Halloween: Quick and Easy Elmo Costume

Easily one of the most popular of Jim Henson's Muppet characters, Elmo is the costume of choice for many toddlers and preschoolers.

Elmo Costume

If you can use a glue gun, you can make this adorable Halloween costumein only an hour or so.

Purchase a red, hooded sweatsuit and a pair of Elmo fuzzy slippers in a size to fit your child. You can usually find these items at any discount department store. While you're there, stop in at the crafts department for three Styrofoam balls, some orange and black acrylic paints, a tube of puffy fabric paint and a lot of gold glitter.

When your active child is taking a much-needed nap, haul out the glue gun and get started! First, paint one of the Styrofoam balls with the orange paint. This will be Elmo's nose. Then paint black circles on the remaining two Styrofoam balls, creating Elmo eyes. Place these balls on the hood of the sweatshirt and hot glue them into place.

Using the tube of puffy fabric paint, write the word "Elmo" on the front of the sweatshirt. Fill in the center of the letters with good old Elmer's glue and sprinkle with glitter.

On Halloween night just dress your child in the sweatsuit, pull on the slippers and head out for some fun trick-or-treating. Don't forget to take photos!

-- submitted by iVillage member hudson

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