The Costume: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and Starscream, AKA what every 6-year-old and nostalgic 80s cartoon lover will be wearing this Halloween

For Bumblebee: OK, it's safe to say you'll never even come lose to looking as cool as this guy for your own Bumblebee Halloween costume, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't try. First and foremost, hunt down a yellow motorcycle helmet, preferably with black stripes on it (but you can always paint those on.) Next, go to every department, vintage, and second hand store within a 40-mile radius and just buy anything that's yellow. Doesn't matter what it is. Seriously. You'll need that much. The Costume: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and Starscream, AKA what every 6-year-old and nostalgic 80s cartoon lover will be wearing this Halloween

What You'll Need:

For Optimus Prime: Sure, you could go the old school route like this guy, but irony be damned, you want Michael Bay's updated models. To truly emulate the Autobot leader, painted aluminum foil just ain't good enough. The web is abound with homemade costumes of our fearless leader, most of them involving some variation of duct tape and cardboard. The numero uno essential prop, though, is the mask/voice changer. Otherwise, you're just some crazy guy who sorta looks like a car. If you have a spoiled child or run an art supply store that bought too many supplies, though, you can find DIY instructions here and here. This kid is pretty amazing too, though.

For Bumblebee: OK, it's safe to say you'll never even come close to looking as cool as this guy for your own Bumblebee Halloween costume, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't try. First and foremost, hunt down a yellow motorcycle helmet, preferably with black stripes on it (but you can always paint those on.) Next, go to every department, vintage, and second hand store within a 40-mile radius and just buy anything that's yellow. Doesn't matter what it is. Seriously. You'll need that much.

For Megatron: Yes, for a mere $25.99, your child or midget friend can pick up a Megatron costume and look like some warped H.R. Giger piece come to life. While we question any parent who wants their kid dressed up as the ultimate in Decepticon evil, we will admit there is a certain coolness in being the bad guy on Halloween. If you're going the DIY route, we recommend getting a bunch of chipboard from your local art supply store, some hot glue and silver spray paint. Just make sure to use the spray paint on the mask before putting it on. Otherwise, you'll watch yourself transform into Whippetron.

For Starscream: Among the numerous costumes found of this Decepticon second-in-command, we take our hat off to this site for their combination of ingenuity and simplicity. Fabric. Wire. Cardboard. Paint. Boom. Done. You could start making this puppy on October 31st at 7 p.m. and finish before the first candy-hunting urchin comes knocking on your door.


Optional Accessories:

Optimus Prime:
Chest windows, smoke stacks, energon blades or ion cannons (found at any hardware store)
Bumblebee: Bee-shaped air freshener, any machine that emulates radio frequencies
Megatron: Fusion cannon, fake gun to replace hand
Starscream: Working electrical saw, decals for the jet

Editor's Note: Of my 12 "Recommendations Based on the Item You Viewed" on eBay, 12 are now various masks for Transformers. Who says critics don't sacrifice for their art?
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