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Tell me whoooose watching! Geico Money Halloween Costume

So obviously, I’m pretty  much obsessed with the Geico Money commercials. I crack up every time I watch them and I have the music as a ring tone on my phone. I LOVE them and realized what I wanted to be for Halloween back in July. Yes, I said July. Looking back though, I’m really glad that I had so much time to think about how I was going to build this costume because it seriously took me a long time to craft something that wasn’t too heavy, would stay together, that I could wear and that I could be at least somewhat functioning in. Thus, about two weeks ago, the building began.


I started off with just a box and cut a hold for my head. I figured I would glue the ‘money’ on the front of the box, but I didn’t know if it would hold, but there was pretty much no other way to get it to stay on my body. I really tried to find a box that wasn’t huge but could hold something on the front of me and covered most of my body at the same time.


After I cut up the one box I realized I would need a TON of cardboard for the money. I went big and collected way too much. I didn’t want to have to keep going back to the store to get more though, so I guess it was a go big or go home moment, and I went big. I got all the boxes from a local hardware store and packed up my car with them.


Then it was time to cut everything out. The ‘money’ started out as long strips of cardboard. The eyes, as you can tell, are just paper plates that I cut out and would later draw eyes on. The strips of cardboard were then folded in half to make the area where I was going to glue to the box a straight line, if that makes sense. I later then had a better idea about the gluing after I painted everything.


The money folded in half and being painted. I went through 2 and a half cans of spray paint to paint all the money.


After I was done painting the money, it was time to paint the box that would hold all the money. I just painted it black so that it wouldn’t be that obvious. I ended up cutting off the flaps on the bottom too so it didn’t really matter what they were painted like.


Once everything was dry I had to lay it out to see how everything was going to work, which was my biggest concern. I realized when I was laying it out that I should glue the pieces of money to each other after getting the ‘top’ piece very secure. So the folds were super helpful and I didn’t have to use all the money I cut up. I glued the money to each other with hot glue and used a lot of it!


Then I took it outside again and repainted some of the green  parts of the money so make sure that everything was completely covered. Yes, it’s huge, and I can’t walk through doors or really move at all in it. Lastly, I added the white part of the stacks to the front and the eyes to the top of the money pile in the front. Then I realized I needed arm holes, so I added those as well. I realized I would have to wear my hair back in a ponytail since I wouldn’t have much mobility which was fine. I also added this on the back of the box at the bottom.


The final product! I’m going to wear some black shorts, fishnets and my hair up and just a black tank top underneath. It should be pretty exciting!


Then I added this to the back of the box portion.

I’m going to do a whole Halloween post after the big night so then I’ll have tons more pictures! YAY! I’m just so excited that it worked out and is finally all ready for this weekend!

So, do you always feel like somebody’s wattttching yoouuuuu?!?


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  • Reply Monica C.

    What a GREAT costume!!!!

    October 28, 2009 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Shannon

    I gotta be honest.. I was reading going “What is she doing with that??” BUT the finishing product looks amazing! Great work and costume!

    October 28, 2009 at 11:39 am
  • Reply alex

    i love it- if only I was that crafty. Got any other brilliant ideas for Halloween?

    October 28, 2009 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Shannon (MWP)


    October 28, 2009 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Amy

    That is so dorky/awesome! I love it – and it looks FANTASTIC!

    October 28, 2009 at 11:51 am
  • Reply reluctntrunner (Jen)

    Ohmigawsh you are too cute! Your costume is great! Have fun!

    October 28, 2009 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Marlene

    You are so freaking creative! I love it! It’ll be a hit, I’m sure. Hopefully you’ll be able to maneuver around. And you shoudl ttoally contact Geica for some endorsement funds. Haha!

    October 28, 2009 at 11:58 am
  • Reply j

    So creative! According to my cousin who works at Geico, the money is named Kash. With a K.

    October 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Lacey

    OMG DANICA!!!!!!!!! so freaking creative i love it!!!!! that came out REALLY well!!!

    October 28, 2009 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Markemmanuel

    sadly, i do not have a stalker. i do not feel like someone is watching me.

    I still want to see you run in it at your next marathon. :)

    October 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Ron Lippitt

    You’re a NUT, Danica. But that costume rocks it! At the expense of appearing to be a sexist lech, what do you wear underneath this contraption? LOL

    October 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply J

    OMG that is the best costume ever! it looks great! I was thinking I could dress up as Tom brady and get my friend to be a ref and walk around with me all night. When someone got close to me – the ref would blow the whistle. Not sure if your a football fan but i thought it was a funny idea!

