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Easy Ghost Costume with a Hood for a Child

My son wanted to be a ghost for Halloween. My husband was excited since he thought, hey, super easy-just take a sheet and cut two eye holes. But I did not want to go old-school and risk our son not being able to see clearly while trick or treating, and I knew that he would be wearing his costume to school for their parade. So a sheet over his head just wasn’t going to work. This was my alternative. It took about an hour total from start to finish. The hardest part was figuring out how to attach the hood.

I used:

  • 1.5 yards white cotton fabric (more for a larger costume)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors

I took about a yard-and-a-half of white fabric (which I had on hand from a failed project) and used whatever thread I had in my sewing machine. I folded the fabric in half and I measured it so it would reach his shoulders and be two inches above the floor so he wouldn’t trip. Then I flipped it inside out and I drew a dotted line on the fabric for arms and cut out the leftovers so it looked like a T with pointy sleeves.

I sewed the sleeves adding a strip of fabric on the bottom of the sleeves and on the sides to have extra fringe. Then I took leftover white fabric, folded it over to make a hood and sewed it on the top of the costume after laying it out usign a hoodie shirt for an example.

After it was together I flipped it right side out and cut jagged strips of the fabric on the edges of the costume for spooky effect.

I’m planning to facepaint him as well for 10/31. But this costume would work well with a face mask. My husband says it looks like the bad guy costume from the movies Scream only in reverse.


Easy Ghost Costume with a Hood for a Child

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