Costumes: Unicorn, Mermaid, Dragon and Swamp Creature

Costumes: Unicorn, Mermaid, Dragon and Swamp Creature

Carrie McBride
Sep 23, 2010

Mythical creatures are a popular choice for a costume and here are a few to inspire you and your kids in our latest edition of Homecrafted Halloween. Click the thumbnail photo above to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made and for the link to submit your own!


aka: Maya (4)
location: New York, NY
age group: child
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Yarn. Lots of yarn.

description: I knitted a cap out of an alpaca boucle yarn, some ears, crocheted a horn out of variegated yarn, and then made a billion tassels combining various colors of yariegated yarns I had as scraps from previously completed projects. I combined the colored yarn and the white boucle. Here are some tassels to get the idea.

I attached them to the cap and a crocheted strip that went from the cap downward (about 2" wide). this was pinned to the rear end of a white unitard. A tail was a giant tassel and pinned to the rear. I made small cuffs holding the variegated and white yarns together and these were worn on the wrists (and would have been on ankles too, if Maya had chosen to wear them!). Finished with tap shoes for the sound.

Maya never decides what she wants to be until the night before Halloween, so costumes need to be fast and suggestions of a theme, because I can never manage to make the whole thing in time. So this is a super quick project that can be completed overnight.
Thanks Marnie!


aka: Haylei (6)
location: Canyon Country, CA
age group: child
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: dancers leotard body suit, glitter paint, green satin fabric, green and blue tulle, green sequence trim

description: Haylei wanted to be a mermaid, but didn't want her feet to be seen when she was walking. I used a dancers leotard bodysuit and painted a starfish bra in blue glitter paint. The tail was made from green satin with an elastic waist. I attached sections and sections of tulle in blue in green to make the "fin." Buy using the tulle I was able to make the fin look solid by layering it thick, but it kept the tail light, and away from her feet so she could walk.
Thanks Sarah!

Red Dragon

aka: Finnegan (2.5)
location: Seattle, WA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: Fleece!

description: I came up with a hooded vest pattern, added some ears and details, and added a tail. Then I sewed a pair of matching pants to pair it with. The great thing was since it was made of fleece, the boy stayed warm the whole evening without having to put a jacket on over his costume!
Thanks Carrie!

Swamp Creature

aka:location: Richmond, VA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Artificial leaves, Spanish Moss & Misc. Moss from craft store, Twine, Hot Glue Gun, Thrift store overalls & hat, Dollar store fake bugs and snakes, Various plastic bones

description: It was really easy! I picked out various leaves from the craft store, making sure to have a few different shades of green, enough variety of sizes to help fill out the outfit and three or four different types of leaves. It's good to have the variety so the outfit looks messy and "wild" versus uniform and patterned. I picked out spanish moss and a few green mosses for texture and finishing touches.

After cutting and trimming off any stems, I put the leaves in piles, fired up the glue gun and went to town. I would place big patches of moss here and there with the glue gun and then fill around with leaves. There was no method to the madness so that it looked as swampy as possible in the end. Holes/bare patches were filled in with moss or extra leaves to make sure no part of the overalls was showing. Overalls are a great base because you can remove them easily without hurting the outfit. Things will fall off - especially the moss, so lots of glue and layers are key and be ready for touch ups if your kid will wear it more than once.

After covering the overalls, the rest was just fun touches to make it a super spooky and fun costume. I wrapped twine around some fake bones and hung them from one side of the overalls. These were meant to look Voodoo-ish. We took a mini skull and some more bones and tangled the Spanish moss up with them using twine and glue. We hung this from the other side. His little hat was topped off with some moss and a fake dragonfly. On Halloween, he carried around a little green snake, which really made the costume complete!

What's great about this is that once you make the greenery overalls, you can really dress it up to be anything. Add flowers and ribbon for a mother nature costume; add twigs and sticks for a cool nature guy; add animals for a woodland spirit.
Thanks Jodi!

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