SunMaid Raisin Halloween Costume Tutorial

Want a Halloween costume that can be made with minimal effort and expense? No matter how crafty (or lack of crafty) that you may be, this adorable SunMaid Raisin is quick and easy for all skill levels. I was inspired to make this costume by {This Picture} on the Katherine Marie photography website, but could not find a tutorial. So I made my own, and I want to share it with you. I would love to see a bunch of little SunMaid Raisins running around this Halloween!
Costume Part List:
  • A white long sleeved shirt
  • A pair of jeans
  • A basket (doubles as a candy bag)
  • A bonnet (preferably in a red color)
  • SunMaid Raisin box
Obviously, the shirt, jeans, and basket are things that most already have in the closet. So let’s look at how to make the bonnet and box to complete the costume.
The Bonnet
For non-sewers, borrowing a bonnet may be easiest. Here in the south, many churches have “Old Fashioned” Days, so there’s a chance that someone nearby may have a bonnet that can be borrowed.
For seamstresses, there are a bounty of bonnet tutorials on the web. I found a simple bonnet tutorial at the Given Moments Blog. Her tutorial is already tailored for a three to five year old, so the size was perfect for my costume. Do a Google search for a bonnet tutorial in the desired size, or use {this} tutorial and adjust the measurements for girls smaller or older.
The Box
I began with a box size large enough to fit over my daughter and reach a bit below her waist.
Paint the entire box red. Allow to dry 24 hours.
Cut out one end of the box (so that the child can fit into the box).
Cut an opening in the front of the box that resembles a “window” that is large enough for the child to be seen and reach out of the box. .
Either cut out vinyl letters or purchase vinyl letters from the local arts and crafts store and place the words “Sunmaid Natural California Raisins” on the box underneath the front cut-out.
Fitting the box to the child: For older children, cut out arm holes on the sides of the box. For younger children (like mine), this won’t work- their arms are simply not long enough. So I enlisted my husband for help. He used thick metal to create two shoulder hooks that would sit on my daughter’s shoulders. Be sure to try the box on the child and place the hooks in the correct place. After attaching the hooks to the box with many pieces of duct tape, I padded the hooks with batting to cushion them on her shoulders. I will add pictures of this step tonight. :)


  1. says

    Love this Kelly! You are SO creative!!! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up! Come by again this Thursday night!

    Barbara at Chase the Star
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  2. says

    This is SOOOO cute and creative! Your little girl is just a doll. I have a 4 year old who loves raisins, I can totally picture her in this. I wish every day were Halloween, haha. Thanks for sharing at Once Upon a Weekend tonight! xo

  3. says

    A beautiful Sun-Maid Raisin costume. The idea of using the box would also work for people wanting to appear as a character or actor on TV, and it might work for masqueraders disguising themselves as classical artwork… just make the front of the box look like a fancy frame.

    It will be interesting to see how you attached the box to your Sun-Maid. Please do comment on the wearability of the costume and whether it needed any modifications.

    Good post.


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