Halloween is fast approaching, so it’s time to think of costumes! Of course you could just run down to Walmart and buy yourself a costume, but this holiday Walmart asked me to share a DIY costume idea with you. I asked Buddy what he wanted to be and his answer was immediate–he wanted to be the security guard from the video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s”.
If you aren’t familiar with it, let me give you a quick rundown on Five Nights at Freddy’s. It’s a “horror” type video game, but with absolutely no blood or gore–very PG (maybe even G). The premise is that you are on your first night of the job as a security guard at “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza”–a pizza place with anamatronic show. Unbeknowns to you, the anamatronic animals come to life at night and try to kill you. For the entire game, you are sitting in your office observing everything through the slightly snowy feed of the security cameras. The goal is to make it alive through all five nights without the anamatronics killing you.. There are plenty of “jump scares” and creepy lore, but as I said, no blood or guts or anything like that. Just good old fashioned haunted house style fun. There are 4 versions of the game and Buddy loves playing!
The great thing about this costume is that you never actually SEE the security guard, so you have a lot of leeway as to what his costume will look like. We decided to go with a standard white shirt, black pants, black tie look. . . then add a badge and hat. Buddy wanted a cool police officer style hat and the $15 Freddy Fazbear security guard badge you can order online. I said nope, we were going to DIY it!
First we dug through the closet for the white shirt and black pants we bought at Walmart last year for chorus concerts and church. Luckily everything still fit. Unluckily his shirt came with a blue striped tie instead of a black one. Then we headed off to Walmart to purchase the rest of the materials for his costume.
Instead of the official police officer style hat, I decided to recreate a “security” ball cap that I had seen online. It was black with white letters. I found white letters in the craft section at Walmart, but wasn’t able to find a plain black baseball hat. I did however find a white baseball hat for under $4. An inexpensive can of black spray paint later and I knew I could make it happen.
I also picked up an adult black tie. It was $10, but Yankee Bill will just add it to his tie collection when Buddy is done with it for Halloween.
It took about 3 layers of spray paint to make the hat completely black. I used a box in the basement to spray in since it was pouring outside. It would be best to do your painting outside though. I decided against trying to iron on the letters–instead I used some Aleene’s Tacky Glue I had in the craft closet to attach them.
To complete the outfit I printed off a picture of a security guard badge from online, trimmed around it and then used my Scotch Thermal Laminator to laminate it. I just used a bit of hot glue to attach a pin back from my jewelry making stuff to it.
I had seen a fake Security ID badge online, so I recreated it in powerpoint and printed it out, then slipped it into an old badge holder I had from a conference (please excuse the lack of red in the photo–my printer is acting up). You can grab a copy of the PDF I made by clicking this link: Five Nights at Freddy’s ID Badge. The name on the badge (Mike Schmidt) is the name on the paycheck for the guard in the first game. Buddy insisted that was the correct name to have on there.
So what do you think of my Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Guard Costume? Buddy added the flashlight.
Once we were all done taking pictures, he insisted that he had to go play Five Nights at Freddy’s dressed as the security guard from Five Nights at Freddys. It was very “meta”.
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And of course you can always just head out to your local Walmart for a great selection of Halloween Costumes.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.