To the delight of kids big and small, Halloween is just around the corner! The three key words to dressing up all your little ones are TIME (start as early as possible!), IMAGINATION (Internet is a great place to get inspired!) and CRAFTING (a little, a lot, like crazy . . . depending on your skill level!).
Recycle & reuse
Department stores and speciality shops are full of costumes of all shapes and sizes, but have you ever thought of reusing something you already own—or at least part of it? Go through your closets and drawers to find outdated items or items that are showing a little wear and tear. For instance, a large adult-sized t-shirt can be used to make the dress of a witch or a princess, and a long skirt is perfect for a gypsy or a female pirate! An old black or red sheet can easily transform into a cape, and cat or rabbit ears can be attached onto a tuque. Here’s a tip: If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making a hem, use pinking shears to prevent fraying. Be resourceful!
Take it up a notch with accessories
A pirate simply wouldn’t be a pirate without a sword. And could you imagine a witch without a pointed hat? On-point accessories have the power to transform the most basic costumes into elaborate disguises. And don’t forget about wigs—they can work miracles in the blink of an eye! Besides traditional Halloween stores, accessory shops are a great place to find fairly priced scarves, hats and jewellery. What’s more, make sure to choose a loot bag that matches your child’s costume: an orange bucket for your little pumpkin, an old purse for your beautiful little princess or a black pillow case for your scary skeleton!
Makeup is paramount
You don’t have to be an accomplished artist to pull off great Halloween makeup. The secret is to start with a template, it’s much easier! There are also excellent makeup tutorials online for all styles. Or how about using stencils or wash-off tattoos? Just make sure that the products you use are hypoallergenic. Children tend to have sensitive and highly reactive skin. You’ll also want to wash your brushes thoroughly before using them. Visit a speciality costume store to find face painting pencils, colours and glitter. One last tip: Have at least one practice run before the big day!
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