TRADITIONAL COSTUMES FOR HALLOWEEN
All (with adult assistance for the young ones)
All (with adult assistance for the young ones)
Submitted by: Amanda Formaro, WebMom at FamilyCorner.com Magazine.
As trick-or-treaters reach our doorsteps, we will view many fun and
frightful costumes. Over the years, several designs pop up over and
over, year after year. If your kids are looking for a traditional
costume, try one of these on for size!
Dress in blue jeans, a western shirt or flannel shirt, and cowboy boots.
Top with a cowboy hat and tie a neckerchief or bandana loosely around
the child's neck. Carry a rope as a lasso and attach Sheriff's star to
shirt. Adorn the outfit with toy gun in holster.
- blue jeans
- western shirt
- cowboy boots
- cowboy hat
- toy gun and holster
- sheriff's star
Pin silk carnation to breast pocket of black jacket. White gloves are a
nice touch to this costume, but not necessary.
- black tux or suit jacket
- black pants
- white dress shirt
- red silk carnation
- top hat
- stuffed bunny
- magic wand
Dress child in overalls and shirt. Stuff the pockets full with straw or
shredded raffia. Tie twine or rope around waist for a belt. Add a few
touches of straw to the hat, gloves and boots. Plaid and polka dot
patches are a nice touch to denim jeans, but not required. Finish off
with a corn cob pipe.
- denim bib overalls
- plaid flannel shirt
- rope or twine
- straw hat
- gloves and boots
- straw or shredded raffia
- corncob pipe
Tape together a poster board cone hat or use a party hat. Decorate with
glued on sequins, fake jewels, glitter, etc. Attach scarf or streamers
to top point of hat. Punch holes on sides of hat, tie on elastic string.
To create a princess scepter, use cardboard tube covered in foil, glue
on sequins and fake jewels and attach ribbons to the end.
- lacy or frilly nightgown
- nylon scarf or crepe paper streamers
- ribbons, sequins, fake jewels
- gold foil
- poster board or party hat
- string elastic
- cardboard tube/paper dowel from clothes hanger
For a Fairy, cut a star from poster board, cover with foil, attach to
dowel from hanger, tie ribbons underneath the star.
Make a cardboard crown and spray paint it gold with glitter. Then make a
sash from fabric or sheets and write Miss America on with fabric paint.
Add a veil made from netting and a plastic headband. Carry a bouquet of
Punch small holes in juice can lids for wires to be inserted through.
Thread the wires through to create a suit of armor that will drape over
child's shoulders. Be sure to leave a hold for the head! Cut cardboard
in the shape of a shield and spray paint silver. A nice touch is to
paint on a coat of arms.
- about 40 frozen juice can lids
- silver tights
- black or gray gloves
- knight helmet
- silver spray paint
- plastic sword
Fringe bottom of black jeans by cutting slits at the bottom of pant leg.
If using sweat pants, tuck them into the boots. Tie bandana around
child's head with knot sticking out at side. Clip on earring and put on
eye patch. Attach parrot to shoulder of shirt with double sided tape or
a few hand sewn stitches. use our face paint recipe above to create a
brown or black mustache. Add a wide belt with large buckle as an added
- red & white horizontal stripe shirt
- black jeans or sweat pants
- gold clip-on hoop earring
- toy sword
- plastic eye patch
- face paint for mustache
- small stuffed toy parrot (optional)
If you decide not to use the dress and to make your own, spray the sheet
lightly with some clear spray paint and dust glitter on it before paint
dries. Make halo from chenille sticks, twisting together until long
enough to wrap around head. twist another chenille stick (or two)
straight up and form halo from remaining sticks. Make the wings by
bending clothes hangers and wrapping in white cloth or netting. Cloth or
elastic strips can be used to attach wings to body backpack style. Ready
made wings are also available, inexpensive and safer for use by
- white dress or white sheet with arm and head holes cut out
- clear spray paint
- white chenille sticks (enough for halo)
- clothes hangers
- sheer white cloth or netting
Using craft glue, attach pompoms down the front center of the
sweatshirt. Using fabric paint, draw swirls, stars and other fun shapes
on the front and back of the sweatpants. Paint face white and paint on a
red nose, or purchase a clown's nose. Top with colorful wig. Oversized
shoes are optional, but not recommended for smaller children.
