The leaves are turning brilliant orange and yellow, and there’s a distinctive nip in the air. Fall is on its way, which means that Halloween can’t be far behind. Do you have a plan for when your kids begin clamoring for costumes? Since kids grow fast, it can be hard to justify purchasing a costume that will only be worn once.
Making your own Halloween costumes isn’t difficult and is a great way to create fun and unique outfits for your kids. All it takes is some imagination and inspiration and the willingness to try. Plus, if you have more than one child, you can hold onto your creation until the next one is big enough to wear it.
If your kids already know what they want to be for Halloween, then you are already off to a good start. If they aren’t sure or need some help, the Internet can be an excellent source. For example, BrandsOnSale has a fabulous selection of Halloween costumes available for both parents and kids. Take a look at fairy costumes for fun and adorable costume ideas.
Cute costumes can be made from items around the house as well as other pieces that can be found in fabric or craft shops. If you are handy with a glue gun, you can create different headdresses for aliens, butterflies, bees or fairies using an inexpensive headband, pipe cleaners and plushy balls. Wings for insects and other creatures can be made by bending wire coathangers into shape and then stretching sheer fabric over them. Fabric paints can then be used to personalize the wings and make the costume easily identifiable.
Boxes and aluminum foil can also be used to create a wide variety of costumes. Robots and astronauts can both benefit from boxes that have had holes for arms and legs cut out of them. Once covered with shiny foil, kids can then paint the foil or attach construction paper cutouts.
If you are handy with a sewing machine, your costume options are nearly endless. Patterns for any number of Halloween costumes are available both online and in fabric stores. In fact, many fabric stores host costume workshops this time of year to help parents and older kids learn how to make their own costumes from scratch. Check on the website of your local fabric or craft store to find out what workshops are available in your area.
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