By: Heather Mann
Age: 4 and up
This octopus sure knows how to accessorize! This Halloween, show your child's stylish side with a sock-topus costume. Choose your favorite knee socks and a sweatshirt hoodie to make this quick no-sew project.
Be sure to visit all of our other ghostly crafts, scary printables, fabulous costume ideas and these spook-tackular Halloween recipes! As well, explore our fall crafts, our great fall recipes and printable activities.
What you'll need:
- Hooded sweatshirt
- 4 pairs of knee socks (8 socks total)
- Duct tape
- About 30 plastic grocery bags
- Craft felt sheets in black, white, and pink
- Glue dots
How to make it:
- Cut facial features from craft felt. For eyes, cut 2 large white circles and 2 smaller black circles, for the mouth, a crescent-shaped black piece, and a small pink piece for the tongue. (See photo.)
- Glue facial features together with glue dots, and then onto the sweatshirt. They should be easy to remove after you're done with the costume. (See photo.)
- Loosely stuff six knee socks with plastic grocery bags, leaving about 3" empty at the top. (See photo.)
- Tape the six stuffed socks around the inside waistband of the sweatshirt. Make sure you are taping the socks high enough so that when your child is wearing the costume they will not drag on the ground. To anchor the sock to the sweatshirt, use a 4" piece of tape running vertically (up and down) over the edge of the sock and another piece of tape running horizontally (side to side) across the edge of the sock. (See photo.)
- Flip the sock up and tape the other side as above.
- Wear the last pair of socks with your costume when you dress up!
- Have fun with your sock choices. They don't have to match each other!
- You can find colorful knee socks in the girls' or women's' hosiery section of your local department store or online, or use athletic socks for a sporty sock-topus.
- When you're done with the costume, you can dismantle it and use the hoodie and socks again.