Halloween Costumes - Traditional Favorites

Halloween Costumes - Traditional Favorites


Copyright 2000, Amanda Formaro


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As trick-or-treaters reach our doorsteps, we will view many fun and frightful costumes. Over the years, several designs pop up over and over, year after year. If your kids are looking for a traditional costume, try one of these on for size!

Should you need face paint, fake blood, or need to know how to create fake bruises, check out our feature Homemade Halloween Make Up, Bruises & Blood Here.

Cowboy/Cowgirl

blue jeans

western shirt

cowboy boots

cowboy hat

neckerchief

bandana

toy gun and holster

sheriff's star

rope

Dress in blue jeans, a western shirt or flannel shirt, and cowboy boots. Top with a cowboy hat and tie a neckerchief or bandana loosely around the child's neck. Carry a rope as a lasso and attach Sheriff's star to shirt. Adorn the outfit with toy gun in holster.

Indian

brown pants

white shirt

brown vest

moccasins

headband

feather

face paint

plastic tomahawk

Dress up basic brown pants and vest with moccasins and a tomahawk. Make a headband from brown posterboard by cutting a 1 1/2 inch wide strip that fits around your child's head. Glue or tape the feather to the headband. Smear on war paint in diagonal lines along cheek bones.

Magician

black tux or suit jacket

black pants

white dress shirt

red silk carnation

top hat

stuffed bunny

magic wand

Pin silk carnation to breast pocket of black jacket. White gloves are a nice touch to this costume, but not necessary.

Scarecrow

denim bib overalls

plaid flannel shirt

rope or twine

straw hat

gloves and boots

straw or shredded raffia

corncob pipe

Dress child in overalls and shirt. Stuff the pockets full with straw or shredded raffia. Tie twine or rope around waist for a belt. Add a few touches of straw to the hat, gloves and boots. Plaid and polka dot patches are a nice touch to denim jeans, but not required. Finish off with a corn cob pipe.

Princess

lacy or frilly nightgown

nylon scarf or crepe paper streamers

ribbons, sequins, fake jewels

gold foil

poster board or party hat

string elastic

tape

glue

cardboard tube/paper dowel from clothes hanger

Tape together a poster board cone hat or use a party hat. Decorate with glued on sequins, fake jewels, glitter, etc. Attach scarf or streamers to top point of hat. Punch holes on sides of hat, tie on elastic string. To create a princess scepter, use cardboard tube covered in foil, glue on sequins and fake jewels and attach ribbons to the end.

VARIATIONS

Fairy

For a Fairy, cut a star from poster board, cover with foil, attach to dowel from hanger, tie ribbons underneath the star.

Miss America

Make a cardboard crown and spray paint it gold with glitter. Then make a sash from fabric or sheets and write Miss America on with fabric paint.

Bride

Add a veil made from netting and a plastic headband. Carry a bouquet of silk flowers.

Knight

about 40 frozen juice can lids

silver tights

black or gray gloves

knight helmet

cardboard

silver spray paint

plastic sword

Punch small holes in juice can lids for wires to be inserted through. Thread the wires through to create a suit of armor that will drape over child's shoulders. Be sure to leave a hold for the head! Cut cardboard in the shape of a shield and spray paint silver. A nice touch is to paint on a coat of arms.

Pirate

red & white horizontal stripe shirt

black jeans or sweat pants

boots

bandana

gold clip-on hoop earring

toy sword

plastic eye patch

face paint for mustache

small stuffed toy parrot (optional)

Fringe bottom of black jeans by cutting slits at the bottom of pant leg. If using sweat pants, tuck them into the boots. Tie bandana around child's head with knot sticking out at side. Clip on earring and put on eye patch. Attach parrot to shoulder of shirt with double sided tape or a few hand sewn stitches. use our face paint recipe above to create a brown or black mustache. Add a wide belt with large buckle as an added bonus.

