Turtle Halloween Costume

A favorite animal for Halloween costumes, this slowpoke character is quick and easy to make using throwaway turkey roasting pans from the grocery store.


You Will Need

  • 1 green sweatshirt
  • 1 pair green sweatpants
  • 1 green cap
  • Spray paint: yellow, orange, and green
  • 2 oval aluminum roasting pans
  • 1 shoelace, 72 inches
  • 1 square (12 inches) green stick-on felt

What to Do

1. To make the tail, cut an 8-inch triangle out of green stick-on felt. Crease lengthwise, remove backing, and fold tight.

2. To make the top shell, or carapace, punch two holes in top edge of one of the roasting pans. Paint the shell in a turtle pattern with green and yellow. Attach wide end of tail to bottom edge of the top shell, as shown in bottom photograph.

3. To make the bottom shell, or plastron, hold second pan to child’s shoulder. Two inches down on each side cut off 1 inch of the pan’s hard edge all the way around. Fold cut edges in and crimp with pliers. Fold and crimp again to be sure there are no sharp edges. Punch two holes in top edge. Paint yellow with an orange center.

4. Thread shoelace through holes in two shells and adjust over child’s shoulders with bottom shell in front and top shell in back.

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