Costumes: Traditional Halloween

Costumes: Traditional Halloween

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Carrie McBride
Oct 11, 2010

These traditional Halloween are oldies, but certainly goodies! Click the thumbnail photo to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.

Witch

aka: Wayland (2)
location: Anchorage, AK
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials and description: Hat- Dollar section at Target along with a orange sparkly spider clip for her hair. Jacket- Grabbed one from her closet along with a striped shirt. Flower Corsage- I used my Halloween fabric and followed this tutorial for the flower. Then I added a few extra embellishments with the purple tulle and wooden button. Skirt- sparkly orange tulle from craft store. Super easy to make by following any tutu-making tutorial online. I made her's with a satin waistband so it was more comfortable. I also added an iridescent spider web sash for some fun bright color. Lastly- her favorite pair of rain boots that are a must have for fall in Alaska! And there you have it... our homegrown "Wayland the Witch" Thanks Amy!

Bat

aka: Kaleb (4)
location: Sevierville, TN
age group: child
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Fleece, elastic, thread, buttons

description: We really loved the bat costume pbk is offering this year. ADORABLE! I just gave it a try and this is what we ended up with. Kaleb loves his bat costume!
Thanks Ashley!

Mummy

aka: Leo Lucca (6)
location: Seattle, WA
age group: child
difficulty level: super easy

materials: gray sweat suit, old white sheets

description: ripped the old sheets into strips then hot glued them onto the sweat suit
Thanks Elizabeth!

Pumpkin

aka: Georgia (15 months)
location: Paris, France
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: an orange girl's tunic shirt, a tank-style white body suit, green felt, green ribbon, plastic grocery bags. For the hat, an orange headband, a brown paper bag, and green felt

description: I took, the tunic and turned it upside down. Using a sewing machine, I stitched together the neck opening (this would be the crotch of the costume and the former armholes become the legholes. Next, I gathered the bottom of the tunic, pulling it tight enough to fit around Georgia's chest. I then hand-stitched the gathered material to the bodysuit, around the neckline. To make it easier to get on and off, I then put a few stitches at the crotch to hold the tunic and the bodysuit together. I added some green ribbon around the neckline, left as streamers in the back, with a few leaves cut from the felt stitched on. For the 'stem' on my pumpkin, I bought an orange headband. I took the brown paper bag,cut out a rough rectangle, and rolled it up tightly in my hands. I bent the bottom flat so that I could hotglue it to the headband and added a bit of glue in the folds of the paper to help it hold its shape. I then cut out large pieces of felt into leaf shapes and hot-glued them all around the stem to make a sort of hat.
Thanks Nicole!

Bat

aka: Alianna (20 months)
location: Lincoln, NE
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Black pants, black turtleneck, brown fur, brown felt, black stocking hat, black cotton fabric, elastic, fabric glue, sewing machine

description: The ears are cut out of the felt and glued to the hat with a slight bend so they stand up straight. For the fur I used the turtleneck as a template and cut the fur bigger so I had extra to turn under for a finished edge and so it would puff out, I sewed a casing in the bottom and added elastic to keep it close to her body. The wings I roughly cut out looking at a picture and approximating the shape (no patterns here), sewed the edges and turned right side out so they had a little volume, they are then glued to the turtleneck arms and down the side of her body to the fur. Gluing was easier and faster as this was made the night before...I didn't mind sacrificing the turtleneck for the ease of the project, but the wings could have been sewn on.
Thanks Elizabeth!

Pumpkin Princess

aka: Lila (3)
location: Milford, DE
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Orange (i also mixed in gold) & green tulle, elastic, various orange and green ribbon scraps, wooden dowel, artificial mini pumpkin

description: The bulk of the costume is the hand-tied (no sew!) tulle tutu - for an easy to follow tutorial I used the following link at Plum Tickled. I alternated between longer lengths of orange and gold tulle with shorter lengths of green tulle in the opposite direction on the elastic (for the stem). I made it fuller than normal to really give a pumpkin effect. A ribbon was used to make a "halter" tie to keep it up around her neck. Since every princess needs a wand, I used a wooden dowel, wrapped in ribbon, and stuck into the bottom of a mini artificial pumpkin, used a little glue for security, and added some glitter and ribbons. Headband also uses a tiny faux pumpkin glued to a store bought headband with some faux fall leaves and curly ribbon accents. VOILA! Easy as (pumpkin) pie!
Thanks Meredith!

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