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Jelly Bean CostumeA cute inexpensive Halloween costume is to get two large pieces of plastic, large enough to cover your body front and back (furniture stores are great places to get this) or use a large clear garbage bag. Tape the bottom and side edges together, but leave openings for your arms and legs. Leave the top open.Blow up assorted colors of balloons and fill the bag. Step into the bag, putting your legs and arms through the openings, then tape top edges together but leave your head out. You are a bag of jelly beans!! By Mel


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Soda Can CostumeI am looking for a pattern or idea to make a group Halloween costume. We want to go as a six pack of soda. We are thinking of using thick foam for the can and lid, but have no idea what to use for the plastic rings.


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Making Masks and Halloween CostumesMy children love to create their own costume's mask for Halloween. I buy foam craft sheets, self sticking cut outs, glitter and glue. Any items in the craft area or around the house works.


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Homemade Fake BloodPlace the corn syrup into a bowl and mix in some hot water, add a little at a time until your have a nice consistency (not too runny, not too lumpy)


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Costume Ideas for Someone Who Loves Fantasy and Computer GamesI'm at my wits end. You see my brother cant decide what costume to wear for halloween. We all have it figured out besides him and as the 31st is getting closer its giving us less time to get a costume together. Plus we're getting ready to put our house on the market on november 1st so we also don't have to much money.


Dog in costume.

Ruby (Rottweiler)Ruby is a 6 year old Rottweiler. Ruby's owner died a few weeks ago. We are fostering her until her new owners come to get her, which will be this weekend! Here she is dressed as a Detroit Red Wings hockey fan.



Kylie as a LionKylie my adorable 2 year is just adorable in this lion outfit. And I am not lioning about that! She is surely going to be a roar at the church carnival.


Bobble Head CostumeThis was my Halloween costume this year. One of my best friends and I create a children's TV show together and thought it would be great to make bobble heads of our TV personalities that we would later use on our show.


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Camelot Theme CostumesI am looking for inexpensive costumes for ladies with a Camelot theme. Something to be used over a black turtleneck and black slacks. Maybe with a headpiece or a coat of arms theme. Any help is greatly appreciated.


Making Paws for an Animal CostumeSince Halloween is just around the corner I thought I would share this tip. When making an animal costume with paws for hands,(great if it's cold on Halloween like it is here) take a glove in the size you need and cut it apart.


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Hamster CostumeAny ideas for a hamster costume for child?


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Lion CostumeDoes anyone have an idea for making a lion costume?


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McDonald's Characters CostumesI am looking for a Ronald McDonald and Fry Guy Halloween costume.


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Making a Wig for a CostumeFor a halloween costume Im looking forward to going as the ghost of Marie Antoinette. My problem is wigs are so expensive. Is there some way I could make something with cheapish materials looking historically accurate?


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LuLu the Little Chicky Costume IdeasMy two toddlers are going as the Wonder Pets for Halloween and I need help with LuLu the little chicky. I already got great ideas for Tuck the Turtle on this website.



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Globe Costume IdeaI am going to a party entitled "World's Fair" and was thinking of going as a globe. Of course, I don't know if I can pull it off. I was thinking of a hula hoop at my waist/equator. I would use old white bedsheets that I can paint the continents on.


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Keeping Kids Warm in Their CostumesIf your kids go outside on Halloween it's important that they stay warm in their costumes. Just put them in matching colorful sweatshirt and sweatpants; then pair that with a good mask or hat!


Winner Sexiest DivisionThis picture is from senior exercise Halloween party today. I am the Halloween Trick and my friend, who likes to ham it up, is Halloween PIMP.


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Reindeer Costume for a ChildWhere can I find ideas on making a reindeer costume for a child's "tap class"?


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Making a Peg Leg for a Pirate CostumeI'm making a pirate movie and I need a realistic non-cheezy peg leg. Can someone help me out?


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Inexpensive Owl Halloween Costume For 5 Year OldLooking for ideas to make an inexpensive owl Halloween costume for a 5 year old friend. Thank you.


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Trade Costumes With FriendsIf you have friends with children the same size or about the same as yours, trade Halloween costumes. This way, each costume will be "new" to each child.


