Does your daughter want to dress up as a ghost or Jack-O-Lantern but you don't feel comfortable having her doing so? Perhaps she'll be at a church function and you don't feel it's appropriate to have her dress up in a traditional Halloween costume. Maybe she has a younger sibling that you know will be frightened by a less than happy costume. Possibly it's because you like more uplifting costumes, something not so frightening. We have some great tips on how to make a traditionally "scary" costume friendly, happy and just downright silly with our cute design pointers. Instead of a ghost, she can be a silly or cheerful ghost. Instead of a Jack-o-Lantern, she can be a Happy Pumpkin.
Happy Princess Ghost Costume: Whenever we think about ghost costumes, we automatically think about the color white. Well, if she's a happy PRINCESS ghost, she doesn't need to dress in all white. After all, all true princesses love pink.
Here are some fun tips:
- Wear a white tutu with a splash of pink scattered throughout.
- Wear a white top. Buy a few pieces of black felt and cut out an oval for each eye and a smile for the mouth. Sew or glue the pieces to the top.
- Buy a beaded or rhinestone encrusted tiara. She is a princess, after all.
- Complete the look with white tights.
Happy Smiling Pumpkin Costume:
Traditionally Jack-O-Lantern costumes are orange to simulate a pumpkin. This look should be no different.
- Start with an orange, full and fluffy tutu (as short as possible so it covers her bottom). You want to go for the circular look of a pumpkin as much as possible.
- Purchase an orange tank or tee shirt in the sleeve length of your choice.
- Buy black, emerald green and two shades of pink felt. Cut out blacks triangles for the eyes, a pink triangle for the nose, and two light pink circles for the dimples (in the other shade of pink). Cut out a long, super skinny pieces of black felt (approximately the width of a pencil). Lay all your pieces out on the shirt to determine the proper arrangement. There is no right or wrong - only what looks good to you. In order to get the happy or smiling look of the pumpkin, angle the "mouth" upward.
- For the collar: Cut out several pieces of the emerald green triangles. Machine sew or hand-stitch them around the necklace, at least around the front. This will give the look of the leaves of a pumpkin.
- Complete the look with tights. We found these adorable pumpkin tights at a local department store, but orange tights are perfectly acceptable.
- Purchase a pumpkin cap or make your own out of orange felt.
These are clever little creations that spin on tradition. I think that's what makes them so special. After all, you don't want your daughter or granddaughter wearing the same costume as everyone else. Talk about boring and non-original! Don't forget about your dog too!