As the leaves turn, children of all ages begin their quest for a Halloween costume. If you're like most parents, this typically requires thinking ahead and spending more than $25 for each costume.
With many families continuing to feel the economic pinch, an average of 18.9 percent of consumers will make costumes instead of purchasing them this year. What to do if you're not an expert sewer or crafter? Here are some DIY ideas from the experts.
Needed: Gray sweat suit, one long aluminum dryer hose, two rectangular disposable foil pans, baseball cap, foil, colored markers, ribbon.
1. The foundation is a long-sleeve sweatshirt or undershirt and grey sweatpants.
2. Cut aluminum dryer hose in four parts. Place one on each leg over sweatpants for the legs. For arms, use ribbon attached to the hose with a stapler to connect the other two pieces across the child's back. Put on like a coat, one arm at a time.
3. Attach the two disposable foil pans with ribbons close to the corners, making sure there's enough space so it can go over the child's head like a sandwich sign.
4. Have your child use markers to create "robot" buttons and knobs on the foil pans.
5. Wrap a baseball cap with foil and use as the robot's hat.
Needed: long-sleeved T-shirt and leggings in pink or any favorite color, poster or foam board in matching color, ribbon, tissue paper in coordinating colors, assorted embellishments, such as beads, glitter pens, rhinestones, hair band, pipe cleaners, hot glue gun or other adhesive.
1. The foundation is the T-shirt and leggings.
2. Draw (find an easy stencil online or free-hand it) large wing shapes on poster or foam board and cut them out.
3. Involve your child in decorating the wings. Make sure you plan the design before you start gluing.
4. Use ribbon to tie the wings together and to create backpack-style straps to hold them on the child's shoulders.
5. Use additional poster board to create a belt to go around your child's waist. Cut tissue paper in triangles and staple to the belt, overlapping at the top and with pointed ends down, to create a skirt. Decorate the head band and attach the pipe cleaners.
With a little imagination and patience, you can create unique Halloween costumes with your child and have fun, too! Finally, remember to take plenty of pictures!