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Halloween Costume: GhoulteacherFor Halloween one year, I bought the ugliest dress I could find at the thrift store. It was a black sheath dress with yellow, white and gold shear collar and it was sleeveless. I wore black pantyhose and glued spiders and ants on the hose and dress.


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How To Paint a Child's Face Like SpidermanAny suggestions out there for how to paint a child's face for Halloween?


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Child Size Lab CoatI bought a clown costume for my 3 old but she wants nothing to do with it. She wants to be a doctor. I have everything but the lab coat. Where do I get a lab coat that size (3 yrs) or how can I make it? Thank you in advance.


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Orange Troll Ideas For HalloweenAnyone have a good idea for an orange troll for Halloween. I already received the one for a ghost and my grandson thinks it's a great idea. Now my granddaughter wants an orange troll and I haven't a clue where to start. Thanks for any ideas


Reusing Embroidery From Old ShirtsTips for reusing embroidery from worn out clothing. Post your own ideas here.


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Costume for Church PlayMy church is putting on 'A Night in Bethlehem'. We are all responsible for our costumes. I will be a woman in a Jewish home in Bethlehem at the time of Christs' birth, I need clothing ideas.


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Halloween Costumes For Big PeopleMy husband and I are of "generous proportion", any ideas for Halloween costumes for big people? Much appreciated, thanks. =)


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Halloween Costume: JailbirdI used an old pair of white sweats (top and bottom) and spray painted black stripes on the sweats by taping off lines. I then took red fabric paint and wrote "Blonde County Jail" on the back and then numbers on the left chest. I wore a pair of handcuffs to complete the costume.



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Making Adult Cry Baby CostumeI need easy ideas for making my own adult cry baby costume, or the adult in the high chair costume.


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Halloween Costume: Stick Of Butter Lady (Paula Deen)For a fast and inexpensive costume that won't look like those at the store, why don't you go as Paula Deen? Or, as my husband affectionately calls her, 'The stick-of-butter lady' with the cooking show. Every recipe she makes seems to begin with a stick of butter, lol... so guys all seem to adore her recipes.


A dog dressed as a witch for Halloween.

Howl-O-Ween Sweater DressThis is a sweater dress I made for my tiny Yorkie, it is a cute dress, a sweater and a costume all in one.


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Costume Ideas for a ParadeMy hometown does a parade every year, and it is a western type community. I need a costume idea for my nine year old niece using a bike. Any ideas?


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Making a Centaur Halloween CostumeDoes anyone happen to have any suggestions or directions on how to make a "centaur" (half man/half horse), costume? My 8 year old grandson would absolutely love to be one for Halloween. Thanks.


Halloween: Jack in the Box CostumePop out of a Jack in the Box and surprise people at their doors this Halloween. On all box costumes, you will need to secure the box shut with tape


Reinforcing a Costume HelmetI have a Power Ranger helmet that came with a Power Ranger costume. The helmet is split into two parts, the front and the back, and they attach with Velcro.


Halloween: Captured by Frank CostumeThis costume was so much fun to make and pretty easy too. All I did was, I bought a Styrofoam head from the local costume shop as well as the Frankenstein mask and green hands. I went to our local thrift shop and bought a small man's suit in black.


Halloween: Partly Cloudy Costume

Halloween: Partly Cloudy CostumeTalk about a frugal, quick, inexpensive costume, this is it! Take any plain, solid-colored sweatshirt (preferably dark), glue or use double-stick tape to adhere some white pillow stuffing a little below the neck of the shirt.


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Rubik's Cube CostumeDazzle people this Halloween as the world's all time favorite puzzle toy, The Rubik's Cube!


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Movie Theater Floor CostumeCut the glass down the middle and hot glue upside down to shirt sleeve between elbow and wrist. Cover and all and add a straw to each "cup."


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"Bingo Dauber" Halloween CostumeHow do I make a Halloween costume for a bingo dauber?


Guilmon costume

Guilmon (Digimon) CostumeI purchased 4 yards of red felt, 1 yard of black felt, 1 yard of white felt, and 1 yard of grey felt as well as some foam. I also got some elastic (for the waist) and sat down to try to figure it out, without a pattern....


A bubble gum machine Halloween costume.

Halloween: Bubble Gum Machine CostumeDress child in clothes. Cut arm and neck holes in bag. Put bag on the child as a shirt. Tape the bottom opening tight around their waist. Fill the bag with the balls from neck opening.


