My 2-year-old son, Max, loves “punkins.” He cannot resist pointing out each one he sees. As Halloween nears, a walk around the block with Max sounds like this, “Der a punkin, der anuder punkin, look one, two punkins, der more punkins…”
Needless to say, when asked what he wants to be for Halloween, he responded, “A punkin.”
While I do find store-bought Halloween costumes cute and practical, I like the idea of making Halloween costumes for the kids when I can. Unfortunately, I do not sew, so I have to come up with easy (and inexpensive) ways to make them.
Max’s “punkin” costume took me less than 10 minutes to make, and cost less than $10 ( including a tube of fabric glue – that I can use on future projects).
An added bonus of this style of costume is that it fits over all outerwear (light or heavy), so your child can wear it regardless of the weather where you live.
- Orange felt (length depends on your child’s size)
- Black felt
- Green felt
- Fabric glue
- Green knit hat (optional – I got Max’s for $0.87 at Walmart)
- Cut a piece of orange felt that is approximately the width of your child’s shoulders and double the length of your child’s torso.You can use one of your child’s shirts as a template – just be sure to cut it about 1-2 inches wider and 3-5 inches longer than the shirt.
- Cut a hole in the fabric large enough for your child’s head to fit through.The easiest way to do this is to fold the fabric in half length-wise, and then cut a half circle.Again, you can use a shirt to measure this opening – just remember that the felt won’t stretch, so you will need to cut the hole a little bigger than the neck hole on a knit shirt.
- Cut jack-o-lantern features out of the black felt.You can do this freehand, or use the template from my jack-o-lantern and/or ghost chair covers.
- Cut leaves out of the green felt.Use the hole you cut in the orange felt as a template for cutting one in the green felt.
- Using fabric glue, attach the jack-o-lantern features and the leaves.
You can also use these instructions to make a variety of other costumes, including a ghost, a strawberry (just cut the body of the costume into the shape of a strawberry – more of an inverted triangle), a Frankenstein face or a skeleton. The possibilities really are endless.