How to make a Bob the Builder/Handyman Halloween costume yourself with many things you already may have. This costume idea works out great for mainly little boys 2, 3, 4 years of age. If you have a little Wendy, just alter it a little bit and it can work for girls as well.
If you have a Bob the Builder fan chances are that you may have already seen the Bob the Builder costume that is for sale. First of all it is a flimsy, thin, cheap looking costume and second they want to charge $29.99 for it plus shipping. I took it upon myself to make a Bob the Builder costume that in my opinion looks way better than what they were offering online.
I started gathering all of my items in September – early October. Many of the things were stuff that my little Bob the Builder fan already had. Anything else we needed I just bought off of eBay.
My son had a pair of Bob the Builder overalls already, actually he had 3 but only 1 that was in his size once Halloween came around. I took a look on eBay and there were so many for sale that were less than $5.00 and in some instances that included the shipping. The overalls were easy so was the hardhat.
My son had a few of these Bob the Builder hardhats lying around the house too so I just picked one that fit him the best, make sure it is yellow. He wanted nothing to do with the orange Tonka hardhat. You can find these yellow plastic hats on eBay if you don’t own one and they also sell them at party stores just go to where they would sell party favors for a construction themed party. You won’t have to spend more than $5.00 on the hat either.
Shoes, any shoes will do but my son wanted work boots *rolls eyes* so luckily I snagged a brand new pair of Timberland work boots off of eBay for $10.00. You can also find the brownish-yellow work boots at Walmart. After seeing the outfit with the work boots as opposed to sneakers I have to admit it was a nice touch plus he could always wear the work boots elsewhere.
The shirt was just a white long-sleeved shirt that happened to have a tractor on the sleeve. Now, Bob wears an orange checkered shirt and the closest I got to an orange checkered shirt was an orange plaid but at the last minute I had to put him in a long-sleeve shirt because it was chilly outside. No big deal because the plaid shirt made the whole outfit look a little busy so the white worked out fine.
The toolbelt was one of those talking toolbelts that say “Hi I’m Bob the Builder” and I think it plays the theme song too, it came with some Bob the Builder toy/tools that fit into the slots. The tools were a hammer, pliers and a wrench. The goggles were from some other tool set I got from Toys R Us. The goggles won’t stay on long so I wouldn’t really worry about them.
To complete the look we made a treat bag of our own. I started with a large shiny plain white gift bag, in the center I put a picture of Bob the Builder that says “Can we fix it?” and on the backside I put one that said “Yes we can!” The pictures were taken from a party favor thing that I bought for my son’s Bob the Builder party, they were these little foam stickers that you give to the guests so that they could have bob decals on their shirts. Bob the Builder plates would work too or even a cutting from the packaging of a Bob toy. Then I just cut out shapes of tools, covered them with glitter and glued them to the bag. We did the bag ahead of time so that it had a chance to dry. If you don’t want to make a bag you could use a toolbox or a lunchbox instead. I wish I’d have thought about the toolbox in time but it was an afterthought and I could not find one locally.
Once all that was done this little boy was all set and was he ever proud! The look on his face was priceless and I’ll never forget how happy my little boy was on that Halloween. Please view my pictures to see the outfit we put together and leave your comments below.