Create a Homemade Costume with a Simple Sweat Suit
The most interesting kid Halloween costume idea that I ever came across was when my daughter, Maya, announced that she wanted to dress up as a road. "A road," I asked while scratching my head in amazement. "Yes," she replied..."but not any old road, I want to be a highway!"
She was only about six at the time, and I couldn't (no...wouldn't) dissappoint her. The question was, was I up for the challenge?
Like any other mother, I had no choice and did some brainstorming....and it was then that I discovered the beauty (and versatility) of children's sweatsuits at Halloween (or Purim) time!
The obvious advantages of planning a Halloween costume around a sweatsuit are:
Your kid will be relatively warm if the weather acts up
They'll be comfortable (no confining costume parts)
Sweatsuits are easy to come by and not expensive
The day after Halloween, (and a spin in the washing machine) and they go back to being....sweatsuits
So with no further adieu, I share with you my instructions for Maya's kid Halloween costume idea (circa 1986):
Colored felt pieces (yellow and white for road markings-other colors for cars)
Small plastic trucks and/or matchbox cars
1. Cut out yellow and white strips to serve as the lines on the road. Glue on the front of the shirt and down each pant leg.
2. Cut out shapes of cars and trucks from the colored felt (or glue small plastic cars onto the sweats)
3. Glue in place on the "road" you've mapped out.
4. Cut out various shapes of road signs. Glue to the baseball cap.
5. You might want to make other props for your child or decorate their treat bag using the same theme.
After Halloween, just pop the sweats in the wash, and the felt will come right off!
Maya won first prize for most original costume way back when in 1986. Thanks, Maya, for testing my creativity:)
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