My favorite costume hands-down when I was a kid was the spider costume my grandmother made me for Halloween. It is so quick, cheap, and easy to make even a beginner can make one! All you need are a few items around the house for this fun, creative costume!
What you need to make the spider costume is a black long-sleeved leotard or long sleeved black shirt or sweatshirt or hoodie, 6 black tube socks that you can purchase in packs or individually at any dollar store, fishing line, newspaper, and a needle with black thread. This costume should take about an hour or so to make, and is incredibly simple and fun.
To make the spider costume, ball up newspaper and shove it inside the tube socks until all the way full. The more newspaper you stuff them with the more durable they will be for movement and structure. So stuff them good.
Take the socks and hand sew each open end of the sock along the length of the shirt on the sides, 3 socks (which are now spider legs) on each side, even with the opposite side. The result at this point should be the long sleeves with 3 evenly spaced “legs” on each side of the shirt forming 8 legs total.
To make the legs keep their shape, at the toe end of the socks, starting with the bottom leg, take a length of fishing line to connect the legs to one another. It is best to cut the length of fishing line so it will connect one leg to the leg above it, and so on until you get to the sleeve, tight enough so each leg will hold it’s shape and not hang, but not so much that it is pulled taught. Loop the fishing line from the bottom leg to the one above it, and cut another piece to connect the second leg to the one above it, and so on until all 4 legs, including the sleeve are connected length down. Do this on both sides.
Now you’re done! When the costume wearer puts the costume on, any arm movement they make will move their other legs, making the costume mobile and fun! The newspaper will hold the leg shape without being too stiff. Pair this costume with a pair of black pants and black shoes and paint the face any color you’d like to compliment your scary spider look.
This basic costume design can also be used as a base for butterfly, ladybug, or any insect costume, adding the desired legs and changing the color of the long-sleeved shirt. It’s an excellent costume idea for someone on a budget who has a little bit of time to make a costume. I’ve had my costume for years and still love it!