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Lions, tigers, umm…giraffes, oh, my! This young adventurer’s outfit begins with basic khaki shorts, white tee, and sneakers (or boots). The vest and binoculars are made from a paper grocery bag and empty toilet paper tubes (get the how-tos). And what safari is complete without at least one “wild” animal?
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Raining Cats and Dogs
Uh-oh: Watch out for poodles! Pull out your child’s slicker and Wellies and a few of her furry friends for a clever conceptual costume. All you need is an old umbrella and a hot glue gun to attach the toys (get the how-tos). Now just wait for the compliments to rain down.
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An idea that’s—c’mon, we have to say it—out-of-this-world. This getup revolves around black pants and shirt (or black sweats) sprinkled with a constellation of shining star stickers. Layer on a bright sweatshirt that you’ve painted with Saturn-like bands (get the how-tos). Then add a pillow for stuffing and top it all off with as many “rings” as your little star can twirl.
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Take the plunge with an ensemble you can assemble from your child’s summer wardrobe: board shorts, a rash guard, and water shoes (walking in flippers will definitely cut into trick-or-treat time). The protective goggles come straight from the toolbox, and the oxygen tank is made from spray-painted water bottles (get the how-tos).
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Ah, Mommy’s little angel, in a simple costume that comes together practically on the fly. Dress your little girl all in white—a favorite dress or nightgown, tights, and comfy shoes. For her halo and wings, you’ll need pipe cleaners, cardboard, and coffee filters (get the how-tos). Finish by scattering on a few leaves from the pile she fell into when she tumbled from heaven.
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Beat it, kid—a drum, that is. Whip up this uniform out of a shirt and pants you trim with red utility tape and spray-painted bottle caps; the hat is a paper-covered oatmeal container (get the how-tos). Switch out the drum for a curtain rod and your child is the leader of the local band (of trick-or-treaters).
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Pig in a Blanket
Hands down, the hit of the Halloween party season. Start by decking out your little one in pink, head to toe. Add felt ears and a bottle cap/button nose (get the how-tos). Wrap her in her favorite blankie and you've got one little piggy way too adorable to stay home.
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How To: Make a Vest
What You Need Brown Grocery Bag Pencil Scissors Kraft Mini Envelopes (in natural) Buttons Glue Stick
Measure the paper bag against the child. Mark holes for the arms and head; cut these out.Glue envelopes on the front of the vest to create pockets. Glue buttons on the envelopes. Let dry overnight.
How To: Make Binoculars
What You Need Two Toilet Paper Rolls Felt Pads Twine or String Glue
Take 2 toilet paper rolls and glue 4-5 felt pads between the two tubes in order to keep them together.On the exterior of each roll, make a small hole for stringing the twine through and creating a strap.
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How To: Make an Umbrella
What You Need Umbrella Stuffed Animals Hot Glue Gun
Open up the umbrella and hot glue one animal at a time on the outside. Let them rest in place to dry overnight.
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How To: Make Saturn’s Stars and Stripes
What You Need Black Shirt and Pants Star Stickers Oversized Gold Sweatshirt Scissors Newspaper Orange Acrylic Paint (water based) Paint Brush Fabric Glue
Place the black outfit on a flat surface. Adhere "stars" all over, specifically covering the legs and arms, the areas not covered by the gold vest.Cut the arms off this old sweatshirt. To create a polished look and to remove frayed edges, hem the arm holes with fabric glue.Place the vest on a sheet of newspaper on a flat surface. Paint diagonal stripes using your paint and brush. Let dry overnight.
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How To: Make the Oxygen Tank
What You Need One Liter Bottles (you'll need 2 of these) Black Spray Paint Yellow Utility Tape Black Shoe Laces Hot Glue Gun
Make sure the bottles are empty and dry. Spray paint one bottle at a time. Let dry overnight.Take the now black bottles and wrap rings around the bottoms and the tops of each bottle with the yellow tape.Glue the shoelaces to the tops and bottoms of each bottle. Secure around the child’s shoulder.
How To: Make Mouth Device
What You Need Black Cord Covers Pacifier Hot Glue Gun
Cover one end of the cord with yellow tape.Glue pacifier to the other end of the cord cover. Let dry overnight.
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How To: Make Halo and Angel Wings
What You Need Gold Pipe Cleaners Pencil Hole Punch Coffee Filters White Cardboard White Shoelaces Tape or Glue Dots
Make a halo shape by twisting the gold pipe cleaners into proper form.Draw the shape of two angel wings on cardboard; cut them out.Decide on the most comfortable spot for your child to wear her wings, then punch 4 holes in the cardboard. String shoelaces through them to tie around your child's shoulders.Fold coffee filters in half and adhere them with tape or glue to the cardboard to resemble feathers.
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How To: Make Drummer’s Shirt
What You Need Bottle Caps (from water or soda bottles) Newspaper Gold Acrylic Paint (water based) Paintbrush Red Utility Tape Hot Glue Gun
Place bottle caps on a piece of newspaper and paint them gold. Let dry overnight.Make 3 to 4 lines on shirt using the red tape. Adhere each strip about 2 to 3 inches apart.Glue painted bottle caps at the ends of each strip of red tape. Let stand to dry overnight.
How To: Make Drummer’s Hat
What You Need Oatmeal Canister Scissors White Construction Paper Glue Dots Red Utility Tape Hole Punch White Shoelaces
Wrap paper around the container to fit to size. (You want to completely cover the oatmeal container.) Trim any excess paper off the top or bottom. Secure paper to the container with 2 or 3 glue dots.Wrap a ring on the bottom of the canister with the red tape.Position the hat on your child’s head and find the best spot for securing strap. Punch 2 holes and string shoelaces through the holes.
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How To: Make Pig Ears
What You Need Paper Pencil 4 Pieces of Pink Felt (we like E-Z felt, which is stiff and easier to work with) Pink Headband Scissors Hot Glue Gun
Create a template by drawing one ear on a piece of paper and cutting it out.Place template on the felt as your guide. Cut out 4 ear-shaped pieces of pink felt.Glue around the edges of two pieces of felt. Stick each piece to the felt pieces without glue. (You’ll need two pieces of felt per ear so they are stable and won’t flop over.)Glue the ears to the pink headband.
How To: Make a Pig Nose
What You Need Large Bottle cap (we used a Gatorade cap) Pink Ribbon Pink Button Newspaper Pink Acrylic Paint (water based) Paintbrush Hot Glue
Lay bottle cap on a piece of newspaper and paint it pink. Set it aside to dry overnight.Once dry, glue the button to the center of the bottle cap.Glue the ends of the ribbon to the inside of the cap. Tie around your child’s head to secure.