- white or tie-dyed sweatshirt
- red sweat pants
- three pom poms, bright colors
- fabric paint, different colors
- colorful store bought wig, or yarn wig
- craft glue
"A Hobo is a person who works to travel and travels to work. They are known as Itinerate workers. Many have been printers, masons, electricians, carpenters, field workers, long shore men and factory workers. A hobo will always work for what he needs."
Get dressed and carry stick over shoulder! You can add a "dirty" look by
using the recipe for bruises here
http://www.thefamilycorner.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump.cgi?ID=4467 or paint on
a scruffy beard.
- large men's pants
- large dark sport coat
- shirt with patches
- old hat
- stick with a bandana tied to the end (stuffed with newspaper)
Cut eye holes in black cloth for mask. Make machete from cardboard and
wrap in aluminum foil. Use the long stick or old broom handle for a bo.
Using two paper towel rolls, connect them with piece of twine and cover
with black construction to create num-chucks.
- black hooded sweatsuit
- long strip of black cloth,
- long enough to wrap around head and hang down a foot or so
- aluminum foil
- long stick or broom handle
- paper towel rolls
- black construction paper
Instead of a wig you can spike your child's hair with gel and hair spray
and then spray with temporary hair color. Carry an electric guitar. Make
your outfit as crazy as you like and top off with sunglasses and leather
jacket. Don't forget to clip on the earring and put the *spiked collar
around their neck!
- toy or cardboard guitar
- wild clothing (be creative!)
- leather jacket
- spiked dog collar
- clip on earring (cross or hoop works well)
*spiked collar not recommended for children under 5 years of age.
Put dress or nightgown on first, then gloves, then jewelry over the top
of the gloves. Paint on a pretty face with Mom's make up or by using our
make up recipe (top of page). Paint a beauty mark under one eye, level
with the bottom of child's nose. Finish off with sunglasses, feather boa
and dress up shoes.
*dress up shoes not recommended for children under 5 years of age.
- long white dress or nightgown
- long white gloves
- *fancy dress up shoes
- feather boa
- make up
Dress in t-shirt, then vest. Put on necklace(s) and sunglasses. Tie
bandana around head as a headband and put on sandals. Voila!
- tie-dyed shirt
- fringed vest
- bell bottom pants or jeans
- beaded necklace and/or peace sign necklace
- rose tinted sunglasses
Tie a few scarves around your child's waist and one around her head. Add
earrings, necklaces and bracelets. if you child can stand it, use fake
eyelashes and finish with purple eyeshadow and bright lipstick.
- poofy long sleeved blouse
- long skirt
- 4 or 5 scarves
- clip on hoop earrings
- necklaces and bracelets
- black boots
- fake eyelashes
Tie cape on over sweatsuit. Cut eye holes on strip of black cloth for
mask. Tie strip of red cloth around waist. Carry toy or cardboard sword.
- black sweatsuit
- black cape or piece of black material
- strip of black cloth
- strip of red cloth
- toy or cardboard sword
- black boots
Slick hair back with styling gel. Get dressed, adorn sunglasses, put
comb in back pocket and chew gum!
- black or blue jeans
- white t-shirt
- white socks
- plastic comb
- leather jacket (optional)
- chewing gum
You can use a plain skirt or make a poodle skirt. They are quite simple:
literally a circle with the waist and hem finished, and an applique.
Sewing stores have many patterns. Put child's hair in a pony tail and
tie with a scarf.
- light colored short sleeve blouse
- big skirt
- saddle shoes
- white socks
Copyright 2000, Amanda Formaro
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.
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