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Below are some costume ideas you can make at home from items around the house. Have fun and be creative!



Butterfly - Butterflies are lovely to look at, but it is even more beautiful when your child decides to become one for Halloween. Here are some tips on how to make a homemade butterfly costume.

Clown - “Be a clown, be a clown, all the world loves a clown.” Just singing that song puts you in a happy mood, right? One of the most fun costumes to make at home for Halloween is the clown costume. It can be as wild and as imaginative as ever.

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes - A few old clothes, a creative choice of accessories, some make up, a touch of originality and exaggeration, and you are all set.

Ghost - Nothing exemplifies Halloween more than a ghost costume. It is probably the easiest to make and can be as simple or complex as you wish. Let’s take a look at two ideas for a ghost costume for Halloween.

Halloween Costume Themes - Halloween enthusiasts will find fresh inspiration for their choice of costume.

Little Old Lady Costume – Little Old Man Costume - You know what’s so great about dressing up for Halloween? You can be just about anyone you want to be. Dressing up as a little old lady or little old man are no exceptions. These costumes are so easy to make.

Mummy - Making a mummy costume for Halloween can be hilarious. However, if you want it to truly be a unique and authentic mummy costume, here are some ideas you can try.

Pirate - One of the hottest recent movies is “Pirates of the Caribbean.” With pirates growing in popularity, well, it makes sense that your son or daughter may wish to be a pirate for Halloween. These are not only fun costumes to make, but quite easy as well.

Princess - If you have a young daughter, odds are she will want to dress up as a princess for Halloween. While it may be easy to just go out and purchase a costume, it can be quite expensive in the long run. Making a homemade princess costume for Halloween can be not only affordable, but fun as well.

Punk Rocker - Ah, the 80’s. What a time that was. If you have a son or daughter or who wishes to recreate that time in the form of a Halloween costume, here are some suggestions.

Scarecrow - Making a scarecrow costume for Halloween is not only fun, but you can allow the creative juices to flow endlessly. This is one easy homemade costume to make.

Toddler Halloween Costumes - Toddlers will want their toddler Halloween costume too, so they can be part of the Halloween action along with the rest of the family, even though they may not yet be ready to go treat or tricking or to stay up late for the Halloween costume party.

Witch - “I’ll get you, my pretty!” These infamous words were spoken by the wicked witch in the beloved movie “The Wizard of Oz.” If your daughter wants to be the good witch, Glenda, on Halloween, or would like to portray the wicked witch, here are some ideas on how to make either homemade costume.


Costume Ideas for Mom and Dad - Grownups are just big kids. Check out all the Halloween costume ideas for moms, dads and couples.


Fun Printable Halloween Coloring Sheets

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Fun Printable Halloween Coloring Sheets

Click here to print a halloween ghost.

Click here and print a witch of halloween

When is Halloween?

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Need to know the exact date of Halloween this year? Halloween always falls on October 31st of each year.

Here's a chart that shows what day of the week Halloween is celebrated from 2010 – 2016.


Year Day Halloween Falls on Halloween
2010 Sunday October 31, 2010
2011 Monday October 31, 2011
2012 Wednesday October 31, 2012
2013 Thursday October 31, 2013
2014 Friday October 31, 2014
2015 Saturday October 31, 2015
2016 Monday October 31, 2016


What is Halloween?

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Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Message in a bottle

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