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EASY ANIMAL COSTUMES FOR INFANTS FOR HALLOWEEN

Subject: Halloween Craft
Grade: All (with adult assistance for the young ones)
Age: All (with adult assistance for the young ones)

Submitted by: Amanda Formaro, WebMom at FamilyCorner.com Magazine.

Children look so cute dressed as fuzzy and furry creatures. Especially with whiskers painted on their chubby little cheeks! Here are some fun animal costumes that are perfect for infants and toddlers, as well as children of all ages.

Note: For all of the costumes below, use our make up recipe ( http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/facepaint.shtml ) and paint on a cute nose and whiskers! Almost any animal costume can be made with a little imagination and a sweatsuit!

Sheep

  • white hooded sweatsuit
  • cotton batting or stuffing from a pillow
  • white or black felt triangles for ears
  • double sided tape
  • two pairs of white or black socks
Apply strips of double sided tape up and down the sweat suit. Attach cotton batting in clumps by pressing onto the tape. For the ears, cut two triangles from either black of white felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of white socks on his hands and one pair on his feet (use black socks if you used black felt for the ears).

Skunk

  • black hooded sweatsuit
  • white faux fur
  • fabric glue
  • black felt
  • 2 pairs black socks
  • double sided tape
  • black fabric
Cut the faux fur into a long strip and adhere it on the hood and down the back of the sweat jacket with strips of double sided tape. Cut a small oval shape for the tummy area and adhere that with fabric glue. For the ears, cut two triangles from black felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

Bunny

  • pink, brown, or white hooded sweatsuit
  • powder puff or large pompom or a handful of cotton balls
  • double sided tape
  • white pantyhose
  • wire coat hanger
  • plastic headband
  • two pairs of socks to match suit color
  • plastic or real carrot
Attach powder puff, pompom, or cotton balls to back of sweat pants using double sided tape. Bend the coat hanger into the shape of two long bunny ears. Gently stretch the panty hose over the ears and attach to plastic headband. Carry a carrot!

Turtle

  • green sweatsuit (hooded is optional)
  • 2 piece green or light brown poster board
  • scissors
  • craft paint or thick markers
  • hot glue
Cut one piece of the poster board into a large oval shell. Draw large wobbly circles on shell. Go over outline with markers or paint to accentuate. Cut two long, fairly thick strips (between one and two inches depending on the size of the child) from the second piece of posterboard the full length of the board. Using hot glue, attach these strips to the top of the back side of the shell, then run over child's shoulders as straps. Hot glue straps in place. Leave enough room for "give" so child can move his/her arms without tearing or breaking the straps.

Puppy

  • brown, tan, gray, black or white hooded sweatsuit
  • Fabric circles in a contrasting color (i.e. white suit, brown spots, etc.)
  • 2 sheets of felt in color matching sweatsuit
  • scissors
  • double sided tape
  • 2 pairs of socks in color matching sweatsuit
  • dog collar or belt cut to size (optional)
Using small pieces of double sided tape, attach fabric circles to sweatsuit in various different areas. Cut two floppy ears from 1 sheet of the felt and either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the second sheet of felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Top off with a dog collar or a belt cut short to serve as a collar.

Cat

  • gold, brown, tan, black, gray or white hooded sweatsuit
  • faux fur in color matching sweatsuit
  • fabric glue
  • felt in color matching sweatsuit
  • plastic headband
  • scissors
  • 2 pairs of socks in color matching sweatsuit
  • dog collar or belt cut to size (optional)
If desired, use black marker to draw stripes on sweatsuit. Cut two triangles for ears and hot glue to the headband. Cut a small oval shape from the faux fur for the tummy area and adhere that with fabric glue. Next make cuffs and a collar. Use the cuffs on the sweatshirt as a guide for how wide and long you need to cut the faux fur strips. Attach the strips to the sweatshirt using fabric glue. Cut a long tail from the remaining felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Top off with a dog collar or a belt cut short to serve as a collar.

Spider/Bug

  • black hooded sweatsuit
  • 2 pairs of black socks
  • 4 pair of black tube socks, nylon or polyester
  • cotton batting
Stuff the tube socks with cotton batting to make the spider's legs. Sew or pin the eight legs to the sides of the black outfit. Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

Note for infants: When your baby crawls, the legs flop up and down on the ground, making it look like a spider crawling across the floor. Adorable!

Variation: To make a bug costume, use a green or brown (or any color you like) sweatsuit and coordinating socks.

Spider Web

  • black hooded sweatsuit
  • white fabric paint, squeeze bottle
  • medium sized fuzzy spider
  • black plastic headband
  • hot glue
  • small plastic spiders
With white fabric paint in a squeeze bottle, paint a big spider web on the front and back of the black sweatsuit. Paint a few smaller ones on the pants. Hot glue the fuzzy spider to the plastic headband, allow to dry. With two or three stitches, hand sew small plastic spiders to the webs, don't forget the ones on the legs!

