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How to make rat costumes

Updated April 17, 2017

While rats are not the most loved animals in the world, they can make for simple and unexpected Halloween costumes. Adults may want to dress up as scarier sewer rats or comical lab rats. Kids who are fans of the movie "Ratatouille" may want to dress up as the lovable star of the animated film, a rat named Remy. Whether you're going for scary, funny or cute, you can create a customised rat costume with a few clothing basics and an inexpensive face make-up kit.

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  1. Cut two large oval shapes from grey construction paper. Cut two slightly smaller ovals from pink or black construction paper. Choose pink if you're going for a cute or comical rat, and black if you're creating a darker sewer rat look.

  2. Glue the pink or black ovals to the centre of the grey ovals to create the rat ears. Attach the ears to the headband with silver duct tape. Wrap the rest of the head band in duct tape to keep with the grey rat colour scheme.

  3. Cut one leg off of the grey tights. Stuff the leg with crumpled newspaper to create a rat tail.

  4. Tape the cut end of the rat tail to the back of the belt with duct tape, or leave enough of the tail empty to wrap it around the belt and tie in a simple knot.

  5. Put on the grey sweatpants and sweatshirt. Place the belt around your waist and put the sweatshirt over it so just the tail peeks through on your backside. Put on the rat ear headband. If you want to create a lab rat look, you can add a white or blue lab jacket.

  6. Cover your face in grey face paint. For cute or comical rats, draw a pink triangle at the tip of your nose to create a pink rat nose and draw four horizontal lines in white on each side of your nose for whiskers. For a darker rat look, draw the nose and whiskers with a black eyeliner pencil.

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Things You'll Need

  • Headband
  • Gray construction paper
  • Black or pink construction paper
  • Glue
  • Gray duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Gray tights
  • Newspaper
  • Belt
  • Gray sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • Gray face make-up
  • Black eyeliner pencil or pink and white face make-up

About the Author

Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and Vault.com. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.

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