Halloween fancy dress made easy
Fancy dress’ biggest night out can cause a multitude of woes for parents. Ever sat up till 12am manically sewing a vampire costume? Well, this year we’re taking a stand. Put down the paper mache, leave that toilet roll alone and take a no-nonsense approach to the festivities with our pick of easy Halloween costumes that will last well beyond October 31st.
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Think beyond the standard skeleton and ghost and choose a costume that’ll work for other events, playdates and school plays. A lab coat can become a mad scientist, a pirate a spooky Jack Sparrow, a magician a crazed sorcerer. A purple tutu is the perfect base for a winter fairy and a princess outfit can turn into a damsel in distress.
Making a costume doesn’t need to be an ordeal. For an easy spider costume, dress your little one head to toe in black and stuff three pairs of black woollen tights, cutting each leg and sealing them to a black waistband for legs.
For a sweeter option, blow up purple balloons, attach to a body suit and make a hat out of the leaves of your house plant. Pop it on and voila, your little one will be transformed into a bunch of grapes. You could even add a felt spider or two for a Halloween touch.
An old umbrella can quickly become bat wings, just cut two opposite sections out from an old umbrella and use pliers to cut and remove the handle. Then, just attach to a black outfit.
For a magical plant outfit, cut a hole in the bottom of a large, plastic plant pot, attach rope to make braces and pair with a leaf and creepy crawly hairband.
With a bit of imagination, Halloween costumes don’t have to be a nightmare. 31st October, here we come…