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{Halloween Costumes} Johnny Appleseed Costume

Updated on October 29, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Costumes for Halloween

Looking for a costume that flaunts your adoration of folk hero John Chapman? Johnny Appleseed has long been known as the Apple tree lover and planter of the Pacific Northwest.

Here are a few ideas you can use to make your own Johnny Appleseed Costume this Halloween. You can find many deals on Amazon or just go to your local second hand shop and pick up a pair of overalls, a pot and a flannel shirt. You might want to crochet an apple or better yet bring along a real one.

Having a party? Why not try watching some of the DVDs of the Johnny Appleseed Story? Remember that old one from Disney with the Johnny Appleseed Song? I've included the Youtube bit about John Chapman's story. This would be perfect to show the little ones right before a trip to the apple farm.

Picture Credit: (c)Wakacheeka on Flickr Creative Commons

How Long Does It Take An Apple Tree To Grow?

It takes about 2 - 3 years for a nursery bought apple tree to produce fruit. If you germinate the seeds yourself it could take you at least 6 years if not more. [Source: Gardening Tips n Ideas]

John Chapman the Hero

While the War of 1812 was still being waged, folks in Ohio were alarmed about a possible Indian attack following the murder of a local shopkeeper on August 9, 1813. Johnny ran for help from what is now known as Mansfield, Ohio, to Mt. Vernon, Ohio, which is about 26 miles. And he didn't have any Nikes.

How Many Apple Seeds did John Chapman Plant?

It is suggested that John Chapman planted enough apple trees to cover 100,000 square miles. [Source: Garden of Praise]

Make Your own John Chapman Costume

Johnny Appleseed Costume Necessities

  • Thrift store Pot for the Hat
  • Make a 'Pot' from construction paper
  • white shirt
  • vest (paper or felt) You can also purchase one at a thrift store
  • bare foot (or karate shoes in natural tone)
  • take an old pair of jeans and use rik rac scissors to cut the pants off at the knees
  • crochet or knit a 'pot'

Why Johnny Appleseed? The History

John Chapman better known as Johnny Appleseed walked across the states sharing his love for the Bible and of course Apples. He would use the simple apple seed to help those pioneers who worked their way west to create a new life for themselves.

Johnny was also a missionary and would share his faith with people along the way. He was especially fond of children and animals. Johnny never married but though his travels he loved lots of people and people loved Johnny.

Photo (c) abhijittembhekar Creative Commons Flickr


What is Your Favorite Apple?

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Did you ever want to plant a tree like Johnny? What is your Favorite Apple?

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Enjoyed seeing your costumes!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      favorite apple is fuji because its crisp! glad I broswed into your lens! If you like to browse lens as much as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a fun costume idea! I've planted several apple trees, but I plant a tree that is already growing instead of just a seed. My favorite apple variety is the honeycrisp.


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