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Halloween Costumes

Plan your Halloween Costumes in advance. Don't start making your costume and makeup plans the night before Halloween. Do some advance planning and get all the materials, props, costume and makeup items you'll need ahead of time. If you wait too long, what you need or want may not be available.

Take your time. When Halloween finally does come around, start your preparations early in the day. Set all your materials and makeup out to make sure you have everything you'll need. Give yourself time for a last minute trip to the store.


You've got everything you need, and it's time to get ready. So what do you do first?

1.Decide if you should put your makeup on before or after getting in costume. If your costume is one that can easily be put on without touching your face and messing up your makeup, go ahead and do your makeup first. It's easier to put makeup on when you are not in costume because you don't have to worry about messing up your Halloween costume .

HOWEVER, if your Halloween costume is going to be difficult to put on, go ahead and get into it before putting on your makeup. Simply drape a towel around your neck to protect your costume from makeup splatters and drips. This way you can do a great job on your makeup and not accidentally mess it up while putting on your Halloween costume

2.Get your hair out of the way. Now that you are ready to begin with the makeup, secure a scarf around your head so that all your hair is covered. This will keep your face makeup out of your hair, prevent your hair from messing up your makeup and will give you a clear view of your whole face.

3.Be thoughtful. Use a couple of mirrors (one on either side) to study your face. Take a moment to imagine the makeup on your face before applying it. Taking a little time to mentally plan how you're going to put on your makeup can help prevent frustrating mistakes and may give you some new ideas for you Halloween costume .

4.Have fun! Nothing is too strange for a Halloween costume , so be creative! If you decide at the last minute that you want to try something wild, go for it! If it doesn't work out, you've (hopefully) started early and will have time to clean up and go back to the original Halloween costume plan.

Rubics cube Halloween Costume

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. this was done very inexpensively and we had a lot of fun with it.

Dice Halloween Costume

Grab a friend and take 2 cardboard boxes, paint them white. Cut out several black circles (From construction paper) and glue them in the appropriate places to make you and your friend a pair of dice!

Lego Block Halloween Costume

Take a medium sized box (apple/orange boxes were a good size) cut two round holes in the sides for the arms. Hot glue 6 cottage cheese containers on the top of the box (the flat part) like a Lego piece. Spray paint the whole thing whatever color lego you want to be. (We chose our colors based on what color sweats and turtle necks we had on hand) Take a smaller box that will fit on top of their head snugly and hot glue one cottage cheese container and spray paint it the same color. Just slip into the open part of the back of the box and stick your arms through the holes. From: Elliott and Danielle and Kevin and Angela and Kristie (this one is real popular this year!)

BULL-RIDING COWBOY Halloween Costume

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Large topless cardboard box, utility knife, sheet of cardboard, acrylic paints and paintbrushes, white leggings, craft glue, small cardboard box, 2 pink egg carton cups, 2 white egg carton cups, black marker, wire coat hanger, tape, denim shorts, button-down shirt, pair of jeans, Western-style belt, newspaper and clip suspenders.

THE BULL: Turn the large Halloween Costume box upside down and cut a child-size hole in the bottom. From the cardboard sheet, cut out cowboy boots and the bull's ears, horns, two back legs and tail. Using brown and white paint, paint the large box, back legs and tail; also paint brown spots on the white leggings. Paint the ears brown with pink centers and the boots and horns yellow. Glue the bull's tail and back legs onto the body.

THE HEAD: Cut two nostril holes in the smaller Halloween Costume box, insert pink egg carton cups and glue in place. Cut out two eye sockets, glue white egg carton cups in place, then draw black irises in the centers. Paint the head white and brown. (For a quicker face, simply paint on the eyes and nose.) Cut two slits on both sides of the head. Glue the horns into the top slits and the ears into the bottom ones. For the neck, twist a wire coat hanger into a spring. Cut a hole in the back of the smaller box, poke one end of the hanger through and tape in place. Make a hole in the front of the large box near the top, poke the other end of the hanger through, and tape it in place.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: Have your child wear the Halloween Costume cow-print leggings, denim shorts and button-down shirt. Run a belt through the front loops of the jeans and the back of your child's denim shorts and fasten. Have your child step into the bull's body, lay the suspenders over his shoulders, then clip them to the front and back opening of the box. Lightly stuff the pair of jeans with newspaper and insert the painted cowboy boots into the jean legs (taping them in place, if necessary). Accessorize with a rope, bandanna, cowboy hat and gloves. The perfect Halloween Costume!!

