Making Your Own Halloween Costumes

We are not really sure if Halloween comes from the Celtic celebration of Samhain or from the Roman festival of Parentalia. Both were celebrations of the harvest and the death, and the night of Halloween was considered the time when the veil between death and life was the thinnest and where the dead walked the earth.

Jump two thousand years in time and Halloween is a celebration of everything spooky, when people disguise themselves as beasts and heroes from the other side of the veil and roam the earth demanding treats. Or else...

Costumes are one of the most popular traditions of Halloween today. This time of the year you can find them in almost every clothing, party, kid, and department store in the country. There are scary zombies, agile ninjas, beautiful faeries... However, not everyone can or wants to use these costumes. Some people would prefer to use their creativity and create costumes on a budget.

Making the costumes with your kids can be a great bonding activity. All it takes is a little creativity (don?t worry, your kid is sure full of it) and a few basic supplies. You don?t even need to buy anything - some items around your house can be transformed into great disguises, including the classic ghost costume made from a blank sheet, and with black fabric, some rags and black card stock, you can even make a witch.

For girls the classic witch may or may not be the choice. Another option is the fairy (which most girls would prefer), the princess, or, why not, the zombie or the ghost. It all depends on what your girl wants.

For a fairy a piece of cloth and some wires can make great wings. However, I advise you to buy some in a store weeks in advance for safety. Add some pink sheets of paper to make a simple flowing dress and face painting, and you have a gorgeous fairy. The same principle can be used to make her into a princess, substituting the wings for a tiara.

As for boys, there are tons of options - remember to ask your kid. Cowboys, ninjas, ghosts, zombies, mummies, wizards, superheroes... All can, however, be made at home with a small budget and big creativity.

For example, take some dark purple body paint, old clothes and one or two inexpensive gore pieces and you have a zombie. Dress him in black, and paint him white, add a few skulls and he?s become a necromancer. If you prefer a ninja use toy knives and swords instead of the skulls and a black scarf as a mask.

Now that I gave you some ideas it?s your time to come up with Halloween costumes. Think about how you can make a pirate costume. What about a mad scientist? A sorceress? As you?ve seen it doesn?t take great skill, only imagination.

Halloween may no longer be a religious feast celebrating the ancestors, but it can still be a family celebration by simply spending some time with your kids to create a costume they will be proud of.

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