Halloween with your child can be one of the most fun times of the year. From pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating, the holiday is full of enjoyable opportunities for a great time with the kids. Going to the local department store and picking out a costume is fine, but you miss out on an exciting activity with your child. Plus, have you ever looked at a Halloween costume thinking that you could have made something better for a tenth of the price? Making your child's Halloween costume together is an opportunity for your children to learn valuable skills, have fun with their mom or dad, and will give them a sense of pride when they wear it on the big day. Here are some easy Halloween costume ideas that are fun and simple to make.
- A mummy Halloween costume takes little more than some light colored, tight fitting clothes (try PJs), and a few rolls of gauze. Use glue to make a permanent costume, or wrap it on the day of. Be ready for giggles as you begin to wrap!
- A bat costume can be made by detaching the head of an umbrella and cutting it in half (be sure there are no sharp edges), making wings (black cloth can also be used). Sew these to the back of a plain black sweatshirt, and cut ears out of black felt. Make a mask by cutting a piece of construction paper and gluing it to sunglasses.
- An artist costume is easy to make. Cut a paint pallet out of cardboard and paint splotches of different colors onto it. A brush to hold and a bandana to wear are the only other essentials, but it might be fun to think creatively about which clothes would represent an artistic personality. A great follow up activity is painting!
- A flower costume can be made using an all green outfit topped with felt petals. With some safety scissors and a chalk line (depending on his or her age), your child can cut he petals his/herself.Face paint is optional.
- A simple knight costume can be created with a base of grey sweatpants and a grey hooded sweatshirt. An art smock or vest (worn backwards) can be adorned with a painted or sewn emblem, designed by your child. Tuck the pants into high boots (snow boots should work fine) and there's just one more step. A sword can be made from wood or cardboard, using a saw or scissors to cut a blunt tip and attaching a small piece of the material at the base as the hilt, or cross-guard. Use silver spray paint to give it a realistic sheen. A shield can be cut out of cardboard and decorated by your child (use string to make a handle to slide the arm through).
- Make a Lego Halloween costume using by painting a cardboard box and cutting a home for your child's head. Glue colored plastic bowls to the front to make it complete, and make sure the sweatpants and sweatshirt matches the color of the box.