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Child's Cherry CostumeFor a fancy dress competition a small 3 year old child needs to dress as a cherry. I thought, maybe I could make the costume with some kind of paper or cardboard, or something else. Does anyone have any ideas?



Costume Idea: AstronautMy grandson came home one day after school and said he wanted to be dressed as a astronaut for "What You Want To Grow Up To Be Day." So we threw together a costume using what we had around the house.


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Making a Copy of Lady Gaga's Outfit from Bad Romance VideoI'm open to any suggestions for quickly recreating the outfit Lady Gaga wears with her dancers at the bath haus in the Bad Romance video. I've got snaps, rivets, upholstery thread, and thin white vinyl. I don't have sewing experience or more than a day to get this done.


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Making a Verizon Droid Robot Halloween Costume My grandson is turning three this month. Halloween is coming up and my daughter and he went to pick out a costume. He insists he wants to be a Droid and nothing will change his mind. Does anyone have an idea how to make a Droid (robot on the phone commercial) costume?


Halloween Costume: Cheerios and MilkThis was actually very easy to make. I got a couple of cardboard boxes (the right size for my kids). Then I found pictures on the internet and printed them out in several pieces and glued them onto the boxes.


Halloween: Little Indian MaidenI took fleece material, cut it and made it into a simple jumper. I made it big so she could dress warm that night. Cut fringe and sew trim on bottom of skirt. Add a head band with a feather and feather trim in front of jumper.


Halloween Costume: Minnie MouseDraw circles on t-shirt using round object of your choice. Paint in circles with white craft paint. Use eyebrow pencil to draw on nose and whiskers.


Halloween Costume: ClownI used a plastic trash bag and painted it with red and white. I doubled the trash bag and glued on. I got big tennis shoes and painted them red, got a yellow shirt. For the suspenders, I used plastic white tall kitchen bags and velcroed them to the pants.


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Making Bumble Bees for a Beekeeper CostumeDoes any one know how to make bumble bees for a bee keeper costume or where to buy them?


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Instructions for an Adult Sailor HatAnyone have directions to make an adult sailor hat? Thanks.


Halloween Costume: Country MouseMy grandson had to dress as a country mouse for school. They were reading the book about a country mouse and a city mouse in his Kindergarten class. Beside him is a pumpkin he decorated with paint.


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Halloween Costume: Black Eye PeaTake a shirt and put a P on it. Then get the black stuff that the football players wear and put it under your eyes. Tell everyone you are a "black eye pea".


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Halloween Costumes Made from Things Around the HouseI need a Halloween costume for me and my boyfriend for a party. What can I make with stuff I have around the house?


Scenery: Family Country WalkGrandkids and niece, and of course Lou our dog, on a walk on my Dad's farm one Saturday morning.


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How Do I Make a Poodle Skirt?My 13 year old daughter is going to a fifties party and we can't afford to rent a costume, do you have any tips for making a (green) poodle skirt?


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Making a Fin on a Fish CostumeDo you have any idea how I can make a fish fin on a little girl's back for a VBS costume?


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Making a Skirt and Decorating It Like a Christmas TreeHas anyone made a Christmas tree "skirt" as a joke for a holiday party? Instead of wearing the traditional Christmas sweater, I want to make a skirt out of tulle and then decorate it. I saw a picture somewhere, but can not find anything.


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Adult "Christmas Story" Bunny Costume PatternWhere can I find a free adult bunny costume pattern? I want one kind of like the one from "A Christmas Story" that Ralphie received as a gift.


Raquel posing in the skin bikini from 1 million BC film.

Pattern for Raquel Welch's One Million BC BikiniI would love to make this bikini for Halloween. I am planning on either adding to an existing bikini or using fake fur material with an bikini pattern. The one Raquel wore was so unique.


Two girls in a witch and devil costumes.

Sizing Down a Costume for a ChildThis is a page about sizing down a costume for a child. Reusing costumes can save money. Sometimes it is necessary to make the costume smaller in order to use it again.


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Making a Batman CostumeNearly every year, Batman is one of the most popular costumes. Making your own Batman costume is a lot of work but can very rewarding. This is a page about making your own Batman costume.


