It’s funny, I just sketched something like this out to make for my kid on Halloween, but, crucially, I didn’t get around to doing it. Clay Weiland, however, is a much more together person, because he did follow through and make a fantastic kid-in-car costume for his son on Halloween. Even better, it’s an old BMW 1600.
His kid-wearable BMW is made from that plastic corrugated panel stuff that’s used to make postal boxes and politician’s yard signs. The overall simple, rectilinear shape of the Neue Klasse is a big advantage here, as using this material to render something like a Porsche 356 or a Jaguar E-Type would be miserable. But for cars like the BMW 2002, maybe a Golf/Rabbit, or maybe an Aston Martin Lagonda, it’s perfect.
Clay said he put it all together with hot glue, painted it with spray paint, and used those little puck-shaped LED lights for the headlights, as well as real reflectors for the (very nicely rendered) round taillights. For these elements, Clay had some thoughts:
“As it turns out, having lights and reflectors on your kid’s Halloween costume really works for safety when trick-or-treating.”
That’s a good point.
This is an absolutely charming costume, and that little boy looks like he’s having a blast driving around his sweet-ass BMW.
Even better, this is a very achievable project for pretty much anyone willing to take a bit of time (Clay says he had two days of free time to do it), so I think it’s worth a try. I’m planning on one for next year already, or maybe even sooner, just for the hell of it.
I mean, a waist-car is stylish all year long, right?