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Halloween Costumes: Frank's Monster Costume

Frank's Monster Costume

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

This costume will suit your would-be rampaging monster from his big jug-head to his pretend-giant toes!


  • Plastic gallon jug
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Silver pipe cleaners
  • Nail
  • Masking tape
  • 2 5/8-inch bolt/washer/nut combinations
  • 1 yard of black plush
  • Double-sided mounting tape
  • Black elastic cord
  • Old blue jeans
  • Old sneakers
  • Black T-shirt
  • Green socks
  • Old blazer
  • Green plastic gloves
  • Cotton batting
  • Green face paint


Frank's Monster - Step 1

To make the headpiece: Begin by cutting the spout and handle off the plastic jug. Paint the front and sides green. Once dry, add silver pipe cleaner stitches to his forehead. To do this, use a nail to poke holes in the jug, then thread silver pipe cleaners through the holes to resemble stitches. Fold the pipe cleaner ends flat against the inside and cover them with masking tape so they won't scratch your child's head.

Frank's Monster - Step 2

Next, add the bolts to the monster's temples. Cut large holes in the plastic with the point of a pair of scissors (adults only). Thread each bolt from inside the jug to the outside, then slide on the washer and screw on the nut.

Frank's Monster - Step 3

Cut the hairpiece out of plush fake fur in the shape shown. Attach to the front, sides, and back of the jug head with double-sided mounting tape. Poke two small holes in the bottom of the headpiece and thread the elastic cord through for a chin strap.

To decorate the clothes: Cut the cuffs off the old jeans, then fringe the pant legs. To doctor the sneakers, unlace them and cut off the tongues and the toes, leaving the soles and sides intact. Relace the sneakers.

To assemble the costume: Have your child put on the T-shirt, jeans, blazer, jug headpiece and rubber gloves. Next, stuff the toes of the green socks with cotton batting and put on the socks. Put on the sneakers, apply face paint, and your child will be ready to fill the big guy's shoes.