Halloween is barreling down the tracks at us, and if you’re like me, you start thinking about Halloween costumes around, oh, October 31st. But if you look to the movies for inspiration, you can throw a costume together for your kids or you in a flash. Here are some ideas:
1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The movie is super fun, and with a few accessories, you can turn your kid into the smartest dog around. Grab an adorable bow-tie, some black retro round frames, a little black face paint to the nose, and some floppy white ears. Round frames, freckles and a pair of white sneakers would also make for a great Sherman.
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2. Halloween ideas abound from this sweet movie that finds Hiccup and Toothless on another high-flying adventure. Here are some downloadable ideas:
- Hiccup Mask: Download, Print & Cut Out
- Toothless Mask: Download, Print & Cut Out
- Meatlug Mask: Download, Print & Cut Out
- Viking Hat & Facepaint Ideas: Download & Print
- Hiccup Pumpkin Stencil: Download & Print
- Dragon Snacks: Deviled Dragon Eggs & Stoick’s Meat Sticks: Download & Print
- Dragon Snacks 2: Astrid’s Dragon Punch & Fishlegs’ Drumsticks: Download & Print
- Dragon Snacks 3: Dragon Claw Cookies & Dragon Snacks: Download & Print
3. The Boxtrolls. To recreate Eggs’ look from “The Boxtrolls,” throw on a box, do a little artwork, scruff up the hair, and you’re good to go! Bonus points if you smudge the face and find an ancient, bedraggled shirt.
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The “Captain America” suit might be hard to come by, so we suggest the “casual Captain” look — a blue shirt, blue jacket and shield, which is fairly easy to re-create with a piece of cardboard, some scissors, and red, white & blue paint or markers.
5. Frozen. There’s no doubt going to be lots of Elsa and Anna costumes from “Frozen” this Halloween. If you have the time, you can get pretty involved with things like this cute no-sew cape, but for me? I’d find something blue and shimmery in the closet, pair it with an aqua top and a maxi skirt, and top it off with a messy side-braid for a great “Elsa” look.
For “Anna,” pair a blue maxi skirt with last summer’s crop top, floral accessories and two braids. If you’re outfitting your kid, just a regular-length skirt will look maxi-length (depending on how tall they are).
6. Maleficent. Ok, the dramatic character played by Angelina Jolie might be more of a challenge, but we know you’re up to the task. Cut the horns out of styrofoam and then cover with black electrician’s tape. Fashion the cape out of a black plastic bag, and the staff out of cardboard paper towel rolls taped together, with a styrofoam ball taped to the top. Then spray-paint the whole staff awesomely. You can do this!
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