5 Punny DIY Halloween Costumes

Lady Bug Costume
Dana Gallagher
If you’re planning to DIY your family's costumes, now’s the time! We’ve got easy ideas for kids, siblings, grown-ups, and groups that mix ready-to-wear with easy-to-craft extras—and none take more than an afternoon to make. We can’t wait to see your twists on these punny critters: Post ’em on Instagram using #FamilyFunBoo! 
Dana Gallagher
Dana Gallagher

The Rat Pack

WEAR 
Gray suits and white shirts

MAKE 
Ears and a nose

WHAT TO DO 
1. Trace the ear and nose templates onto pink and gray felt; cut out.
2. For the nose: Roll the gray felt into a cone, hot-glue closed (an adult’s job). Glue a black pom-pom to the tip and use an embroidery needle to thread on three 6-inch lengths of white waxed twine to create whiskers. Glue the nose to the bridge of a pair of sunglasses.
3. For the ears: Glue the pink and gray pieces together as shown, then hot-glue them to the sides of a fedora.

Dana Gallagher
Dana Gallagher

Bat Boy

WEAR 
Baseball jersey, socks, and sneaks

MAKE 
Ears, wings, and pants

WHAT TO DO
1. Trace the ear templates onto felt. Hot-glue to a hat (an adult’s job).
2. If desired, print the Transylvania Bats template onto transfer paper; iron it to the jersey as instructed (an adult’s job).
3. For each wing: Measure your child's sleeve from armpit to cuff. Cut a 2-foot-long piece of fabric to the arm length. Fold the fabric in half widthwise and pin. Trace the wing template onto the fabric; cut out through both layers. Glue or pin the folded edge to the sleeve; let dry.
4. Paint stripes onto sweatpants; let dry.

Dana Gallagher
Dana Gallagher

Cat Burglar

WEAR
Striped shirt and black pants

MAKE
Ears, nose, and a tail

WHAT TO DO
1. Trace the ear templates onto felt and cut out. Glue together as shown, then glue to the top of a black knit cap.
2. For whiskers: Fold two white pipe cleaners in half (trim if desired), glue them to the nose of a black mask, then glue a pink pom-pom on top.
3. Pin a marabou boa tail to the pants.

+ Bag of Jewels Pet Costume Hot-glue jewels to a dog shirt and leash. 

Dana Gallagher
Dana Gallagher

Busy Bee

WEAR
Black blazer, striped shirt, and jeans

MAKE
Antennae and wings

WHAT TO DO
1. Make the antennae: For each, twist together three black pipe cleaners and one yellow pipe cleaner. Wrap one end around a headband and glue a pompom onto the other end; let dry.
2. Make the wings: Cut out four 3 x 3-foot pieces of tulle; layer them on top of each other. Fold the stack accordion-style; secure at the middle with clear tape. Trim into a wing shape. Pin to the blazer.

+ Flower Child Costume Cut a 1½-inch-wide yellow ribbon to your child’s collar size, plus several inches. Fold it in half lengthwise, iron to crease the center, then open. Cut out 12 pink felt petals (about 5 inches long) and glue them to the ribbon. Place bottoms at the crease and stagger in alternating directions (one up, one down). Once dry, fold lengthwise and tie on over a green dress and tights. 

Dana Gallagher
Dana Gallagher

Lady Bug

WEAR
White shirt and white tights

MAKE
Ruffled skirt, collar, cuffs, and bug parasol

WHAT TO DO
1. Fold a twin-size ruffled bedskirt in half widthwise. Wrap it around your child’s waist, folded edge at the top. Fold again as needed for length, then pin along the fold. Remove skirt and hot-glue plastic bugs all over. To wear: Gather the skirt in the back and pin closed.
2. For the collar and cuffs: Cut three lengths of 2½-inch-wide white ribbon sized to your child's collar and wrists, plus a few inches. Iron lengthwise to crease, then open. Cut out the centers of 40 coffee filters; fold each in half twice. Lay your long ribbon flat. Glue about 6 folded filters along the center line with the ruffles at the top. Repeat, staggering slightly, for a second row. Repeat along the bottom edge. Do the same for the cuffs using a single layer of 3 filters on each side. Let dry.
3. Glue bugs onto a white parasol and string spiders along the edges.

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