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10 Unique Free Homemade Kid and Baby Halloween Costume Patterns

Updated on September 1, 2016
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I'd been planning a kids' Halloween costumes hub for quite a while before I put this together. When I first searched for free patterns, I didn't find anything too exciting and put the idea on hold. When I saw that the HubPages Weekly Topic Inspiration was Halloween, I got inspired to try again. I revised my choice of keywords when I searched and found much better options. Many of these are blog posts from moms who developed costumes for their own children and documented the process and/or developed patterns. My mom made a lot of my costumes when I was growing up. Although my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired at this point, I hope to do the same for my kids someday. For those of you who enjoy homemade projects, these will get you started for Halloween.

Many of these projects are intended for babies or children of particular ages. Don't feel limited by this. Many of the patterns and concepts can be modified for children of just about any age. Happy creating!

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Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2

This idea was actually from my original search and is one of the cutest Halloween costumes I've ever seen. The concept is so simple, making for easy, comfortable costumes for little ones. Even if you have kids who aren't crazy about wearing the wigs, this is still an adorable costume. If you have 2 kids, you can simply go for Thing 1 and Thing 2 or you can try to recruit one of their close age friends or relatives to be the Cat in the Hat. Kids will enjoy the familiar characters and adults will enjoy the nostalgia for a classic book from their childhood.

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Bat

The mask on this costume really completes the slightly eery look. The author suggests having the child wear sunglasses behind the mask for the dark eye look. This is so simple but so effective. Click on the links for the PDF pattern and the mask, which you can print and cut out.

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Flower Pot

This is a really unique idea for a little girl. She can have a lot of fun picking out and arranging the flowers. If she isn't interested in this, she may enjoy decorating the flower pot instead. Crafty kids may want to do both. I recommend looking at Target for colored tights. They generally carry a decent variety or styles, colors, and sizes through most of the fall and winter. I've linked both the tutorial that I found and the original idea site that inspired the tutorial. I love how the original site includes a watering can with the costume.

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Spider

This costume requires easy to find materials and simple assembly. (If you can't find white gloves, consider making your own.) The result is fabulous. The eyes on the hat and the way that the arms move cracks me up. If you like this concept but know that your child has no interest in being a spider. consider how you could transform this idea into another insect, such as a ladybug or caterpillar. This site has a number of other kid costume ideas, too.

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Tinkerbell

I'm sure that I don't need to elaborate on the fact that many little girls love to dress up in just about any costume that requires a tutu or a fancy dress. This pattern does require some sewing expertise for the lacing, but it is a very inexpensive project. If your little girl isn't into Tinkerbell or isn't particularly fond of the color green, consider simply changing the color or modifying the costume slightly so she can be a fairy, princess, queen, or any other fancy lady of her choosing. A coordinating wand will complete the outfit.

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Yoda

I'm not sure how much this costume actually resembles Yoda, but the little girl wearing it is so darn cute. Regardless of resemblance, it is still an awesome costume. Maybe some face paint would complete the look for a slightly older kid? The hat could easily be transformed into a jester's cap, too. The snake doesn't fit into the Star Wars theme but can easily be left out, as can the walking stick if it will just be a distraction for your little one. Check out the Yoda link above for some more great Yoda costume ideas and accessories.

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Care Bear

This is another idea that cracked me up. This is exactly why I love crafty people. Once you get over the idea of gutting a teddy bear, this is a really fun project. Have fun selecting your favorite color Care Bear and get ready for the plethora of awwwww's that you will receive when your friends, family, and neighbors see your little one in this get up.If you have trouble finding a large Care Bear, you may want to opt for a large teddy bear instead. This is one of the few projects that really can't be modified for older kids, unless you can find a significantly bigger bear. However, you may be able to modify a kids' bear costume for a similar effect with the right colors and details.

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Snapsuit Baby Costumes

I picked this one because of the leopard print sling for the strongman costume, but all four costumes are great. This post includes instructions for the strong man, a munchkin, a wee witch, and a sasquatch. There are detailed directions and at least two photos of all of the costumes. The snap suit costume obviously works well with little ones, but the concepts can be modified for older kids.

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Skeleton

This pattern does not require any sewing! Freezer paper makes the project very simple and creates a wonderful effect. This cute ensemble can double as pajamas for the rest of the year as long as the glow in the dark paint isn't too distracting. I have included two hubs from instructables.com in this hub. Check out the site for many more costume ideas.

Can't find freezer paper in a store? Buy it online!

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Pumpkin

I love this take on the classic pumpkin costume. Making a tutu into a costume is yet another reason why I love crafty people. This is so cute! The pictured girl doesn't have coordinating clothes, but you could have fun searching for orange shoes, tights, and a shirt to coordinate. You could even make a pumpkin hat for it. This pattern does require sewing, but the directions and photos are great.

