These 4 Kid’s Pac Man and Ghost Costumes were made with old bed sheets, an old pair of jeans, felt, some cardboard “frames” and a couple of different types of tape: packing tape and heavy-duty double-sided tape. Nothing was measured; they were all just sized on each child. The total cost of this group costume was a little over $40 with the greatest expense being the industrial strength Velcro.

The frame of each costume is a basic sandwich board. Cut out 2 u-shaped frames for each ghost and 2 circles for Pac-Man. Be sure they are short enough that the knees are exposed and narrow enough that the kids can hold a bag for trick or treating. Attach the 2 pieces of cardboard at the top with a couple of wide strips of heavy duty material (denim). Keep in mind the strips need to be wide enough apart that the costume can fit over a child’s head, yet not fall off their shoulders.

Attach the denim strips with a staple gun and reinforce with packing tape to be sure they don’t come apart. Attach large strips of Velcro a couple of inches from the bottom of each side in a similar manner to keep the costume tight against the body instead of lifting up and away.

You will need bed sheets all queen-sized or larger and after turning the material inside out, find the centre of the sheet and cut a slit to fit over the child’s head. For the ghosts, mark the material loosely underneath the “sleeve” to allow for a warm jacket (we’re in Canada) and also mark the desired length. Stitch the front and back together with a straight line from the two marked spots, armpit to desired length of bottom seam. You can definitely use fabric glue if you don’t have access to a sewing machine.

Cut off the excess material a few inches from the stitching and turn the whole thing right-side out. Fit it over the child and frame and cut the sleeve length and zigzag edges while the child is wearing it. Each ghost costume will have two pieces: the sandwich board and the material.

The Pac-Man costume is one piece as the material has to be attached to the cardboard to reveal the round shape. After fitting the sheet over the child’s head, pin the material under the armpit and cut straight up from the edge of the sheet at the floor to this marked point, then trim the length so it is easier to work with. Secure the material to the top of each circle with a small piece of double-sided tape.

Next, open up the boards and lay them flat on the floor with the material at the bottom. Secure the material to the cardboard with double- sided tape up to the marked point of the armpit, folding and tucking along the Velcro; trim excess material.

The final step is to attach eyes and Pac-man’s mouth with spray adhesive.