Posted: Oct 8, 2012 10:16 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2012 3:50 PM
Halloween is about three weeks away and now is the time to start planning kid's costumes. Here are some great ideas for costumes you can make yourself.
Black-Eyed P - Cut out a large letter P from felt and hot glue it to a sweater. Use eye makeup to make one of the kid's eyes black. Now they are a Black-eyed "P."
Skeleton - Dress your child in a black sweat suit, paint "bones" using glow-in-the-dark fabric paint. Top them off with a black watch cap.
Hobo - Find an old pair of pants or overalls, a beat up hat and a flannel shirt. The key words here are old and beat up! Use an eyeliner pencil (black or brown) to shade in some beard "stubble". If you like, you can stuff the shirt with wadded up newspaper to make a big belly.
Ghost - Find an old white sheet or pick a cheap one up at Goodwill. Color two large round eyeholes with a permanent black marker, then cut out the middle to make spooky black-rimmed eyes. You can cut an opening for the mouth or cut strips on the edges to make it a bit more unique.
Bunch of Grapes - Blow up small round purple or green balloons to about 6" in diameter. Dress your child in the same color pants and shirt (if you can match the color of the balloons, that's perfect - if not use black or brown). Use safety pins to attach the balloons to the child's clothing.
Scarecrow - Old jeans and shirt with patches sewn on and tie colored yarn around the bottom of the pantlegs and the shirt cuffs. Add an old straw hat and some hay bits sticking out of the cuffs and pantlegs.
Pumpkin - Use a large orange bag (you can also use orange fabric, folded in half and sewn down the two longer sides). Paint the child's face and neck green for a stem with watercolors or face paint. You can also use green yarn as tendrils.
Mime - Black long-sleeved shirt and black pants. Paint the child's face white with commercial skin paint. Add black triangles over eyes for expression and red lips with a large cupid's bow. A red beret makes it more authentic.
• Grey sweat pants and shirt
• Armor made from cardboard like a sandwich board and covered in aluminum foil. Decorate the front with colored tape.
• A helmet made from a plastic gallon milk carton cut half-way up and covered in foil. For a more elaborate hemlet, decorate a toilet paper tube or roll newspaper tightly and cut it for a plume. Attach to the top of the carton.
• Metal garbage can lid as a shield and newspaper rolled tightly for a lance.
• A fancy nightie with colorful or gold braid wrapped empire style twice around and left to dangle at the back.
• Oak tag rolled, taped, colored and glittered as a medieval princess's hat. Attach a length of chiffon or a long scarf at the point.
• Ballet slippers
Take some cardboard and re-create your Facebook page for everyone to see. Hang it around your neck or cut a hole for you to use your real face as the picture. You can have your friends write on your wall.
Take two pieces of black foamboard or poster board and attach them together using black duct tape, like a sandwich board. Glue on glow in the dark stars. Wear black sweat pants and sweat shirt underneath. You can also add black gloves and a black stocking cap for extra warmth. How easy is that?
Find a yellow shirt. He has a collared shirt in most of the books. Use some black fabric paint to make the zig-zag stripes on the front and back. Have your child wear black pants and shoes. You can also draw a small curl-e-que on the forehead and you have Charlie Brown.
Use a blue shirt and pants or just a blue shirt is enough. Hot glue gun the cotton balls to the blue shirt. You can use body paint to spray exposed skin and hair blue or just use shirt.
Use two pieces of black foamboard or posterboard and attach them together using black duct tape, like a sandwich board. Draw the button and speaker with a silver paint pen. Print the PDFs from this website, cut them out and tape them to the posterboard. Wear a black sweatsuit underneath.
Fred and Wilma
Do you have any do-it-yourself Halloween costumes to share with us? What are your kids going to be for Halloween?