On Halloween night, ghouls, ghosts, witches and other creative characters will be prowling about the streets in search of candy. It seems all children want to have a unique costume to wear for Halloween. While department stores and discount markets sell costumes, you can expect to pay for the convenience of a ready-made costume.
Of course, you can always make one for your child, but you may be tempted to think, “I can’t sew a costume.” Not to worry; homemade Halloween costumes aren’t as hard to make as you might think. Here are some costumes you can cobble together with household items you may already have on hand.
Start with a long hooded sweatshirt–yellow or green are good colors to work with. Sew in elastic gathers around the top, middle and bottom of the sweatshirt to create a segmented look. (If you don’t want to do any sewing, you can paint on some stripes with fabric or tempera paint.) For the caterpillar legs, stuff some old gloves with cotton stuffing material, and sew them onto the sweatshirt in two rows down the front of the shirt. Top off the look with antennae made from pipe cleaners and Styrofoam balls (glue the pipe cleaners onto a hair band and then glue the Styrofoam balls onto the pipe cleaners).
Start with a gray sweatsuit. Wrap cotton batting diagonally around the sweatshirt and sweatpants to create a swirling cloud effect. Then attach small toy cars, trucks and figures to the cotton batting with hot glue to give the appearance of objects all caught up in the storm!
Choose a medium blue or red hooded sweatshirt and attach fabric or paper diamond-shaped panels in contrasting colors to the front and back of the shirt with glue. (Don’t forget to include a symbol or letter for the chest.) Use face paint to create a countenance that will put a fright into any bad guy’s heart.
Halloween Safety Tips
- Put reflective tape on kids’ costumes and have them carry flashlights when they trick-or-treat.
- Don’t send kids trick-or-treating alone. Older children should go in groups. Younger ones need an adult accompanying them.
- Avoid purchasing masks that impede your child’s vision in any way. Instead of a mask, use face paint.
- Don’t have kids wear oversized shoes or high heels when trick-or-treating.
- While kids can draw the designs on pumpkins, only adults should handle the carving.
- Use votive candles to illuminate pumpkins; they are more stable than taller, thinner candles.
- Keep lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable items.