Homemade Kids' Ghost Costumes

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Homemade Kids' Ghost Costumes
Make a ghost costume for Halloween. (halloween ghost image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

Halloween for many children means trying to decide which costume to wear. You can keep things simple by constructing an old favourite for your child to wear out trick-or-treating: a ghost. This ghost costume can be put together in a single afternoon with items that can be purchased at most craft stores or found in your child's bedroom closet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • White flat bed sheet
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Gray spray paint
  • Spray glue
  • Black face paint
  • White shoes
  • White socks
  • White gloves
  • White stocking cap
  • White long sleeved shirt
  • White sweat pants
  • Safety pin

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  1. 1

    Drape a white bed sheet over your child's head. Arrange it until the child's head is in the centre of the sheet and all the corners are lying on the floor at the same length.

  2. 2

    Draw a line across the entire sheet with a black marker where the sheet hits the floor.

  3. 3

    Draw "Xs" on the sheet where the child's shoulders hit the sheet. Draw "Xs" on the sheet where the child's eyes will be.

  4. 4

    Remove the sheet from your child.

  5. 5

    Cut the sheet two inches above the bottom line. Cut the sheets unevenly and jaggedly to make it appear as though it were old and tattered. Cutting the sheets above floor level will ensure that your child does not trip on it during trick or treating.

  6. 6

    Cut out two holes where the child's shoulders hit the sheet large enough to accommodate the child's arms.

  7. 7

    Cut out the eye holes with scissors. Make them larger so your child can see more easily and in the shape of two long ovals.

  8. 8

    Place a white knit cap on the child's head. Drape the sheet over him and adjust it to fit the eyes and arms. Carefully remove the sheet, while still holding the hat underneath in place. Using a safety pin, attach the top of the hat to the sheet.

  9. 9

    Pull some cotton balls apart to create the appearance of cob webs.

  10. 10

    Spray the cotton ball cobwebs with grey spray paint. Allow them to dry.

  11. 11

    Spray the middle and bottom of the back and front of the sheet with spray glue.

  12. 12

    Drape the cobwebs lightly over the sprayed area to give the appearance of dirty cobwebs on the ghost.

  13. 13

    Paint the area around your child's eyes black with Halloween face paint. Make sure to cover enough area so no natural skin colour shows through the eye holes.

  14. 14

    Dress your child in white shoes, white socks, white gloves, a white long sleeved shirt and white sweat pants. Place the hat on the child's head and drape the sheet. The hat will help keep the sheet from slipping while the child is moving.

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