Mouse Trap Costume

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.

Mouse Trap:

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.

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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.

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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.

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The rest of the details are just red paint for the mouse trap details and brown paint to make it look like real wood.

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