Saturday, October 18, 2008

Halloween Costume Ideas

With Halloween fastly approaching I am sure alot of you with young children are doing the Halloween costume dance.
I read Ya Thinks journal last night and she was in a dilemma with her young boys about store bought costume versus homemade.

It has been my personal experience with my son that the homemade kind are the ones that win contests and stand out in a crowd. If you buy the store bought ones they are only good for one night and then just something to store or throw away. Not to mention the fact that they can be quite costly. No need to spend all that hard earned money when you have most of what you need right in your own closets.

So I decided to write a little about some ideas you can do yourself with maybe just a trip to the local dollar store for a few add ons.
Ok so boys and girls here are a few that could work for you and your youngins.

football player- football jersey, make your own padded muscles with a little stuffing around the shoulder area. Warm up pants, tennis shoes. Make up would just be a couple of black marks under the eyes. Carry a football and if you have it wear a helmet.

Side note: Eric was a football player and I went as a referee.

Cheerleader-tennis shoes, Bobbie socks skirt t shirt. Wear your hair in braids or a ponytail. Pom poms from the dollar store.

Referee - black and white striped shirt, black pants, whistle

Construction Worker-
tool belt
hand tools
brown face paint
work gloves
hard hat
toy walkie-talkie

Cut the sleeves off an old flannel shirt and wear it over a long-sleeved thermal shirt.

Strap on a tool belt, add some old hand tools, and smudge on brown face paint for a hard-working look.

Hand the builder a pair of work gloves, a hard hat, a tape measure, a toy walkie-talkie, and work boots, and he'll be ready to tool about the neighborhood.

old black pants
gold or white blouse
red scarf
gold costume jewelry
eye patch
pirate's hook
black face paint

Find a pair of old black pants and fringe the edges with scissors.

Tuck in a big gold or white blouse. Tie a red scarf around the pirate's waist and a bandanna around his head.

Clip on some gold costume jewelry, then add an eye patch and a pirate's hook (all inexpensive party store finds).

Dab on black face paint for a beard and missing-tooth makeup.

If you've got a stuffed bird in your toy box, use craft wire to attach it to your pirate's shirtsleeve. Now he's ready to collect his Halloween booty.

side note: Eric and I were pirates together....

Colored face paints
Makeup brush and sponge
Nylon tulle
Curly wig

With a damp sponge, apply white face paint to your child's entire face, including his eyebrows. Use a small makeup brush to paint his upper and lower eyelids white.

Once the base coat dries (it usually takes just a few minutes), brush on facial features: a green diamond and blue star to accentuate his eyes, a round red nose and full red lips. Finish up with pointy red eyebrows about an inch above his real brows.

To make a clown collar, start with a 7- by 36-inch piece of nylon tulle (available at fabric stores). Thread string through the mesh along one long edge, gathering the collar as you go. Then tie the string ends into a bow behind your child's neck.

To complete the look, add a curly wig and baggy clothes (overalls or pajamas will do the trick) to the collar.

Thrift store clothes and accessories
Gray hair spray
Gray and black face paint
T-shirt and sock stuffing for chest and hump on back
cane or walker.


A toy doctor kit, with stethoscope, make a headlight for their head with cardboard and wrapping foil around a circle and gluing on to headband.
An old men's white shirt...a few blood spots here and there.
pajama pants solid color. Wear shower caps over shoes. Makeup.

side note....Eric was a doctor in training and I went as his patient....I guess I must have done too good a job with my getup because people thought I had really been in an accident. It was hilarious when they saw me get up on the stage to be judged for my costume :)

Other suggestions...use your imagination....or ask me and I will tell you what I did.

patient, scientist, lawyer, Indian chief, cowboy, dentist, preacher, race car driver, and if they prefer something scary...they could go as ghosts, vampires, mummy,

And last but not least...if you are really desperate for a last minute idea. Just wrap the kid in toilet paper and paint his face, arms and legs green.....
Then he can go as a BOOGER lol

ok going for another cup of coffee now....catch ya later. :)Barb


Louise *Star Dust* said...

Our family was just talking about that last night. There are so many homemade ideas. Costumes are so expensive now and you are right it is only one night. Enjoy your weekend!

Linda :) said...

Son2 is learning how much nicer a homemade costume can be compared to a store bought costume this year... He's dressing up as the Joker.... son3 will be a store bought Clonetrooper....

alanj said...

Well, the pics look good to me, the slide looked fun
Your duck friend,

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