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      Mackenzie Wright 2 years ago from nowhere and everywhere

      Ha! Too cute! The chicken, lol.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Stephanie!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Very cute ideas for kids' costumes! Tweeted and voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Ilona!

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      Ilona 3 years ago from Ohio

      cuteness rating went through the roof! darling costumes.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, bestkidneeds! That's great.

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      Janet Vale 3 years ago from San Diego, California

      Those Halloween ideas are so cute. Thanks for the great ideas. I'm going to use that chicken one this year.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Randomovic! That's great.

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      Randomovic 4 years ago from Egypt

      Great hub. They are all nice but i liked the chicken and tinkerbell most.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, IslandBites!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice ideas. Good hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, animalLover. :) Have fun with it!

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      Michaela Gibson 4 years ago from Greenville NC

      That is adorable:) My favorite is the care bear. I think for Halloween I'm going to be a care bear o.o

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Sasta. :) Thanks!

      Thanks so much, Leslie!

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you for the cute ideas! I voted up and awesome!!

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      sasta10 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

      I like the Care Bear cotume, it's soooooooooooooo cute. Thanks for the great hub

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Blond Logic! I agree that making costumes is such a great component of the holiday. Cloud costumes is great! I am fascinated by clouds and would love to give that costume a try sometime. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      I love seeing kids in home made costumes. I always hated opening the door to someone wearing another cheap store bought one. Making them , makes the holiday.

      I once did cloud costumes for my kids. Everyone we went were so thrilled to see something different. One woman from Germany, said, "Wait a minute, I have to get my camera." The down side is, the kids don't get to visit as many houses because people wanted to stop them and look.

      Great hub

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Daisy!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      ha these are too cute! love the cat in the hat ones, and the flower pot!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      stella 4 years ago from malaga

      Super! Such a perfect!!!!!! I love it!

      Thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Well, luckily in this case, no bears will actually die.

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      Kimberlie Kacan 4 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      These are great! I love the strongman, but really? Does the bear have to die? =(

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, wizardofodds! That's great.

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      Kayla Brown 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Great hub! Thanks for the info-- I will have to try one of these next year when my little one will be old enough to Trick or Treat!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, msmallow!

      Shai77, I'm glad that you enjoyed some of these costumes! I agree with you about homemade costumes.

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      Chen 4 years ago

      Yoda & the chicken are too cute. Really well done, great costumes. Such a fun Holiday, but homemade costumes are way more worth it than store bought. Great job on this hub.

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      Nheri Rose C. Gumayagay 4 years ago from Philippines

      Love the care bear costume! So cute

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Laura! I agree with you about store bought costumes. I hope to make costumes for my own kids someday.

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      LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

      These are great. I love the spider and the flower pot! I remember making my own costumes growing up, but the store bought ones are so cheap these days.... This gives me remewed inspiration to be more creative!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Happyboomernurse! Thanks.

      Thanks, Daisy! I agree.

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      daisyjae 4 years ago from Canada

      These are adorable! I love the rooster. Its so fun to dress them up when they are little.

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Lots of terrific costume ideas in this beautifully laid out hub.

      I also enjoyed the videos.

      Voted up across the board. I had fun just looking at these clever costumes.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Shasta! That's awesome that you were able to make so many costumes for your daughter. It does seem like that number of free costume patterns and ideas available online keeps increasing.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Aww, these are so cute! When my daughter was younger, I had to create my own costumes, but at the time, I didn't realize that free patterns would be available on the internet (or maybe they weren't.) My daughter was a bride, a princess, a fairy, a frog, and a witch over the years. I can't remember the other costumes I made. I tried to keep it cheap, and depending on the amount of time and the type of material I had at home (I was too cheap to buy too many extras), they turned out pretty good.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, midnightbliss! I'm glad that you enjoyed this article. :)

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Fun hub!! I so miss being a kid. And I really dig that chicken outfit. Thanks for sharing, brought back some great memories. : )

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! You'll have to bookmark it so you can come back to it. :)

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Those are so cute, I will have to remember this for next year!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It is a lot of fun, especially if you're a kid and/or enjoy dressing up. That is too bad.

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      style-of-life 5 years ago from Netherlands

      Seriously, Halloween has gotta be so much fun. Really too bad we don't celebrate it at all here in Holland.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

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      Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

      So cute! Love the care bear costume!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      lpanfil, too bad! You'll have to wait until you have grandkids now. :)

      That's awesome, Mama!

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      Bea Toome 5 years ago from Undisclosed

      I made and used that spider costume years ago. It really is cheap and easy.

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      lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      So cute and so sad. I now have a 13 year old who has outgrown the adorable costume phase.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Green Art! That's awesome. It's a great way to express creativity.

