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Halloween costumes

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Paper Cat-Girl Costume

  • 3 packages (20-by-90-inch) sheet crepe paper in orange
  • Scissors
  • 1 roll orange crepe-paper streamer
  • 1 roll black crepe-paper streamer
  • Orange thread
  • Black seam binding or ribbon
  • Four 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheets black construction paper
  • Black rickrack, for headband
  • Orange 3/4-inch elastic, for headband

Paper Pumpkin Costume

  • 3 packages (20-by-90-inch) sheet crepe paper in orange
  • 1 package (20-by-90-inch) sheet crepe paper in black
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Thread, in orange and black
  • Sewing machine
  • White tissue paper, for stuffing
  • Seam binding, or ribbon, in orange and black
  • Craft glue
  • Black rickrack
  • 1 roll green crepe-paper streamer
  • Pencil

Tulip and Rose Flower Costumes

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Baby, Crafting and DIY, Women
A blooming crepe-paper tulip cap and rosebud headband -- each in pastel hues -- turn a mother-daughter duo into a sprightly pair.
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Craft glue
  • 22-gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral tape
  • Brown-paper-wrapped 18-gauge floral wire
  • 2 plain headbands
  • 6 1/2-inch pail with handle
  • Double-sided tape
  • Crepe paper in the following colors and quantities: 2 sheets salmon (for tulip cap and pail), 2 sheets green (for leaves and calyxes), and 1 sheet pale pink (for rose headband).
  • Petal template for tulip and rose, plus calyx template for tulip headdress, rose, and pail

Masked Owl Costume

Give a fledgling aviator wings in the form of a felt owl costume. Contoured brown and white feathers, made by cutting and creasing the fabric, adorn the wings and belly; perked-up ears are attached to a jaunty pilot's cap. Goggled peepers enhance the look.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Templates
  • Two 18-inch squares of tan felt and one square each of chocolate, brown, white, ochre, and black felt
  • Brown pilot's cap (we dyed a white one)
  • Glue
  • Velcro strips
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Elastic
  • Iron
  • White long-sleeve snap-bottom T-shirt
  • Tights

Spider-Dog Pet Costume

Martha's beloved French bulldogs are all dressed up for Halloween, too. Francesca, disguised as a devious black widow spider, is out to catch the little moth Sharkey in her web!
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 36-inch square black felt
  • Orange felt
  • Fill
  • Knitting needle
  • Fabric glue
  • Black dog T-shirt
  • Body, leg, and diamond templates

Fortune Teller Costume

Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Women
This Halloween take on a tarot-card reader's disguise, complete with chains, medallions, and deck of cards. The necklaces may look flashy, but they're just "costume" jewelry -- gold paper circles glued to lengths of cord. A tattered skirt doesn't require any sewing; instead, cotton squares are tied together with twill tape. Ours is made from 10 squares of fabric; add or subtract squares to adjust the size.
  • Eleven 30-inch squares of cotton fabric, in floral
  • 36-inch square of linen, fringe edges if desired, in lilac
  • 5 feet of 1/2-inch twill tape in white
  • Double-sided metallic gold craft paper (or glue two pieces together, back to back)
  • Circle punches
  • Gold cord
  • Fabric glue
  • Safety pin
  • Hair clips or bobby pins

Vampire-Count Costume

Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Men
A billowing cloak of red taffeta surrounds this dashing creature of the night, shielding his countenance from scrutiny. A formal cummerbund and bow tie -- just strips of taffeta tied in place -- dress up the tuxedo shirt. His medals of honor are constructed from gold origami paper and snips of ribbon. Only the razor-sharp fangs reveal his true nature.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 2 1/2 yards red taffeta
  • Scissors
  • 1 1/2 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide red ribbon (for cape)
  • Gold paper
  • Assorted widths of ribbon in shades of red (for medals)
  • Craft glue
  • Assorted small pom-poms
  • 20 inches of 2-inch-wide ribbon (for rosette)
  • 2 yards of 4-inch-wide velvet ribbon (for sash)
  • Small paintbrush
  • 1/2 yard black taffeta (for cummerbund)
  • Safety pins
  • BlueStik reusable adhesive
  • Fangs
  • Four-Point-Star Template

Gray Lady Ghost Costume

Legend has it the gray lady was a beautiful young bride, left stranded at the altar. She died tragically of a broken heart, but her love is never ending. Even in death she waits for her betrothed.
  • 8 1/2 yards of gray tulle
  • 1 yard of gray seam binding
  • Large 14/18 yarn darners needle (such as a yarn or upholstery needle)
  • Gray lacy tights
  • Silk flowers (we used hydrangeas)
  • Gray floral spray
  • 1 yard of 2-inch-wide gray ribbon
  • Paper doily
  • White face paint (and someone to help you apply it)
  • Makeup sponge
  • 2 yards of 3-inch-wide gray ribbon (for dress)
  • 2 yards of gray lace fabric (for veil)
  • Bobby pins or hair clips

Wind Costume


Moth-Dog Pet Costume