Alien Dress-Up Ideas for Children

Updated April 17, 2017

If your little one wants to dress up as an alien for Halloween or a school play, there are a number of ways to achieve the look. You can do anything from face painting to creating a complete costume, depending on the time and energy you want to put into the project. With a little ingenuity, though, you can turn your child into an out-of-this-world extraterrestrial.

Face Paint

A little green face paint can go a long way to turn a child into an alien. Use green face paint and top it off with a headband onto which you've glued pipe cleaners for antennae. Make sure the face paint you use is water soluble and safe for children, so it's easy to wash off when make-believe time is over.

Tin Foil

You can use some tin foil to make a metallic space suit befitting any little alien. Wrap sheets of tin foil around a T-shirt and trousers outfit and secure in place with tape or glue. You can decorate the outside of the tin foil with markers or construction paper to make buttons and tabs on the space suit. A football helmet can then be covered in the foil to make an alien helmet.


If your child wants to dress up as a cuddly, furry alien, use some faux fur or similarly fuzzy material from a fabric shop. If you're not handy with a needle, just glue patches of the material over an old shirt and a pair of jeans. You can add the furry material to a pair of gloves to give your child furry alien "hands" as well.

Bubble Gun

Create an alien weapon accessory for your child by painting a bubble gun green or blue. Then paint on some small yellow and red circles to make buttons for the "gun." Kids can carry the bubble gun and spread alien bubbles when they're dressed in their alien costume. You can also use a water gun if you don't have a bubble gun on hand.

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