My Goldfish Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween ghouls and goblins!  Actually, more like Happy Thanksgiving, turkeys!  Sorry that this is a month late, but I was waiting on additional photos that are evidently non-existant.  But check it out, I was a bag of Goldfish crackers for Halloween this year!  Here’s how I made the costume.

First, I got one of those 30 gallon leaf bags that people with lawns use for raking.  Actually, I got 5 because the internets doesn’t let you buy just one apparently.

Leaf bag

I was hoping to find a white one so I wouldn’t have to paint it, but alas, True Value doesn’t cater to weirdos.  My first idea was to spray paint the whole thing white and then draw the package design on with markers, but this project started about 36 hours prior to Halloween, so I had no time for that nonsense.  Instead, I google image searched for a good picture of the front of a Goldfish bag, sent it to Kinkos, and asked them to print it as an 18×24 poster.  They did it in half a day!  Lookie here:

goldfish package image

Not bad, Kinkos!

I cut the border off and proceeded to ghetto rig attach the poster to the bag using duct tape.

Goldfish halloween costume taped

I also threw in some staples for good measure.  Now onto the painting.  I live in an apartment and don’t have a yard, so this was a tricky situation.  I figured that spray painting on the sidewalk in front of the school across the street would get me arrested in about 4 seconds, so I climbed out my kitchen window and tarped my fire escape and started spraying with wild abandon.  Despite being outside, I managed to stink up my apartment so bad that I had to leave, but it came out pretty sweet!

painted goldfish bag

For the back, I decided to write out the nutrition facts and ingredients.  This was a grueling endeavor, as it took every ounce of control to keep my chicken scratch handwriting from coming out, and even still, I did a pretty lousy job.

goldfish costume ingredients

Did my 3 year-old niece write this?

I also snuck a special ingredient into the list:

made with smiles and

Time to cut the holes for the arms and cut out the bottom.  After some adjustments to the neck hole to prevent strangulation, the costume was completed!  I threw on a white thermal and black jeans and was on my way.

goldfish costume

I forgot to take a pic of the back while I was wearing it, so this photo below was from the following morning and kinda looks like I wrestled a honey badger in this thing, but you get the gist.

finished back of goldfish cracker costume

Rough night…

Oh, and I wore a fanny pack underneath and had a ziplock bag full of Goldfish crackers in it.  Folks were a bit grossed out at the sight of me seemingly pulling Goldfish out of my underwear and handing them out, but people still ate them.  Because Goldfish.



7 thoughts on “My Goldfish Halloween Costume

  1. This is so awesome, thank you for sharing, I am going to attempt to make this!!! How did you attach it at the top? I enjoyed the blog!

    • Awesome, thanks!! I haven’t updated the blog in a while, I gotta get back into it!
      I just stapled the top shut and painted over the staples so you couldn’t see them. I then cut the neck hole with scissors. Let me know how it turns out!

  2. It took a lot of google image searching. I just typed in “goldfish package” and eventually found it. If the camera on your phone is good, it may be easier to take a pic of a bag and then submit to FedEx Office for them to print. Hope that works!

  3. Success! I took my own photo with my phone and had it printed at Staples for $14.99. I snapped the photo inside a store with fluorescent lighting, maybe that helped with the resolution; the Staples guy was shocked at how good it was, he could have printed it much bigger. The only issue was my 18×24 poster was not as wide as the bag, exactly two strips of duct tape width off. I also had to cut off one whole bottom section of the bag. Maybe I should have printed the next size up? I followed your pattern and made a rounded neckline using a small plate as a template, and then cut the arm holes by cutting out the top 10-12″ section of the two sides of the bag to make it like a tank top with straps (looks like that’s what you did?). Instead of spray paint, we used a roll of white duct tape. My 12-year-old was able to make most of the costume herself, which was awesome!!! Also it has more support and will be more durable than just paper, and no spray paint smell. She covered the two side sections with duct tape, tucking the ends underneath to the inside of the bag. Then she covered the back with strips of duct tape. By the time she got to the front, we were running dangerously low on duct tape! So for the front, she just taped the poster onto the plain bag with the duct tape, and then covered any showing paper bag with duct tape. We literally had a few inches of duct tape left to tape the tank top straps together at the end! It was so close! She is going to write the ingredients on the back with Sharpie, like you did. Hopefully there won’t be any big mistakes, I was counting on having extra duct tape left to fix any boo boos. Now we just hope it doesn’t rain on Halloween… otherwise I will need to think of a way to waterproof the image… maybe clear tape or some sort of shellac? Thanks again for sharing your creative idea, it was fun!

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