Homemade Halloween Costumes 101

There’s only one week left before Halloween, which means time is winding down to find the perfect costume for your kids.  There’s even less time to come up with a costume considering that many communities host their trick-or-treating this weekend.  Luckily for you, our agent Gail is quite crafty and has made multiple costumes for her children when they were younger.  Here are a few costumes Gail has made in the past:


1950s.jpgPillsbury Doughboy: “When my son was younger I made my version of Pillsbury Doughboy.  I made a flour sack for his body and a floppy chef’s hat, then gave him a rolling pin and put flour on his face.  He was still waddling a little when he walked and it was so cute!”

1950s girl: “I made a felt skirt for my daughter with a bunch of appliqued records on it.  She wore her Grandpa’s high school letter sweater we found in the attic.  Simple, festive, and fun!”Skeleton.jpg

Skeleton: “Use white contact paper and black sweat suits to make great skeleton costumes—just cut the bones out of the contact paper and stick them directly on the sweat suits.”

Puppy: “Attach long floppy felt dog ears to headphones or ear muffs.  Using an empty, large puppy food bag, cut a hole in the bottom for the head and in the sides for the arms.  Attach a tail to the back and wear mittens for paws.  Face paint a nose and some whiskers.  Adorable!”

Puppy.jpgHalloween is a great time of year, but all the goblins, ghouls, and of course candy can distract you from basic safety guidelines.  West Bend Cares, a safety blog from West Bend Mutual, has 7 tips for keeping your family and neighborhood safe on Halloween.  Here are a few:


  1. Remind your children not to talk to strangers.
  2. Examine candy before allowing your children to eat it.
  3. Make sure your children have flashlights, glow stick, or reflective material attached to their costumes if your community’s trick-or-treating hours are after daylight.

You can read all 7 tips here.


Get creative this Halloween and make a unique costume that no one else will have!  Always remember to keep your family safe and have a frighteningly fun Halloween!

-Sam

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