It’s a cinch to pull this off: Raid your closet for anything white — shirt and leggings, a tunic or dress — and add a gold belt. Your baby can wear black or white leggings and a T-shirt. Find a cool wig and snake bracelet at a costume store.
- Gold cupcake liners are the secret weapon here. Assemble from the bottom up: Fold nine liners in half; staple them together in a soft V-shape.
- Assemble the next row using seven liners; staple to the bottom row. Make and attach two more rows, one with five liners, one with three. Use mini liners to trim the top.
- When you're done, staple or safety-pin the necklace to your dress.
Cat Ears and Tail
- Get two different-colored pieces of felt: one color for the inner ear, one for the outer. Cut out two pairs of teardrop-shaped ears.
- Glue the inner ears to the outer ones. Stitch or safety-pin the ears to a cap.
- For the tail, twist together two sets of three pipe cleaners. Then twist the sets together end-to-end to form a column.
- Wrap the column in black felt and glue it together.
- Safety-pin the tail to the waistband of the leggings.
He’s already your mini-me, so why not work that angle this Halloween? Bonus: You’ll be out trick-or-treating in next-to-no-time.
Dad (or You!)
Simple: Dress like your boy does! Oversized jersey, shorts, scuffed (but cool!) kicks, and a Nintendo DS sticking out of your back pocket.
Suit him up and add a colorful tie. Give him your work bag to fill with the night’s loot.
You’ll look good enough to eat! With just a few simple adds to dresses you already have . . . you’re done!
Ice Cream Hat
- Cut the legs off two pairs of tights that match your “flavor.” Use one leg per layer (toss the extra).
- Size the first layer to your head and snip off any extra. Tie off one end.
- Stuff with polyester fill (available at craft stores) and folded paper towels so the tube stays firm.
- Twist the tube into a circle and knot the two ends together.
- Repeat steps three and four for the second and third layers. Make each layer about 4 inches shorter than the previous.
- Glue the first two layers together with fabric glue; form the third into a spiral, gluing it down as you go.
- Adorn a solid-color dress with round, removable color-coding labels from an office-supply store.
- Glue different-sized pom-poms onto a headband to finish the look.
- Write "Rainbow Sprinkles" on a sash (make your own out of paper, or purchase a sash at a costume store).
Anything goes on Halloween — so let your kiddo unleash his inner Picasso and go wild with a brush and paint set.
Grab your oldest white shirt and a pair of cheap leggings or sweatpants.
Give your pint-size artiste a striped T-shirt and a scarf or beret to wear. Voilà! You’re both ready to paint the town (well, neighborhood) red. And green and blue...
Photo credits: Rus Anson