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Creative Costumes for Halloween
Copyright 2000, Amanda Formaro

As the years have come and gone, parents and children have become more and more creative in selecting costumes, from the adorable to the
unusual. Here are a few to choose from!
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green or brown hooded sweat suit
2 sheets yellow or white poster board
green felt
2 plastic headbands
craft glue
small stuffed bumble bee

From poster board, cut out petals. From green felt, cut out long leaves.
Glue petals to one headband and glue green felt leaves to the other headband.
Put petal headband on head and leaf headband around neck.
Glue a small stuffed bumble bee to sweatshirt. You can fashion one from felt or poster board.


flannel shirt
blue jeans
life jacket
rubber boots
fishing pole (real or made from a stick or branch)
floppy fishing hat
silver spray paint
black marker
12″ piece of yarn
hole punch

Cut four fish out of cardboard. Spray paint silver on both sides, let dry.
Use marker to draw an “X” in place of the fish’s eyes.
Punch hole near mouth of each fish and string from a piece of yarn.
Carry fishing pole in hand and sling fish over shoulder.


red beret or other hat
craft paint in several colors
cape or smock
paint brush

Have child wear hat tipped sideways. Draw on a black mustache with eyeliner or face paint.
Cut out an artist’s paint palette from cardboard.
Paint five or six circles in different colors around palette.
Hot glue paint brush onto palette or hold in hand.


Yellow or red raincoat
rubber boots (yellow, red or basic black)
toy fire hat
aluminum foil
stuffed Dalmatian toy

Make an axe out of cardboard and aluminum foil. Get dressed and carry puppy!


flannel shirt
straw hat or baseball cap
plastic pitchfork (or fashion from cardboard)
stuffed pig or chicken

Very simple, just get dressed! Carry pitchfork and stuffed farm animal.

Tired Woman

well-worn nightgown
well-worn terry bathrobe
big fuzzy slippers
plastic coffee mug

Get dressed. Put curlers in child’s hair. Have her carry a coffee mug
and hang a sign around her neck that says “I’m Not a Morning Person!”


brown hooded sweat suit
dark brown tights
cotton batting or old pillow stuffing
hot glue
white packing peanuts

Stuff tights with cotton batting or pillow stuffing.
Fold into a pretzel shape and hot glue in place.
Use white packing peanuts as salt and hot glue on.


red, blue, yellow or green hooded sweat suit
2 matching colored chenille sticks
plastic headband
thin cardboard
silver spray paint

Twist chenille sticks onto headband for antennas.
Paint child’s face same color as sweat suit.
Cut a tummy sized square of cardboard and spray one side with silver paint, let dry. Glue to tummy of sweat suit.

Pizza Slice

2 sheets of red, yellow or orange poster board
yellow, green, red, and brown construction paper OR craft paint

Cut the poster board into 2 pie shapes (triangle). Then on one side of each piece, glue on red circles for pepperoni, brown splotches for sausage, green squares for green peppers, and yellow strips for cheese. You can use pieces of poster board or construction paper, or you can paint them on. Then when you are done, use some more poster board to connect the two slices, by cutting two long strips and attaching them to the wide end of the slice and draping them over the child’s shoulders (imagine those signs that people where in the city streets, the walking billboards of yesteryear). Pizza!

Patch of Dandelions

green sweatpants or leggings
light blue sweat shirt
yellow felt
big yellow buttons
green felt
white pompoms
cotton batting or cotton balls

Cut leaves out of green felt and glue or stitch onto green pants. Cut yellow felt into circles, slitting them to make fringe around the edges.
Hand stitch on over green leaves with big yellow buttons. Hand sew white pompoms on to make dandelions that have gone to seed.
Glue cotton batting or cotton balls onto blue shirt for clouds. Cut a large yellow circle from felt for the sun.

Bubble Bath

white sweat suit
small white balloons
shower cap
bath scrubby (with rope to hang from wrist)
rubber ducky

Pin small white balloons all over shirt. Put on shower cap, hang bath scrubby from wrist and carry a rubber ducky or glue him to the shoulder of the shirt.

