Halloween is a favourite occasion for many kids. They love to dress up and get free sweets! Toddlers are especially excited by the whole idea.
There are lots of costumes available in costume shops and discount stores. But most of them are rather expensive, and they just aren't very imaginative. Besides, what's the fun of wearing the same costume that so many other people are wearing? Here are five homemade toddler costumes that are fun yet frugal.
1. Ghost – If you want a simple yet scary costume, you can't go wrong with a ghost. All you need is a sheet and some scissors. Just cut the sheet to a length that won't trip your child when he walks, and cut out holes for the eyes. If you like, you could draw on a mouth or add some accessories to give your ghost its own unique style.
2. Scarecrow – Scarecrow costumes are easy to make. Just dress your child in a flannel shirt and patched jeans or overalls. Tie a rope around her waist for a belt. Add a straw hat and stick some straw up the sleeves of the shirt and legs of pants. Add some makeup to complete the look.
3. Mummy – Mummies are super creepy and making a mummy costume for your toddler won't cost much. All you need is a couple of rolls of gauze and some snug-fitting clothing in a light colour. Dress the child, and wrap the arms, legs and body in the gauze. Wrap some around the head to finish.
4. Robot – For this costume, you'll need a grey sweatsuit, a large box, some silver face paint and silver poster paint or aluminium foil. Cut the flaps off of one end of the box, and cut a hole out large enough for your child's head to fit through on the other end. Paint the box with silver paint, or cover it with aluminium foil. Make some buttons out of construction paper and glue them on. Dress your child in the sweats and box, and paint his face silver.
5. Spider – With a black sweatsuit and some black tights, you can easily make a spider costume. Just stuff two pairs of tights with newspaper or fabric scraps and pin one to each side of the back of the sweatshirt. String the “legs” up with fishing line, and tie them to the arms of the shirt to make them move in sync.
You don't have to be a professional designer to make a great Halloween costume for your child. With a little imagination and a few inexpensive supplies, you can whip up something creepy yet cute in no time. And you won't have to worry about your toddler being dressed just like all the other toddlers on the block!