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Karyn Wolf, an Apex mother, made this costume for her daughter, Peyton, using dollar store purchases: a laundry basket, poster board, pom poms, and a red hat for the cherry on top.
Photo courtesy of Karyn Wolf
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Over the years, Halloween has sometimes taken me by surprise. I knew it was coming, of course, but I just never guessed some of the creatures and people my children wanted to be.
One year, my 3-year-old told me he wanted to be “Frosty the Snowman.” Where do you find that costume? It was certainly not for sale in the little town in Indiana where we were living. So I headed to a fabric store, where I bought some soft, fluffy fabric and created baggy leg pants and a matching top. I coupled it with a pipe and a short broom made of twigs and a top hat made of cardboard. Although my sewing was rudimentary, he was happy, but I’m not sure anyone knew who he was until he proudly declared his identity at each house.
Another Halloween, he wanted to be Ralphie, a character from "The Magic School Bus" books and show. I got off easy that year because I simply cut out and sewed a large felt “R” on a green t-shirt and found him a red cap to wear backwards. Other years, my children were more recognizable characters — the children’s book detective Nate the Great, Zorro, an astronaut, a devil — but we still made costumes just because it was fun creating them, and a lot cheaper since we often repurposed items we found around the house.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO MARBLES' KOOKY SPOOKY HALLOWEEN PARTY
As Halloween approaches this year, I wonder what strange and magical characters will appear on my doorstep and if they will have been brought to life at home rather than purchased in a store. With Halloween several weeks away, parents still have time to make a unique costume, and we at Carolina Parent are inviting our readers to send us photos of do-it-yourself costumes you've made to inspire us and our audience with new ideas. We’ll post them online and choose one from the bunch to receive a set of four tickets to Marbles Kids Museum’s Kooky Spooky Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 22, 6-8:30 p.m. Fill out the form below to share your photo by Oct. 14 and we'll post what we receive in a gallery for everyone to view. Voting will take place Oct. 10-14, and we'll announce the winner Oct. 14.
To get you started, here are a few costumes made by Karyn Wolf, an Apex mother, who puts her creative streak and imagination to work for her entire family. Here are four of her DIY costumes and tips from her on how she made them. These photos appear in a click-through gallery. Be sure to click through all of the numbers so you can see all of them!
BOB ROSS AND HIS HAPPY LITTLE TREE
“We ordered the wig and beard from Amazon.com and I painted the tree on poster board, cut a hole, and glued fake leaves on the tree for dimension. I even pinned some leaves on my shirt and pants as “falling leaves.” My husband, Richard, and I sported this look last year!”
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