Kid-created Halloween costumes

October 22, 2011

Still not sure what to be for Halloween? Well, your fellow KidsPost readers are coming to the rescue.

We are often amazed by our readers, but never more so than by the creativity you showed in coming up with homemade Halloween costumes. Here are our eight favorites, along with a sense of what was involved in creating them. See these and even more creative costumes at kidspost.com.

BAG OF SKITTLES

Sara Melley, 11, Gaithersburg

Supplies: Different-colored pieces of felt.

Amount of time to make: A few days.

Amount of grown-up help: “My mom helped a bit with cutting the felt.”

BASEBALL BOBBLEHEAD

Matthew Sandidge, 11, Bryant, Arkansas

Supplies: The papier-mache head was made using a punching-ball balloon, Quik-Sculpting, newspaper strips, flour and water. Plus paint.

Time to make: One to two weeks, working on it two to three hours a night.

Amount of grown-up help: “Mom did all the painting.”

BARBIE IN A BOX

Leila Wolf, 7, Olney

Supplies: Box, paints, construction paper, “Barbie-looking clothes.”

Time to make: About a week.

Amount of grown-up help: “Mom helped with putting things together.”

FRONT-END LOADER

Jack Shronk, 5, Reston

Supplies: Cardboard, foam board, Mod Podge, tape, paint, suspenders.

Time to make: About two hours.

Amount of grown-up help: “My mom cut the pieces, and I helped her tape it together and paint it."

PIGGYBACK RIDE

ON A SCARY OLD MAN

Neha Pai, 8, Fairfax

Supplies: Mask, stuffing, old coat, pajamas and scarf.

Time to make: About two hours.

Amount of grown-up help: “Mom helped sew the old man’s coat.”

SUSHI

Max Micheli, 12, Washington

Supplies: Cardboard box, duct tape, packaging peanuts (for the rice), paint.

Time to make: About a week to collect all the packaging peanuts. “The peanuts took a long time to glue on.”

Amount of grown-up help: “This was a project my mom and I worked on together.”

CHRISTMAS TREE

Veronica Lang, 11, McLean

Supplies: Artificial branches, ornaments, lights, boxes and wrapping paper.

Time to make: A week to find what was needed and about a day to put it together.

Amount of grown-up help: “I got a lot of help from my parents.”

STINK BUG

Zoe Q. Bell, 9, North Potomac

Supplies: Cardboard, fabric, paint, pipe cleaners and cilantro (to make the costume smell like a real stink bug).

Time to make: About six hours.

Amount of grown-up help: “My dad helped me put on the shoulder straps, and my mom helped with the glue gun.”

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