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Not only do you want to have a cool costume on Halloween, but you also want to get your hands on as much candy as possible. Why spend hours getting your costume just right only to grab one of those dollar-store plastic pumpkin heads that throws your entire theme off? With a little effort, you can collect your sweet loot in style while still keeping with your costume theme. Here are four costumes that will seamlessly incorporate your stash collector as part of your overall look.


Whether you're dressing up as your average scurvy dog or an elegant captain in frock coat and ruffles, people will know you're out for plunder! Collect your booty in a clever treasure chest, which will be a great match for whatever kind of pirate outfit you choose. Timbers will shiver, and candy will be thrown into your treasure chest bag.

ESB Chewbacca

You may remember the scene from the classic film where the Wookie carries a broken C3PO on his back after a stormtrooper destroys the droid. If becoming Chewie is your aim, this version is a great way to go. Rather than constructing a frameless C3PO model, you can use a stiff frame backpack or a portfolio bag as a skeleton. That way, C3PO doubles as a large volume trick-or-treat transportation tool. Droids like to be useful, you know, and this one is functional and costume appropriate.

ESB Luke and Yoda

Maybe you're not feeling the fur and a gun belt this year. Lighten up the clothing, and dress as Luke Skywalker with Yoda hitching a ride through the swamp. As with the Chewbacca/C3PO costume, you can transform a portfolio bag or a backpack into everyone's favorite little green guru/goody bag, adding an extra layer of fun and functionality to your costume.

Noah's Ark Wagon

Animals won't be the only things collected two by two with this costume. Dress in some robes, glue on a long white beard, and transform a cheap kid's wagon into a boat using some cardboard cut-outs and glue. For the full ark effect, scatter pairs of stuffed animals around the ark. No need for a bag here--just toss the candy straight into the wagon and be the envy of the neighborhood with your huge candy haul; just watch out for rain. You could always get a wagon that comes with a canopy on it to avoid the rain entirely. 

With a little imagination, you can work an ingenious candy container into the mix of your costume. Happy trick or treating!

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