Candy, costumes, and creative decorations … oh my!

Check out these beyond awesome ideas from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home office!


Trick or treat walk with my dog

Written by Katie Peterson

It’s that time of year again! Fall is upon us, and the kids are already on premature sugar rushes; it’s time for Halloween! Your kids are mentally prepared, but are you? We’ve compiled the most useful and creative things to know so you’re ready for anything this Halloween season.


Candy always seems to be a stressor on Halloween. What if you leave a bowl out and the neighborhood kids take too much? What if you run out? What if your kids eat way too much while they’re out trick-or-treating? A really great way to save yourself from worrying about candy on Halloween is to be as prepared as you can.

Buy more candy than you think you’ll need and keep the receipts! You can return whatever you don’t end up using later.

If you can’t be home to pass out candy, placing a bowl out…

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Halloween made easy with DIY Costumes made from moving boxes


If you’ve been following Movers Who Blog for a while now, you know what October means … it’s boxtume season! If you’re new here, “boxtumes” are Halloween costumes we like to upcycle from cardboard moving boxes. Not only do you end up with a completely unique costume, it’s also fun for the family and extremely affordable.

We’ve come up with three brand new costumes to make this Halloween season in 30 minutes or less right in the comfort of your living room. Similar to our DIY  hot air balloon or Barbie box costume, these can be done in a few simple steps. Halloween costumes don’t get much easier than this!


Materials needed:

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dish pack box
  • Box cutter
  • Tape
  • Spray paint of your choosing
  • 6 Craft boxes
  • Wood glue
  • Lego logo print out


STEP 1: Cut off the bottom flaps of a box (ours measured 16″W × 29″H × 11″D) with a box cutter. Tape down the top flaps.

STEP 2: To create head and arm holes, trace a dinner plate on the top of the box and saucers on each of the box’s sides, and cut out with the box cutter.

STEP 3: Lay the box flat on its back. Using wood glue, affix six round 2″H x 4″diam. craft boxes ($1.19 each; — without their lids — in two vertical rows along the front, as shown. Make sure the bottoms of the craft boxes face out.

STEP 4: Once the glue has dried, spray-paint the entire piece. If necessary, coat multiple times for a brighter color, then let dry.

STEP 5:  Glue Lego logo to the back.


Materials needed:

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dish pack box
  • Orange paint
  • Wheaties and General Mills printable
  • Skin tone colored paint
  • White and blue paint
  • Spray adhesive
  • Tape
  • Plastic gold medal
  • Yellow paint pen
  • Box cutter
  • Rope


Step 1: Tape the top of the box. This will make it easier to cut out the front design.

Step 2: Sketch out the circle for the face, and us a box cutter to cut out the oval.

STEP 3: Pray paint the entire box orange.

STEP 4: Use your creative side to paint the body on to the box.  The athlete can be doing whatever you would like.

STEP 5: Glue Wheaties and General Mills logo onto the box

STEP 6:  Use yellow paint pen to write “The breakfast of champions.”

STEP 7:  Cut and glue medal around the neck of the body.

STEP 8: Attach rope on the inside to create straps for the child’s shoulders.


Is your kid a music fanatic? With a little paint, some artistic talent, and a few supplies found around your home, you can easily create an iPod costume for your budding musician.

What you need:

  • A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Dish Pack Box
  • Spray Paint (color of your choice)
  • White Paint
  • Silver paint
  • Extra cardboard
  • Paper towel cylinder
  • Print out of the word MENU
  • Spray adhesive
  • White Rope
  • Half circle, ring, and cone Styrofoam pieces
  • Black duct tape
  • Hot glue
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Box cutter

Step 1: Tape the top of the box. This will make it easier to cut out the front design.

Step 2: Sketch out the box design. Make sure to leave designated areas for the Mattel and Barbie logos.

Step 3: Use the box cutter to cut out the design, arm holes, and bottom box flaps.

Step 4: Take the box to a well-ventilated area to spray paint.

Step 5: Use the box cutter to cut out a large and small circle.

Step 6:  Paint the larger circle white and the smaller circle the same color as the box.

Step 7: Once dry, use the silver paint to add the play and next buttons to the circle

Step 8: Cut out the MENU print out and use spray adhesive to attach it to the larger circle.

Step 9: Glue the larger circle on to the box and then the smaller circle onto the larger circle


Step 1: Cover front of the Styrofoam ring with black duct tape

Step 2: Hot glue the ring, half circle, and cone together.

