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Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids You can Tailor at Home

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Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids You can Tailor at Home

It’s time for pumpkins, ghouls, and ghosts! It’s time to make Halloween memories with your family! It’s the time of year to let your imagination run wild! Let your kid’s be the life of the Halloween party and Trick-or-Treat festivities. Use inexpensive materials and your Halloween spirit to create fabulous Halloween costumes for your kids at home! Try one of these DIY Halloween costumes that are fun and easy to make.

The Mummy

This is a fun, cool costume that you can modify for the entire family (have an entire family of mummies!). What you will need to create the best mummy for the party:

  • White t-shirt or sweatshirt, depending upon your weather
  • White tights or long-johns
  • White socks and shoes
  • White gloves
  • White knit hat or white shower cap to cover hair
  • Green, red, and black ghoulish face makeup
  • Inexpensive rolls of gauze (the amount of gauze depends upon the size of your child). You can find inexpensive gauze at your local discount/wholesale store

Have your child put on the bottom white layers – shirt, tights, socks, gloves, hat, etc. Begin wrapping your child (gently) with the gauze.

Smear the green face makeup over the face; place the red face makeup around the eye area to create ‘glowing eyes,’ being careful not to get the makeup into the eyes; and the black makeup on the lips.

Wrap each leg and arm separately, cutting and tying the last piece of gauze. Wrap completely with gauze to create a ‘mummy’ being careful to leave gauze loose enough for comfort, but taught enough to stay put. Tell your child to ‘walk like a mummy’ with outstretched arms and stiff legs! A few groans and you have the perfect mummy!

Wicked Witch

He he he he he!… No casting spells here! This is an easy DIY wicked witch that you can create at home destined to be the life of any party! What you will need…

  • Green and black face paint
  • Black nail polish
  • Purple (or green) hair spray
  • Black long-sleeve turtleneck or sweater
  • Long black skirt (check at the thrift store), or use an old black slip
  • Black tights or long johns (or witch-y looking tights)
  • Black shoes
  • Inexpensive Black hat (or spray paint black any old hat)
  • One large piece of black poster paper to create a ‘cone’ for hat
  • Heavy duty glue (or glue that will hold well)
  • A black bucket or basket (spray painted black) for cauldron
  • One straw broom

To create the witches hat, roll the black poster paper to fit to the brim of an old hat to create a ‘cone’ – stapling or taping the ends and gluing the paper to the hat. Spray paint the entire hat black. Let the hat dry completely before wearing.

Paint nails black (or wear long artificial nails, or black gloves). Spray hair purple (or green) for added witch-y effects. Create a ‘witches face’ with green face paint, covering neck and hands, too, if desired. Paint the eye area and lips black to create a scary face. Add tights, shirt, skirt, socks, shoes, black bucket, and broom! Whoosh! Off they go!

Spooky Ghost

Boo! A super fun and easy costume! No one will recognize your kid in this costume. To tailor this costume you will need…

  • White t-shirt or sweatshirt, depending upon your weather
  • White tights or long-johns
  • White socks and shoes
  • White gloves
  • White knit hat or white shower cap to cover hair
  • One white sheet cut in half (or the size to cover your child)
  • A pencil to gently mark eye holes in the sheet
  • One pair of scissors to cut eye holes in the sheet for your child to see
  • A black marker to draw a circle around the eye holes

Have your child dress in the white garments – shirt, tights, socks, gloves, and cap. Cut the sheet so that it is large enough to cover your child, but will not make him/her trip as they walk/run. Place the middle of the sheet over the child’s head. The sheet should be loose and flowing in all directions, allowing hands to be free. With a pencil, gently ‘mark’ circles for the eyes – large enough so that your child can see. Remove the sheet from the child and cut out circles as marked with the pencil. Draw a circle around the ‘eye holes’ with a black marker. Place the sheet over the child with eye holes in to see. Instant ghost!

No matter what costume you choose to create, be safe and enjoy the festivities of Halloween! Costumes must be comfortable so that your child can move freely while enjoying the holiday.

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