Homemade Halloween Costumes


Not So Wicked Witch

A witch is always fun and with certain popular books featuring witches and wizards, the stero-typical witch with a black pointed hat and shoes is no longer standard fair. Sit down with your child and discuss what he or she thinks a witch or wizard would wear. The clothes really aren’t as important as the props. The wand or broomstick will make almost and outfit work. Create a perfect wand by going on a nature walk and finding that perfect stick. A broom can be easily made with a long stick or branch and some straw.

The Mummy

Mummy anyone? First of all don’t be tempted to use toilet paper. It is long and white and looks like a great item to create bandages, but it won’t stand up to the wrapping process. Make your own wrappings using an old bed sheet. You can also find inexpensive sheets at almost any second hand shop that make great mummy wrappings. Depending on the size of your child you will most likely need more than one sheet. Start out by making the rags. Have your child help by ripping the sheets with you. Leave the strips as long as possible, you can cut them later and you use them if needed. It is also wise to have an extra sheet just in case you need more rags when you get dressed. It is always better to over budget on rags.

When making the costume it will help if your child wears something white or at least light colored as a base layer. Begin the wrapping process early on Halloween because it may take a long time. With your pile of rags and safety pins begin wrapping. Don’t worry about frayed edges or knots it will add to the authenticity. Overlap edges and start with the extremities. When you are finished add any stains or personal effects to finish off your desired look.

Undead Zombie

Zombies are defiantly a classic, and very easy to create. One of the best things about being a zombie is that it requires very little of what you don’t have on hand. Zombies are the un-dead, so they can wear anything, as long as it is properly ripped torn and soiled so as to resemble a sudden demise and burial. This is a great way to get rid of clothes that are ready to be retired from your child’s wardrobe. The fun begins when you tell your child to wear their costume and literally go roll in the dirt. Resist all urges to make them stop, or to launder the soiled items. The dirt will really sell the zombie look. On Halloween put on the costume, dirt and all then use make-up to complete the look. Remember the point of this make-up is to create great big black hallow looking eyes, sunken cheeks and of course a smear of dirt.

Modern Favorites

If your child is not excited by classic Halloween favorites then shop the current trends. Costumes for pirates, princesses, popular cartoon, movie characters and sports heroes and very easy to create at home.

Sports Star

All you need for a sports figure in most cases is a jersey. If your child is a fan you may already have this in your possession. Add the necessary padding, wigs and ball to complete the look.

Royal Princess

Princesses are a bit trickier. If your little one has a particular princess that she loves, then you may need to shop, or negotiate carefully. If you can convince her to wear her chosen princess’s casual look then your job is much easier. A peasant’s gown with a cute apron is all that is needed; you can also add a crown.

Carribean Pirate

Pirates are very much the rage in children’s toys and movies today. This is good news for do it yourself costumes. All you need is a T-shirt, a pair of pants that can be cut ragged edged across the bottom. Add the accessories and you have an instant Black Beard. To make a belt cut out a large cardboard rectangle. Inside the rectangle cut out two smaller ones leaving a space in the middle between the two. Cover this with tin foil and thread it onto a belt. Fasten the belt in the back with the tinfoil buckle in the front to complete the look. Use a bandana on the head and some eye-liner on the face to create facial hair in your desired shape. Wa-lah, instant pirate.


For those little NASCAR fans, try making your own race car. This is not as difficult as it may seem. Start out with a box. Any size will do, but a box that is large enough for your child to stand inside, but small enough to carry without being too bulky is best. Xerox boxes are ideal. Using paint, stickers and markers decorate your box so that it looks like your favorite car. Use extra cardboard to add details like fins, steering wheel dashboard or fenders. Once the box has been transformed into the car of your child’s dreams remove the bottom with a box cutter so your child can stand inside of it. To help your child carry the car attach two lengths of ribbons from the front and back of the car long enough to rest comfortably on your child’s shoulders yet let the car hang around the waist. Add a few sponsor logos, driving gloves and a ball cap and you are all set.




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