He has no excuse for not phoning home while trick-or-treating.

Cell Phone Costume

They're everywhere these days, and your kid may even have one of his own. The cell phone has taken our culture and social lives by storm -- and so will any kid who sports this clever costume for Halloween. Not only is there no sewing needed for this kids' Halloween costume, there's not even any cloth (or electronic components).

What You'll Need
  • Large rectangular cardboard box
  • Heavy-duty masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Red gloss spray paint
  • Optional: spray glitter
  • White paper
  • Black marker or computer printer
  • Scissors
  • 12 plastic containers, 41/2x6 inches each
  • Glue stick
  • 2 yards red ribbon, 1/2 inch wide
  • 5x18-inch black craft foam
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Black or red headband
Instructions
  1. Open all of the box's flaps, and tape them so they stand up. Measure down 2 inches from the top of a flap on a longer side. Cut a 12x7-inch opening for face hole. (Armholes will be cut in shorter sides.)
  2. Below the flap fold on the same side as the face hole, measure four rows of three, making 4x5-inch openings at least 1 inch apart and placing openings lengthwise (these will be the buttons). Cut out openings.
  3. For armholes, measure down 8 inches from the top of the box on both sides. Cut out two 6-inch circles with a craft knife.
  4. Add support with tape on the top and bottom of the box where necessary. (If the child is short, you may want to leave bottom flaps untaped for easier movement.) Spray-paint the box red (or another color if you prefer). Let dry, and spray with glitter, if desired.
  5. Draw or print out large numbers using your computer. Make numbers 0 through 9, as well as a star and pound sign. Each letter should be approximately 3-1/2 inches tall. Cut out the numbers and use a glue stick to attach them to inside bottom of the plastic containers. Cut 12 pieces of white paper to the size of the container openings and glue them in place on the openings.
  6. Push each plastic phone key through the back and part-way out the front of each button opening in the cardboard.
  7. Cut four 18-inch pieces of ribbon for shoulder straps. Put the cell phone on the child, and put a mark on the inside of the box approximately 8 inches below the center of the front and back of each shoulder. Glue an end of a ribbon over each mark. Be sure child's arms fit comfortably through the armholes.
  8. To make the antenna, roll black craft foam into a tube and hot glue it in place. Glue an end of antenna to side of a headband.
  9. Slide phone costume over child's head, and tie the ribbons on top of each shoulder to make the straps the correct length. Place headband on child. Proceed to collect lots of candy. (The child, that is, not you.)

If your kid doesn't have a cell phone, perhaps a costume that hits a little closer to home will fit the bill. If there's one thing every kid has, it's a messy drawer. Learn how to make that fact into a costume on the next page.

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.