Five simple Halloween costumes

What You Need:

  • All-in-one white sweat suit (or sweat pants and sweat shirt)
  • Black fabric
  • Inexpensive straw hat


  1. Cut out the patches and zig-zag them onto the sweatsuit.
  2. Make a tail
  3. Paint your child's face with watercolor paints.

4. Spider

An angelic arachnid idea for your little darling.

What You Need:

  • Black Shirt
  • 2 Pairs Black Stockings
  • 3 Pairs Cheap Gloves
  • String
  • Newspaper or other material for stuffing nylons
  • Face Paint


  1. Cut the black stockings.
  2. Stuff the stockings and sew shut.
  3. Sew the four extra arms onto the black T-shirt.
  4. Sew two pairs of the gloves onto the extra arms.
  5. Use string to join the arms, so that when your child moves his arm, he moves the other two as well.
  6. Draw 6 eyes with face paint on your child's forehead and spider "fangs" on his cheeks.

5. Scarecrow

This is a great DIY costume idea, very easy to pull off with around-the-house items.

What You Need:

  • Flannel shirt
  • Rope
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Straw hat
  • Straw
  • Eyebrow pencil


  1. Borrow one of dad's flannel shirts
  2. Use pieces of rope as a belt and to tie at the cuffs of his jeans and sleeves
  3. Stuff the shirt and pants with plastic grocery bags
  4. Use a few pieces of straw to stick out of the sleeves and cuffs
  5. Use an eyebrow pencil to draw the face, making a large smile and triangle shapes around his eyes.
  6. Top off the outfit with an inexpensive straw hat.
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