A Hair-Raising Costume
Clever Halloween getups for kids needn't be a chore, so don't pull your hair out -- pull theirs up. Kids will go wild for these "natural" styles: Give strands a lift with radical waves (the surfing kind), twirl tresses into a beehive (a real one -- almost), or shape another high-'do.
Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2004
It's locks and locks of fun! Clever Halloween getups for kids needn't be a chore, so don't pull your hair out -- pull theirs up. Kids will go wild for this "natural" style. A great costume is easy with a few tricks, plus aerosol hair spray and washable spray-on hair dye (fix hair in a well-ventilated area). Details such as plastic creatures will add extra flair. The products we used are available at beauty, party, and crafts stores. What to wear with the hair? Plain clothes in colors that coordinate with the style won't distract attention from the top. Kids will amaze everyone, but don't (or do) let it go to their head.
This Halloween, turn your kid's mane into the main disguise. Nicholas, age 9, masquerades as one of nature's elements. His hair, groomed with spray-on dye, has sprouted into lush grass, a stomping ground for plastic critters. This costume is best for a child with hair that's short but not too cropped.
Green hair dye
Plastic or rubber snakes, ladybugs, and other creatures
Your child should put his costume shirt on first (Nicholas wore brown to imitate dirt) and cover it up with a smock or an old button-down shirt.
Dampen, smooth down, and hair-spray the hair on the sides of the head so it's out of the way. For top, hold small sections of hair between finger and thumb, twist up, and hair-spray until it stands up like grass.
While your child holds an old towel over his face, spray the hair on the top of the head with green dye, holding the can about 6 inches away. (Nicholas's brown hair was left undyed on the sides to pose as dirt.) Finish with additional hair spray.
While the hair spray is still sticky, put plastic or rubber snakes, ladybugs, and other creatures in hair, and press in place (use more hair spray if needed). Attach critters to skin with eyelash glue, which will wash off easily later.