How to Make a Halloween Spider Costume

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How to Make a Halloween Spider Costume
(spider in the pumpkin patch image by Lisa Turay from

Halloween is a great holiday for making costumes and a good spider costume is both scary and surprisingly easy to make. Best of all, many of the things you'll need to make a spider can be found in your closet (or your kid's closet) or bought at a thrift store for little money.

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Things you need

  • Black trousers
  • Black long-sleeved shirt
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes of any kind
  • Black nylon stockings or long black socks
  • Sewing needle and black thread
  • Foam, Fiberfil or other soft material
  • Fishing line or light-gauge wire
  • Black gloves or mittens (optional)
  • Black knit cap (optional)

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  1. 1

    Stuff the soft material into the stockings to create the spider legs. Make sure the stuffing is pushed fully into the stockings so the legs will be full and plump.

  2. 2

    Use the black thread and the fishing line or wire to attach two spider legs to each side of the black shirt. First, sew the ends of the legs onto the sides of the shirt at spaced intervals under the arms. Then use the fishing line or wire to attach the legs vertically to the arms of the shirt so the legs will stick out to the sides and hang down under the arms. A spider has eight legs, so you'll want to attach two legs to each side of the shirt for a total of four legs. (The arms and legs of the person wearing the costume make up the other four legs for a total of eight.)

  3. 3

    Put on the black trousers, shirt, socks, shoes, gloves and hat. Check that the arms are correctly positioned; if not, adjust them.

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