An excellent ensemble for budding scholars -- or just smarty-pants -- this wise old owl Halloween costume gives any kid who wears it a knowing look. For bird-lovers of other stripes (or baseball fans for that matter), check out the Haunted Hint below for tips on adapting this easy, no-sew kids' Halloween costume from an owl to the bird of your choice, be it a cardinal, oriole, or bluebird.
What You'll Need
- Two 21/4-yard lengths of brown felt, 72 inches wide
- Chalk or white fabric pencil
- 1 yard string
- Fabric scissors
- Quick-drying fabric glue
- 1 yard brown ribbon
- Brown knit cap
- Black or brown tights
- White long-sleeved leotard
- Fold felt in half lengthwise. Tie an end of the string to the piece of chalk. Tie a knot 31/2 inches from the chalk. To make the cape's neckline, hold the knot at the folded corner, pull string taut, and draw a curve from fabric edge to fabric edge. For the bottom of the cape, make a knot in the string 32 inches from the chalk. Again, hold this knot at the same folded corner, and draw a curve as before. Cut on the top line, and on the bottom line, cut Vs along the edge for feathers.
- Fold the second piece of felt in half lengthwise. Use a 31/2-inch knot to make the neckline as you did with the first felt. Then make a knot at 6 inches, 12 inches, 18 inches, 24 inches, and 32 inches from the chalk. Cut on all the lines, but cut Vs on the 32-inch line. Then, at the bottom of each piece, cut additional Vs. Beginning 6 inches up from the bottom of the cape, glue these felt layers onto the cape, overlapping each layer slightly. Cut the brown ribbon in half and glue it to the inside edges of the cape's neckline for ties.
- Cut two ears from brown felt scraps; make a small vertical slit in the bottom of each ear. Fold slit ends over each other, and glue together with fabric glue. Glue ears to the knit cap.
- Have child wear black or brown tights and a white leotard for the owl's body. Add round glasses with black frames for a wise look!
For one more animal option, visit the next page and create the simplest of costumes inspired by a curly-tailed barnyard favorite: the pig.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.