For Halloween 2010, one or more of these homemade Halloween costumes might appeal to your tastes:
Homemade Halloween Costume from Over-sized Plush Animals and Stuffed Toys
For small kids, scout around for over-sized stuffed animals that have outlived their usefulness. Over-loved plush characters show up at yard sales for pocket change. You’re looking for one that is the same size as your youngster.
Envision your child climbing into the costume. Cut out a round circle where his face would be. Fold it back or stitch Velcro and hem it so that it doesn’t unravel. Fabric tape works fine, too.
Slit the animal down the back and pull out all of the stuffing. If there are ears, a tail or key appendages that won’t interfere with the insertion of your child into the costume, leave them intact.
Cut out a space for the arms and feet to go. Your child will love finding an animal or doll she can “climb” into.
Add appropriate stockings, shoes and paraphernalia. Enjoy the evening–and the compliments.
Halloween Costumes with Tails – Using the Old Noodle
Lots of Halloween costumes require specialized tails. Dragons, devils, serpents, mythological beasties come to mind, or creations that only a child can imagine. A major dilemma is often the tail.
How does one create a dragon’s tail? What does a dragon’s tail look like? What cheap or inexpensive materials are available to fashion an appendage so it makes a Halloween statement?
Ready for this one? A swimming pool noodle.
That’s right. Swimming pool noodles come in all sorts of bright colors: orange, purple, green, blue, yellow, pink, red. . . With a heavy needle and thread, or large safety pins, they can attach to the nether areas of almost costumes ranging from sweat pants to jeans to previously contrived costumes.
Once they’re attached to their creatures, floppy swimming noodles freely swing back and forth and drag the ground, just like a dragon tail should do.
Fashion scales from plastic transparencies if you want the color to show through. Use any type of paper, plastic, garbage bags, tapes, fabric or materials limited by your imagination, to create feathers, fins, scales or skin. Attach individual pieces to the swimming pool with tape, staples, glue or even long straight pins.
The straight pins work well and don’t usually fall out. If you have small kids running about, go another route for safety’s sake.
Best of all, the swimming pool noodles are inexpensive, even free since they are often discarded at the end of the season.
A Case for Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids
Even in households where saving money isn’t a high priority, kids recall with fondness those costumes they or their parents made out of everyday things. Newspaper swords, aluminum-covered boxes and repurposed fabrics, ribbons and clothing odds-and-ends.
After all – the costume lasts a night or two. The giggles, hugs and memories of loving times together last for a lifetime.
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