Party Planning -
Simple Halloween Costume Ideas
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costumes that won't spook your budget
(ARA) - As the leaves
turn, children of all ages begin their quest for
this year's “it” Halloween costume.
If you're like most
parents, this typically requires thinking ahead and spending
an average of $26.52 for each costume, according to the
National Retail Federation's 2011 Halloween Consumer
Intentions and Actions Survey.
The same study says seven out
of 10 Americans planned to celebrate Halloween, and $1
billion was spent on children's costumes alone. With many
families continuing to feel the economic pinch, an average
of 18.9 percent of consumers will make costumes instead of
purchasing them this year. What to do if you're not an
expert sewer or crafter? Here are some DIY ideas from the
Milva Di Lorenzo, Fashion Design faculty for Miami
International University of Art & Design, suggests, “Start
by doing research online - if you're even a little crafty,
there are many unique, fun costumes you can create with
little money and no sewing.” She recommends the following
Kate Campbell, fashion
coordinator at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami
International University of Art & Design, agrees. She also
advises, “Get your child involved in creating the costume.
Look at ideas and decide on a budget together. This ensures
your child is excited about their costume, especially when
their friends tout the ones from the store.”
||For more inspiration, look at
the quick costume ideas below from our experts.
Needed: Gray sweat suit, one long aluminum dryer hose, two
rectangular disposable foil pans, baseball cap, foil,
colored markers, ribbon.
1. The foundation is a long-sleeve sweatshirt or undershirt
and grey sweatpants.
2. Cut aluminum dryer hose in four parts. Place one on each
leg over sweatpants for the legs. For arms, use ribbon
attached to the hose with a stapler to connect the other two
pieces across the child's back. Put on like a coat, one arm
at a time.
3. Attach the two disposable foil pans with ribbons close to
the corners, making sure there's enough space so it can go
over the child's head like a sandwich sign.
4. Have your child use markers to create “robot” buttons and
knobs on the foil pans.
5. Wrap a baseball cap with foil and use as the robot's hat.
Needed: long-sleeved T-shirt and leggings in pink or any
favorite color, poster or foam board in matching color,
ribbon, tissue paper in coordinating colors, assorted
embellishments, such as beads, glitter pens, rhinestones,
hair band, pipe cleaners, hot glue gun or other adhesive.
1. The foundation is the T-shirt and leggings.
2. Draw (find an easy stencil online or free-hand it) large
wing shapes on poster or foam board and cut them out.
3. Involve your child in decorating the wings. Make sure you
plan the design before you start gluing.
4. Use ribbon to tie the wings together and to create
backpack-style straps to hold them on the child's shoulders.
5. Use additional poster board to create a belt to go around
your child's waist. Cut tissue paper in triangles and staple
to the belt, overlapping at the top and with pointed ends
down, to create a skirt. Decorate the head band and attach
the pipe cleaners.
With a little imagination and patience, you can create
unique Halloween costumes with your child and have fun, too!
Finally, remember to take plenty of pictures!
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