My mother didn’t believe in buying
ready-made costumes from a store, but handcrafted or improvised each of
my Halloween costumes when I was a child. Some of my favorites were a ladybug, a mime, and a rock
Making a costume for your toddler can be a fun experience and an
opportunity for quality time with your child. In many cases, there is
very little to purchase to create a great costume. Many materials needed
are already owned and can be improvised upon without permanently
altering the materials by use of hem tape, fabric glue or masking tape.
You can also create homemade make-up for costumes by mixing two
tablespoons of cornstarch with one tablespoon of shortening. Mix on wax
paper for easy cleaning and add food-coloring to create different
Think of it as an opportunity to expand your child’s (and your own)
creativity and imagination!
A few ideas to get you started:
Ladybug – Use dark clothing, like sweatshirts and pants (this can
also help with those cold October days). Take a red saucer (like the
ones used for sledding in winter) and paint black circles on the back.
Use rope or cloth to attach loops for the child’s arms or Velcro to
attach the saucer to the back of the shirt. (Poster board can also be
used in place of the saucer)
Rock Star – a colorful wig can be purchased or made out of paper or
yarn. Colorful clothing and make-up add flair to the costume of a rock
Bumble Bee – Add stripes of black electrical tape to a yellow
raincoat. Fashion black pipe cleaners to a headband for antenna.
Mummy: Use white clothing and wrap a few pieces of gauze or white
cloth around the child’s body.
Skunk: Paint a white stripe down the back of a black shirt. Simple
Spider: Use cheap pantyhose for the legs of the spider. Fill hose
with lightweight dark material and pin to dark clothing.
Clown: Oversized bright colored clothing work well for clowns. Use
white face paint, and paint red circles on the child’s cheeks. Carry
balloons, juggling balls or similar clown items.
Pumpkin: Dress child in over-sized orange sweatshirt and dark colored
pants. Draw pumpkin face on the shirt and add a green cap to child’s
head for a perfect pumpkin.
A bunch of grapes: a solid colored green or black shirt is used for
this costume. Attach purple balloons to the costume with tape to create
a bunch of grapes.
Angel: Use white colored clothing. Add white pipe cleaners fashioned
into a circle to a headband for halo. Instant angel!
Bunny: A great one for babies. Dress the baby in a sleeper and add
some matching fabric for floppy ears. Paint a few whiskers on baby’s
cheeks for a cute bunny. (Works similarly for kittens and puppies)
Flower: Paint a green stripe down the center of sleeper. Add fabric
around a cap for flower petals.
There are a nearly unlimited amount of options for homemade costumes
if you use your imagination. Look around you for simple ideas that are
quite creative and different! Over all, remember to have fun and include
your child in the creation process.
This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.BabyNameVote.Com/
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Tonia Jordan is an author on http://www.Writing.com/
which is the online community for writers.
She is also a stringer for the Standard Speaker, a
Pennsylvania newspaper, and is editor of Word of Mouth