Tiger

  • yellow hooded sweatsuit
  • black or brown fabric paint
  • yellow felt
  • 2 pairs of black socks
Paint black or brown stripes on the sweatsuit. For the ears, cut two triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the remaining felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

Cow

  • white hooded sweatsuit
  • black fabric marker or black fabric/felt circles
  • short piece of rope or 10-12 strands of black yarn, braided
  • dog collar or old belt cut to size
  • bell
  • 2 pairs white socks
Draw black splotches onto sweatsuit with a fabric marker or cut and sew on black felt or fabric circles or spots. Add a tail by unraveling one end of the piece of rope and pinning the closed end to the back of the pants. If using yarn, be sure to leave a section unbraided toward the end of the tail. For the ears, cut two large triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood (or a headband). Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Use dog collar or an old belt and attach "cow bell" for the finishing touch. Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

Pig

  • oversized pink hooded sweatsuit
  • cotton batting or receiving blankets
  • pink felt
  • hot glue
  • long pink chenille stick
  • 2 pairs of pink or white socks
  • plastic pig nose (optional)
For the ears, cut two triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Twist chenille stick into a corkscrew tail and attach with a safety pin. After child is dressed, stuff sweatsuit with cotton batting or receiving blankets (anything soft that will not irritate skin). Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.

Dinosaur/Dragon

  • green hooded sweatsuit
  • sheet of red felt
  • sheet of blue felt
  • sheet of purple felt
  • sheet of orange felt
  • two or three sheets of yellow felt
  • plastic grocery bags (for stuffing) or cotton batting
  • long piece of green felt or fabric to match suit
  • fabric glue
From the red, blue, purple and orange felt, cut triangular scales. Glue to the front of the sweat jacket in overlapping scale pattern. From the yellow sheets of felt, cut large triangles, roll into cone shapes, glue together to form the cone. Allow to dry. Stuff cone shapes with plastic bags or cotton batting and glue to the back of the suit for spikes. Make smaller versions of the yellow cones for the hood. Add a large pointy tail on the back hem made from long piece of felt or fabric. Hand sew on to back of pants or bottom of jacket.

Mouse

  • gray hooded sweatsuit
  • gray felt
  • double sided tape
  • 2 pairs of gray or black socks
Cut two circles for ears from the felt and either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Use may alternatively use a headband. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the second sheet of felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.

Ladybug

  • red hooded sweatsuit
  • 2 pieces red poster board
  • scissors
  • black craft paint or black marker
  • hot glue
  • 2 black chenille sticks
  • red or black plastic headband
  • 2 pairs of red or black socks
Cut one piece of the poster board into a large oval. Draw or paint black circles onto oval. Cut two long, fairly thick strips (between one and two inches depending on the size of the child) from the second piece of posterboard the full length of the board. Using hot glue, attach these strips to the top of the back side of the shell, then run over child's shoulders as straps. Hot glue straps in place. Leave enough room for "give" so child can move his/her arms without tearing or breaking the straps. Wrap chenille sticks onto headband for antennas. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.

Bear

  • brown hooded sweatsuit
  • brown felt
  • double sided tape
  • 2 pairs of brown or black socks
  • oversized plastic margarine tub
  • blue construction paper or craft paint
  • black marker
Cut two circles for ears from the felt and either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. You may alternatively use a headband. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Paint or glue construction paper around margarine tub. using black market, write the word "HONEY" across the front.

Butterfly

  • black hooded sweatsuit
  • 2 black chenille sticks
  • black plastic headband
  • poster board, any color except black
  • fluorescent craft paint, different colors
  • sequins
  • glitter
  • craft glue
  • pair of long boot laces
  • 2 pairs of black socks
Cut posterboard in half, with scissors shape each half as a wing of butterfly. Being sure to leave enough room for a border around the wing, paint wings with fluorescent paints in different shapes and patterns. Paint a black border around edge of wings. Add sequins and glitter to the border. Poke a hole at the top inside seam of each wing, and at the bottom inside seam. Run boot laces through and criss cross over child's body and tie. Wrap chenille sticks onto headband for antennas. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.

Copyright 2000, Amanda Formaro

Recommended Books:

Halloween Costumes
As with the other books in the Singer series, this one offers great step-by-step instructions and detailed color photos that are fairly easy to follow and yield very polished results.

Crafts for Halloween
by Kathy Ross, Sharon Lane Holm
Black cats, ghosts, and spiders come to life in a simple, illustrated guide to creating the perfect decorations for Halloween, designed so that even very young children can use readily available materials to master these holiday crafts.

Biography:

Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine. Subscribe to her free holiday newsletter, Family Holidays, by sending any email message to holidays-on@mail-list.com or by visiting her website at http://familycorner.com

© Amanda Formaro

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