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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.


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.


Get more hair-raising costumes: Beehive, Wave, Wind, Rose Garden, Ice.


  • Hairspray
  • Eyelash glue
  • Towel
  • Green hair dye
  • Plastic or rubber snakes, ladybugs, and other creatures


  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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.

  4. Step 4

    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.

Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2004

Reviews (11)

  • 1 Nov, 2010

    My daughter was quite taken with the Rose Garden idea. We did a modified version:

  • 1 Nov, 2010

    My daughter was quite taken with the Rose Garden idea. We did a modified version:

  • 25 Oct, 2010

    did a trial run - thank goodness! Definitely need very long hair, so I think we'll try it out tomorrow night with cheap hair extensions from the dollar store, or extend the ponytail with a yarn matching my daughter's hair color, along with the yellow yarn for a fully built up beehive. Also, bees were sold out at area craft stores, probably due to the MS show, so we printed out 2 copies of some clip art bees and glued them together, with florist wire in the middle.

  • 11 Oct, 2010

    we love the beehive. we used this idea for crazy hair day. we also did the wave. really fun. the beehive works best with really long hair. we are going to modify it and do a birds nest next time

  • 14 Oct, 2009

    My daughter and I tried the beehive at home and it DOES NOT work. In spite of following the directions to the letter, it does not turn out as shown. This is disappointing for a child!

  • 18 Oct, 2008

    I think this is an awesome idea! I think lots of boys (and a few girls!) would love all those creepy crawlies on them!

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    What would this child's costume be, grass?? I would cry if my parent made wear this!! he he!

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    yes, i agree- i am looking for new ideas- not the same ones from several years in a row--

  • 28 Aug, 2008

    Love the ideas! They are certainly new to me!

  • 21 Aug, 2008

    ALL of these costume ideas are old! Every single halloween costume idea is from past issues -- and I'm talking about issues WAY past like from 5 years ago! How completely disappointing!

  • 20 Aug, 2008

    I am upset that all of these ideas are from last years magazine!!! I was really looking forward to some new ideas.