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looking for a really unique Halloween costume
idea that's not too hard to make. Any ideas?"
Our readers had so many great ideas for costumes! This pizza idea is my
favorite submission. We've posted instructions and printable
pages to make it easy. Thanks go to Carrie of
Also online we have instructions and
patterns for a princess, Pikachu,
an angel, and Harry
Potter glasses. Check out our Dress Up page for costume
accessories or visit our page of Frugal Costume Page for
Spaghetti and Meatballs
What you need: Red Shirt, white pants (for
plate), large styrofoam craft balls, brown paint, red paint, green paint,
an old can (I used a large coffee can), a label from a Kraft parmesan
cheese bottle, red yarn, white yarn, a red foam visor.
I draped the yarn over my shoulders and head (this gets messy ---
just like spaghetti ). For small children you may want to attach the yard
to the shirt using hot glue to avoid them wrapping the yarn around their
neck-- make sure it hangs a little under the arms and around the bottom of
the shirt. I used the visor and put yarn randomly around the visor
and hot glued the craft balls painted brown with small amounts of red (for
the sauce) to the visor. I painted an old coffee can green and
pasted an old Kraft parmesan cheese label to it. For an added touch I
punched random holes in the lid of the coffee can and put some shredded
white confetti inside to occasionally sprinkle on myself.
"Purchase an inexpensive laundry basket from the dollar store. Cut out a circle from
the bottom to fit your child. you can then use close line or something similar to act like
suspenders. Clothespin clothes to the child and the basket. This is cute and
"Use two sheets of poster board (one for
front, one for back) Decorate like a spade, heart, club, or diamond, your child's choice.
You can staple sturdy ribbons or bias tape to the top edges of each piece (so that they
lay over your chills shoulders like suspenders would) It just slips over their head &
clothing, be sure to cover the staples with some tape (most any kind will do) so that your
child will not be snagged by them. This is great for those contests at school if your
child likes to slip off their costume so they can play!"
--Tava, Mom of 3, Hiawassee, GA
"Use a green sweatshirt and sweat pants. Cut a hole in a piece of purple craft foam
the size of your child's face. Staple elastic on the sides. Cut out petals from pink fun
foam glue them to the purple base, leaving some purple showing."
Creativity with Sweats
"You can make thousands of things if you have sweats. Just add yellow stripes to
black sweats and a pair of fun foam wings and you're a bee; Black spots to white sweats, a
horned headband (just cut out fun foam horns and glue them to a purchased headband or a
length of elastic that has been sewn together) and you're a cow. Bunnies, bears, horses,
frogs, have all been done at my house on the same basis, just an outfit, add a head thing
and you're done! Good luck and happy haunting!"
--Lorene Clark, Spring City, UT
Bag of Jelly Beans
"Blow up a bunch of colored small balloons. Take a clear plastic trash bag and fit it
over your person with holes for arms, legs, and head. Put balloons inside trash bag. Add a
creative hat if desired. Totally easy and quick!"
"This is very simple. Get a plain shirt, like a sweatshirt or a t-shirt -- any color
will do. Go to the craft store and get some self-adhesive felt (craft area) and cut out a
the letter 'P'. Iron the 'P' on the shirt. Put black make-up around one eye and your
costume is done! You are a 'Black-eyed P'!"
--Jody B., Kansas City, MO
"All you need is a bath robe, a coffee mug, slippers, your hair in a mess and a sign
around you neck saying 'I'm not a morning person'. Have fun!!"
Bunch of Grapes
"For a small child, this 'grape' costume is adorable. Purple sweats with purple
balloons tied to them. Adding a green felt stem and leaf to their head would complete
"Paint glow-in-the-dark stars on a graduation gown (bought at thrift store
usually under $3), form black tag board into a cone. Staple, covering with tape to the
inside so it doesn't scratch your child's head. Add string to hold in place. Decorate with
precut gold stars and some glitter paint. Add just enough glitter paint to robe to make it
look mystical. For a wand, tie gold ribbon around baton or tightly rolled up newspaper.
Pain scar on child's forehead add glasses and, viola, Harry Potter!"
--Chastity, Tacoma, WA
"Create a tree costume by sewing fake leaves to a hooded sweatshirt. Leaves could be
green or autumn colors. Use brown sweat pants for the tree trunk."
"I purchased a fabric panel with
glow-in-the-dark skeleton parts that was to be a stuffed wall hanging or decoration. Then
I bought a black sweat suit and used the double sided fusing to adhere the skeleton to the
sweats. Now I have a walking, talking, glow-in-the-dark skeleton."
--MB, Cheyenne, WY
Pair of Dice
"Paint a cardboard box white and put
black dots on it like a die. If you are going with a partner use another box and you both
can be a set of dice.
Pile of Leaves
Use a red hooded sweatshirt and red sweatpants. Attach fake leaves (like silk ones) all
over. Wear a red mask to cover the eyes and put a few leaves on it. It's a pile of leaves!
Have the child carry a rake!
"Spike your hair when it's up in a clip and hair spray it till its really hard. Then
you can put baby powder it in so it's white or you can put sparkles or both. Powder your
face and put body glitter where you think it would look nice. Wear a long white dress.
(Any thrift store has them if you don't) and put sparkles on that. Believe me it looks
Dress in all red shirt, pants and hat. Place several small colored balloons in clear trash
bag and put arm & head holes in bag. Wear bag with balloons with bag gathered at the
waist. Make a small sign that says 25 cents.
