October 17, 2001
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For me, the scariest part of Halloween is the costume time crunch. Tick, tick, tick. It’s
getting closer and closer. The pressure is mounting. What will the kids be for Halloween?
13 Pumpkin Avenue
13 Pumpkin Avenue is a good place to jumpstart your creative juices. More than fifty
homemade costumes are illustrated and described, but many of the ideas need some filling in.
Best bets are the wacky costumes such as Grapes in a Bag (cut two holes in the bottom of a clear
trash bag, step into it, and then fill it purple balloons) or Tea Bag (made with white fabric and
dried leaves.) There’s also a page of ideas for trick-or-treaters in wheelchairs (drape an orange
trash bag over you and the chair to become a pumpkin) and a recipe for homemade makeup.
Fabriclink Halloween Costume
Fabriclink offers fourteen ideas for easy homemade costumes via an e-mail auto-responder.
To get your copy, click on the tombstone, and fill in your e-mail address. Some of the ideas are
tired (a ghost in a white sheet) but others include great tips such as using baby powder to turn
your hair white. If you are crafty, there are some gorgeous but elaborate ideas on the Velcro and
Rit Dye pages. If little kids with animal ears make you melt (aren’t they the cutest?), take a look
at the Velcro hood design for puppies and bunnies.
Wickedly Easy Halloween Costumes
Family.com’s costumes are not only wickedly easy, but also outrageously original. Whether
you decide to create fairy wings from queen-size pantyhose stretched over nine-gauge aluminum
or to glue large felt mouse ears onto a grey hooded sweatshirt, each of these fourteen ideas seem
to strike just the right balance between effort and result. For a page of even easier ideas, follow
the very last link to Last-Minute Costumes. For their creativity and practicality, Family.com wins
my Pick of the Day accolade.
Halloween Costume Ideas for
My favorite costumes are those assembled from our closets, with a minimum of sewing and
gluing. As a working mom, I’m very frugal with my time. So these ideas using black outfits,
sweatsuits, and household odds-and-ends are right up my alley. Best clicks are Costume Ideas
from Their Closet (don’t overlook your kids’ super hero pajamas) and Kids’ Costumes from
Adult Clothing (how about stuff from the seventies?)
Homemade Halloween Makeup
How is Halloween face makeup better than a mask? Let me count the ways. Makeup is safer
because masks block vision. Makeup is more comfortable, because masks itch and scratch.
Makeup is more original, because you won’t see another you anywhere. And makeup is more fun
because you can make it yourself with these three recipes for blood, bruises and paintable face
colors. To ease the time crunch on Halloween, the blood and face makeup can be made ahead
and stored in the refrigerator.
Copyright © 2001 Barbara J.
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