Another year has flown by and you realize it’s October 31st. Your child can’t wait to go trick-or-treating, or is eager to dress for a school or friend’s Halloween party. You then realize you didn’t buy a costume or haven’t had time to buy a pattern, the fabric and sew it up. Quick! What do you do? Grab a sheet.
The Mummy – You probably have a couple of well-loved sheets that have seen better times and have a few worn spots or small holes in them. Yes? Well, grab one of those. Make a little snip on the edge (make 2-to 4-inch wide strips), and rip it apart. Continue until you have enough. You can easily tie the pieces together and wrap your child up.
I made this costume one year at the spur-of-the-moment and it was great! I do suggest wrapping your child up right before going out trick-or-treating. Once they start walking, the bandages will loosen a little but that’s okay! (Just make sure they’re not tripping on anything.) But, don’t worry if there are pieces flapping in the wind, it just makes the mummy more realistic. Stick some reflective tape on the back, (or even use a reflective safety belt), make sure flashlight is in hand and you’re all set! 🙂
A Ghost – The age-old good-to-go costume at the last minute. For smaller children, you might want to tear the sheet in half or even quarters. Make sure your child doesn’t trip on the sheet, so cut or tear it to ankle length. Also, a good safety measure is to wrap a strip as a belt around their waist (or use a belt), and make sure their little arms can move freely.
Also, cut a nice big hole to reveal the child’s face so they can see clearly and completely. In order for the sheet to not move over your child’s face when walking, pick a favorite play hat (or any hat!) and plop it on their heads over the sheet. No one says your ghost can’t have a little flair! 😉
Types of hats you can use? Ski cap (in colder climates), cowboy hat, fireman’s helmet, bicycle helmet (great because they usually have reflective tape on them already), crown or tiara. Use common sense with this aspect of the costume and the age of your child, please.
If your child is older, you can cut large eye holes and they should be alright. A quick tip to keep the sheet from traveling over your face while walking, you can use a safety pin in the back to keep it snug around the face (older children only). Again, I would also recommend a hat to help with this as well. Use your imagination!!
Charlie Brown’s ghost – Remember good old Charlie Brown? He had a little trouble with the scissors? This is the time to have fun. Grab that old sheet and start cutting medium and large holes and follow the rest of the safety instructions above. If you feel creative, draw Charlie Brown’s infamous yellow t-shirt with the black jagged stripe on the front of the sheet using fabric markers or fabric paint! Your child can help color in the lines too. 🙂
Injured person – For the teen crowd, tear a sheet up and use the strips as bandages. Put one around your head to cover a pretend wound (get out that red magic marker!) Wrap another one around your arm and/or leg. Turn another large swath of the sheet into a sling. Grab a branch and you can use it as a cane. Or you can borrow someone’s old crutches or your grandfather’s cane.
To top off this sort of costume, make up your own story to go along with the costume. Are you a hero on a quest thrown from your horse? Have you battled a dragon? Were you a firefighter that saved someone? Come on, teens, you play all sorts of online games fighting all sorts of creatures, use that imagination!! Wear clothes appropriate to your story (and a lot of them can be simple jeans and shirt), and you’re all set. Above all, have fun with it!
Happy Halloween! Stay safe! 🙂
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