How to Create a Beaver Cleaver Costume

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"Leave it to Beaver" is one of the most beloved classic sitcoms. Theodore Cleaver, otherwise known as Beaver, is probably the most recognizable kid in all of sitcom history. It is a fun and unique idea to dress your little boy as Beaver for Halloween. It is also a great idea for a last minute costume party. This will be an easy costume to create for your little darling.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Watch at least a couple of episodes of "Leave it to Beaver" with your son. It may be that you have seen the show many times in the past with him, but you should watch a couple of episodes after deciding on the costume. That way, you will know that he has an idea of the fun nature of the character. It is likely that he will be very excited about the costume, and he can even pick up on some of Beaver's mannerisms.

  2. 2

    Style your child's hair in a preppy, classic cut. Beaver always was a clean cut little boy in the 1950's. Make sure to brush and style your little boy's hair so that it is authentic for the time period. A bit of a cut or trim may be necessary, but it is essential to the costume.

  3. 3

    Give your child an old-fashioned, buttoned down shirt to wear. You could find these at a thrift shop, or you can look online for classic costumes of the 1950's. Some Hollywood productions retire their costumes from time periods by selling them online. It may take a bit of looking, but keep it simple. An old-fashioned shirt of any simple color will do.

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    Blue jeans should be worn with the button-down shirt. These need to be classic in style and color. Avoid lighter colors in jeans, and avoid adornments on pockets.

  5. 5

    Make sure the shirt is tucked into the jeans. Beaver is a neat little boy when possible.

  6. 6

    Put classic tennis shoes on your son. Beaver keeps it simple.

Tips and warnings

  • Encourage your child to talk in the slang of Beaver's era for added fun.
  • Don't try to pull off this costume if you are a grown male. It's just won't work unless it is done as a joke.

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