The best and most fun costumes are homemade. Kids love getting involved. Stores like “Goodwill” and other thrift stores, yard sales, and the good old attic are places for great costume finds. When Halloween is over, save the costumes. My grandchildren love playing “dress up”, and my daughter’s old costumes have provided hours of fun for her 2 children. Also, somewhere down the line, someone is bound to hold a themed birthday party (50’s dance party, for example). Recently, my daughter had a “Princess” birthday party for my granddaughter. Everyone came dressed as a princess.
So, have fun creating costumes for your kids. After all, spending time with your children is so important.
Poodle Skirt 50’s Girl
Find a flared skirt at Goodwill, preferably in a solid color. If possible, try to find a crinoline slip (to pouf out the skirt). From a piece of felt in a coordinating color, cut the shape of a poodle. Use fabric glue (such as SOBO brand glue) to attach to skirt. Find a piece of braiding or ribbon or even yarn to create a leash for the poodle. Start the leash at the dog’s neck and finish at the skirt waistline. Attach with the fabric glue in a wiggly line. For added fun, glue some glitter on the poodle for his collar.
Use a fun blouse as a top. Tie a scarf around the child’s neck in a loose knot. Finish the outfit with white bobby socks and sneakers. Bangle bracelets make a nice accessory. If child’s hair is long, style into a ponytail and finish with a big bow. Apply appropriate make-up instead of a mask.
Carry a tote bag with a poodle on the front for collecting Halloween candy.
Girls and guys can have fun with this outfit.
Look for old baggy pants. If they do not look worn enough, use fabric glue to attach patches to various areas. Also, a small tear here and there looks good. Use a flannel shirt and an old hat. Also, buy an old sport coat. Stuff a hanky into the pocket and glue patches on the sleeves. Wear old sneakers and old torn knit gloves. Find a stick to use for the hobo’s sack. Be sure the stick is not so long it will cause an accident. Fashion the sack from an old bandana or from any piece of old clothing. Start with a square piece of the fabric. Lay the fabric out flat, stuff with more old fabric, paper, or polyfill. Bring the 4 corners together and tie into a knot. Attach to the stick. Smudge black eyeliner on face.
To collect that Halloween candy, try to find an old fashioned brown shopping bag with handles. Glue patches of different colored scraps of paper to the bag.
Basically, the Hobo outfit will work with a few differences. Instead of smudging black eyeliner on the face, use eye shadow or face paint to create the classic clown face. Wear old sneakers, but lace them with bright colored yarn. Purchase an inexpensive pair of white gloves. Attach a big colorful artificial flower on a long pipe cleaner to the band around the hat.
Instead of the stick with the sack, the child can carry a colorful tote bag.
Buy an old prom gown, the gaudier, the better. Dress it up with lots of costume jewelry. Use an old stole or bunny fur to cover the shoulders. Wear dress shoes or little girls play dress-up shoes.
You can buy a little tiara or make a “lady in waiting” hat. Form a cone shaped hat from a piece of medium weight cardboard. Trim the bottom evenly. Paint the cone a pretty color or cover with fabric, using fabric glue. Take another piece of fabric or a pretty scarf and pull through the top of the cone. Pull out till it is long enough to look nice, but not so long the child will catch it on anything. Remove the elastic from an old birthday party hat and attach to the cone shaped piece. This will help keep the hat in place. Instead of the elastic, you can make a small hole on each side of the bottom of the hat and pull a pretty scarf through both holes; tie loosely. Instead of making the hat, you may find a ready made witch’s hat that you can cover with pretty fabric.
Instead of a typical Halloween candy bag, the child could carry a tote bag decorated with lots of “princess” things like beads and glitter.
Old clothing should be washed and trimmed to fit the child.
If possible, apply fluorescent tape to strategic areas of the clothing for good visibility.
Be sure whatever shoes they wear are safe for Halloween walking.
If makeup remover is unavailable, remove with petroleum jelly, baby oil, or mineral oil. Follow with a good facial soap.Check all candies and goodies before child eats.