Halloween once again! It’s nice to let our kids experience Halloween Costume
parties by dressing them up and a great time to let them express their
imaginations. Here are some tips for low-cost, home-made creations:
Ask your grocer for a
potato bag. Cut arm and neck holes for your child. Don it over jeans and a
plaid shirt, tie a rope at the waist, add a few wisps of straw and an old
hat and you've transformed your child into a scarecrow.
Give your kids some large
pieces of foam, sticky paper and markers. They might transform themselves
into huge parking tickets or passes for sporting events.
Flexible tubing, such as
electrical conduit or drainage pipe, is great for spider legs and the like.
For a ghost, use a
left-over wedding runner. Just fold it and cut a hole in it, then tie the
waist with yarn. If you shred the edges, it'll give the costume a creepy
effect. An old pillowcase can also do the trick.
Old bridesmaid dresses are
perfect for little princesses; just pin up the skirt. You can buy a cheap
tiara, or join the would-be princess in making a cone-shaped hat out of
poster board, then drape it with inexpensive netting.
Old curtains can be
recycled in many ways. Velvet is perfect for a king's cape You can make a
magician out of a bunch of old scarves. Use handfuls of them - around the
waist and on the head - for a gypsy outfit. Costume jewelry and a colorful
skirt complete the look.
Face paint often is the
final touch that makes the costume. Colorful oversized shirts and scarves
make a good basis for a clown costume, but creative face painting gives the
clown his character.
Headbands are useful for
propping up ears or antennae. Use an old animal-print jersey, felt ears on a
headband and black tights to create a cat.
Costumes should not have
Pointed objects such as
swords and devil's forks should be made of soft material.
Be sure all parts of the
costume are flame retardant.
If your child wears a mask
instead of makeup, double check that the eye holes are large enough to see