Ok, so I was basically meant to be a Ghostbuster at some point in time for Halloween. This year turned out to be the year. I didn't have any problem picking up the outfit at a second hand store, but the proton pack that I found to go with it was a blow up super cheesy kind that I had no interest in. So I decided to make my own.
Here's how you can make one too.
Step 1: Find yourself a backpack. Any kind with black straps will do. I got this Disney Cruise Line pack at Good Will for $1.99
Step 2: Get a stitch ripper and take off the entire front of the back. All you need is the flat black base and the straps. Everything else can go.
Step 3: Find a bunch of crap around your house that you don't mind destroying. It really can be anything you want. You're going to end up painting it so make sure it isn't anything you'll want to use again in the future. I used a breakfast sausage box, an old handle from my daughter's plastic sand shovel, a large plastic Lego, a Tupperware lid, the plug bottom of a burned out night light, a cable splitter, a metal hook and a handful of random vacuum attachments.
Honestly, a pile of trash.
Step 4: Take your trash, spray paint it all black and hot glue gun everything to the back pack. Make sure you lay it all out first and have all the pieces where you want them to go.
Here's what the original looks like in case you need a point of reference:
As you can see from above, you need wires. You'll need to grab some sort of used electronic for step 5. Again, I hit up the Good Will and found an old speaker box from a computer and the guy sold it to me for a dollar.
Take apart the box, be careful not to cut yourself, and pull out all the old wires that look proton-packish. Go for the ones with lots of colors.
Grab your hot glue gun and glue your wires wherever they fit. Sorry to be so vague, but your pile of trash is going to be different than mine, so just use your best judgement here.
I used sticky label paper from OfficeMax to print out some stickers from the internet.
For my ghost trapper, I used an old Kleenex box.
Step 1: paint it black.
Step 2: Put your stickers on. ( I found a black fan inside the previously pulled apart speaker box and glued that on for good measure.)
My cord is just an old coaxial cable. Feel free to add a handle or whatever else to it. I wasn't going to make another trip to the Good Will so I just called it a day on this one.
Happy Ghost Busting!
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