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DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

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If you have little ones at home, this time of year may bring on a very serious question: what are they going to be for Halloween? With the shop windows full of witches’ hats and vampire capes, we know it would be easier to just buy a ready-made costume. Although that would be the quickest solution, chances are you’re going to bump into someone with the exact same costume.

Why not use the school break to indulge in your crafty side, and make a unique and cool costume? The kids will love getting involved with their very own outfit, and to help you get started, we’ve picked out three super simple options that even the not-so-crafty are sure to get the hang of!

Super Easy Super Heroes

We’re sure you think your kids are pretty awesome, but what better way to prove it, than with their very own super hero costume? We’re not sure what will be more fun: creating the super logos, or hearing the kids choose their super hero names! And if you’re feeling really invested, there’s no reason this couldn’t work for parents too. Think Super Mom and her Mini-Me!

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Cut letters and shapes from felt or remnant material. Use an iron-on fusible tape to attach to long sleeve cotton tops. Team with leggings and trainers, for a comfortable (and weather appropriate) costume. Super powers optional, but highly recommended!

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Bright Little Butterflies

Always a popular choice, even if it isn’t the spookiest of costumes. And what could be sweeter than giving a child their very own pair of colourful wings? And you made them yourself? Even better!

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Cut a simple wing shape from plain material. Stitch the central fold to the back of a cotton top. Using elastic, sew a small loop on each of the wings. Your little butterfly can slip a wrist through these to bring the wings to life! Decorate with your own choice of colours, beads and glitter. For added effect, use reflective or high visibility material as part of the pattern – this allows the wings to glow and keeps your butterfly easy to spot on dark trick-or-treat evenings!

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Jolly Jellyfish

This costume gets full marks for being totally unique – what are your chances of running into another jellyfish in the neighbourhood? We’re willing to bet they’re quite slim. The added bonus of the costume providing shelter from any October showers only makes it even better. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also doubles as a great partner costume for any inseparable buddies who are out and about.

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Take a clear umbrella, and to the rim, attach your choice of ribbon and streamers – silvers and metallic shades will catch well in the light. Or, for a great tactile trim, cut long thin strips of bubble wrap! Kids will love the effect of their homemade tentacles moving as the umbrella spins. A snappy costume in seconds!

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