from a Halloween store and spray painted them gray. I also bought a gray shirt, sweatpants, gloves, and slippers all from Target. The cheese is a Green Bay Packers Cheese Head, which was the perfect size for a life-sized mouse.
Step 1: Hand over this job to your dad and give him the picture for reference.
Kidding! But seriously, my dad made the trap. He is super handy and took what I had in mind and made it into a reality. I did get the trap out over the weekend and took a look at it and asked him how he made it.
The box measures 28″w x 41″h x 3½”d. The metal pipe is a 3/4” in diameter electrical conduit (this is where it gets complicated, not too late to hand this job over to your dad), and it is bent with a conduit bender. The pipe does go through the back of the box and is connected to the bent pipe with 90° fittings.
I attached the box to myself with a small drawstring backpack that was inside the box but the straps went through the outside as shown in the picture.
The rest of the details are just red paint for the mouse trap details and brown paint to make it look like real wood.