Sound the alarm! Trick-or-treating is hard work and your little one might need a wagon to help them make it through the night. If they’re dressing up as a firefighter, this wagon upgrade should be a no-brainer. Carrying your supplies for Halloween is made easier with a wagon, but sometimes the wagon clashes with your style. Instead of a fashion emergency, upgrade your wagon to coordinate with your little one’s look.
This project was designed to fit a “step 2” wagon. You can modify the measurements of the pieces to fit whatever wagon you might be using. The foam boards are from the dollar store because it’s more economical when using a large quantity. Also, there are plenty of LED type of lights at Walmart for under $10.
Firetruck Trick or Treating Wagon Supplies
Download and Print out the downloadable Instructional Diagrams.
- Spray Adhesive
- 2 Sheets of 20” x 30” Black Foamboard
- 8 Sheets of 20” x 30” White Foamboard
- 7 sheets of 22” x 28”Red Posterboard
- Hot Glue Gun w/ plenty of extra Glue Sticks
- Red and Yellow Acrylic Paint and Paint Brushes
- 6 Small Clear Plastic Bowls
- Blue Permanent Marker
- 1 Clear Plastic Cup
- Craft knife
- Marker or pencil
- 1 LED Puck light
- 2 LED light strips
- Cable Ties
- KRYLON Low Odor Spray Glue
- Fireman Costume
Steps 1-9 are for creating the side panel of the firetruck. As you are making the pieces, you can cut 2 of every piece, so you can then create both sides of the firetruck. Make sure the pieces for the second side are assembled in the opposite direction.
Step 1. Cut a piece of white foam board to make the cab, using the measurements as shown in the diagram for step 1.
Step 2. Use the spray glue to adhere a sheet of red posterboard to the cab. (The red poster board is a little shorter than the foam board, so make sure the gap is located at the bottom of the cab. You will cover up the gap in a later step.) Trim the excess posterboard.
Step 3. To make the truck bed, cut a 26” x 16” piece of white foam board. Glue the foam board to a sheet of red poster board and cut out.
Step 4. Line the truck bed up with the cab, and secure the pieces together by hot gluing a strip of white foam board across the seam on the backside of the 2 pieces. Hold the firetruck panel up to the wagon and draw lines for where the wheels of the wagon line up with the panel, as shown.
Step 5. Cut out the openings for the wheels.
Step 6. Cut strips of black foam board 3” high, to go along the bottom edge of the firetruck. Trim the foam board around the inside of the wheel wells.
Step 7. Cut out pieces of white foamboard using the measurements in the diagram for “step 7”. Glue the pieces to the firetruck panel, as shown.
Step 8. Use the permanent marker to draw the door and a small piece of black foam board for a handle.
Step 9. Repeat steps 1-8 to create the opposite side of the firetruck. Make sure the parts for the cab and truck bed are assembled in the opposite direction.
Step 10. Cut 2 pieces of foam board using the measurements in the diagram for “step 10.” Cover the pieces in the red posterboard, and cut out.
Step 11. Place both panels of the firetruck together on either side of the wagon, and glue the windshield into place.
Step 12. Glue the roof panel on top.
Step 13. Cut a 15” x 20” piece of white foam board. Glue the foam board to a sheet of red poster board and cut out. Glue the piece across the back of the firetruck bed. The basic body for the firetruck is now complete.
Step 14. To lift and hold the firetruck up on the wagon, so it doesn’t drag on the ground, you need to add cross pieces inside. Cut a 5” x 20” piece of white foam board. Glue the piece inside the front of the firetruck, under the windows and against the base of the windshield.
Step 15. Cut a 10” x 20” piece of white foam board. Glue the foam board to a sheet of red poster board and cut out. Glue the piece across the top of the firetruck bed, as shown.
Step 16. Cut two- 7” x 8” pieces of white foam board and two- 7” x 4” pieces of white foam board. Glue the foam board to a sheet of red poster board and cut out.
Step 17. Glue one 7” x 4” piece and one 7” x 8” piece to the front of the wagon, to the right of the handle, as shown.
Step 18. Glue the other 2 pieces to the front of the wagon, to the left of the handle to complete the front end of the firetruck.
Step 19. Paint the insides of 4 small plastic bowls yellow, and the insides of 2 plastic bowls red. Set aside to dry.
Step 20. Use the permanent marker to color the outside of a plastic cup blue. Unlike the painted bowls, you want the blue to stay transparent.
Step 21. Cut and glue a 3” x 7” piece of black foamboard to each of the front panels to create a bumper. Hot glue one yellow cup on each side of the front end to serve as headlights.
Step 22. Attach a 3” x 15” black piece of foam board across the back for the bumper. Glue two pieces of 5” x 8” white foam board above the bumper on the left and right sides.
Step 23. Hot glue a yellow cup and red cup to each of the white rectangles on the bumper. Add an LED light bar to the back of the firetruck by making incisions in the foam board and using cable ties to attach around the light.
Step 24. Attach an LED light bar to the top of the wagon using the cable ties. Attach an LED puck light with either hot glue or the adhesive that come with the light. Glue the blue cup on top of the light (This can be attached later when you are ready to turn the light on and go trick-or-treating.
Step 25. Using the measurements for “Step 25”, cut out the pieces for the ladder from white foamboard.
Step 26. Assemble the ladder. The slats should be glued at an angle about 2” apart.
Step 27. Glue the ladder to the back of the firetruck and your little one will be ready to rescue cats and put out fires 🙂
This fire engine wagon upgrade is sure to save your Halloween from a fashion emergency. Let your little one live out his or her dream of becoming a firefighter in style.