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      Green Art 5 years ago

      Love this HUB!! Great ideas:):) I used to make my kids costumes and had a blast doing so. It's such a fun time to play dress up and be creative.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Penny! I love to follow crafty blogs.

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      Penny splendid 5 years ago

      Wow I loved the spider. I used to follow a blog which had some very interesting costumes that the author made herself. I believe it was called 'The Blue Blog' which brings up political results on google if you try to search those precise words but if you search for Alison Knitsmith ,up comes 'the blue blog' and that is her page. There is a version of 'thing one and thing two ' on there for boys.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I agree! That one is such a funny idea.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Home made halloween costumes are the best thanks for the great pics and article. The flower pot one made me chuckle, just great.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I agree, MyFavoriteBedding! Thanks Karen! For sure.

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      Excellent ideas! That little spider costume is just so adorable.

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      MyFavoriteBedding 5 years ago from United States

      The costumes are adorable!! I still favor the good old fashioned home made costumes, but they seem to be out of fashion because of the cute costumes you can buy today. Great hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much! There are so many cute ideas out there. It can definitely be hard to choose. Good luck with your costumes!

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      lavender3957 5 years ago

      So cute, I love everyone of them. What to choose is going to hard for me. Thanks for sharing this hub, gave me wonderful ideas for the children.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

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      samanthamsmith 5 years ago from Small Town USA

      So cute!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Ben!

      Thanks, lhale! I'm sure that will be a really cute costume, too! His mom can always use one of these ideas for next year.

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      lhale 5 years ago from Georgia

      So cute! I love the flower pot! My 2 year old grandson is going to be Frankenstein. I wish his mom had seen some of these first!

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      benhchubs 5 years ago from UK

      Nice Hub! Cute costumes

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, for sure! I'm glad that you enjoyed those. I think that they're perfect for babies.

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      SportsAgencyblog 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Hello Randomcreative, this would be appropriate for the coming holloween season. I really like SNAPSUIT BABY COSTUMES!!! Its very simple but nice, it will suit to babies. Its all unique!!!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad that this helpful Hezekiah! Thanks, adrienne, I am, too! I agree.

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Randomcreative, I am glad you decided to give this hub another try. I love the flower pot costume that is so cute and very original!

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Perfect - I need to sort something out for my daughter soon.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you chavez!

      Carli, that's too cute! So creative.

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      CarliFrenneman 5 years ago

      So cute! My brother was a spider for Halloween a long time ago. He had a pulley system inside the costume that allowed him to control each leg independently...pretty advanced for a 9 year old

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      chavez10 5 years ago from Bell St. New York, New York

      you have a very artistic blog. I enjoy reading it. Amazing photos and video. I liked it very much.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      And thank you kikalina and foxility! I'm glad that you found costumes here that you like.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I agree that it's nice to make things instead of buying them as you can.

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      doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

      Good creative ideas. Time for folks to make their own things like the old timers used to, instead of just buying more stuff made in China that ends up in the dumpster.

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      foxility 5 years ago

      carebear is too cute

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      that spider is so cool!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      Md Shahe Asekeen 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      hey this was really awesome! bat costume looks great to me :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love how everyone has different favorites. That one is really cute!

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      Heather Rode 5 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      The bat costume is the best! Too stinkin' cute!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you! That means so much to me. I'm really proud of the accomplishment.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Congrats on the 99. This hub deserves it :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome! Thanks for sharing this! I'm sure that she'll have fun putting their costumes together.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I discovered some great ideas. I'm going to share this hub with my daughter who is contemplating what to do for her three children this year. Thank you.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome!

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      mary-lambert 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Back in the day all our costumes were made by mom.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Stephen!

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      StephenSMcmillan 5 years ago

      Cute costumes.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Riley!!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great link. I love the pop up laundry basket idea. Thanks!! Looking forward to reading more of your hubs!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

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      apologetics 5 years ago

      Some nice costumes here.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Chasing Riley! The present costume is a great idea. Check this out for trash can inspiration:

      http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/trash-can...

      That should get you started!

      Jana, sounds good!

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      janamarie82 5 years ago from Arkansas

      I love the pumpkin! I am a halloween finatic. My daughter just wants to be supergirl this year so I might make the pumpkin costume for myself!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I love your hub. Great pictures and ideas. It reminds me of how my stepmom used to make costumes for me. The best one was when we she decorated me as a present. Since you're so creative, do you have any ideas on how to turn my 12 year old into a trash can (his idea, not mine)? I looked at your flower pot but I don't know what I can use as the can part without being too heavy.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure!

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      biliph 5 years ago from Philippines

      How cute is the carebear costume!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much!

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      vperry 5 years ago

      Nice hub. Lots of research and it paid off! Well written and great ideas for costumes! Good job!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Lyndre! My mom made a lot of costumes for me and my brother, too.