Kids' Halloween Costume: RocketMan

Your child's Halloween costume will take off with this fun take on RocketMan. The best part: It can be made with a cardboard box.

By Kelly Ladd Sanchez



Kids' Halloween Costume: RocketMan

Craft supplies you’ll need:

  • Scissors, knife, or box cutter
  • Cardboard box (approximately 36" x 15", for wing)
  • Craft paint in white, blue, red, and metallic silver
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Colored card stock
  • 2 pieces of white elastic (approximately 12" each) 
  • 2 large water or soda bottles, with caps
  • Felt squares (8" x 8"), one each of orange, yellow, and red
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Silver iron-on transfer paper
  • Blue T-shirt

Clothing you’ll need:

  • Jeans
  • Funky socks
  • Sneakers
  • Solid-color T-shirt

For the wing:

1. Cut out a back wing from the cardboard box (size it to your child). Paint the wing with your favorite rocket designs and/or hot-glue various cardstock space shapes to the wing.

2. Make two small vertical slits on both sides of the wing (at top and bottom). Measure and cut two pieces of elastic long enough to fit around your child’s shoulders; thread them through the slits, and knot each elastic piece to the back of the wing on both sides to secure.

For the jet packs:

1. Pour a small amount of silver paint into each of two large water or soda bottles, secure bottle caps, and gently swirl and shake until paint covers the entire inside of each bottle.

2. Cut each of three felt squares in half to make six pieces (two of each color). Cut zigzags on one side of each felt piece to make flames. Layer one each of the red, orange, and yellow felt pieces, staggering flame shapes so all colors are visible, and trim the outside felt layers (as needed). 

3. Roll each felt layer around bottle caps. Wrap a rubber band around each felt flame and bottle cap to hold in place. Hot-glue a felt scrap around each rubber band to cover.

4. Hot-glue jet packs to the back of the wing.

For the T-shirt:

Cut a star (minus one point) from the iron-on transfer silver sheet. Follow package instructions to adhere the iron-on transfer to the front of the T-shirt.

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