If you're a parent, chances are your child can't contain his or her excitement for Halloween. Running errands turns into luring your kids away from the "Frozen" and vampire costumes and steering clear of the candy aisle. If your child wants a truly original costume, it takes some DIY skills. But you don't have to be Martha Stewart for your son or daughter to have a cute, homemade costume. Here are some ideas sent in from Metro readers.
Lego and cotton candy costumes
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This adorable lego costume is easy enough to make that your child can actually help you. Use a box that is about the length of your child's torso - it should end right below the waist so he or she can still bend his or her knees. Cut holes big enough for the head and shoulders, legs and each arm. Then, have your child help you either paint the box or use colored duct tape to cover it entirely. Last, sticky-glue Solo cups down to form the pegs and tape down the original box openings.
For the cotton candy costume, spray paint pillow stuffing all over so it turns pink. Then, hot-glue it all over a similar-colored shirt and sweatpants - front and back.
Choo-choo train costume
If your little one wants to be a train conductor for Halloween, this cute creation is perfect. You'll need one long box, one small box, colored construction paper or colored duct tape, aluminum foil, and a party cup for the stout in front. First, cover both boxes with aluminum foil. Then, hot glue-gun the small box to the back of the big box to create the window. Cover the party cup with tin-foil and use yellow construction paper or the colored duct tape to create the stripes. Hot glue gun it to the front of the big box. Use construction paper or colored duct tape to add the wheel decals and other designs.
Not only is this costume adorable, it's warm. The only hard thing about making it is that you have to hunt down a red puffy winter coat. You can always turn it inside out, so don't forget to look at the inside color of printed kids' coats. You also need red mittens and a knit hat. Head to a craft store or dollar store for the eyes. Discount home stores like Marshalls, Home Goods or TJ Maxx should have the ice bucket.
The iPod has become a classic Halloween costume and it's impressive every time. You'll need a box, red and gray paint, poster board, glue and scissors. Cut holes in the box for your child's head and arms. Paint the box red. Make the circular dial and the iPod face with the poster board, cutting a square and a circle with a hole in the middle. Use the gray paint to make the Apple logo and button dials. Once the paint on the box has dried, tape the box flaps together and glue the poster board cut-outs to the box.
Little chick costume
To DIY this little adorable chick costume, you'll need a few yellow boas. Hot glue them around a sweatshirt and sweatpants and your cutie is ready to rack in the candy!
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