The most fun part of Halloween is dressing up in a fun costume! If you need a quick, easy and cheap idea for a Halloween costume, here are some great mutant body parts that you can create easily with items that you likely already have laying around the house.
These costumes require altering articles of clothing. If you don’t wish to use clothing that you already own, check your local Goodwill and Salvation Army for appropriate pieces at cheap prices.
Three Legged Man/Woman
This unique idea requires 2 pair of matching jeans or other pants, 3 shoes, a sock, a trench coat, a long dowel, newspaper for stuffing, and a few safety pins.
Start with one pair of pants. Turn one leg of the pants inside-out and stuff this leg inside of the other leg. Run a dowel down the pant leg and stuff the leg full of newspaper or other stuffing material, leaving a little bit of the dowel sticking out of the top as a handle. Stuff the sock as well, and attach it to the bottom of the pant leg securely with safety pins. Tie one of the shoes tightly onto the sock “foot.”
Now that your third leg is complete, you need to make it operational! Cut the bottom out of one of the trench coat’s pockets so that when you reach in the pocket, you can reach all the way into the inside of the coat. (You may also need to make a slit in the lining if it has one.)
Put on the second pair of jeans and the remaining 2 shoes. Place the extra leg next to one of your own, on the side that you cut the trench coat pocket. Put on the trench coat and, reaching through the pocket, grab the handle on top of the leg. Use this handle to make the extra leg “walk” with you. With a little practice it will be easy and look very creepy!
One Long Arm
For this costume, you will need 2 matching long-sleeve shirts, a pair of gloves, a dowel, a needle and thread, and scissors.
Start by figuring out which arm you will want to be your long arm. For those who are right-handed, the left side should have the long arm, and vice versa. Once you determine your long arm, cut that arm off of one of the shirts. Sew it onto the same arm of the other shirt, making that arm very long.
Sew the appropriate glove onto the end of the sleeve to create a hand.
Run a dowel through the extended sleeve. It should be cut to a length such that there is a little bit to grab as a handle at the point where your hand falls, and to continue out the end of the long sleeve with enough protrusion to go well into the glove.
Stuff newspaper or another filling material into the entire glove and sleeve up to just below where your hand falls to flesh out the extended portion of the arm.
Put on the shirt and grab the handle of the extended arm. Do not bend at the elbow; instead, only bend at the wrist, and it will look like the elbow!
You may also want to sew a treat bag to the glove for an added touch.