My four year old daughter NEVER does anything like other kids. This year I thought she would like to be a princess or a witch but no, she wanted a Homemade Bag of Groceries Costume for Halloween. She has a very creative mind so I, her mother, had no choice but to become creative as well when she came up with this idea for Halloween. I thought: How on earth would I be able to make her a bag of groceries?
We started with a cardboard box, which is one of the best resources for Halloween, lots of hot glue, clear spray & duct tape. We collected used grocery items to fill the bag; we made sure they were empty and not transparent. We glued them back together to look brand new. We also bought fake fruit at the dollar store.
We attached elastic straps, measured to my daughter’s height, to the cardboard box and made her walk around to see if she felt comfortable. We then hot glued and taped all the groceries into place around my daughter, making sure we left room for her to fit the whole thing over her head.
She wore a black shirt so she would blend in. We put a few pieces of Velcro on her shoulder and attached a few cans to fill in the blanks and make the bag look FULL! Once the bag was full of groceries, we covered the box with brown wrapping paper, the kind used for shipping packages. We folded it to look like the creases in a real grocery bag and taped/glued it in place. We took an extra long receipt and attached it to the front of the bag.
The “Head of Cabbage” was the icing on the cake. It is made with a REAL cabbage! First I took the leaves off and cleaned them, after we sprayed them with clear acrylic spray to make them a little hard and shiny. Once they had dried, we placed them on a green knit hat and glued, safety pinned and sewed them to it. To finish it off, we sprayed the leaves with spray glue and sprinkled fine silver glitter on them for a ‘wet look’.
With that, my little bag of groceries was complete. She was the talk of the town and the cutest bag of groceries I’d ever seen.