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Empire State & Chrysler Buildings Halloween Costumes (part of famous U.S. Buildings Halloween Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay at Alphamom.com

The Empire State Building (Famous U.S. Buildings Kids’ Halloween Costume Series)

By Brenda Ponnay

As you know we are making famous United States buildings costumes for Halloween and this post is all about the Empire State Building! Like the Chrysler Building costume I created, I made this Halloween costume with a simple sandwich board design and a crown . It’s amazing what you can do with cardboard and a few glow sticks.

Empire State Building Halloween Costume (part of famous U.S. Buildings Halloween Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay at Alphamom.com

For this design I traced the outline of the Empire State Building from some designs I found online. I cut the top part of the building design into a headpiece (with long pieces on the sides that I taped together to fit around a child’s head) and the bottom part of the building into the body of the costume. The body consists of two pieces (a front and back– like a sandwich board). I created straps out of duct tape and attached the two sides at the shoulders. The inside of the tape I lined with another piece of duct tape so that it didn’t stick or accidentally grab pieces of long hair.

Then I cut out the windows. Full disclosure: I’m a graphic artist and I sent the vector file that I created in Illustrator on my computer to my local large format printer and they cut it for me in half the time it would take me to cut it out with my tools. But if you’re the patient type you could cut this yourself with an exacto knife and a metal ruler. I’ve even created a diagram that you can use as a guide to make yourself.

Here are the supplies you will need if you would like to create this costume from scratch:

Chrysler-Building-Costume-supplies-Alphamom

  • three large pieces of cardboard (roughly 2 feet by 3 feet will do for a child) cut to look like buildings (then use an exacto knife and follow our diagram which is available in the link above)
  • gray or silver spray paint*
  • silver sparkly paint
  • battery-operated decorative lights (found in the floral or wedding supply aisle of your local craft store)
  • duct tape
  • tissue paper
  • glow sticks (2 packs of 10 or more)
  • double-sided tape
  • wire
  • scissors

Empire State Building Halloween Costume (step-by-step tutorial) by Brenda Ponnay at Alphamom.com

After I got the cut pieces of cardboard back from my printer I spray painted* (adults, always spray paint outdoors or in a very well-ventilated room) them silver.

I wanted to create a lit antennae spire like the real Empire State building so I attached both a glow stick and a decorative battery-operated light to the top of the building tower with some duct tape. The glow stick worked out really well to reinforce the spire and the decorative light added the bright glowing effect I was looking for. The decorative lights have a little hole that you can stick wire through to create a stem that can be taped down to the glow stick and the cardboard. This makes sure everything stays secure during any trick-or-treating adventure.

Then like I did with the Chrysler Building Halloween costume, I taped tissue paper to the back side of the windows and then taped glow sticks near them like so:

Empire State Building Halloween Costume (glow stick tutorial) by Brenda Ponnay at Alphamom.com

Then we waited for it to get dark and let the glowing begin!

Empire State & Chrysler Buildings Halloween Costumes (part of famous U.S. Buildings Halloween Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay at Alphamom.com

This is part two in a four-part series of famous U.S. Buildings as Halloween costumes for kids. Be sure to check out the others:

Add some friends and you have a walking skyline that’s sure to get smiles (and extra candy!) when they show up trick-or-treating.

Empire State & Chrysler Buildings Halloween Costumes for Kids by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

You could easily create any building with this tutorial. Add some friends and you could create your own walking skyline. After all, the sky’s the limit! (pun intended.)

*Adults, always spray paint outdoors or in a very well-ventilated room.
**Adults, use hot glue with caution

Find Halloween costumes, crafts, treats and decorations from our archives here.

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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