These unique costumes for your kids couldn't be easier—make them yourself in just a few steps.
Get your kids to help out making their own costumes with these homemade Halloween costume ideas.
YOU'LL NEED • Measuring tape • Scissors • 2 yards white felt • Glue gun • Gold, wide, single-fold bias tape • Black marker
• Glitter glue • Lizards • Stick-on Velcro • White leotard
1. Have your child stand with arms stretched out. Measure from wrist to wrist across your child's back, then from shoulder blades to mid-thigh. Cut white felt to these measurements.
2. Lay felt out flat. On each end of "book," glue gold bias tape to edge of length of felt. Run a second layer of bias tape slightly overlapping the first, and a third slightly overlapping the second. Measure 6" from top of book and write "spells" with black magic marker. Use glitter glue to color titles of your spells; let glue dry overnight. Stick lizards where you desire.
3. Stick one side of Velcro onto top edge of book. Stick 1" pieces of other side of Velcro to back of arms of leotard. Have child get into leotard. Attach book to her back with Velcro.
YOU'LL NEED • Measuring tape • Scissors Cardboard • Glue gun • Serrated knife • 1 yard water-print fabric • 1½ yards black
felt • ¼ yard orange felt • Yellow felt square • Red felt square • Needle, black thread • 1 yd ½" elastic • Safety pin • Plastic
frogs, lizards, bones, eyeballs • 1" and 1½" styrofoam balls • Poly-Fil • Newspaper or tissue paper • Black shirt • Black
1. Measure child's head; add 2. Cut a circle from cardboard with this diameter. Measure 7 to 8" out from hole; cut outside circle to form a ring. Glue water-print fabric to front of ring with glue gun. Trim fabric; leave 3" overhang. Glue edges to back. Trim hole; leave 2 to 3" of fabric. Cut slits in fabric overhang; glue to back.
2. Measure perimeter of ring; add 3" and note measurement. Cut four (24 long) oval pieces (determine width by dividing noted number by four) from black felt. Make sure widest part of oval is double width of edges.
3. Lay out one felt oval flat. Run glue down edge of longer side. Place second oval on top of first; press glued seam together, let dry. Open ovals with seam facing down. Run glue down edge of one attached oval. Place another oval on top of it, glue as above. Repeat with last oval. Close cauldron by gluing together outer ovals. Turn cauldron right-side out. Cut orange, red and yellow felt flames. Glue flames to cauldron. Turn cauldron inside out. Stitch 1 pocket on bottom edge; leave 1" opening. Thread elastic through and close ends with safety pin. Turn cauldron right-side out. Glue ring to top of cauldron by folding 1 of felt over top edge. Cut arm holes 3" to 4" from top of cauldron. Cut eyeballs and bones in half and glue to "water." Glue all other "brew ingredients" to water.
4. Place cauldron over child's head and arms through side holes. Adjust elastic on bottom so it is snug around child's legs. Stuff with newspaper or tissue paper.
YOU'LL NEED • 1 yard sheer black fabric • Measuring tape • Pinking shears • 1 yard ½" black ribbon • Large and small plastic
spiders • Glue gun and sticks • Scissors • "Fun fur" or "eyelash" yarn • Velcro tabs • Black leotard • Spider webbing • 1
sheet stiffened felt (available in crafts stores) • Black tights
1. Lay sheer fabric on a flat surface. Measure child's waist; double measurement. Cut fabric to this length. Cut a jagged bottom edge with pinking shears.
2. Cut ½" slits, 1" apart, 1" from top of fabric running full length of fabric. Weave ribbon through slits.
3. Using glue gun, attach a large spider to front of skirt. Cut 3" to 4" lengths of yarn. Glue one end to inside jagged edge of skirt and glue a small spider to other end.
1. Measure from child's shoulder to elbow; add 3. Cut, according to this number, two pieces of sheer fabric 12" wide to comfortable and safe length. Cut a jagged bottom edge with pinking shears.
2. Glue sheer fabric to sleeve seam by placing ½" dashes of glue 1" apart. Start at armpit and work around sleeve. Gather fabric between spots of glue so material will stretch. Repeat on other arm.
3. Hang spiders from jagged edges. Glue webbing and spiders to front of leotard.
1. Cut a pointed shape out of felt; glue on spiders.
2. Glue velcro on bottom ½" of headpiece and back of leotard collar (outside).
• Make trick-or-treating a family activity, and go with your children.
• Dress children in brightly colored costumes so they are visible to cars, or attach some reflective tape. Give everyone a flashlight.
• Buy flame-resistant wigs, masks and costumes.
• Make sure that masks and costumes fit properly to minimize accidents. If the mask is too large, cut bigger eye holes or use face paint; if the costume is too long, cut the material down.
• Buy soft, flexible toy swords, knives and other costume props.
• Always inspect all your children's candy before they eat any of it. Throw out any candy that isn't in its original wrapper or is unwrapped.
• Remove flowerpots, wires, garden hoses or low tree limbs from your porch or driveway.
• Leave your porch light on.
Have a spooktacular Halloween!