Do-It-Yourself Costume Creations



• Long underwear dyed brown
• Green felt tunic clinched at the waist with a heavy leather belt
• Green felt hat with a feather attached at the side angling back
• A medallion (Decorate a jar lid with pasta and glitter, tape a paper clip to the back and string yarn or cord through to hang around the neck.)
• A bow, which can be made from a long stick and string, and a quiver made of a long brown tube sock with cord or grosgrain ribbon attached at the top and bottom to tie across Robin Hood's chest. Sticks in the quiver will pass as arrows.


• White leotard and tights or long underwear
• Black spots cut out of felt in random shapes and glued or stitched to the leotard and tights or long underwear
• Black felt ears glued to a white bathing cap
• White base and black makeup for spots on hands and face


• Grey sweat pants and shirt
• Armor made from cardboard like a sandwich board and covered in aluminum foil. Decorate the front with colored tape.
• A helmet made from a plastic gallon milk carton cut half-way up and covered in foil. For a more elaborate hemlet, decorate a toilet paper tube or roll newspaper tightly and cut it for a plume. Attach to the top of the carton.
• Metal garbage can lid as a shield and newspaper rolled tightly for a lance.


• A fancy nightie with colorful or gold braid wrapped empire style twice around and left to dangle at the back.
• Oak tag rolled, taped, colored and glittered as a medieval princess's hat. Attach a length of chiffon or a long scarf at the point.
• Ballet slippers


• White sweat pants and shirt or long underwear
• Wings cut out of the stiffest interface you can find at your fabric store and sprayed silver. A long piece of narrow elastic threaded through four holes at the back to be tied over the shoulders and around the waist.
• Halo made of inexpensive silver fabric sewn into a casing, stuffed, and sewn together at the back.


• Oversized, striped French sailor's shirt worn over black or brown pants tucked into high boots.
• Red bandana, a brass clip on earring, an eyepatch made of oak tag or felt
• Old leather belt with a cardboard sword tucked into it
• Burned cork smudged on the face to give a low, mean look; black wax to blacken out teeth.


• Bright colored jersey or shirt.
• Oversized overalls decorated with colorful patches .
• Oversized sneakers (in which your clown should practice walking before heading out to trick-or-treat).
• Funny old hat with red yarn glued inside.
• A ping-pong ball cut, colored with a red marker and fit over the nose
• Makeup
• An old bike horn or some gag prop


• Leotard and tights: black, brown, white, orange, grey — any cat color
• Spots cut out of felt, if your cat is to be spotted
• Tail cut from a length of feather boa (which runs about $3.50/yard at fabric outlets.)
• Ears cut out of felt affixed to a knit baby pilot hat or a bathing cap
• Makeup for face and whiskers.


• Yellow slicker
• Dark pants tucked into snow boots
• Fireman's hat (available at most kids' stores for $2-$3)
• Badge cut out of cardboard and covered in foil
• A length of hose
• Burned cork smudged on the face for an authentic look.
This is a good costume for preschoolers: perfect if rain is predicted and easy to assemble.


• Green tights and leotard or long underwear
• Tunic made from a sheet and dyed green. Leaves cut out of green felt and stitched randomly to the tunic. (If you don't want to sew, you can use staples or hot glue to affix the leaves, but don't expect the costume to last past Oct. 31.)
• Hat of green felt (felt is inexpensive and is usually sold very economically in extra wide widths.)
• Sneakers or ballet slippers


• Tunic of orange fabric or felt fringed at the arm openings and hem and decorated with blue rickrack
• Blue pajama bottoms or sweat pants with a row of fringe stitched or glued to the outside of each leg
• Wide elastic stitched closed as a headband, and colored in earth tone designs with waterproof markers. Affix a long feather to the inside of the headband.
• Moccasins

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Ann C. Landenberger is a former editor at United Parenting Publications.