October 31st is right around the corner! Got a child that loves art? What better way to show off their creative interests than with an art-themed Halloween costume this year? The following kid’s costume ideas can be easily, quickly (and cheaply) made at home, with just a few materials and a little imagination:
1.) Dress up as a Crayola crayon box – Use cardboard to build a simple box shape with holes on the side to fit your child’s arms. Attach cardboard to the back top to make a simple lid. Paint the box with acrylics to look like a crayon box with the “Crayola” logo.
Use Halloween face paint to paint your child’s face and neck all one color (and add color to their hair), to resemble a crayon. Consider adding props to make other crayons in the box (such as painted plastic 2-liter bottles). Everyone will be impressed by this art-themed costume!
2.) Make a paint palette Halloween costume – To create an old-fashioned paint palette costume, cut two identical large pieces of cardboard in the shape of a wooden palette (think of a curvy kidney bean). Paint both sides of the cardboard, and create ‘paint blobs’ in a rainbow around the edge of the palette. Consider sprinkling colored glitter on each blob to make it shine. When dry, attach straps to the top of each so that your child can wear the palette as a sandwich-board.
Consider making a large paintbrush out of a cardboard wrapping paper tube – or just use a broom, which resembled a brush – for your child to carry around. As an alternative, you can make the palette even larger, and cut out an oval for a kid’s face to look out. When your child’s face is painted one color, they can become one of the ‘paint blobs’ themselves.
3.) Create a “Mona Lisa” Halloween costume – Cut a two identical large rectangles of cardboard. These will become the front and back of a ‘canvas.’ Project the image of the Mona Lisa onto one piece of cardboard, but leave border room around the edge for a frame. Cut out the area for her face (this is where your child’s face will show through).
Paint in the image to resemble the da Vinci painting. Paint the frame on the front, as well as the entire back piece of cardboard. Attach the two pieces together for your child to wear. Consider cutting holes where Mona Lisa’s arms are to let your child stick their own arms out of the painting.
4.) Be an ‘Artist’ or ‘Painter’ this Halloween – There’s no easier way for a kid to show their love of art on Halloween than to dress up as an actual artist! Of course, it’s more fun to exaggerate a costume than be realistic. Try the “Monet” look for a real “artsy” appearance: Give your child a white beard or mustache and white wig. Add a French beret on their head. Kids can have fun paint-smearing a white lab coat, smock, paint-shirt or apron. Lastly, have them carry around an old-fashioned paint palette and paint brushes.
5.) Dress up as an Abstract Expressionist painting – Celebrate Modern Art with this fun, artsy costume idea. Set up a large painting area, with newspapers or plastic trash bags covering your workspace. Take a pair of kid’s white sweatpants and white sweatshirt and lay flat. Take house paint or acrylic paint, then spatter and drip paint (like artist Jackson Pollock) onto the clothing. Let dry, then flip the clothing onto the other side, and spatter again. Use Halloween face paint and a small brush to paint streaks of color across your child’s face.
With just a bit of cardboard, paint, and some ingenuity, you can make this Halloween an event to remember with these fun, easy, art-themed costumes your kid (and everyone else) is sure to love!