"Use safety pins to attach orphan socks everywhere on your sweater, and pants. For
added effect, sew socks together for as a hat and make a sign saying 'Lost Socks' and wear
as a necklace. Have fun!"
"Get a t-shirt and paint blood on it and stuff it. Pull it over your head and
then your a headless man!"
--Abby, Ocean Grove, Victoria
"Roll up your jeans, tape your glasses, and do your hair in pigtails. It is a big hit
and lots of fun!!
"Wear torn clothes. Wrap arm and leg in bandages. Add some fake blood. Use fake skin
to make a huge welt on his head, draw a butter knife through it to make a cut and add more
blood. You can also use a single layer of Kleenex tissue and Vaseline petroleum jelly to
make skin look burned and blistered.
Use a box for the body, vent tubing from a dryer to
make the arms. Add gloves and spray everything with silver paint. Use Grey face paint and
top with a veggie strainer for a helmet."
-Andrea, Stuarts Draft, VA
Decorate a box to look like a gift. Cut arm
holes, leg holes and a head hole. Stick a bow on top of the head and you're done. This
idea is really cute on littler kids.
Tweety Bird's 'Gwanny'
Put hair back in a bun and paint it white. Use a dress from the goodwill. Stuff the chest
and hip areas. Wear little wire frame glasses, jewelry, etc. To make it really cute, carry
a bird cage with a stuffed tweety in it.
"Draw a rough picture of a dollar bill on a piece of cardboard - be creative! We put
a silly face, and used my kid's names and birthdays for the signatures and serial numbers.
Slip the cardboard into a pillowcase, and trace the picture you drew with green fabric
paint. Let dry. Round out the costume with paper money glued to an old hat and onto a
paper shopping bag to use for trick or treat."
--Jeanne B. Madison, WI
Box of Popcorn
"Take a box that will fit the child. Cut a hole for the head and a hole for each arm.
Paint red and white stripes on the box. Paint the word POPCORN. Pop some popcorn and glue
it on the top of the box all around the hole for the head. The piece you cut out for the
head glue some popcorn onto it also and attach a string to it and that goes on the child's
--Dawn H, Ladson, SC
Dragon (For more than one)
Use an old sheet, decorate it with spots and glitter, etcetera. Attach 2 handles for each
person wearing it. Cut 2 dragon-shaped heads out of cardboard. Put a paper towel roll
between the two, to make it 3-D. Add I more up front for it to be a headpiece, or have the
front child carry it.
Mr. Potato Head
"Cut out 2 large ovals from some burlap
bags, cut out arms, legs, & neck. Stitch them together using elastic for better fit.
Make felt make eyes, nose, mouth, etc. Use Velcro on the felt & burlap to attach and
reattach cut out pieces for the costume.
--Christy Grimes, Loveland, CO
"All you need is a white turtle neck and white pants. Put black dots on them. Draw
whiskers, a nose and some spots on the face"
"Just cut a hole, put suspenders on it, get pants and a shirt the same color and
there you go.
The Red Baron
"One year, as a school project, we had to come up with a costume idea on SHORT
notice. My son was in first grade at the time. He had a leather-like jacket that resembled
a bomber jacket. So, with a large cardboard box, extra cardboard, tape and spray paint we
created 'The Red Baron'". The box flaps (top and bottom) were tucked inside to made
an opening. (My son stood inside to give the appearance of being the pilot.) Two pieces of
rope were run through the box (front and back) and word over the shoulder, suspender
style. (This is how he kept the plane off the ground.) Then, using imagination, we spray
painted the box and cut additional pieces of cardboard for the plane's nose, tail and
wings. These can be added with tape, glue, etc. (They were painted also.) Add hat, scarf
and goggles and you have your costume."
--N. Green, El Dorado, Arkansas
"Last year I dressed my son up as a Lego. I took a large box cut arm holes, painted
it blue and glued pieces of sponge painted blue on the front."
"First you get a short pleated skirt. Then you get a tee shirt or tank top that
matches. Next you need pom poms which can be found in dress up things, in the bike section
for your handlebars, or at Wal-Mart for $4.00. Then put your hair in 2 pigtails and tie it
up with a matching ribbon. Add some tennis shoes for footwear."
--Amanda, Wahiwa, Hawaii
Dress in all in pink. Put a little kid's your head. What are you? A piece of bubble gum
stuck to the bottom of a chair."
--Destiny, Evans, CO
Using white craft foam sheets, cut out enough
large petal shapes to glue around a green highbred. Cover your glue line with bright
yellow ribbon so that it shows on the front. Dress in green, paint a ladybug or a
bumblebee on your cheek and you're a daisy!!!"
My son was a computer last year, a couple of boxes painted silver and he had one on his
head as the monitor, another a keyboard. One arm was the mouse.
Genie In A Bottle
You can put sparkles in your hair and put it up in a high pony tail with a long, colorful
scarf or if you have short hair pull it back with clips. Use really shimmery make up and a
lot of it. Really red or dark lipstick. Sparkly or big hoop earrings. Wear a spaghetti
strap shirt or a tube top in bright colors (maybe try fabric paint as well). Put on
sparkly nail polish. Wear lots of sparkly and/or gold band bracelets. An arm band would
look great too. Wear tight flares in bright colors (maybe try some fabric paint). Wear
whatever you want on your feet.
--Taya (Age 14), Calgary, Alberta