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Pirate Costume Ideas for Kids

Updated February 21, 2017

If your child was a big fan of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and dreams to sail the high seas, then let him play pirate. According to Good Housekeeping, a pirate costume is one of the most popular kids costume to date. Parents magazine even touted it as one of the best store-bought costumes for babies and pirates. Discover ways to change your kid into an adventurous buccaneer.

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Decide on a Look

First, have your child decide what kind of pirate he wants to play. Because of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, Captain Jack Sparrow is a popular pirate costume for boys. There are also numerous general pirate costumes to choose from. Choose from a plethora of store-bought costumes. Or to customise your child's look, create your own pirate costume.

Handmade Costume Ideas

According to Home & Garden Television, you can easily create a homemade pirate costume without sewing. Buy a sweatshirt and sweatpants and use scissors to cut the sweatshirt in the shape of a vest. Cut the bottoms so they look tattered, rough and uneven. Pair this with a oversized, white cotton shirt.


Transform a good costume into a great costume with the detailed use of accessories. One of the most important accessories is the sword. Find a safe, plastic sword to match any pirate costume. Get a wide leather belt and use it as a sword placeholder.

Let her wear high boots, such as rain boots. Or look for boots made out of suede or leather. Look for details, such as fold-over cuffs, lace-up boots and buckles. For headpieces, a bandanna is an easy way to achieve the look. Go to a costume shop for a convincing pirate hat. Make your own eye patch and moustache out of felt or purchase them at a store. To finish the look, find some clip-on earrings.

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About the Author

Kat Consador is a freelance writer and professional competitive Latin dancer. Her work has appeared in eHow and various online publications. She also writes for clients in small businesses, primarily specializing in SEO. She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University.

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