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Examiner
  • Homemade Halloween

  • With less than a month until Halloween, children and parents are scrambling to find the perfect costume for parties, Halloween activities and yes, trick-or-treating.


    But instead of going to the nearest store to look through an endless array of costumes, parents can try the old-fashioned option – making a costume at home.

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  • With less than a month until Halloween, children and parents are scrambling to find the perfect costume for parties, Halloween activities and yes, trick-or-treating.
    But instead of going to the nearest store to look through an endless array of costumes, parents can try the old-fashioned option – making a costume at home.
    “It really all depends on your imagination. That is the best tool,” said Linne O’Bara, an employee at the Stichin’ Post in Independence. “There are a lot of good ideas you can get from magazines or even using things you have around the house.”
    O’Bara said whatever costume parents decide to make, be sure to use common sense.
    “For children, you want to get fabric that will not catch on fire,” she said. “If you’re making costumes that involve regular clothes like adult clothes, you want to make sure children won’t trip on them. Pin up the hems or do something so that the costume is safe. If making a mask, make sure the child can see.”
    The Examiner has put together a list of five ideas parents can use to make a Halloween costume with few sewing skills. For more complicated costumes, visit any craft or fabric store for pattern ideas.
    5 Hobo. A classic Halloween costume, this look can be achieved with a pair of overalls, flannel shirt and material to make a gunny sack. Tie the sack to a large stick and make smudges on the child’s face with black make-up. Patches can also be sewn or glued to the overalls for a more ragged look.
    4 Pilot. Purchase brown sweatpants and a brown sweatshirt without a hood. Cut the shirt down the middle from top to bottom. Cut pieces out of woolly material for both lapels, the collar and the arm cuffs. Attach the pieces to the inside of the shirt and along the arms either with hot glue or by stitching them with a sewing machine. Sew or glue vintage patches to the upper sleeves. Cut four large triangles from brown felt for the hat, and line the corners of the triangles up to form the top of the hat. Attach them together with glue or by sewing. Cut two earflaps from the same felt and line the bottom with woolly material. Attach the material to the hat. Add a pair of swim goggles and a white scarf to complete the costume.
    3 A Piggy. Start by finding a pink sweatshirt that is two sizes larger than the child’s usual size. Cut off the sleeves and fold in the raw armhole edges. Either glue or sew these edges to the inside of the shirt. Turn the sweatshirt inside out and attach batting or other material to the inside with glue or by stitching. Turn the shirt right side out again, and make a tail out of pink pipe cleaner. Attach it to the bottom of the shirt with glue. Cut two ears out of pink fleece and pin those to a pink knit hat. To finish off the costume, cut an empty toilet paper roll in half and cover it in pink fleece. Attach to ribbons on either side to hold the nose to the child’s head, and add a large pink button to the front to form the snout.
    Page 2 of 2 - 2 Robot/Candy Machine. To make this costume, all parents need is an empty box, bike helmet, roll of duct tape and flexible dryer duct. Layer pieces of duct tape over the box so that it is completely covered or spray paint it silver. Fit the box over the child’s shoulders by removing the bottom and cutting holes out for the head and arms. Cut the dryer duct into four pieces for the legs and shoulders. For safety reasons, cover the edges with duct tape. Spray paint the helmet silver to complete the costume. To turn it into a candy machine, glue beads and small fuzzy balls to the front to simulate candy.
    1 Princess. One of the most iconic costumes for little girls, turning a child into the princess is simple. Find a frilly dress at home like an old Easter or party dress. Thrift stores are an excellent option to find a formal dress if there is nothing at home. A simple tutu can also be made using a piece of elastic and strips of tulle. Measure and cut a piece of elastic to fit the child's waist. Cut the tulle pieces into equal lengths and tie them around the elastic. Pair the tutu with a sparkly shirt and shoes. Add a tiara, light makeup and a stuffed frog to create the perfect princess. The costume can also be slightly altered to a fairy by finding a pair of wings.
     

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