Smiling Woman in Belly Dance Costume

Making a Belly Dancer CostumeThis is a page about making a belly dancer costume. Whether it's for Halloween, a costume party or for your belly dance troupe, belly dance costumes are very popular. They are relatively easy and inexpensive to put together and allow you to be creative while looking great at the same time.


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Making a Black Widow Spider CostumeThis is a page about making a black widow spider costume. Black widow spider costumes are inexpensive and easy to make and can be a great spooky addition to any Halloween party.


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Making a Barney and Betty Rubble Couples CostumeThis is a page about making a Barney and Betty Rubble couples costume. Some costume ideas work best in pairs. Barney and Betty Rubble are a great example of this and the simplicity of the costume makes it a quick and easy option.


Two women in alien costumes.

Making an Alien CostumeThis is a page about making an alien costume. Being a life form from another planet is an easy homemade costume idea. There are a lot of interesting fabrics and even household items that can help you transform into an extraterrestrial.


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Making a Smurf CostumeThis is a page about making a Smurf costume. The new Smurf movie has introduced a whole new generation to the Smurfs. There are a number of Smurfs to choose from when making a costume.


Child in Ghost Costume

Making a Ghost CostumeThis is a page about making a ghost costume. The classic ghost costume never goes out of style. From the simple sheet to elaborate spooky disguises, the ghost costume is always a hit.


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Making a Harry Potter CostumeThis is a page about making a Harry Potter costume. One of the most popular boy's costumes of the last few years is the Harry Potter costume. With his recognizable glasses and forehead scar it's full of variations.


Child in an orange gnome costume.

Making a Gnome CostumeThis is a page about making a gnome costume. Gnomes aren't just cute as lawn decorations. They are also a funny costume that you can make at home this Halloween.


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Making a Ghostbusters CostumeThis is a page about making a Ghostbusters costume. The Ghostbuster is a welcome costume at any Halloween party. Learn how to make your own Ghostbuster costume here.


Boy Holding up Peace Sign in Hippie Costume

Making a Hippie CostumeThis is a page about making a hippie costume. The hippie costume is easy to do at home and doesn't require purchasing a lot of extras. Many kids and adults love using this colorful costume idea for Halloween.


Little boy in a brown bunny costume.

Making an Easter Rabbit CostumeThis is a page about making an Easter bunny costume. The Easter bunny doesn't only have to come once a year. Why not have him enjoy the festivities of Halloween too?


Little Girl in Cheerleader Costume

Making a Cheerleader CostumeThis is a page about making a cheerleader costume. Little girls and moms alike, love to dress up as cheerleaders for Halloween. It's an easy costume to put together and it's always a popular option.


LIttle Boy in Cowboy Costume

Making a Cowboy CostumeThis is a page about making a cowboy costume. The cowboy costume has been a Halloween favorite for many years. It's a great cheap option for boys of all ages.


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Making a Jack Sparrow CostumeThis is a page about making a Jack Sparrow costume. Everybody loves to dress up as a pirate and with the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Jack Sparrow has become an ever present Halloween costume.


Jedi's Walking Outside

Making a Jedi CostumeThis is a page about making a Jedi costume. The Jedi costume is popular for Halloween, cosplay, and theme parties. The costume is very flexible and allows for a lot of personalization.


LIttle BOy Looking in the Mirror at his Fire Fighter Costume

Making a Fire Fighter CostumeThis is a page about making a fire fight costume. An ever popular costume is the fire fighter. There are always a number of options for this costumer in the stores, but it's much more fun to make your own.


Woman Dressed as Lara Croft Pointing Gun

Making a Lara Croft Costume (Tomb Raider)This is a page about making a Lara Croft costume (Tomb Raider). Tomb Raider is one of the most popular video games of all time. Therefore, it is no surprise that dressing up as Lara Croft is a common costume for both cosplay and Halloween.


Geisha Girl with White Border on Sides

Making a Geisha CostumeThis is a page about making a geisha costume. Memoirs of a Geisha has made the geisha costume even more popular in recent years than it was before. It's an easy costume to put together and can be inexpensive if you shop for good bargains.


Robot Costume made with cardboard boxes

Costume Ideas Using a Cardboard BoxThis page contains costume ideas using a cardboard box. Cardboard boxes can be used to make an endless array of costumes. With just a few inexpensive supplies you can have an awesome costume in no time.


