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Trick or Treat? Try this Halloween Costume Trick for Laughs This Halloween

Updated on July 3, 2011
Using a small toddler-sized Halloween costume and a foam pumpkin jack-o-lantern as a head, you can play a fun, but not too scary, Halloween trick on your friends.
Using a small toddler-sized Halloween costume and a foam pumpkin jack-o-lantern as a head, you can play a fun, but not too scary, Halloween trick on your friends. | Source

Trick or treat...Smell my feet...Give me something good to eat

Who says Halloween tricks have to be limited to the people passing out the candy?

One of the creepiest Halloween tricks I ever played wasn't even scary. It just caught people off guard so much that they were startled and then creeped out. Here's what we did:

I made a decoy kid in a Halloween costume, but instead of a real child, I stuffed my son's Disney Tigger costume full of newspaper, then placed a foam jack-o-lantern where my son's head would be, and then placed a light source inside the jack-o-lantern. (Don't use a real pumpkin. You will have trouble keeping things together). Then I walked around pushing my decoy child in an umbrella stroller.

People looking at the stroller don't usually notice the pumpkin head in the Halloween costume, since it's a fairly subtle switcheroonie. So when they do notice, they are startled, and sometimes really creeped out. It helps if you have a family with a toddler that size, and first walk around for a while with your toddler in the stroller, then switch to your fake kid.


You will need:

  • A baby stroller (a small umbrella stroller is preferable)
  • A small foam jack-o-lantern that is about the size of a small child's head
  • A 12-month sized toddler halloween costume including a hood
  • A pair of child-sized boots
  • Newspaper
  • A source of light (such as a glowstick)
  • Optional: It would be helpful if you have a small toddler and a duplicate Halloween costume, but that is only if you're a serious trickster.
  • Optional: If you live in a colder climate, a snug jacket for your fake toddler may be a nice touch.



  1. Using the picture below as your guide, stuff newspaper inside the costume.
  2. Place a glow stick or small flashlight inside the foam jack-o-lantern. Make sure the light source doesn't need a plug, because you're going mobile!
  3. Place the foam jack-o-lantern inside the hood of the costume.
  4. Stuff the children's boots inside the legs of the costume, and use packing tape to secure the costume to the boots if necessary.
  5. Set your fake child inside your stroller.


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    Carolyn Augustine 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Woo ha ha ha ha ha!

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    Da goat 7 years ago

    it was horrible...i'm trying to look up something to make my BRO feel like crap...but NO this page comes up..if jesus does come back you'll be number 1 on his doo doo list.!!

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    Carolyn Augustine 9 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks Marisue! Halloween is my daughter's favorite holiday just for that reason. She creates a Halloween costume from scratch each year, and often spends months planning them out.

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    marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

    Fun hub and nice to know we can keep the fun in Halloween, Kids and grown ups alike love to play dress up!! Hooray for imagination, the first step to invention!