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Beehive Hair-Raising Costume

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: twirl tresses into a beehive (a real one -- almost). 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.

Watch stylist Anthony Sorensen demonstrate this look on "The Martha Stewart Show"



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.


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


  • 1 skein of yellow yarn cut into 50 three-foot strands

  • Elastic ponytail holders

  • Bobby pins

  • Pipe-cleaners

  • Silk flowers

  • Plastic twigs


  1. Take one skein of yellow yarn cut into 50 three-foot strands; divide into five bundles. Have child put costume shirt on.

  2. Part hair into five ponytails; secure each with an elastic band.

  3. For each ponytail, secure middle of a yarn bundle to base of ponytail with elastic band. Take half the ponytail and half the yarn in each hand. Twist the hair and yarn in your right hand together a few times in a clockwise direction; repeat with the left hand. Then wrap the twisted pairings around each other in the opposite direction. Continue until you come to the end of the yarn; secure end with elastic band.

  4. Once all ponytails have been combined with yarn, make the beehive. One at a time, coil each ponytail on head; secure with bobby pins. Tuck ends inside. Use bobby pins to attach pipe-cleaner bees, silk flowers, and plastic twigs.

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