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Cool Halloween Costume Ideas

Check out these inexpensive halloween costume ideas you can make at home.

Aquarium Costume

You Will Need:

  • Large cardboard box
  • Silver paint or construction paper
  • Blue cellophane
  • Duct tape
  • Craft foam
  • Fishing line
  • Seashells
  • Plastic greenery (available at craft stores)
  • Snorkel mask or goggles and flippers (optional)

What to Do:

Cut a hole for your head in the top of the box. Cut large squares out of all four sides. Paint the box or cover it with construction paper. Cover the back window with a large piece of cellophane and tape it to the inside of the box. Tape strips of cellophane inside both side windows. Cut sea animal shapes out of craft foam. To hang, thread fishing line through a small hole in each shape, then tape the fishing line to the top of the box. Tie or tape fishing line around the seashells to hang them. Tape greenery inside the front of the box. If you like, wear a snorkel mask, goggles, or flippers for photos. For safety, be sure to remove them before you go trick-or-treating. (Text by Julie Agnone)

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Spaghetti and Meatballs Costume

You Will Need:

  • Large cardboard box
  • Small tablecloth
  • Craft glue
  • Large plastic plate
  • Cream-colored yarn
  • Brown pom-poms
  • Red felt
  • Baseball cap
  • Paper napkin
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic salt and pepper shakers
  • Plastic vase with flowers

What to Do:

Cut out a two-foot-wide (.61-meter-wide) circular piece of cardboard. Cut holes in the center of the cardboard and tablecloth for your head. Glue the tablecloth to the cardboard. Cut a hole for your neck out of the plate. Slit the plate so you can wear it as a collar. Glue yarn (spaghetti), pom-poms (meatballs), and red felt (sauce) to the plate and cap. Glue napkin, utensils, salt and pepper shakers, and a vase with flowers on top of the tablecloth. (Text by Julie Agnone)

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Cat Up a Tree Costume

You Will Need:

  • Green shirt
  • Brown pants
  • Leafy garlands (available at craft stores)
  • Safety pins
  • Stuffed cat
  • Bobby pins or elastic headband

What to Do:

Wrap the garlands around your arms and torso, and pin in place. Pin the cat to your shoulder. Attach leaves to your hair with bobby pins or by pinning them to a headband. Your friends will be green with envy. (Text by Julie Agnone)