Originally published in FamilyFun magazine

Another LEGO Halloween Costume!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Measuring tape, utility knife, large cardboard box (find one that's close to your child's shoulder width), margarine containers or plastic cups (depending on the size of your box—see Crafter's Tip, below), pencil, hot glue gun, small shallow box that fits your child's head, spray paint, baseball cap, double-sided tape, gloves, sweat suit and sneakers.

THE BODY: Measure the circumference of your child's head, then with the utility knife, cut a head opening in the top of the Halloween Costume box approximately 2 inches from the front edge. Cut an armhole near the top front corner on each side of the box. Have your child try the box on so you can make any adjustments. Now arrange the margarine containers on the front of the box, and trace around each one with a pencil. Using the hot glue gun, apply glue around one of the circles, then press the margarine container in place. Repeat for the five other containers. Glue an additional container upside down on top of the smaller box. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint both boxes.

THE HAT: Have your child put the baseball cap on backward, then apply double-sided tape to the top of it. Fit the small box on top so it just covers the bottom edge of the back of the hat.

CRAFTER'S TIP: Like real LEGOs, this costume can be made in different configurations, depending on the size of the box and the cups you use. Here, we've shown the costume created with margarine tubs so it looks like one king-size LEGO piece. In Bryan's original version, he glued on 35 bathroom cups, then delineated eight "bricks" with a black marker. Originally published in FamilyFun magazine.

Old Person Halloween Costume - When trying to look old, don't just draw dark lines on your skin to look like wrinkles. First cover the skin in a lighter than normal color using baby powder or white blemish cover stick. Then draw the dark lines and slightly blend them to the surrounding area with your finger. Then add baby powder to give the skin that old, dry look. You can also use the baby powder in your hair to get that gray look.

Vamoire Halloween Costume - If you want to be a Vampire, first cover face in white powder makeup or white blemish cover stick. Outline sharp eyebrows, and then fill in with black makeup. Draw lines on the face with reddish-brown makeup, and blur the edges a bit. Outline the eyes and draw a line up about an inch from the outside edge of the eye. Drip fake blood from the edges of the mouth. (see below for details on making fake blood) Comb hair into a point in the middle of the forehead. Use fake teeth to complete the transformation.

Witch Halloween Costume - To look like a witch, cover the face in green or white powder makeup or white blemish cover stick. With a black makeup stick, draw lines in a "V" in the middle of the forehead and create some lines around the mouth. Draw lines on the hands with an eyeliner pen; almost follow the veins to make the hands look old.Tease and spray hair with a super stick hairspray. Place in a few plastic bugs.

Halloween Costume Painting - Think of a spooky painting with a person in it, such as Munch's "Scream." Paint the picture on a big cardboard box and cut out a hole where the face goes. Put YOUR face in it, and you're in the painting. To finish out this costume, you'd want to scream like crazy! You can do this with any painting, like the "Mona Lisa" or "American Gothic."

Siamese Twins Halloween Costume - Get a REALLY big sweatshirt, have a friend join you in it and be Siamese twins!

For Halloween Costume scars and sores: Combine pink or green face tissue with corn syrup.

For Halloween Costume facial hair: Use the hair from an old stuffed toy or hairbrush and attach with double stick tape or fake eyelash adhesive.

For Halloween Costume blood: Combine red food color and corn syrup. After dripping the blood where you want it to be, don't let the edges of the blood smear. Give the fake blood plenty of time to dry and be mindful not to wipe your face later on in the evening!

For Halloween Costume blood and gore: Use red food color, corn syrup and chunky peanut butter.

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