Halloween: Creative Costume Ideas For Your Little Monsters

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As the leaves turn golden and crunch under our feet it can only mean one thing; the scariest time of year is imminent!
 
Typically we dress up on Halloween to look as spooky as possible, however in recent years it appears to have started loosing the fear factor. Instead of witches, devils and black cats, on October 31st kids are donning the outfits of their favourite Frozen characters or Minions – perfect if it weren’t the night they need to scare away ghosts and werewolves. Unless, your child becomes a Zombie Princess Elsa, of course.  
 
This year instead of buying your child a costume show off your creativity with a homemade outfit scary enough to ensure a treat at every door.
 
Take inspiration from the following - all of which can be created with a little help from eBay - and put the horror back into Halloween:  
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One Little Monster: Edward Scissorhands


You are spoilt for choice when it comes to creepy Halloween costumes you can create for your monster, but this impressive outfit will look spectacularly spooky on a little person.  
 


You will need:
Black belts
Pleather fabric
Braces
White shirt
Face paint (white, black and red)
Silver spray
Plastic knives
Black gloves
Black shoes
 
Tip: Choose black belts of all shapes and sizes with lots of grommets, studs, big metal buckles – the more variety the more interesting the costume.
 
This costume is fairly simple to put together – first use an existing t-shirt and trousers to create a template with your pleather and then sew it together (you do not need to be a seamstress – pleather is extremely easy to work with.) Attach the belts and buckles to the material (save one to be added loosely round the neck.) Next, spray paint your knives and attach them to the gloves to create the scissor-hands! If you wish, the shirt can be worn loosely over the top, with the braces to complete the look.  

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You and Your Little Monster: Zombies


You will no doubt be out trick-or-treating with your little monster, so why not create coordinating outfits so you both look the part.
 



You will need:
Prosthetic wounds
Face paint
Fake blood
1 x adult fancy dress costume (to destroy)
1 x child fancy dress costume (to destroy)
 
You can turn pretty much anything into a zombie. How about taking your son/daughters favourite fairytale and turn it into a nightmare – (Zombie) Snow White and her (Zombie) Dwarf, perhaps.
 
Once you have chosen your costume, you need to zombify it - think ripped clothing, fake blood and lots of face paint! 
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A DIY costume requiring little work: Jigsaw


Making a costume yourself doesn’t need to be time consuming. This outfit is simple to put together, but will be extremely effective and particularly terrifying, especially if you have seen the Saw films! 



You will need:
Black suit jacket and trousers
Black shoes
White shirt
Red bow tie
A black wig
Face paint (black, red and white)
 
For the complete look simply add a tricycle and cycle from house to house!  
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A DIY costume requiring a lot of work: Doctor with his head-in-a-jar


This head-in-a-jar costume will take a bit more work (although not as much as you may think) – but the outcome will definitely be worth it.
 


You will need:
Backpack
Pillow stuffing (or plastic bags)
Duct tape
A shirt
A large lab coat
Large plastic jar
Rubber gloves
Velcro tape
 
Tip: Using Velcro to stick the jar on the coat and to attach the gloves to the jar will make getting the costume off and on much easier.   
 
The backpack, stuffing (and wiring if needed) will form a frame, so that the coat can be buttoned above your kid’s head. This can be adapted to look as gory as you wish.  
 
So, what will it be… trick or treat?
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