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Kids Halloween Costumes


Astronaut and Space Dog Costumes
To the Halloween party and beyond!

Whether it's imagining the galaxy's outer limits or learning about planets in science class, space captivates nearly every kid at one time or another. If that time happens to be now, your trick-or-treater will be thrilled to represent NASA on their latest candy-gathering mission in this easy astronaut kids' Halloween costume. And, if the family dog is your kids' trusty sidekick, why not include him in the Halloween fun?

Astronaut

What You'll Need

  • Gray sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • Dark-blue craft foam
  • Pen
  • Glow-in-the-dark dimensional fabric paint: yellow, green
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • 8x10-inch piece cardstock
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Tape: 2-inch clear tape, double-sided, duct
  • Jewels: assorted colors and sizes
  • Metal glue
  • Quilt batting
  • Baseball cap
  • Winter boots

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry sweatshirt and sweatpants; do not use fabric softener.
  2. Draw 17 stars on blue foam. Use yellow and green paint to outline stars. Let dry 12 hours. Cut out stars.
  3. Cover 8x10-inch cardstock with aluminum foil using clear tape to secure. Use double-sided tape to attach stars to corners of foil. Use metal glue to attach jewels. Use double-sided tape to attach foil piece to front of sweatshirt. Attach stars and jewels to arms of sweatshirt and legs of sweatpants in same manner.
  4. Wrap quilt batting around cap, filling in space over bill of cap (bill is back of helmet). Cover with foil. Crimp foil under edge of cap, and secure with duct tape. Attach stars to helmet with double-sided tape and jewels to helmet with metal glue.
  5. Use foil to create moon boots. Cut a large piece, and wrap around boot, taping in back to hold foil in place. Repeat for other leg.

Space Dog

Look how patient I am! And have I mentioned that I love Halloween candy? Arf!

What You'll Need

  • Three foam balls, 11/2 inches in diameter
  • 51/2-inch plastic bowl
  • White elastic cord
  • 20-gauge wire: green, gold
  • 26-gauge wire: hot pink, hot yellow, teal
  • Wood dowels: 5/16 inch, 1/2 inch
  • Flexible vinyl duct, 4 inches wide
  • Other supplies from the astronaut costume will also be needed for this doggy getup.

Instructions

  1. Paint foam balls blue. Let dry. Use dimensional paint to make squiggles and dots on the balls. Let dry 12 hours.
  2. Cover outside of bowl with aluminum foil. Punch holes in rim on opposite sides of bowl. Cut two lengths of elastic cord long enough to tie under dog's chin. Tie cord ends into holes in rim.
  3. Coil 20-gauge wire around 5/16-inch dowel making approximately 3 inches of coil with 1/2 inch of straight end on each side of wire. Make three coils. Cover a straight end of the wire with double-sided tape, and push it into a foam ball. Repeat for the other two foam balls and coils.
  4. Use large needle to make holes in the middle top of the helmet. Push the other straight ends of the wires through the holes, and flatten them against helmet using pliers. Cover wire ends on inside of bowl with duct tape.
  5. Use 1/2-inch dowel to make three coils from 26-gauge wire by tightly wrapping all three colored wires at the same time around the dowel. Spread and twist the coils to make approximately 3-inch coils with a 1/2-inch straight end on each coil.
  6. Use needle to make holes in helmet, and attach coils to helmet as you did in step 4.
  7. Cut two lengths of vinyl duct as long as the dog's front legs. Fold excess plastic over cut ends of wire to the inside, and cover with clear tape. Stretch duct out, and use blow pens to decorate.
  8. Use hole punch to make a hole through top of duct where taped, and tie a length of elastic cord long enough to go from top of one legging over dog's back to top of other legging. Make a hole in second legging.
  9. Put leggings on dog, positioning holes at outside of dog's legs. Tie elastic cord through second hole to hold leggings in place.

Kids love to wait until the last minute, so if you've just learned you're on costume-creating duty and don't have enough time to pull together any of these previously presented kids' Halloween costumes, don't despair! On the next page we've got the quickest and simplest of Halloween costumes for angels and devils alike.To learn more about fun and easy Halloween activities, see:

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  • 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.

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