This year I promised to make the boys their Halloween costumes since I was home on maternity leave. We started brainstorming in early September and were originally going to do something with an election theme until we came across the idea to be nerds--not just the Model UN/Math club types but also the candy.
To make the costumes I purchased appropriate sized cardboard boxes from staples that would fit around the boys. I then cut foam core boards to match the width of the cardboard boxes. Then I used markers and acrylic paint to create the nerd candy box design. Since the proportion of my foam core boards didn't exactly match the nerd candy box I found it best to start with the largest design element (in this case the 'nerds' lettering) and then add everything else with an appropriate scale. Specifically I used makers to outline all the lettering and the nerds figures and then painted the rest. The sides and back of the cardboard boxes were painted either pink or purple to match the front. We used gorilla glue to attach the foam core to the cardboard boxes. And then finally we used ribbon in a suspender configuration to keep the boxes on the boys. To make the bow ties I followed A Lemon Squeezy Home's tutorial. I also made a purple candy nerd costume for Baby B, but don't have any good pictures of it.