The cool fall weather is near and kids are already thinking about Halloween. There are many aspects of health and safety to keep in mind for Halloween, and one is costume choice. Commercial costumes are readily available from hundreds of retail and online shopping sites. Many are cute but pricey. Some contain masks and accessories that can make it difficult for a young child to walk, negotiate stairsor porch steps, and impede vision.
A Halloween costume for kids doesn’t have to break the bank. Many homemade costumes are even cuter than store bought options and a lot less expensive. Chances are you have some of the necessary items around the house or they can be purchased in dollar stores, party supply stores, craft outlets or discount places.
Most cute ideas require only a few items, and some mommy/daddy/ child time. Kids will love the idea that they helped make their own costume. Most are very inexpensive.
Jelly Fish: Sea creatures are always popular with kids and a jelly fish costume is easy. You will need a clear child sized umbrella, crepe paper, construction paper, and glue. Any single color sweat suit or leotard is fine for the child to wear. Purchase matching crepe paper. Open the umbrella and attach lengths of crepe paper to the end of each umbrella spoke so they do not drag on the ground as the child holds the umbrella. Cut large googly eyes from construction paper and glue to the umbrella making sure the child’s view is not obstructed. This is the basic costume but you can embellish it more by adding extra crepe paper or decorations to the child’s clothing.
Baby Moose: You will need a brown sweat suit, a pair of white gloves and stuffing and a needle and thread. Stuff the gloves so they resemble antlers. Sew to the upper portion of the hood of the sweat suit jacket. That’s all for the basic costume. You can embellish with make up for the child’s face and add a tail to the pants back. The great thing is that the child’s walking and vision are not obstructed.
Alien eyeball. You will need a white pillowcase, 1 or 2 paper plates, paint, glue and either a glue gun or needle and thread. Cut a hole in the bottom of the pillowcase large enough for the child’s head to fit through. Cut arm holes in sides. Hem or glue down the hole edges to prevent raveling. Using paper plate(s) design and paint an eyeball of choice with colored puffy paint. You can add red veins or streak the iris with any colors. Glue the paper plate to the front of the pillowcase and you have the basic costume. The child can wear any clothing under the costume, but a matching shirt and pants add to the effect. Draw eyebrows or eyelashes onto the pillowcase above the eye, or sew on fake fur. Use any desired make up and hair style to enhance the child’s scary, alien look.
iPhone: Now every child can have a life sized iPhone. You will need a large box, paint, construction paper and glue. Cut holes in the box bottom for the head, and in the sides for the arms. Paint the box black, blue, or any color for the iPhone case. Delineate and paint the front “screen” black. Using construction paper and paint, design any apps desired and glue them in rows to the iPhone “screen”. Any clothing will be fine underneath.
Popcorn vendor: This idea can become a family costume ensemble that even incorporates a baby. You will need one white pillow case per person, foam core board, red felt or flannel cut into stripes, an inexpensive white or yellow stocking cap per person, glue, black paint, and popped popcorn. Cut holes for arms and head in the pillow cases. Glue foam core board inside the front part of the pillow case to form a popcorn box shape. A box painted while can be substituted for the pillowcase if desired. Glue red stripes vertically down the front of the pillowcase or box. Using black paint or construction paper and glue cut our or write “Popcorn” on the front of the pillowcase or box. You can make a fancier design if desired. Glue popcorn to the stocking cap(s) for a non-obstructed view headpiece.
For a baby, add red felt or stripes to white flannel and attach to a front worn baby carrier/snugli. Add a sign, glue popcorn to a baby cap and the baby part is done. If desired, mom or dad can dress as a vendor with a white shirt and bowtie.
Spider: You will need black clothing for the child, stuffing, a metal hanger, black duct tape, and 4 knee length socks. The child will need black gloves or additional knee socks that can be cut for mitten like spider legs. Stuff the 4 socks to look like spider legs. Remove hook part of hanger and file down or cover any sharp edges. bend hanger into a circle or oval. Tape stuffed socks to hanger at the position of the child's sides, shoulders, hips, or where they they will fill in to look like a spider. Child's arms and legs in black clothing and hand coverings will make up the other 4 spider legs. Tape the hanger structure around the shoulders backpack style onto the child's back. Add a furry cap if desired.
The best part of these costumes is that they do not obstruct a child’s vision or walking ability. They are inexpensive and easy to make. They help bring Halloween away from the commercial one-upmanship and back to family cantered fun. Click here for more ideas.
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