Cute Kids’ Halloween Costumes to Make Yourself
You don't have to fork over big bucks for that Halloween costume your child loves. Here's how to turn everyday household items into magical costumes that are easy—and inexpensive.
If your child wants to be a: Rocket man
Make it! A rocket man’s power pack comes together with Pringles containers and party hats that are spray-painted silver. Streamers simulate fire. Pair
with white pants and a white shirt and your little one will be a space age
sensation in this Real Simple costume.
If your child wants to be a: Chef
Make it! A chef’s toque is a cinch to recreate using a paper-wrapped
oatmeal container and a white shower cap. Add a large white button-down shirt,
a chef’s towel, and a few kitchen accessories, and your little cook is ready for
business in this costume from Parents.
If your child wants to be a: Safari guide
Make it! This idea from Real Simple features a safari vest made from
a brown paper grocery bag. Kraft paper envelopes serve as pockets for all of an explorer’s gear;
make binoculars with a pair of toilet paper rolls, felt floor protector
pads, and some string.
If your child wants to be a: Turtle
Make it! For this Reader’s Digest costume, disposable aluminum turkey
roasting pans are transformed into a turtle’s shell with yellow, orange, and
green spray paint. Use a shoelace to create a strap, and dress your youngster
in green to create a base for the look.
If your child wants to be: Macaroni and cheese
Make it! Yellow-orange paint can turn toilet paper and
paper towel tubes into cheesy macaroni, just like this fun get-up from Coolest
Homemade Costumes. Create a bowl by cutting a hole in the bottom of a round
laundry basket, wrapping it in cardboard, and painting it white (or if
you’re artistically inclined, painting it to look like a microwaveable Easy Mac
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If your child wants to be a: Scuba diver
Make it! A deep-sea diving costume is a walk on the beach with these tips from
Parenting and Real Simple —silver or black spray paint turns a 2-liter
plastic bottle (or two) into an oxygen tank; plastic safety goggles serve as a
scuba mask, and cord organizers stand in for tubing.