_Not A Plain Jane Ghost_
Why be the same old plain ghost? A ghost going out in
public might like to get dressed up a little. Use the same old white sheet, cut out holes for the eyes and a small slit
for the mouth. Then dress it up a little. Put eye shadow and lashes around the eyes. Lipstick for the mouth.
Put a little color on the cheeks. How about earrings and a necklace ? You could color in a beard or mustache.
Use something besides just a white sheet to be a little more fancy.
Attach little cereal boxes to a shirt. Cut a slit in the boxes. Glue plastic knives
into the holes. Drip red paint running down from the knife holes in the box.
Over sized flannel shirt, faded blue jeans with patches, rope for belt and to tie
at the cuffs of his jeans and sleeves, stuff the shirt and jeans with plastic grocery, or paper, a little bit of straw to
hang out of jeans and shirt. Add a little bit of make-up.
Guys loud Hawaii shirt, shorts (if weather permits), Large straw hat. Gals
bright loud dress, flats, big sun hat, straw bag. Don't forget to have a camera, and maps hanging out, and that look of being
lost. Guys can use a tourist bag, (like you get from travel agents, and gals can use the straw bag for
This one is hard, after all its all back in style! What is real, and what is costume?
;-) Tie die clothing, long wig (in the old days we called a "fall", sandals, headband, anything with fringe on it (vests,
purse...) light colored sun glasses.
Slick back the hair, grab some paints that are too short, white shirt, white socks,
penny loafers, or lace up oxfords, pocket protector, with lots of pens, dark rim glasses (don't forget to tape the corner,
or at least paper clip it) briefcase, or backpack for treat bag.
_Soda Pop Can_
Use a round barrel, cut a hole in the bottom. You cut holes for arms
and your head. Paint it the colors of a pop can. Presto! You have a pop can!!!
Wear anything a solid color is good all white or all black. With safety
pins pin anything to yourself i:e: socks, underware, bounce sheets, etc. You
can also spray your hair straight up in the air.
_Crash Test Dummy-Afterwards_
There is a commercial costume for this, but a good one can be made with sweats and tape to
make the markings on it like the crash test dummies. Use bandages and fake blood to decorate. Fashion a seat belt out
of webbing and an old buckle and pin in place. (or go to a junk yard as ask for an old seatbelt).
Use black for the legs. Grab some cheap black hose and stuff with any thing
dark and light weight. Either sew or staple to keep stuffing from falling out. Pin to clothing add a little make-up.
Use a pair of black sweats and black sweat shirt (and a pair of black shoes). Use
a large piece of poster board or cardboard and cut out a large oval. Paint it red with black dots. Staple black elastic pieces
(in a loop) onto the board to make arm holes. For the antenna atatch craft pipe cleaners with black pom poms on the ends to
_Bag Of Jelly Beans_
- lots of different colored balloons - large clear plastic bag (I got mine from the grocery store - the BIG bags that they put all the recycled cans in)
- colorful ribbon -
two safety pins - two pieces of white cardboard
Blow up all the balloons. Cut two leg holes in the bottom of the bag and two arm
holes near the middle. Have your child stand in the bag and fill with blown up balloons. Write on each piece of cardboard
"JELLY BEANS 2 CENTS EACH". Safety pins signs to front and back of bag. LOOSELY tie around shoulders with a colorful ribbon.
Cut off excess bag around face.
Get a green body suit and some green tights and on your head wear a beanie hat.
Glue fake flowers to the beanie hat and maybe pin a few on your body suit. Also it's fun if you paint some flowers on your
face and arms. I found some cheap, fake Ivy and wrapped it around my neck and arms and presto! You are a
Take a white laundry basket and cut out the bottom, be sure to tape the cut edges
with masking tape. Attach two wide strips of material (white) to front and back of basket (these are the shoulder straps).
Attach white, light peach, and pearl balloons to the staps using safety pins (these are bubbles) Wear a white bodysuit,
and white pantyhose. Put on your houseshoes, shower cap, and grab your scrub brush. (If the laundry basket has
holes in it, cover the inside with posterboard.)
Using a large card board box and five different colors of contact paper or
construction paper (contact paper is easier to stick on) enough to do 5 sides, black pants and long sleeve shirt.
Walmart or Kmart sells cardboard dressers in the laundry department. Cut out holes
for arms on the sides and hole on top
for head. I put foam in the
inside for the shoulders to hold it up. I painted the dresser and wrote on each drawer underwear, socks, ect. Hot glue
a doily to top with hairbrush and hair accessories. Hang underwear, socks, shirt, and pants out of drawers. Put
a small lamp shade on child's head so neck and face are base of lamp. From: anonymous (by way if you don't want to spend the
$$ for a cardboard dresser, it wouldn't take much to make one out of a box. Attaching long flat boxes on the front and hot
glue small balls on the front for pulls.
Skiers have a bad habit of falling and breaking a bone or two. This opens the door
for a great costume. Just put on some ski clothing (hat, scarf,...) Wrap a leg in wide white gauze (to look like cast)
and if you really want to "ham it up" and you use a power chair, wrap an arm too.