It’s Not Too Early to Choose a Costume

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Having a tight budget does not mean that your children can't have a fabulous Halloween. Making homemade costumes for children doesn't have to be limited to those who are talented with needle, thread and sewing machine. Plenty of no-sew costumes look great.

Dress-Up Ideas for Girls

Fairy and princess outfits are popular for little girls these days. Thankfully, these ensembles are very simple to recreate. Don't settle for cheaply-made, expensive store-bought dresses when making your own is so quick, easy and inexpensive. To make a lovely tulle skirt suitable for a princess or fairy, you will need a length of quarter-inch waistband elastic and several yards of tulle. Knot the elastic around the child's waist so that it fits comfortably. Trim the excess. Cut the tulle in 12 to 18 inch wide strips, and then tie the strips lengthwise onto the waistband. Continue in this way all around the circumference of the waistband. Outfit your little girl in a leotard and tights topped with this skirt. For a fairy, you may want to pick up a pair of wings at the local dollar store and add a flowered headband. For a princess, an inexpensive tiara and wand can be found at the same place.

Other easy ideas for girls might be Little Red Riding Hood or a gypsy. For Red Riding Hood, simply wrap a red tablecloth or shawl around your little sweetheart, and secure it under the chin with a safety pin. Give her a basket to carry, and she will be ready to head to Grandma's house for trick or treat. If she would like to be a Gypsy, dress her in a brightly-colored tiered skirt and peasant blouse. Add a gaudy fringed shawl or scarf and plenty of bangle bracelets. Don't forget large hoop earrings.

Dress-Up Ideas for Boys

If your little fellow likes Charlie Brown, recreating his favorite comic book character is simple. Buy a bright yellow T-shirt and black fabric paint. With a sharp pencil, sketch in the distinctive zigzag pattern along the bottom hem of the shirt. Tuck cardboard or several layers of newspaper inside the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through it, and paint the zigzag using black paint.

A solid-colored hoodie can be many things. On a white hoodie, you can glue floppy ears made of felt and black felt circles to make your boy a Dalmatian puppy. Alternately, an orange hoodie can be decorated with pointed ears and black stripes to make a child a tiger. Use your imagination, felt and fabric glue to create interesting outfits out of hoodies.

Loads of costume ideas are available for creative parents who have a little time and some ingenuity. However, since Halloween is in just a few weeks, you may want to get started right away.

 

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