With Halloween fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about costumes. We've gathered our favorite kids' costumes to inspire you and the little ones.
Colorful and beautifully crafted, hand-stitched felt wings can turn anyone into a bright butterfly. Combine them with a plain black top and pants, and a headband with pipe-cleaner antennae.
You don't need X-ray vision to see that when your kids create these speedy superhero costumes, they can mix and match their own amazingly awesome attributes. Each of these outfits starts with leggings and a long-sleeve T-shirt (which don't even have to match). Then come the accessories using our templates: head bands, eye masks, chest letters, capes, lightning bolts, and belts.
Beneath these majestic cloaks are ribbon sashes decorated with button-and-ribbon medals. The unlined capes don't require any sewing, just fabric glue to hold the rickrack in place. A fancy dress is the underpinning of a girl's costume. A boy's jacket, its collar turned up, is embellished with bright buttons and tacked-on rickrack at the cuffs. Tacked-on red ribbon runs down each trouser leg.
Making your own Halloween costume is fun, but it can be time-consuming. This year, why not make a mask? Preserved leaves, flower petals, and feathers can be used to create masks that have the impact of a complete costume; they're playful enough for any trick-or-treater yet elegant enough for a Halloween ball. This mask is made from adorning a basic mask with inexpensive fabric roses.
These three little sheep can't wait to graze on candy. Their "fleece" is wool batting, gathered and sewn to a sleeveless leotard, which is worn over a black long-sleeved shirt and leggings. A cotton hat with floppy felt ears and a dot of face paint complete the costume. For children ages 3 and older.
Crepe paper is inexpensive and available in a rainbow of colors, and it can be tugged, stretched, and rolled into a multitude of shapes. But be careful: It is paper and can rip. Which is why we used it to create beguiling accessories -- hats, wings, garlands, and skirts -- instead of entire outfits. Here, we created a pair of wings to turn any trick-or-treater into the perfect butterfly.
What to bee? Annabelle, 5, will create a buzz as a bustling hive. Silk flowers, twigs, and bees all find home, sweet home atop her hair (made longer with twisted yarn). We made the bees with pipe cleaners; chenille bees are available at crafts stores. For this style, hair should be medium to long in length.
Why did this baby chicken cross the road? To get to the Halloween party, of course. Her costume is made from two tickley feather boas, ordinary kitchen gloves, yellow tights, and a pilot's cap that's crowned with a felt comb. Under the plumage, two leotards are stuffed with batting for extra plumpness. Appropriate for children ages 3 and older.
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.
These girls were transformed into hula dancers in one afternoon. What's their secret? Their leis are made of vibrantly colored gift bows; their swinging skirts, fashioned from rope-style mop heads. The dancer on the left is even a ukulele player; her instrument is made out of recycled cardboard cereal boxes, a paper-towel tube, and rubber bands.
To encourage hair-loom roses to bloom, Bryana, 7, sprinkled her head with hair glitter. Her updo, wrapped in a potted-plant fence, is ideal for tucking in silk roses. Wire keeps silk butterflies from flying away. More silk flowers grow on her shirt with the help of some hot glue.
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