Step 3: Glue white rope to each earbud

Step 4: Attach earbud string to paper towel cylinder and hot glue paper towel cylinder to the top of the box


Materials needed:

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mirror boxes
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® small box
  • Spray paint of your choosing
  • Black duct tape
  • Silver paint
  • Masking tape
  • Blue paint
  • Black paint pen
  • Box cutter
  • Suspenders
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Yellow paint

STEP 1:  Cut open mirror boxes and sketch out design of the car.

STEP 2: Use a box cutter to cut out 2 pieces of the car design.

STEP 3: Use extra cardboard to cut out 4 medium size circle for the wheels.

STEP 4: Cut all the flaps off of the small box.

STEP 5: Attach the car sides to the small box to build the frame of the car.

STEP 6: Use another mirror box to create the front of the car.  Cut to the correct width and bend and curve to attach using masking tape to each side of the car.

STEP 7: Spray paint the car in a well ventilated area.

STEP 8: While the car is drying, take the four circle and cover them in black duct tape.

STEP 9: Use silver paint to create rims for the tires.

Step 10:  Once the car is dry, attach tires to the car with tape or glue

STEP 11:  Use blue paint to add windows to the car.

STEP 12:  Use scrap pieces of cardboard to create bumpers, headlights, and rearview mirrors.

STEP 13:  Paint bumpers mirrors silver and paint headlights yellow.

STEP 14: Attach these pieces with tape or hot glue.

STEP 15: Use a black paint pin to create detail such as doors.

STEP 16: Attach Suspenders to the small box a straps for the child’s shoulders.



Your Day-of-Move essentials survival guide

20150522_143952.pngThere are a lot of factors that go into your moving day, and with all the excitement, it can be easy to overlook something that could be essential to a successful day.  When you are moving with children, pets and other responsibilities, it is very important to put together a “Day-of-move” box filled with essential items that your family may need before the house gets fully unpacked. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and Nashville Moms Blog are here to provide you and your family with the perfect checklist to ensure your first day in your new home is a great family experience.

Step 1

Find a box that can easily be handled and fits well into your car.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® carries a box specifically for this with handles to provide ease of movement. dayofmove

Step 2

One of the first things people tend to want to do after a day of moving is shower.  Be sure to pack soap, shampoo, towels, and even a shower curtain liner in your “Day-of-move” box, so it is easily accessible when it comes time to take a break.  It may be easy to even purchase travel sizes of these items so they don’t take up too much space or risk spilling.  Also, be sure to pack toilet paper, toothbrushes, and a change of clothes for each member of the family.

Step 3

The next items to add to the “Day-of-move” are paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils.  This makes it easy to eat before you have the kitchen unpacked.  This is important especially if you have children and have no time to spare when it comes to getting food ready, even if pizza may be the meal of choice!  Many families may like to place their coffee maker in the car, so they have it set up in the morning to be ready for a day of organizing.  Don’t leave the pets hungry either!  Be sure to pack a small bag of pet food and bowls for your animals as well.

Step 4

If your family is anything like others that are moving into their new home, you will need to pack some items that will help you begin setting things up right way.  These items include a basic tool kit, garbage bags, an unopened bottle of all-purpose cleaner, and scissors.  These essentials will get you up and running as soon as you step foot into the new home.  No need to waste your time looking for items that you need before you open the first box!

Step 5

These essentials are especially important for the moms out there!  Pack the remaining space of your “Day-of-move” box with items to keep your child busy while you unpack and begin organizing your new home.  Pack their favorite snacks, stuffed animal, and small game.  Don’t forget to add in a tablet for the children to play games and watch movies.  These items could be life savers for keeping them settled while all the work is going on.  A couple of other miscellaneous items are diapers, chargers, and a Bluetooth speaker to make the unpacking a little more fun if your cable isn’t quite ready yet.

Other items to consider sliding into the “Day-of-move” box or make sure they are in a secure spot during the move are legal documents, medications, jewelry, and medical documents.  Although, most of these you may not need on the actual day of your move, these items are important and/or valuable and should be kept in a safe place during a move.  Also, consider packing any extreme valuables in the car to prevent possible breakage.

Planning ahead with a “Day-of-move” box and a plan for the big moving day will drastically minimize the amount of stress that creeps up on moving day.  When moving with children, planning is key for turning a potential mess into a family victory.  Check out our printable “Day-of-move” box checklist to ensure you don’t miss a thing for your day of the move!  For any other questions about moving visit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at!