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Best Homeade Halloween Costumes For Kids

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Halloween is quickly approaching and I'm sure your children have already decided what they want to dress as this year. Halloween can be an expensive holiday, if you let it. Some of the best, cutest, and most creative costumes are ones that are made at home! We did some research and found some of our favorite home-ade costumes, along with the simple steps to make them yourself!

 

Frank Heckers, parenting.com

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Corn On The Cob Costume


 

 

This costume is sure to catch anyone's eye. If you're child wants to be cute, creative, and stand out then this is the perfect costume. It is so simple and easy to make too!

For this costume, you'll need:

* hot glue or fabric glue

* scissors

* tape measure

Step 1: Cut sleeves off a green sweatshirt. Turn in armholes and glue raw edges.

Step 2: Give 3 paper egg-carton bottoms a coat of yellow paint. When dry, glue to front of sweatshirt for kernels, as shown.

Step 3: Cut 1 yard of green felt in half. Pull on felt to create irregular edges. Fold and glue along each side of egg cartons, as shown. Glue green pipe cleaners to the back of felt at the top to help the “husk” tips stand up.

 Step 4: Hat: Measure child's head and cut a sleeve to fit, leaving an extra inch at the top. Cut a bunch of raffia and bundle together. Wrap a strand around base of bundle to keep it together; glue to hat for corn silk.

 

Frank Heckers, parenting.com

4

Little Chicken Costume


 

 

This costume starts with a sweatshirt two sizes bigger than your child's size  – found at a discount store for about $5 apiece. You'll also need a hot-glue gun and scissors.

Step 1. Cut the sleeves off a white sweatshirt; fold in and glue raw edges.

Step 2. Starting at bottom of sweatshirt, hot-glue a white feather boa to it, wrapping it around and up to the neck (you'll need one boa for a baby, two for toddlers on up.)

Step 3. To make chicken's comb, stuff fingers of a pair of red rubber gloves with Poly-Fil or batting. Then use one cutoff sleeve for a hat: Fold over and glue raw top edge. Then glue the stuffed gloves, end to end, between the folded edges of the hat. Put hat on your child's head and cut the open end to desired length, leaving an extra inch to fold in and glue down.

Step 4. Add leggings or tights (striped leggings here are from hannaandersson.com), red or orange long-sleeve T-shirt, yellow gloves, and yellow rubber boots.

 

Gayle, www.parents.com

3

Mr. Pacman Costume


 

 

Step 1: Hold up the pillowcase to your child to figure out where to cut the arm and neck holes, and snip away. Use a pencil and ruler to sketch a maze and color it in with a red paint pen .

Step 2: Cut out quarter-sized circles from white felt and Pac-Man ghosts out of your colored felt. Use a hot glue gun to attach the mini googly eyes to the ghosts and then glue them, the dots, and the mini pretzel to the maze.

Step 3: To make the hat: Cut out two Pac-Man faces from yellow poster board and glue googly eyes to each face with regular glue. Attach the faces to the front and the back of the hat with glue. Dress your child in black shirt and pants and you're set.

 

Brooke, www.parenting.com

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A Baby Bubble Bath


 

 

Stuff you need: White spray paint, several yards of iridescent fabric, a few bags of cotton batting, a plastic rod with hook for the shower head (Brooke found this one at a party store), foam board, tinsel. Tess wore a flesh-colored set of thermal pajamas to go outside.

Step 1: Spray-paint a wagon white and let it dry.

Step 2: Divide the cotton batting into different size chunks and wrap with the iridescent fabric. Secure the ends with rubber bands and attach each “bubble” to the wagon with a glue gun, taking care to hide the rubber bands.

Step 3: The “shower” is made by attaching the rod to one end of the wagon with tape, cutting out and attaching a foam “shower head,” and gluing tinsel to the end to make “water.” (Bonus: Easiest trick-or-treat ever! Just pull your kid around the neighborhood in the wagon.)

 

Philip Friedman, Studio D

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A Lego Piece Costume


 

 

STEP 1: Cut off the bottom flaps of a box (ours measured 16″W × 29″H × 11″D) with a utility knife. Tape down the top flaps.

STEP 2: To create head and arm holes, trace a dinner plate on the top of the box and saucers on each of the box's sides, and cut out with the utility knife.

STEP 3: Lay the box flat on its back. Using wood glue, affix eight round 2″H x 4″diam. craft boxes ($1.19 each; bjcraftsupplies.com) — without their lids — in two vertical rows along the front, as shown. Make sure the bottoms of the craft boxes face out.

STEP 4: Once the glue has dried, spray-paint the entire piece glossy red. If necessary, coat multiple times for a brighter color, then let dry.

 

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