Bag of Jelly Beans (or gumballs)

clear plastic bag (dry cleaning bags are great)
balloons, several different colors
bright colored scarf
white poster board
black marker
craft glue

Have child step into bag to make holes for the legs and arms.
Fill bag with balloons use a bright scarf to tie around the top of the bag.
Cut a square of poster board to create a sign that says “Jelly Beans 5”. Glue it to the front of the bag.


black sweat suit
2 pieces of cardboard
craft or spray paint, any color of M&M’s
black craft paint or markers
heavy duty string

Cut two large circles out of cardboard. Paint. Draw or paint on “m&m” onto both circles. 
Use heavy duty string to attach the 2 pieces together and hang over shoulders, sign style.

Table for One

red checkerboard table cloth
play dishes
play food
silk flowers
plastic headband

Cut cardboard into a circle, cut out a hold for your head.
Put head into hole and rest on your shoulders. Cover with a red checkerboard tablecloth.
Make your head into a centerpiece by gluing silk flowers to the headband.
Glue play dishes and play food onto the table, add accessories (salt and pepper shakers, napkins, menu, etc.).

Mr. Potato Head

black sweat suit
burlap bag
old shirt or rags
white felt
black felt
red felt
peach felt
brown felt
Velcro fasteners
fiber fill
red clown shoes
white gloves

Fill the burlap bag with old shirts or rags. Using felt, cut out the eyes (black and white), nose (peach), mouth (red), and mustache (brown).
Attach Velcro to the backs of the pieces of felt. Use fiberfill to stuff each parts. Attach the Velcro backs to the suit.

King & Queen of Hearts

4 pieces of white poster board
2 pieces of cardboard (from nylon package)
gold spray paint
red lipstick

Draw the King of Hearts face on one side of the white poster board, then just hearts on back side.
Put a strap (scrap of material) stapling the two posters to fit over child’s head on to their shoulder.
Make gold crown out of nylon cardboard. Put a heart of lipstick on child’s cheek.
 Repeat for the Queen.


purple or green sweat suit
purple or green balloons
double-sided tape or adhesive Velcro circles
chenille sticks or raffia

Stick balloons to clothing. If using tape, twist it around tied-off end
of balloon and crimp tightly onto clothing. Velcro circles come apart.
Each half can be attached to a balloon and the clothing. Make a “stem” by twisting together brown and green pipe cleaners or raffia and attach to hat. This works best as an indoor party outfit and should not be worn by children under five — balloons are a choking hazard.

Grape Vine

brown sweat suit
brown shoes
double sided tape
purple balloons

Cover your body with double sided sticky tape. Then fill up purple
balloons and attach the balloons to the double sided tape.
You may use a garbage bag tie to attach the balloon to the double sided tape.
This is preferred if you are going outside in the wind.

A Highway

black sweat suit
yellow craft paint or yellow tape
small plastic toy cars

Paint two solid yellow lines down the middle of the shirt, or use 2 inch
pieces of yellow tape. Glue on plastic cars.

Laundry Basket

hooded sweat suit, any color
small round laundry basket
odd socks
armful of clothing
empty detergent bottle
empty fabric softener bottle

Cut a hole in the bottom of the laundry basket to fit to child’s body.
Attach twin strings to act as suspenders to hold the basket up.
Fill it with clothes and empty detergent bottles.

Static Cling

Mismatched clothes
safety pins
dryer sheets
small towels
hair gel

Wear any kind of mismatched clothes, pin one pant leg up, pin dryer
sheets on you as well as socks, small towels, etc. Use hair gel to make your hair look like it has static.

Punk rocker

black pants
leather jacket
colored hair spray
hair gel
hair spray

Use hair gel and hair spray to tease hair into crazy spikes. Color.


black pants
black button-down shirt
black shoes
white poster board

Create a priest’s collar from white poster board and insert into front
collar area of shirt. Works best if you use a shirt that has the same
type of self-faced collar as priests wear, or you could tuck under the
collar points for a similar effect. Add rosary and bible. Especially a
cute costume for a boy who is constantly in trouble!


any color sweat suit
matching color construction paper or poster board
black marker

Paint the word “crayon” sideways in black, and use the same color
construction paper to make your pointed hat. Staple a string on it and
tie it under your neck to keep it secure, you can paint your face the
same color too.

Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of Magazine. Subscribe to her free holiday newsletter, Family Holidays, by sending any email message to
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