Costumes: Partner Costumes

Costumes: Partner Costumes

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Carrie McBride
Oct 13, 2010

Partner costumes can make trick-or-treating outings twice as fun (and are especially good for shy children). Here are some more wonderful costumes to add to the sibling sets we showed you before. Click the thumbnail photo to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Apple

aka: Josh (3) and Eva (1)
location: New York, NY
age group: toddler
difficulty level:

materials: Long sleeve shirts, Fabric, Batting, Felt

description: For the caterpillar costume I used 2 long sleeve shirts as the base (I cut one off below the arms and sewed it to the bottom of the other shirt). I then sewed strips of different green fabrics onto the shirt and stuffed them. I used the hood from the pre-made apple costume for the caterpillar hood and put on eyes, a nose, and antennae, and made brown felt stuffed feet for the front of the costume.

I bought the apple costume (at off-peak prices, of course) and it looked like this. I cut the leaves off the neck and put on my own more apple-ish leaf, and sewed brown "holes" to the front and back to look like the apple in the book.
Thanks Kate!

Max

aka: Jacob (1) and Dad
location: Chattahoochee Hills, GA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: wool felt scraps, white fleece one piece outfit, cheapo hat, faux fur from the craft store

description: I used a white fleece one piece outfit, which made this so incredibly easy. All I had to do was attach claws and ears out of some wool felt scraps I happened to have. I also bought some faux fur and pinned it along the inside of the hood, and attached some w/ a safety pin to serve as a tail. I also sewed some large buttons on next to the zipper. Jacob wasn't really a fan of the hood, but he certainly enjoyed roaring at the neighborhood kids. I made Stephen's hat by sewing on some felt scraps to an old hat -- eyes, nose, and a line of sharp, wild-thing teeth. Some faux fur on top (I didn't even bother to sew it on), and some fleece ears for which I did bust out the sewing machine, and they were ready for treat collecting. Stephen also sported a striped sweater.
Thanks Rachel!

Casper & Wendy

aka: Corgan (2) and Annabelle (3)
location: West Melbourne, FL
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: For Casper: a white baby "gown", white tights, and white face paint. For Wendy: red dress, red children-sized witch cape, and red tights with a homemade magic wand made with a dowel, electrical tape, and white paper.

description: For Casper, baby pinned the baby gown together between his legs. The hardest part of the whole costume was finding the pure white baby gown and a perfect red Wendy dress.
Thanks Keri!

Harry Potter and Hermonie Granger

aka: Anne (7) and Andrew (5)
location: Pittsburgh, PA
age group: child
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Black Fabric, scarves found in the $ section at Target, wooden dowles for the wands, glasses from The Party Store

description: My mom made the capes for the kids from a pattern I had purchased at JoAnn's Fabric. The wands were made from wooden dowels that were sanded then painted. Easy easy. I braided my daughter's hair the night before to get the frizzy hair look. I drew a lightning bolt on my son's forhead then added the glasses. Both of their scarves came from the dollar section at Target. That was a lucky find!
Thanks Joy!

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