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By: Dr Afiniki Akanet, author of Fortitude and Life Without Coffee (Choosing Happiness Over Stress)
Posted on: Oct 24, 2019

5 DIY Halloween Costume Hacks for Children

TCH's guest blogger, Dr. Afiniki Akanet, shares her top 5 DIY Halloween costume hacks for children!

It feels like only yesterday when we celebrated the start of a new year. Now we have said goodbye to summer and are thinking of Halloween parties! It may not be your favourite time of year, but most children like to dress-up for Halloween, so it is good to have a plan in place. Children usually get invitations to costume parties, and it is often cheaper to make your own, especially if you have more than one child and they know exactly what they want for a costume. To help you avoid splashing the cash on an overpriced get-up that will long-be-forgotten by 1st November, here are my 5 DIY Halloween costume hacks for children.

Ribbons & Strips

These are easy to find around the house or can be cut out from old clothes. My daughter had ribbons of different colours for her hair as a baby, which she hardly uses now. Attaching strips of cloth or ribbons to an old T-shirt and trousers in rows or other patterns could make a colourful (and probably scary) costume - and children will love it. Ribbons attached to the edges of an umbrella could make a lovely jellyfish Halloween costume that they will always remember.

Cardboard & Boxes

You could make smart Halloween costumes from cardboard boxes, which often come as packaging for other items. Many businesses these days will give you large empty boxes for free, if you ask nicely. A bit of coloured paper stuck cleverly on to a boring brown box could make a robot, piece of lego or even minion costume your child will be proud of. If you are good with scissors, you could even cut out cardboard shapes and stick them to an old top to make lovely animal costumes.

Makeup & Mum’s Wardrobe

The thought of children playing with expensive makeup can be scary, but clever use of makeup on children can help them complete the look they are going for. Check your wardrobe/closet for some old-fashioned outfits that they might be able to use, if you still have any. You may sometimes be able to find classic fashion items in charity shops that you can get for a small donation. You could paint on facial hairs, use temporary hair colour or good old face paint to get the Shrek, Hulk, Marilyn Monroe or Abraham Lincoln look. Dad may even have a few useful things in his wardrobe/closet, such as old frames, shirts or ties that he does not want anymore.

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Old Sheets & Kitchen Cupboards

Old sheets are not limited to ‘ghost’ costumes. You could use them to make a Greek/Egyptian outfit, an angel, or a singer. Round bowls make a good hat for any costume, and you can find other useful items in the kitchen cupboards with a bit of imagination. Parents have been known to attach serving spoons and empty bottles to shirts or bowls to complete an outfit.

Shop & Relax

If, like me, you are not keen on making things, have little time to spare, and can’t wait for Christmas, you could just buy a Halloween outfit to keep everyone happy. Yes, there might be other children wearing the same costume, it might cost more than it is worth, and it might sadly end up in the children’s dress-up drawer, but there are more important things to worry about, so do what works best for you.

Whatever you do this Halloween, remember to stay safe, stay true to yourself, look out for others, have fun, and choose happiness over stress!