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Easy Halloween Costumes

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This is a guest blog entry from Eileen Jeffrey.  Eileen interned for Youth Services at Tremont during summer reading 2014.  Here she suggests easy Halloween costume ideas that are also inexpensive and fun.

Fall is finally here! With the new season comes cooler weather, pretty scenery, and…Halloween! Before we know it, candy will be stocking the shelves of every store and kids everywhere will be wondering the most important question: “What will I be for Halloween?”

Here are some fun and easy DIY Halloween costumes that anyone can try!

Spaghetti & Meatballs 

  1. Get a white and red checkered tablecloth and cut a hole in the center for the head. Wear this like a cape.
  2. Cut white yarn into long strands and glue them to a paper plate.
  3. Paint Styrofoam balls brown and glue them to the same plate as meatballs.
  4. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth.
  5. For the hat, use a pot with a handle. If needed, tie around head with string to keep in place.

 

Bubble Bath

  1. Wear either an all white outfit or an all blue outfit.
  2. Blow up many white or blue balloons to a small size.
  3. Safety pin these balloons to your clothing or tape them using strong, clear tape.
  4. For hair accessories, you can attach colorful bath poufs to a headband. You could also attach rubber ducks to the headband as well.

 

Thing 1 & Thing 2 

This costume is perfect if you are going trick or treating with a sibling or with a friend.

  1. Wear an all red outfit. 
  2. Cut a piece of white paper into a circle and write either Thing 1 or Thing 2 on it.
  3. Glue or tape this circle onto your red shirt. 
  4. While the hair isn’t necessary for this costume, wigs can be bought at costume stores to make you look more like Things 1 & 2. 

These costumes are easy, inexpensive, and quick, so if you’re stuck on what to wear, give these costumes a try. Have a happy Halloween!

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  • January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day! Celebrate by reading about the rollicking adventures of a boy and his bathtub in “The Green Bath” written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.  Bath time will never be the same!  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

  • In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

  • Every member of the Frazzle family is a mess, remembering to wear their winter coats in the summer and to apply their sunscreen in the winter.  Aunt Rosemary comes to help organize the frazzled Frazzle family, but with little success.  One day Annie Frazzle has an idea that helps everyone, including Aunt Rosemary!  A fun, family adventure for ages 4 and up. 

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