Instructables
here is a nice little instructable for someone who has a little too much ambition, some time on their hands (sleep is for the weak) and a strong desire to have the best costume at the party
 
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Step 1: Tools

gather these tools to begin your quest

riveter and rivets
drill and bit that can cut metal
duct tape (lots)
rubber cement
sewing pins
non-hemophilia (my amateur metal working puts the emphasis on 'amateur' and the metal is sharp
tin snips
scissors

Step 2: Construction materials

here are the actual items you will need for this baby

2x garbage cans (regular metal ones from the hardware store)
high density foam rubber (jo-ann fabric or similar store)
a lot more duct tape
nylon webbing ratcheting come-along (also in hardware store)
backpack with waist belt
complete lack of shame
2x speakers
speaker wire
sonic impact t-amp
appropriate fabric for fur
ipod
a pair of children's eyes (or ping pong balls if you don't have access to children)

Step 3: Can disassembly

with the tin snips, cut the bottoms out of the two garbage cans and split them down one side. one garbage can is not large enough to fit inside, so i put two together.

cut the lid of the two cans into triangular pieces. since you are going to have a larger diameter can, the original size lid will not fit.

please please please...after you cut the can, cover the edges with duct tape. they are very very sharp and i spent most of my halloween with bandages on my fingers.
Advar12 months ago
NOW I know what to do with those green shag area rugs in my basement! And that beat up can in the shed... great idea! Oscar was the only one beside Snuffleupicus I could relate to, and he would be beyond me.
Nice job! :)
acorioso3 years ago
where did you get the fabric for the costume?
Amber
mary candy3 years ago
very funny!
I Love This, Great Job!!
reidzuk5 years ago
Where did u get ur lime green fur, i found some at walmart, but its 17.99 for a bathroom rug, i dont wanna pay that much for so little
danlab reidzuk3 years ago
most fabric stores will have fake fur of various colors, don't bother with walmart, if they actually sell fabric (I've only ever seen a couple that did) they won't have anything like this, try to find an actual fabric store or something like a Joann craft/fabric store.
ynokapi554 years ago
you can use a jig saw with a metal blade
nadeau6 years ago
need a little help finding the fabric for this costume. if anyone could be of adssitance it would be great. thank you.
skiracer9x (author)  nadeau6 years ago
I went to a store called 'fabric place' which i think is going out of business unfortunately. i was actually going to use a dark green felt fabric until i luckily stumbled upon this.
thank you but i can seem to get on that site. it just pops up a big banner.
jakee1176 years ago
lol i posted that in september

yesterday, all my trouble seemed so far away...

lol

gotta love the beetles
jakee1176 years ago
pretty much, yes
jakee1177 years ago
i am 13 and my mom sez im 2 old 4 halloween but forget that cuz my dad will let me go anyway cuz he is cool like my mom if u shoot her with an airsoft gun she will yell and take it away but my dad just shoots back its sweet by the way sweet idea
Your mom is mean. But your dad rules!
greygizmo6 years ago
I used this guide as a basis for my own oscar costume. thanks a bunch. here was my result:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v497/greyGizmo/oscar6.jpg
Kage30006 years ago
what's up with all this I'm too old stuff? Who cares. I'm 25 I'm going as oscar the grouch/dela hoya. I guess it's different when you can get wasted at parties. . . . Great job on the instructions dude! I owe you a beer
Tvman7 years ago
have to say........I LOVE OSCAR THE GROUCH!!!!!!!! but....sadly im appearantly to OLD for holloween as my mom says :( so i cant trick-or-treat no more :/ kick butt idea thou P.S.: Did you get laughed at and people never forgot it in your neighbor hood? lol...u have some balls man playin the theme song and tricker treatin in that lol.... nice
LoneCheeze7 years ago
You actually played the sesame street theme song in your costume... that's awesome. I'll have that to the list of things to do when I make mine. I decided a sometime after Halloween last year (after fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a ninja for Halloween) that I would be oscar the grouch. It's nice to find someone else who's done it so I can get some ideas.
PetervG7 years ago
Its not Halloween anymore.
skiracer9x (author)  PetervG7 years ago
why that sounds like a comment from someone who doesn't love halloween.
indeed. and who could not love Halloween? It's a joyous festival!!!
But the Halloween contest is open until the end of this weekend!
Hoyskel7 years ago
Nice Johnny Cupcakes T-Shirt.
Aeshir7 years ago
Does it have armholes?
rhondasfair7 years ago
Could you use a big plastic garbage can - either a gray one or one you spray paint silver? This would cut down on injuries. And how about adding some garbage coming out of the can? That would be awesome!
skiracer9x (author)  rhondasfair7 years ago
i am able to come out of the can. i'll try and get some pics of me like that. and plastic isn't authentic. i don't like to do things half-way.
Honus7 years ago
That's great! My son LOVES Sesame Street and would love this.