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DIY Children’s Halloween Costumes Comments Off on DIY Children’s Halloween Costumes

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Halloween is on its way! Have you been invited to a Halloween party yet? These days lots of schools and nurseries allow children to come in wearing a costume, and then there are parties at youth clubs, and Brownies or Cubs or whatever else. And if you’re not doing any of that, you’re still not off the hook – because they will need a Halloween costume to go trick or treating!

Fear not! Here are X DIY Halloween costumes for children that you can knock up without too much bother…

1. Ghost

We thought we’d start with the most obvious and easy. All you need is an old bed sheet – and perhaps a belt to hold it in place. We won’t insult your intelligence by telling you to cut eye holes…

2. Skeleton

You’ll need old black trousers and a long sleeved top. You can buy a cheap plastic skeleton mask from your loal pound shop. Find a picture of a skeleton (Google “cartoon skeleton”) and use white paint or chalk pen to draw the bones onto the costume. Don’t forget to draw the bones on the back as well as the front!

Extra points if you use some creepy glow in the dark paint  for the bones!

3. Olaf from Frozen

We’ve found this super easy tutorial for making a DIY Olaf costume. All you need are white clothes to wear underneath!

4.  A Cat

This one is easier than you think. Find brown or black trousers and top for the body of the cat. For the ears, you can either buy a cheap set from the pound shop, or make your own using pieces of cardboard stuck to an alice band. Draw on some whiskers using an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil. You can make a tail using an old piece of brown or black material; either just cut a long strip and sew onto the back of the trousers, or sew a wider piece into a tube and stuff with cotton wool or old tights.

5. A Witch

You’ll need a black skirt and long-sleeved top for this one. Accessorise with a black cloak – if you don’t have one, an offcut from the fabric shop will do. You can get a witch’s hat from your local pound shop, and can use green face paint to really add to the look!

6. A White Rabbit

You’ll need an adult’s old white sweatshirt for this: the larger, the better (unless your child is very small!). Take a look at the full tutorial here.

7. Raining Cats & Dogs

This is one of those genius costumes that looks great, but is actually really simple. Find a rain poncho or old waterproof. The sort of thing you buy cheap at theme parks is perfect. Next you’ll need an old umbrella and some cuddly toys – cats and dogs, obviously. If you don’t want to hang your cuddly toys from the umbrella (poor pussies and pooches!) then you can use cut-out pictures stuck onto card. You can use a template, print it out, colour it black and stick it to card. Then you use thread to tie the cats and dogs to the umbrella. The final piece of the costume is, of course, welly boots.

 

So there you have seven super-simple DIY Halloween costume ideas for children. If you decide to try any of them, don’t forget to send us a photo on Facebook or Twitter!

Celebrate Magic Day with your Favourite Magical Characters! Comments Off on Celebrate Magic Day with your Favourite Magical Characters!

Posted on June 09, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Abracadabra!!

If you’re one of those people who loves magic, you’ll be pleased to hear that 12th June is Magic Day, an annual day that celebrates everything to do with magic. What child – or adult, if we’re being honest – is not mesmerised by an in explicable magic trick?

Here are some great ideas to help you make Magic Day fun for all the family:

Fancy Dress

Obviously, we’ll jump at any chance to get dressed up, and magical fancy dress is no exception. These days the most famous magical character has to be Harry Potter, but there’s also Gandelf from Lord of the Rings or an old fashioned magician in sharp black suit like our Lego man here. Girls can dress as Hermione Granger if they like, or how about a good old fashioned witch costume, with pointy hat, broomstick and wand?

Lego magician

Tricks

You can’t celebrate Magic Day without tricks, can you! Don’t worry if you’re not quite at the rabbit-from-hat stage just yet; we’ve found this fantastic YouTube tutorial to help you to wow your friends:

 

 

If your children are a little younger, how about making some magic gloop for them to play with? This couldn’t be easier; you just mix cornflour with water and some food colouring, and you have a slimy gloop that’s solid when you scrunch it up into a ball, but goes back to a liquid as soon as you let go of it. We’ve yet to meet a child who didn’t love playing with this stuff! Make it more fun by adding some glitter!

 

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Magic Party!

If you’re going to the trouble of learning tricks and witchy fancy dress costumes, you may as well decorate the house and throw a magical party! Who doesn’t love an excuse for a party?

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Why not try your hand at some clever “rabbit from a hat” cupcakes, using rabbit biscuits and hat-shaped cupcake cases?

 

rabbit hat party game

This is a delightfully simple yet fun game for all the family; all you need is a black hat (you can use black paper around a waste paper bin), and some bunny rabbit toys. The winner gets a magical penny pulled from behind their ears!

 

Whatever you do this Magic Day, make sure it’s… magical!

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