Boy in Pikachu Costume Against Spider Web Curtain Background

Making a Pikachu CostumeThis is a page about making a Pikachu costume. A Pikachu costume is a perennial favorite amongst children. With it's simple color scheme and recognizable face this can be a quick and cheap costume to put together.


Man in Yellow King Costume

Making a King CostumeThis is a page about making a king costume. Who wouldn't want to be king for a day? Making a great looking king costume doesn't have to bankrupt your kingdom either!


Little Boy Laying in the Grass Dressed as a Leprechaun

Making a Leprachaun CostumeThis is a page about making a leprechaun costume. Leprechaun costumes work well for St. Patrick's Day or Halloween. With a little planning, and perhaps a bit of luck, you can have a leprechaun costume done faster then you can say "Erin Go Bragh".


Cute Little Girl in Chicken Costume

Making a Chicken CostumeThis is a page about making a chicken costume. The chicken costume is one that will always be popular with both adults and children. There are lots of chicken suits for sale at costume shops, but a homemade chicken costume can be even better.


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Making a Hobo CostumeThis is a page about making a hobo costume. Kids have been dressing up as hobos for many years now and it's easy to see why. A hobo costume is a fun, fast and inexpensive Halloween costume idea.


Boy in Devil Costume

Making a Devil CostumeThis is a page about making a devil costume. Devil costumes come in all shapes and sizes, from the cute little devil kids up to elaborately detailed adult costumes. A few simple accessories is all it takes to get started on your devil costume.


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Making a Frog CostumeThis is a page about making a frog costume. Kids love frogs, so it no surprise that dressing up as one for Halloween can be a big hit. This popular homemade costume will have your kids hopping from house to house on Halloween.


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Making a Blues Brothers CostumeThis is a page about making a Blues Brothers costume. The Blues Brothers is a classic movie with iconic costumes that are recognized everywhere. With a few key accessories, your Blue Brothers costume will be ready to go in no time.


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Making a "Nacho Libre" CostumeThis is a page about making a "Nacho Libre" costume. Whether you you love lucha libre or are just a fan of the movie, dressing up as Nacho Libre can be a lot of fun.


Man on the Street in Charlie Chaplin Costume

Making a Charlie Chaplin CostumeThis is a page about making a Charlie Chaplin costume. Charlie Chaplin had a very distinctive way of dressing, making him one of the most recognizable characters in movie history. The Charlie Chaplin costume only needs a few key accessories to be well on it's way.


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Making a Centaur CostumeThis is a page about making a centaur costume. A centaur is a difficult costume to do right but is very impressive if done well. The easiest thing to do is set it up as a two person costume but it can be done with one person.


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Making a Batgirl CostumeThis is a page about making a batgirl costume. Batgirl is a popular costume every Halloween. Making your own batgirl costume is a great way to save money on you or your daughters costume.


Darth Vader Walking with Storm Trooper

Making a Darth Vader CostumeThis is a page about making a Darth Vader costume. Darth Vader is perennial favorite with both children and adults for cosplay or Halloween. There are always options in the stores for buying a costume. However, making your own can be a lot of fun.


Man in a Christmas tree costume.

Making a Christmas Tree CostumeThis is a page about making a Christmas tree costume. Bring the spirit of Christmas to Halloween this year. Try making your own Christmas tree costume. You can also reuse it for a Christmas party or holiday play.


A clown dressed in red balancing cups on their head.

Making a Circus Performers CostumeThis is a page about making a circus performer costume. Circus performers are unique and colorful characters. They include muscle men, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, lion tamers, and bearded ladies. The possibilities are endless when making a circus performer costume.


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Making a Carrot CostumeThis is a page about making a carrot costume. Veggies aren't just for eating anymore. If you are looking for a humorous costume this Halloween, why not make a carrot costume.


Young girl in a pink bunny costume.

Making a Bunny Rabbit CostumeThis is a page about making a bunny rabbit costume. Making a bunny rabbit costume is simple and cute. Many times you can even add onto clothes that you already own.


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Making a Beatles CostumeThis is a page about making a Beatles costume. The Beatles went through a number of style changes over the years. Whether you are doing it as a group costume or dressing up as your favorite Beatle this is a great costume for parties or Trick-or-Treating.


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