Creative Costumes for Halloween
By Amanda Formaro
As the years have come and gone, parents and children have become more and more
creative in selecting costumes, from the adorable to the unusual. Here are a
few to choose from!
green or brown hooded sweatsuit
2 sheets yellow or white
2 plastic headbands
From posterboard, cut out petals. From green felt, cut out
long leaves. Glue petals to one headband and glue green felt leaves to the other
headband. Put petal headband on head and leaf headband around neck. Glue a small
stuffed bumble bee to sweatshirt. You can fashion one from felt or posterboard.
fishing pole (real or made from a stick or branch)
floppy fishing hat
silver spray paint
12" piece of yarn
Cut four fish out of cardboard. Spray paint silver on both sides,
let dry. Use marker to draw an "X" in place of the fish's eyes. Punch hole near
mouth of each fish and string from a piece of yarn. Carry fishing pole in hand
and sling fish over shoulder.
red beret or other hat
craft paint in several colors
cape or smock
Have child wear hat tipped sideways. Draw on a black mustache with eyeliner or
face paint. Cut out an artist's paint palette from cardboard. Paint five or six
circles in different colors around palette. Hot glue paint brush onto palette
or hold in hand.
Yellow or red raincoat
rubber boots (yellow, red or basic black)
toy fire hat
stuffed Dalmatian toy
Make an axe out of cardboard and
aluminum foil. Get dressed and carry puppy!
straw hat or baseball cap
(or fashion from cardboard)
stuffed pig or chicken
Very simple, just
get dressed! Carry pitchfork and stuffed farm animal.
well-worn terry bathrobe
big fuzzy slippers
plastic coffee mug
Get dressed. Put curlers in child's hair. Have her
carry a coffee mug and hang a sign around her neck that says "I'm Not a Morning
brown hooded sweatsuit
cotton batting or old pillow stuffing
Stuff tights with cotton batting or pillow stuffing. Fold into a
pretzel shape and hot glue in place. Use white packing peanuts as salt and hot
red, blue, yellow or green hooded
2 matching colored chenille sticks
silver spray paint
Twist chenille sticks onto headband for
antennas. Paint child's face same color as sweatsuit. Cut a tummy sized square
of cardboard and spray one side with silver paint, let dry. Glue to tummy of
2 sheets of red, yellow or orange
yellow, green, red, and brown construction paper OR craft paint
Cut the posterboard into 2 pie shapes (triangle). Then on one side of each
piece, glue on red circles for pepperoni, brown splotches for sausage, green
squares for green peppers, and yellow strips for cheese. You can use pieces of
posterboard or construction paper, or you can paint them on. Then when you are
done, use some more posterboard to connect the two slices, by cutting two long
strips and attaching them to the wide end of the slice and draping them over
the child's shoulders (imagine those signs that people where in the city
streets, the walking billboards of yesteryear). Pizza!
green sweatpants or leggings
light blue sweat shirt
big yellow buttons
batting or cotton balls
Cut leaves out of green felt and glue or stitch
onto green pants. Cut yellow felt into circles, slitting them to make fringe
around the edges. Hand stitch on over green leaves with big yellow buttons.
Hand sew white pompoms on to make dandelions that have gone to seed. Glue
cotton batting or cotton balls onto blue shirt for clouds. Cut a large yellow
circle from felt for the sun.
small white balloons
bath scrubby (with rope to hang from
Pin small white balloons all over shirt. Put on
shower cap, hang bath scrubby from wrist and carry a rubber ducky or glue him
to the shoulder of the shirt.
Bag of Jelly Beans (or gumballs)
clear plastic bag (dry cleaning bags are great)
balloons, several different
bright colored scarf
Have child step into bag to make holes for the legs and arms. Fill
bag with balloons use a bright scarf to tie around the top of the bag. Cut a
square of posterboard to create a sign that says "Jelly Beans 5˘". Glue it to
the front of the bag.
2 pieces of
craft or spray paint, any color of M&M's
black craft paint or
heavy duty string
Cut two large circles out of cardboard.
Paint. Draw or paint on "m&m" onto both circles. Use heavy duty string to
attach the 2 pieces together and hang over shoulders, sign style.
Table for One
red checkerboard table cloth
into a circle, cut out a hold for your head. Put head into hole and rest on your
shoulders. Cover with a red checkerboard tablecloth. Make your head into a
centerpiece by gluing silk flowers to the headband. Glue play dishes and play
food onto the table, add accessories (salt and pepper shakers, napkins, menu,
Mr. Potato Head
old shirt or rags
red clown shoes
Fill the burlap bag with old
shirts or rags. Using felt, cut out the eyes (black and white), nose (peach),
mouth (red), and mustache (brown). Attach Velcro to the backs of the pieces of
felt. Use fiberfill to stuff each parts. Attach the Velcro backs to the suit.
King & Queen of Hearts
4 pieces of white posterboard
2 pieces of
cardboard (from nylon package)
gold spray paint
the King of Hearts face on one side of the white posterboard, then
hearts on back side. Put a strap (scrap of material) stapling the two
to fit over child's head on to their shoulder. Make gold crown out
cardboard. Put a heart of lipstick on child's cheek. Repeat for the Queen.
purple or green sweatsuit
purple or green balloons
double-sided tape or adhesive Velcro circles
chenille sticks or raffia
Stick balloons to clothing. If using tape, twist it around tied-off end of
balloon and crimp tightly onto clothing. Velcro circles come apart. Each half
can be attached to a balloon and the clothing. Make a "stem" by twisting
together brown and green pipe cleaners or raffia and attach to hat. This works
best as an indoor party outfit and should not be worn by children under five --
balloons are a choking hazard.
double sided tape
Cover your body with
double sided sticky tape. Then fill up purple balloons and attach the balloons
to the double sided tape. You may use a garbage bag tie to attach the balloon
to the double sided tape. This is preferred if you are going outside in the
yellow craft paint or
small plastic toy cars
Paint two solid yellow lines down
the middle of the shirt, or use 2 inch pieces of yellow tape. Glue on plastic
hooded sweatsuit, any color
round laundry basket
armful of clothing
empty fabric softener bottle
Cut a hole in the bottom
of the laundry basket to fit to child's body. Attach twin strings to act as
suspenders to hold the basket up. Fill it with clothes and empty detergent
Wear any kind of
mismatched clothes, pin one pant leg up, pin dryer sheets on you as well as
socks, small towels, etc. Use hair gel to make your hair look like it has
colored hair spray
Use hair gel
and hair spray to tease hair into crazy spikes. Color.
black button-down shirt
Create a priest's collar from white posterboard and
insert into front collar area of shirt. Works best if you use a shirt that has
the same type of self-faced collar as priests wear, or you could tuck under the
collar points for a similar effect. Add rosary and bible. Especially a cute
costume for a boy who is constantly in trouble!
Crayon any color sweatsuit
matching color construction paper or posterboard
Paint the word "crayon" sideways in black, and use the same color
construction paper to make your pointed hat. Staple a string on it and tie it
under your neck to keep it secure, you can paint your face the same color too.
Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She is also the
owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine at http://familycorner.com where you will find recipes, crafts, family
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