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Six easy Halloween costumes to DIY!

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10582400 - three very, very scary spooks - kids dressed as ghosts - on halloween or for carnival or a costume party
10582400 - three very, very scary spooks - kids dressed as ghosts - on halloween or for carnival or a costume party

Your kids might not show much interest in Halloween, or going trick or treating….but then they spot a parade of kids in costume and all of a sudden they change their minds! Then the next thing your hear is, ‘Mum, quick, I need a costume!’ Save the day with these extremely low-budget, low-skill, DIY emergency Halloween costume ideas. 


1. Grape Escape

The costume: A bunch of grapes

You will need: One packet of green balloons, green clothes and face paint (optional), sticky tape or similar to attach balloons

Directions: Blow up balloons and attach them to your clothes (green clothes work best).

You’ll have a ‘fruitful’ Halloween in this outfit!


2. Mummy

The costume: A mummy

You will need: Rolls of (new) loo paper or paper towels. Bandages are another option that work well and are more durable. You can also use white clothing underneath.

Directions: Wrap toilet paper around torso and limbs (and head if you wish, being sure to leave eye holes for seeing!).

It’s easy to grab some bandages or white clothes for this one! Source: www.polkadotchair.com


3. Selfie!

The costume: A self-portrait painting or Instagram ‘selfie’

You will need: Cardboard and string, paint optional

Directions: Cut a the centre out of the cardboard, leaving the border intact, so it forms a frame. Thread string  through two corners so the frame can be word around the neck (the string allows them to wear it without having to hold it all night!). When your child holds the frame up to their face they are ‘a self portrait’ or a ‘selfie’.

If you can’t manage the Insta frame, a plain black border would work too


4. Spooky Ghost

The costume: A traditional spook

You will need: One old, white sheet

Directions: Cut eye holes in the sheet and drape it over your child’s head. Be extremely careful to allow airflow and cut extra holes if necessary. Never secure the sheet around a child’s face or head and never restrict air flow.

It REALLY doesn’t get much easier than this costume!


5. Emoji!

The costume: A human version of a phone emoji

You will need: Various

Directions: Take a look through your phone at the emojis and see if you have the materials to create a costume. Eg for the Dancing Girl you need black cardboard to make a headpiece plus black leotards and a black top, or for the Flamenco Dancer a flouncy red dress and red heels. So easy

There are plenty of emojis to choose from


6. I’m Not From Around Here

The costume: A tourist

You will need: Cap, bum-bag, map, any other props such as binoculars

Directions: Dress your child in the cap and bum-bag with any other props such as daggy shorts, binoculars a map. They are a tourist and will have loads of fun asking people for pretend directions or pretending to speak another language.

A colourful shirt and you’re all set as a Tourist!


More fun ideas for Halloween?

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