But it doesn't have to be so. It was not too long ago, ..... O.K. it was maybe a while ago......, when I was a small trick or treater that Halloween costume ideas were much more original. You were not likely to bump into three or four other characters that looked exactly like you.
Oh, you might run into a costume of the same theme, but it would be totally unique by comparison. Of course, my mom created our Halloween costumes. You can create unique Halloween costumes and save money by recycling items.
Create your own unique Halloween costumes. Use your imagination and resources to come up with great Halloween costume ideas. Remember that Halloween costumes exaggerate to be most effective. So the more accessories, the better. Children will learn to be resourceful and creative. Keep their minds strong. Exercise the imagination!
...by observing you, children learn how to create and they learn craft. These powerful memories imprint a more important message. They come to understand the superiority of the creative tightwad method. - Amy Dacyczyn, a.k.a. The Frugal Zealot
You can get many Halloween costume ideas from life around you. You only need to look around in the real world to come up with some great Halloween costume ideas.
Here are some timeless,easy to make, Halloween costume ideas using items around the house, borrowed from friends and/or relatives, or purchased for next to nothing at your local thrift store.
If you don't already have a full length fancy party dress, check the thrift store for a low cost floor length party dress. Just pick one that looks "princessy." Even better, borrow one if possible.
A princess wand can be easily made with a dowel or stick and a cardboard star covered with foil. Add frills with duster feathers or ribbons if desired.
Make a crown. You can easily make one using a headband and craft materials. Here's a great tip: Recycle a Burger King Crown. You know the crowns they give out to all the little kiddies at Burger King. You can cover with foil or paint and add beads or gemstones to decorate. They also make a great pattern for a crown if you want to create it out of some other material you have.
For toddlers: Use one piece pajamas as a starting point. An extra bonus: the pajamas are warm clothing for what is typically a cool weather night in many areas. For example.. a fuzzy white, brown, black, or even pink footed pajama can easily become a kitten, rabbit, or dog. Add a home made tail using scrap fabrics (attach with safety pin), a headband with the appropriate ears attached, or if you use a hooded outfit attach ears directly to hood, some creative face painting using home made face paint (below), and you've got a cute little costume that can be used as a comfy outfit after trick or treat!
For older children use tights or stretch pants, and turtleneck shirts, sweaters, hooded sweatshirts all in the desired color instead of the pajamas. Use desired color of mittens or gloves for paws. Bats, lions, tigers, even a skunk can be created in much the same way as the above animals!
Halloween Costume Ideas Recycling Tip: Remove the stuffing from an unwanted large stuffed animal (through a cut slit down back), launder, and use sections or fabic for costume. Or, cut a hole for the face and your toddler may be small enough to fit right in and use for hooded costume.
Halloween Costume Ideas Recycling Tip: Any discarded or unwanted work uniform (nursing, military, fireman, policeman) can be used as a Halloween costume.
These are all good Halloween costume ideas and I'm sure you get the picture by now. The idea is to use as many items as you have on hand to create these timeless Halloween costumes. Halloween costume ideas and possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Don't let that little girl cry because you can't find her the purrrrrrrrrrr-fect cat costume. You can create a much nicer one from everyday items and a few craft materials. Chances are it will look more realistic than that store bought costume.
As a bonus, many of the costume pieces (i.e. shirts, pants, tights, gloves/mittens) are reusable after Halloween!
A few other Halloween Costume Ideas Tips:
Use several different cups (custard cups, recycled single serve yogurt or Jell-O containers, a foam egg carton) Prepare 1 tsp cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon each of cold cream and water for each color desired. Mix different color food coloring (one drop at a time) in each cup.
For Cream Make Up:
To make enough for one child's face - Use a rubber spatula, blend the first three ingredients until a smooth paste forms. Add 3/4 drops glycerin for a creamier consistency. Add coloring if desired one drop at a time blending after each drop until you have the desired shade. For easy removal use shortening, cold cream or baby oil.
Remember your Halloween Safety
Here are a few, but certainly not all inclusive, reminders of safe trick or treat rules.
1. Small children should always be accompanied by an adult.
Recycling for Halloween Costume Ideas
Items that can be recycled for Halloween:
1. Large stuffed toys - remove stuffing and launder. Use fabric for animal costumes. Sometimes the head can be used as hood w/ears or adapt the entire head to create a safe mask. Cut holes for eyes (vision should not be restricted) cut mouth for breathing.
2. Plastic milk jugs - cut shape as desired to make masks. i.e. make just an eye mask or make a whole face mask. Line the outside with some sort of tape (masking, craft tape, duct) to soften edges. Decorate accordingly to suit your costume using fabric, paints, ribbon, etc. Punch holes in apropriate area to attach elastic band or use a paper clip. Insert paper clip (or you can use key chain rings) into punched hole on mask - one on each side. Attach appropriate sized rubberband (to fit head) between the two clips and you have an elastic band!
3. One gallon ice cream buckets make the perfect size trick or treat bucket. Decorate for the occasion. I recommend using bright neon or glow in the dark decorations or paint. You can even personalize with the child's name.
4. Save some unwanted clothing or costumes from previous years in a storage container just for Halloween. Almost any clothing can be recycled for costumes. Even accessories like belts, ties, sashes, scarves, shoes, costume jewelry, and any kind of uniform.
5. Use sections of panty hose to use as a hair net under wigs or full head masks. Keeps the hair under control and out of the way.
6. An old broom can be used for a witch's broom or an old straw broom's bristles can be used in the creation of a scarecrow costume.
I hope these Halloween costume ideas help you create your own unique Halloween costume.
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