Halloween can be a fun and exciting, especially for families with young children. With candy and costumes tempting young ones at every turn, it can also be frustrating for parents. One way to avoid those wasteful and potentially harmful costume purchases is by getting children excited and invested in creating their own costume with everyday items found in the home. Not only is this better for the environment (and our pocket book!) but it provides an opportunity for creativity and problem solving as well.
Have your child(ren) brainstorm ideas – what do they want to dress up as for Halloween? Once they have decided on a few options, work together to determine if there are items you already have that could be used to create a costume. Here are a few of our favorite materials to use for dress up, and some costumes you can create with them:
Socks: These can be used to create antennae, ears, tails, tentacles and more!
Paper Bags: Great for creating costumes such as the tiger pictured above, a robot, crayon box, or any primarily rectangular shape – for older children the bag works best as a mask, for younger children the bags can be cut out on the sides to accommodate arms.
Sheets: in addition to the traditional ghost costume, use sheets to create dresses, togas, bat wings, mummy wraps, and bandages.
Mom or Dad’s t-shirts: create super hero capes, art smocks, and lab coats, or stuff to create a big belly or a funny shape.
Octopus: attach 6 stuffed tube socks to a sweatshirt of the same color. A matching hat will help tie the look together. Now you have 8 arms instead of 2!
Penguin: cut out a white piece of paper in an oval shape and cut off ends for a flat top and bottom. Attach to a black sweatshirt, and place a yellow“beak” at the top of your child’s forehead.
Super Hero: Make a cape and mask from an old t-shirt, create cuffs from toilet paper cores (add a slit down the length to attach) and create a belt from any remaining t shirt material and some colored paper.
Robot: Cut out a paper bag to resemble either the body or the head of your robot, depending on the size of the child. Create the remainder of the robot by attaching colored paper controls.
Have you created your own Halloween costumes? We’d love to hear your ideas, and how the costumes turned out!