Kids Halloween Costumes

Graveyard Ghost Costume

This graveyard ghost costume offers just the scary edge your kid craves.

If a skeleton is just anatomy, and not really all that frightening, scare up some real fun with this graveyard ghost kids' Halloween costume. It couldn't be simpler to make, with no sewing required, and trust us -- it will be a scream!

What You'll Need

  • 24x21-inch cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Box cutter or craft knife (adult use only)
  • Gray spray paint
  • Acrylic paint: light gray, black
  • Sponge
  • Paintbrush
  • White ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • White twin sheet
  • Black or gray sweat suit
  • Nontoxic face paints: white and gray or black


  1. Lightly sketch a simple tombstone shape on the cardboard and cut it out with the box cutter. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint the tombstone gray; let dry 20 to 30 minutes. Dampen a sponge and lightly dip it into light gray paint. Sponge over surface of tombstone to create a mottled appearance. In same manner, lightly sponge black paint as an accent. Draw "R.I.P." or other message in large letters on the tombstone. Paint the letters black and let dry.
  2. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to go around child's neck, plus 8 inches. Hot glue a ribbon end to each side of tombstone at the top corners.
  3. Dress child in sweat suit. Drape white sheet over child's head to form a hooded cape; trim bottom if necessary. Hang tombstone around child's neck, adjusting hood so it fits comfortably around child's head.
  4. Use nontoxic face paints to paint child's face white. Use gray or black paint around eyes and mouth to complete ghostly, undead effect.

Find additional details about the ghoulish graveyard-dwellers likely to be lurking around on Halloween -- and, more importantly, how you can create their costumes -- on the next page: the werewolf costume.

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.