    October 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Nobel4Lit

    Great creativity! I also made my costume and may decide to post a pic on my blog as well…

    October 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Librarian on the Run

    Awesome costume! I put the finishing touches on mine a few days ago and can’t wait for Halloween. Have fun wearing it!

    October 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Most creative I’ve seen. Well executed too! I LOVE it wish I was getting dressed up this year.

    October 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Ally

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE it! Super creative and it looks perfect. I can’t believe you created that, that’s just awesome!

    October 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    I am about to pee myself I am laughing so hard!

    October 28, 2009 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply B.o.B.

    Good for you for making such an AMAZING and ORIGINAL costume!!!!!! I think you just inspired me to get it together for a good costume myself!!!

    I absolutely love it. Well done! YOu should win every contest.

    October 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Billy Burger

    They should pay you. Seriously.

    October 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply KatieA.

    Hahaha! I laughed when I got it on Twitter. Now to see the whole process, I am very impressed! You are one creative chica!

    October 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Hilarious! I just saw a Geico billboard with the money and thought to myself “I bet someone will be that for Halloween”. Great costume!

    October 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Crazy Beautiful

    totally funny. have you sent it to Geico? just wondered and who’s gonna be your gecco? lmao. great job and have fun.

    October 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Emily@Lemmon_ade

    Absolutely stinkin’ fabulous!!

    October 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Alisa


    October 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    This is GREAT! So creative!!!
    I hope you get a lot of good laughs :-)

    October 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Rachael

    this is great! it will forever go down in mind as the best idea for a costume, EVER.
    you should send a picture to Geico, maybe you’ll get some free stuff?

    October 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    this is too perfect!! love it!

    (about 2 hrs ago i was having trouble leaving a comment :( kept telling me i was forbidden. anyway, works now!)

    October 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Perfectly Imperfect

    you are awesome. this costume rocks!

    October 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Hahah what a great costume idea! Can’t wait to see your pictures from this weekend!

    October 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Niki

    Love it!! You are so creative!!

    October 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Love it!

    October 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    You are so imaginative, Danica! That costume is to die for! Have fun on Halloween!

    And have extra fun for me because I’m running a marathon the next day so i can’t celebrate!

    October 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    OMG too funny, I saw this on FB and wondered what the hell it was!

    Very good!

    October 29, 2009 at 5:00 am
  • Reply Felice

    So cute! You’ll have a lot of people singing to you, I’m sure.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:44 am
  • Reply StephanieC

    Too funny, I wish i had thought of that!!

    October 29, 2009 at 5:54 am
  • Reply PP&MS

    This is AMAZING. This is the best costume EVER! Love it!

    October 29, 2009 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Brandi

    Girl that looks amazing and is so hilarious!! I love it! You should definitely win a contest for that one!

    October 29, 2009 at 6:51 am
  • Reply Christy

    Okay, this is the funniest costume I’ve ever seen. I’m laughing so hard right now at my desk at work. I can’t believe you came up with this! Totally awesome!

    October 29, 2009 at 7:01 am
  • Reply lizzy

    you rock! send it to geico! they will love it! what ever happened to mr. r?

    October 29, 2009 at 7:33 am
  • Reply lizzy

    i love it! you should send it to geico! what ever happened to mr. r?

    October 29, 2009 at 7:35 am
  • Reply kristen


    October 29, 2009 at 7:41 am
  • Reply betty

    Great costume idea! Your are so creative. It looks great.

    October 29, 2009 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Spike

    that is so friggen wonderful!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    That turned out soooo cute! You did such a great job!

    October 29, 2009 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Denise

    oh…my…gosh. that is too funny!!! VERY creative!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Greg

    You know I found this site googling this costume. I’m gonna make one tonight… I’m going to try and use carpet padding cut into large rectangle and stack them; then try to make a foam hat out of it. I hope it turns out half as good as yours. Shoot me an e-mail, and I’ll send you a pic when I’m finished.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Madison

    Oh that costume rocks! I love that “money you could’ve saved” guy.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Nicole

    best. costume. EVER

    October 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Ben

    This is what I’m going as too! I thought of it a couple of months ago, then decided to do a google search to see if anybody else had the idea.
    I made mine out of foam (the egg crate stuff you put on your bed). I’ll try and send you pics.

    October 30, 2009 at 7:31 am
  • Reply RunToTheFinish

    OHH MY seriously that is amazing! I love that you are so creative… my costume is not going to be that great, but seriously at 90 degrees for 13 miles I was having trouble thinking of something!

    October 30, 2009 at 10:10 am
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