Angel

white dress or white sheet with arm and head holes cut out

clear spray paint

glitter

white chenille sticks (enough for halo)

clothes hangers

sheer white cloth or netting

If you decide not to use the dress and to make your own, spray the sheet lightly with some clear spray paint and dust glitter on it before paint dries. Make halo from chenille sticks, twisting together until long enough to wrap around head. twist another chenille stick (or two) straight up and form halo from remaining sticks. Make the wings by bending clothes hangers and wrapping in white cloth or netting. Cloth or elastic strips can be used to attach wings to body backpack style. Ready made wings are also available, inexpensive and safer for use by children.

Clown

white or tie-dyed sweatshirt

red sweat pants

three pom poms, bright colors

fabric paint, different colors

colorful store bought wig, or yarn wig

craft glue

Using craft glue, attach pompoms down the front center of the sweatshirt. Using fabric paint, draw swirls, stars and other fun shapes on the front and back of the sweatpants. Paint face white and paint on a red nose, or purchase a clown's nose. Top with colorful wig. Oversized shoes are optional, but not recommended for smaller children.

Bum or Hobo

large men's pants

large dark sport coat

shirt with patches

tie

old hat

stick with a bandana tied to the end (stuffed with newspaper)

Get dressed and carry stick over shoulder! You can add a "dirty" look by using the recipe for bruises here or paint on a scruffy beard.

Ninja

black hooded sweatsuit

long strip of black cloth, long enough to wrap around head and hang down a foot or so

cardboard

aluminum foil

long stick or broom handle

paper towel rolls

black construction paper

twine

Cut eye holes in black cloth for mask. Make machete from cardboard and wrap in aluminum foil. Use the long stick or old broom handle for a bo. Using two paper towel rolls, connect them with piece of twine and cover with black construction to create num-chucks.

Rock Star

wig

sunglasses

toy or cardboard guitar

wild clothing (be creative!)

leather jacket

spiked dog collar

clip on earring (cross or hoop works well)

Instead of a wig you can spike your child's hair with gel and hair spray and then spray with temporary hair color. Carry an electric guitar. Make your outfit as crazy as you like and top off with sunglasses and leather jacket. Don't forget to clip on the earring and put the *spiked collar around their neck!

*spiked collar not recommended for children under 5 years of age.

Movie Star

long white dress or nightgown

long white gloves

bracelets

necklaces

rings

*fancy dress up shoes

sunglasses

feather boa

make up

Put dress or nightgown on first, then gloves, then jewelry over the top of the gloves. Paint on a pretty face with Mom's make up or by using our make up recipe (top of page). Paint a beauty mark under one eye, level with the bottom of child's nose. Finish off with sunglasses, feather boa and dress up shoes.

*dress up shoes not recommended for children under 5 years of age.

Hippie

tie-dyed shirt

fringed vest

bell bottom pants or jeans

beaded necklace and/or peace sign necklace

sandals

rose tinted sunglasses

bandana

Dress in t-shirt, then vest. Put on necklace(s) and sunglasses. Tie bandana around head as a headband and put on sandals. Voila!

Gypsy

poofy long sleeved blouse

long skirt

4 or 5 scarves

clip on hoop earrings

necklaces and bracelets

black boots

fake eyelashes

Tie a few scarves around your child's waist and one around her head. Add earrings, necklaces and bracelets. if you child can stand it, use fake eyelashes and finish with purple eyeshadow and bright lipstick.

Zorro

black sweatsuit

black cape or piece of black material

strip of black cloth

strip of red cloth

toy or cardboard sword

black boots

Tie cape on over sweatsuit. Cut eye holes on strip of black cloth for mask. Tie strip of red cloth around waist. Carry toy or cardboard sword.

1950's Greaser

black or blue jeans

white t-shirt

loafers

white socks

sunglasses

plastic comb

leather jacket (optional)

chewing gum

Slick hair back with styling gel. Get dressed, adorn sunglasses, put comb in back pocket and chew gum!

1950's Girl

light colored short sleeve blouse

big skirt

saddle shoes

white socks

scarf

You can use a plain skirt or make a poodle skirt. They are quite simple: literally a circle with the waist and hem finished, and an applique. Sewing stores have many patterns. Put child's hair in a pony tail and tie with a scarf.

About the author

Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine. Subscribe to her free holiday newsletter, Family Holidays, by sending any email message to holidays-on@mail-list.com or by visiting her website at http://familycorner.com.

 

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