How to make Wizard of Oz costumes for kids dressed up as Munchkins

The cheerful Munchkins of Munchkinland captured the imagination of fans of The Wizard of Oz so much that the term "munchkin" has become part of the English language, meaning something small and cute. Because of their diminutive stature, they are perfect for young children to dress up as for Hallowe'en. Also, with many of the essential items probably already in their wardrobes, it's an inexpensive and easy costume to make.

Male Munckins

Cut the sleeves and bottom of the check shirt in an exaggerated zig-zag line. The check shirt should ideally be colourful with a white collar.

Cut a matching pair of shorts or trousers in the same fashion to just above the knee. Pair these with a matching pair of striped over the knee socks. The Munchkins were very colour coordinated, so match your colours as closely as possible.

Finish the outfit with a pair of ankle boots, or otherwise a plain pair of brown or black shoes.

Use gel to add curls, or make hair stand upright if your child has enough. Munchkins had adventurous hair styles. Try looking at a few images of Munchkins for ideas.

Female Munchkins

Start the outfit with a dress. Ideally it should have a long skirt and long sleeves. A petticoat beneath the dress will add volume to the skirt for a more authentic Munchkin look.

Add a short shrug - preferably a knitted or otherwise decorative one. Alternatively, you could make one from a piece of material by cutting a head hole then carefully trimming the material so it sits flat around the body, falling midway between the shoulder and elbow. If you use a plain white material, ribbons and buttons could be sewn on for a decorative finish.

Finish the outfit with a half apron, a white bonnet, coloured tights and a plain pair of shoes. Hair should be curled. If you don't want to use curling irons, plait wet hair tightly and leave overnight. Undo the plaits when the outfit is needed and use a little hairspray to help hold the style.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Check shirt
  • Shorts
  • Striped knee-high socks
  • Ankle boots
  • Dress
  • Petticoat
  • Shrug
  • Half apron
  • Coloured tights
  • Bonnet
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Based in a small town in rural Shrosphire, Loralei Haylock has been writing book reviews, education and writing-based articles since 2006. She has a First Class Honours degree in creative writing from Bath Spa University.