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Dad Wins Car-Halloween With This Fantastic BMW Costume For His Kid

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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.

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Clay’s written about his cars for us before, including the BMW 1602 that was the basis for this fun little project.

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.

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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.

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This is an absolutely charming costume, and that little boy looks like he’s having a blast driving around his sweet-ass BMW.

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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?

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Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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Imma let you finish but my Ferrari costume was lit.