I am a big fan of Halloween. Big Fan. However, university work inevitably starts to pile on and I have to scramble to come up with a costume. This usually results in a few trips to the thrift shop for inspiration. I have had a few really great costumes that were last minute, but simple and really inexpensive.

On one such thrift shop run I found this giant teddy bear for $15 and had to have it. I figured it would be a great teddy bear costume. This project only took me about an hour to put together and required very few tools.

Disclaimer: In the following steps there are several depictions of graphic teddy bear related violence. Some would call it a bear massacre. These scenes may not be suitable for young children, pregnant women or anyone with a pace maker. Viewer discretion is advised.

Step 1: Bear Carving

The first step is to (unfortunately) slit the bears throat. I found that the best way to do this was to puncture a whole with an Exacto knife at the base of the head, then use scissors to cut the hole to the appropriate size. You want a slit that is big enough to fit your head.

Next you need two hand holes. This gives you access to holding things like beverages and phones. The bear that I selected didn't have the same proportions as my body, so having hand holes meant I didn't have to cramp my arms inside of it.

Now you need an entrance. I slit the bottom of the bear open, using the same technique as before. This hole needs to be big enough for your torso to fit through.

Save as much stuffing as you can so that you can fill yourself out in the next step.

This is also a good time to take pictures of a teddy murder/suicide and send them to your friends and coworkers.

<p>Was this bear from CostCo? I transformed one of these into a rug for a friend. NOT easy! There's an unbelievable amount of stuffing in there.</p>
Yes the bear was from Costco. And as much foam that I lost when I cut it open there was still more then enough for the costume.
Hello! I was wondering if this costume is reusable. thanks!
<p>You'll soon be able to get the 93" one :) I can't believe it has it's <a href="http://www.costco.com/93-inch-plush-bear.html" target="_blank">own video</a>.</p>
After Halloween you can hide stuff in it or play pranks
<p>$10 on craigslist. Hottest costume I've ever made.</p>
I made mine :)
<p>Just awesome. Great idea well executed. </p>
<p>They sell these at CostCo here in the States. I've been wanting to do this for about a year since they arrived in stores, but &quot;not on the menu&quot; from my spouse!</p>
<p>that's so creepy ;p</p>
Crazy thing is this year they have an even bigger bear!
<p>Read: How to make a fursuit for really cheap. But for a Halloween trick, a good one.</p>
The pictures (while graphic) were absolutely hilarious! Nice costume, very nice ible
This is a cool simple idea. I love it.
<p>This is amazing. Please please please make sure to enter this in the Halloween contest this October! I love it!</p>

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