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Outer Space Halloween Costumes

Photography: Philip Newton

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2005


An out-of-this-world galaxy begins with plain dark clothing and corrugated cardboard. Frank, 9, is a ringer for Saturn, while comet Mary-Kate, 7, leaves a fiery poster board-and-tissue-paper tail in her wake.

The starry retinue on Corinne is strung on lightweight floral wire and fastened onto a headband with floral tape. Daniel, 6, glows in a moon mask dotted with yellow stickers. To make Saturn or a comet, simply substitute those shapes.


  • Plain dark clothing

  • Corrugated cardboard

  • Lightweight floral wire

  • Floral tape

  • Glitter

  • 1 inch strip of felt

  • Yellow masking tape

  • Hole puncher

  • Elastic

  • Yellow dot stickers

  • Utility knife

  • Acrylic paint


  1. Draw a half-moon onto corrugated cardboard with a circle in the center the size of child's face; cut out with a utility knife.

  2. Prime and paint cardboard with acrylic paint.

  3. Add dot stickers and glitter. Fold a 1-inch strip of felt around inner opening; glue.

  4. Trim outer edge with yellow masking tape. Punch holes on either side of opening just above child's ears; tie on elastic, adjusting to fit.

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