There is a reason why the school play has such an important place in American school life. Dressing up and playing different roles is just considered important in helping a child grow her imagination and sense of self. Not to mention, it can be great fun. For instance, children have always loved the Little Miss Spider Halloween costume, haven’t they? How fun it would be to try one of these.
At times, the commercial stakes that corporations have in pushing Halloween as a big-spending holiday can take away from all of this. When pointing to a spiffy commercially-manufactured costume with a big price tag is all the creativity that a child gets to exercise, doesn’t it take a lot away from the potential there is in Halloween as a way to fire up a kid’s imagination?
Making your own Little Miss Spider Halloween costume doesn’t have to be about saving a dime. While it doesn’t usually turn out that way, you could, conceivably spend more on a homemade costume than you would on a $15 commercial one. But you get more with the homemade one you get to give your kid’s imagination a workout.
Let’s get started on a Little Miss Spider Halloween costume for a small child and see how it goes.
A homemade spider Halloween costume is easy enough to fashion. All you need is a well-fitting yellow hooded sweatshirt to start with. You need this to be sleeveless. So you could just help your child snip off the sleeves.
Now to make the spider’s antennae, pick up a red adult-sized tube sock, and cut the foot of the sock off in a curved way. You can sew it up at this point and stuff it with pillow stuffing. You need to do this once each for each antenna. Make sure that the antennae aren’t too long so that they will easily stand without flopping down.
All you need to do now is to sew both tube socks to the front of the hood of the sweatshirt. Now that you have your spider’s head ready, you just need to do something about all four of the spider’s legs. Why four legs, you ask? Well, your child already has four limbs doesn’t he? You just need two pairs of adult tube socks for these. Pick them up, stuff them with pillow stuffing, sew the ends up, and then attach them with needle and thread to the sides or the back of your child’s costume. All your child needs now is to put on the black sweat pants and a black sweatshirt over this and she’s done.
You can smear on the scary makeup and your child will be ready to scare everyone right out.