So they're not little green men?

Space Alien Costume

Give the term "space race" new meaning when this little space alien heads out to collect some candy. This easy, no-sew kids' Halloween costume is a snap to make and provides unlimited opportunities for creativity, as no one has actually seen a space alien -- right?

What You'll Need

  • Gray sweatpants
  • White T-shirt
  • Winter boots¬†
  • 1/4 yard white fabric
  • Craft foam: white, yellow
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glow-in-the-dark dimensional fabric paint: yellow, orange, green
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Three foam balls, 2 inches in diameter
  • Dark blue acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Double-sided iron-on fusible webbing
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Cardboard box to fit child
  • Box cutter (adult use only)
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Tape: 2-inch heavy-duty clear, 1/2-inch double-sided, duct, yellow electrical
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Neon blow pens: yellow, green, pink, orange
  • Flexible vinyl duct, 4 inches wide
  • 1-gallon white milk jug
  • 14-gauge wire: copper, silver
  • Two wooden dowels: 1 inch, 5/16 inch
  • Wire cutters
  • Large needle
  • Pliers
  • 20-gauge wire: green
  • Small piece quilt batting

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry sweatpants, T-shirt, and white fabric; do not use fabric softener.
  2. Draw a mask on white craft foam, and cut out. Be sure eye holes are large enough for child to see out. Outline and decorate mask with dimensional paint. Let dry 12 hours. Punch holes in either side of mask, and tie elastic cord in holes.
  3. Use dimensional paint to draw squiggles on yellow foam. Let dry 12 hours. When dry, cut out around squiggles, creating different geometric shapes.
  4. Paint foam balls blue; let dry. Use dimensional paint to make squiggles on balls. Let dry 12 hours.
  5. Following manufacturer's directions, fuse webbing to back of white fabric. Draw four oval shapes on fabric, and cut out. Fuse fabric to sweatpants, one oval on thigh and one on shin of each leg. Use dimensional paint to draw squiggles and dots on fabric. Let dry 12 hours.
  6. Use box cutter to remove bottom of box. Cut holes for neck and arms. Cover box with foil using clear tape and hot glue. Use blow pens to add swirls of color to front of box. Use double-sided tape to attach foam shapes to the box front. (Save a few smaller shapes for the helmet.)
  7. Cut two pieces of vinyl duct the length of child's arms. Fold plastic to inside, and cover with clear tape. Use clear tape to attach duct to ends of T-shirt sleeves. Stretch duct to full length, and use blow pens to decorate.
  8. Cut milk jug below handle, about 31/2 inches up from the base of the jug, and continue cutting around jug. Bottom of jug will be the helmet. Cut slits at corners if jug is too small to fit child's head. Use blow pens to color the helmet.
  9. Coil 14-gauge wire around the 1-inch dowel to make 3 inches of coil with 1 inch of straight wire at each end. Make as many coils as you'd like. Wrap double-sided tape to an end of a wire, and stick the end into a foam ball. Make three. Poke holes in the milk jug with a needle. Push the ends of the wire coils through the hole, and use pliers to bend wires flat against the carton. Cover wire ends with duct tape. Use double-sided tape to attach foam shapes to helmet.
  10. Coil 20-gauge wire around 5/16-inch dowel, and attach foam circles to an end using yellow electrical tape. Attach coils to helmet as in step 9. Hot glue batting to inside of helmet to protect child's head.
  11. Use foil to create moon boots. Cut a large piece of foil, and wrap around boot, taping in back to hold foil in place. Repeat for other leg.

With your alien being fully outfitted, send him from the mother ship to acquire candy in a target-rich environment. Or, if you've got a whole slew of space fanatics, create an alien force, then continue to the next page to blast off a couple of astronaut costumes -- even one for the family dog.

To learn more about fun and easy Halloween activities, see:

  • Halloween Crafts: Whether hosting a spooky party or looking to keep little goblins entertained, visit this site for easy arts and crafts directions.
  • Halloween Decorations: Bring Halloween holiday spirit to any location when you create these fun and festive decorations.
  • Halloween Masks: For a quick, fun costume and a disguise, follow these tips for creating your own Halloween masks.
  • Halloween Games: There's more to Halloween than eating candy! Get your party guests moving with these ghoulish games.
  • Halloween Recipes: Spooky treats that are good to eat... find out how to concoct delicious delights here.
  • How Halloween Works: Discover the history and traditions behind trick-or-treating and more. Check out this site to learn what Halloween is all about.