"Winnie the Pooh" refers both to a series of books by A.A. Milne and the central character of those books. Costumes based on the character, and indeed the entire cast of characters from the stories, work extremely well for children. Using various characters from the cast allows the Halloween costumes to function for groups. With the right attitude, Winnie the Pooh costumes serve quite well as fun adult costumes, too.
Infants and Toddlers
The cute factor magnifies when toddlers and infants wear costumes based on Winnie the Pooh and his cast of friends. For the smallest children, store-bought costumes work better than for older people. Sleepwear exists in the form of Winnie the Pooh character outfits for small children and babies. Those pajama outfits work nicely since small children often fall asleep during the festivities anyway. Still, standard patterns also exist for costumes based on the full line of Pooh characters.
Homemade Pooh Costume
For virtually any age, sweats can form the basis of a Winnie the Pooh suit. Just get a yellow hooded sweat suit to start. Add ears (make them from any sturdy material, preferably with a soft covering). A red T-shirt is worn over the sweat suit. Yellow make-up serves as the base for the face. Use black to paint the familiar facial features. Yellow socks can cover shoes. Yellow mittens create the hands for the costume.
The Pooh Gang
The Winnie the Pooh gang provides a rich array of characters for group costumes. Though the main characters of Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eyore hold the most popular spots in the roster, don't forget the second-string players. Including characters who might often be forgotten can take a group costume from the level of "good" to "great." Try adding in Owl, or if a parent and child will be part of the group, Kanga and Roo. Christopher Robin adds another level to the effect.
As with any costume, accessories serve as a way to ramp up the greatness of the costume. For Winnie the Pooh himself, a honey jar takes the costume from mundane to special. Finding a honey jar could just involve purchasing one of the cookie jars designed after the Pooh honey jar. For Owl, a large book serves as the perfect accessory. Christopher Robin can carry Winnie the Pooh books to complete the effect of the costume.
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