I’m sure that once again this year, parents will be caught on the back foot scrabbling around for passable Halloween costumes for kids.
We’re here to help you get prepared nice and early with these easy homemade Halloween costumes. If you still end up with a last minute panic, don’t worry, Barracudas Activity Day Camp have prepared some of our own printable Halloween props!
The quick solution: easy mini-ghosts
This one never fails and keeps both boys and girls happy.
Old white sheet (old cot sheets are great if you still have some knocking about)
Place the sheet over your child so it’s even all the way round the bottom
Mark on the sheet if it needs trimming at the bottom so they don’t trip
Draw circles where their eyes are
Mark where the tops of their shoulders are, mark another point where their underarms are
Take the sheet off your child first, then... Cut out eye and arm holes - you don’t need to be neat if you’re in a hurry, wobbly holes will add to the ghoulish effect!
Get decorating! The kids will love to get involved here if they’re the creative type. Go for a friendly ghost, or get as gruesome as you dare - the only limit is your imagination.
Keep it up top: spooky bat hat
We’ll help you out here with a great template from Personal Creations, but if you want to go free-style, just follow these amended steps:
Draw 2 x bat wing shapes on black card, with a ½ inch lip to attach to the headband, and cut out.
Draw and cut out two large circles on white card, and two smaller ones on black card (eyes)
Draw two fangs on white card and cut out
Draw a (triangular) nose shape on white card, colour in pink and cut out
Glue the eyes, fangs and nose to the center of the headband.
Fold the edges of the wings about a ½ inch (marked) and staple each side so they have movement.
Hole punch either side of the hat and attach with thin elastic, creating knots to secure.
Keep it simple: super siblings
This is a really easy options for siblings or friends and should be OK for older kids too!
Old baseball cap
Black marker pen
Red and/or green material spray
Black face paint / eye pencil
Red and/or green T-Shirt
Dungarees (or jeans if older kids prefer!)
Spray an old baseball cap red or green
Cut a circle out of white card
Draw the shape of M and/or L (in bubble writing) in the centre of the circle and cut out
Glue the white circle to the hat (M on the red hat, L on the green hat)
Dress up in dungarees/jeans and red (Mario) or green (Luigi) T-Shirt
Draw fake moustache
Even these simple DIY Halloween costumes might be a stretch too far for some of us, so we’ve prepared an additional Halloween treat for you!