Halloween costumes aren't just for kids anymore. Now they are for cars.
People dress up for Halloween. They dress up their babies. They dress up their houses. Heck, some even dress up their pets. So it was only a matter of time before dressing up one's car officially became a thing.
There's virtually no limit to how you can retrofit your ride.
At Cars.com's downtown Chicago headquarters, we naturally were inspired by the success of our long-suffering Cubs baseball team, currently in the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
For this purpose, we outfitted our 2016 Volvo XC90 long-term tester with a baseball cap fashioned from a giant royal-blue umbrella adorned with a homemade Cubs "C" emblem. That's in addition to a giant version of Maddon's signature black-framed glasses cut out from foam board — which made quite a spectacle of our Cars.com squad to passersby as we hastily assembled our car-stume while precariously parked in front of Wrigley Field on a recent Friday. (To be honest, many in the crowd that quickly formed around us mistook it for legendary Cubs announcer Harry Caray, but that's OK by us.)
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Another idea, especially good for SUVs, is to create a giant mouth for which you use red and white fabric to make teeth, gums and a long tongue. Just pop the liftgate, hang the teeth and gums from the top, and let the tongue flow down onto the pavement, where the kids will find your bowl of goodies waiting.
Other trunk-or-treat ideas include a graveyard, using faux headstones with funny epitaphs, skeletons and faux cobwebs; a pumpkin patch with gourds, cornstalks and hay bales; and a zoo or jail created by placing cardboard cage bars over the opening of your hatchback and arranging stuffed lions, tigers and bears (or yourself in prison stripes and a bandit mask) behind them.
If your car is blue, you might consider a Superman car-stume with a flowing red-fabric cape draped over the roof and rear end plus an "S" emblem on the hood, or if it's orange a jack-o'-lantern face over the grille and green stem on the roof. When in doubt, there's always the ol' standby of draping a white cloth over the whole thing and cutting out a standard ghost face.