Autumn is a great time of year when parents and children everywhere look forward to the frightfully fun times that Halloween brings. If you are the parent of a grade school child, however, you maybe faced with having to come up with a new Halloween costume that will delight your child, yet go easy on the budget at the same time. Many parents choose to make costumes for their children instead of spending a fortune at costume shops and retail Halloween chains. For those who love to sew, this comes naturally, but for other parents, sewing is not an option. Nothing to stress about – there are plenty of no sew Halloween costume ideas here that will impress even the pickiest child.
Black Scaredy Cat
Nothing says “boo” more than a scary black cat costume for Halloween. Make one easily by pairing a long black sweatshirt and black stretchy pants (or tights) with an easy to make cat ear hairband. Simply cut out two triangles out of black construction paper, glue on smaller pink triangles inside each, add some fake fur and glitter and attach to the top of the hairband to make a set of ears. Then stuff a long black sock with some newspaper and pin to the back of the sweatshirt base. Draw “whiskers” on your child’s face, add some lipstick to their nose and cheeks and you have a cute kitty face. Have your child don some black patent shoes or sneakers and there you have it, a cute black cat.
Got a little pirate on your hands? Then you’ve got a great no sew Halloween costume idea. Grab one of Dad’s old white button down shirts, some black or brown shoelaces, a bandana, and construction paper. Button the shirt halfway up and then remove the buttons on the top three or four button holes. Using a hole puncher, punch holes where the buttons were located. Then take the shoelaces and thread them through the holes and criss-cross them. Tie them loosely at the top into a bow. Have your child wear a pair of dark pants and then slip the shirt on over their head. Un-button the very bottom button and then tie the ends together to give a blousy look. Then using the bandana, wrap it around the top of their head and tie at the side. For a hat, cut two pieces of black construction paper in a triangle shape and staple the sides together then slip over their head. You can then draw on a “mustache” or “eye patch” with eyeliner or dark eye shadow.
This year’s favorite is zombies. Gather up an old button down shirt and some old pants and taking a pair of shears slice a few cuts along the edges and sleeves so they look ripped. Splatter some red lipstick and coffee grounds on them to look like bloody stained up clothes from the grave. After slipping the clothes on your child, paint your child’s face with some white face powder and add dark circles under their eyes with eye shadow. Add some hair gel to make their hair stand on end. Make sure they learn how to walk stiff-legged with their arms out in front of them like “real” zombies and they will be sure to scare your neighbors for real!