By: Mia Cronan
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 3 and up
Your little ghost will have a boo-tiful time in this classic ghost costume. Our design stays in place to prevent tripping accidents and a comfortable journey around the neighborhood to collect treats!
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What you'll need:
- Old white sheet or plain white fabric (at least two yards)
- Dark crayon/permanent marker
- Black face paint
- White gloves
- White socks and shoes
- White long-sleeved shirt
- Baseball cap
- Large safety pin
- Fake chains (optional)
How to make it:
- Drape the white fabric over your child’s head, centering the fabric so that it’s evenly distributed on all sides. Mark the bottom of the fabric to the length you desire, taking into consideration tripping hazards. At least two inches from the ground is recommended. Have your little ghoul extend his arms outward and measure and mark the length there, allowing for easy hand movement. Halfway down the extended hand is recommended here. Cut the hem and the sleeves according to your markings.
- Very gently mark with a crayon the location of your child’s eyes, being careful not to touch him through the fabric (see image).
- Remove the fabric and cut holes large enough for your child to see (we suggest at least two inches in diameter) for safety purposes. It is helpful to make them extra large, and then put black make-up around your child’s eyes to extend the dark look while still being safety-minded.
- Place the baseball cap, bill toward the back, on your child’s head. Drape the ghost costume over your child’s head again, lining up the eyes accordingly. Holding the cap and the fabric together, remove them both then pin the fabric and hat together inside the hat. This will hold the fabric in place over your child’s head and body so that the costume did not slip around during movement.
- Complete the look with white gloves, socks, and shoes!
- Cut the hem and sleeves in an uneven, jagged fashion to create a more dramatic look.
- You may want to secure the sleeves in place with safety pins under the elbows, again to prevent the fabric from slipping.
- Attach toy chains to the front of the ghost costume for added fun. You can stitch them in place or use large safety pins to create the look you want.
Mia Cronan is a craft freelancer and mother of five based in Ohio.