Costumes by Julie Chetty
Written by Natalie Locke Milne
Produced by Brandie Weikle
Photos by Nadia Molinari
Sure, Halloween has become a veritable showdown of festive decorating, cooking and costuming one-upmanship. But that doesn’t mean your Hallow’s Eve prep should leave you feeling like the undead. To make it easy, Canadian Family partnered with costume designer Julie Chetty, founder and creative director of the award-winning educational video series BabyWonders, to bring you great diy costumes for every trick-or-treater or Halloween-party bound kid in your house. Julie’s original creations promise to be low on sewing and high on style (click here to see costumes and instructions ), so if you can wield a glue gun and find a craft or fabric store on the map, you’re good to go. And we’ve got the down-low on everything from easy-as-pie entertaining to how much candy to buy, too. So go on, have so much fun it’s scary.
NO-FUSS HALLOWEEN- NIGHT PARTY
Why not make Halloween a treat for the grown-ups, too, and invite your closest friends and neighbours to drop by? Not only will this give you a chance to reconnect, but you can tag-team the trick-or-treating so everyone can get a chance to chill and enjoy the festivities. Here are some tips to keep this impromptu party stress-free:
FIVE SURPRISING PLACES TO FIND LAST-MINUTE COSTUMES
If Halloween has snuck up on you – or if you’re among those of us who can’t sew or glue-gun our way out of a wet paper bag – here’s a list of unexpected places to find a fabulous-in-a-flash costume.
THE CANDY GRAB
How much candy do you give each little princess and Spiderman who knocks on your door? Two or three pieces, according to 77 percent of canadianfamily.ca users who answered our poll. Ask a neighbour how many kids to expect if you’re new to the ’hood. It’s better to have extra than to be caught short, so buy more than you think you’ll need. (And don’t forget to factor in the one, two or 75 treats you plan to scarf down yourself.) The last kid to knock on the door before you turn out the light may hit the motherlode, but who cares?
SAFETY MADE SIMPLE
By now you know costumes shouldn’t obscure your child’s vision and should include some white or reflective tape to keep your kid visible to traffic – after all, traffic accidents, not Halloween hooligans, are the real trick-or-treating danger. For more information, check out these websites:
Canadian Paediatric Society: caringforkids.cps.ca
With a bride and groom on top, this foam-and-felt concoction is a wedding cake. Substitute a faux candle and your little sweetie’s a three-tier birthday treat.
BAG OF POPCORN
Cook up this snazzy box of popcorn with large sheets of white foam board and red ribbon or duct tape.
Use store-bought wings, a simple bodysuit, craft-store leaves and no-fray tulle to
snip and glue together this enchanting forest fairy frock.
Use felt and a cardboard box to make this sweet jack-in-the-box. Julie covered hers with fabric, but you could use wrapping paper or even paint.
Snag some Styrofoam packaging from an electronics store and use black or white pleather to depict the most trendy gadget around.
Create this adorable chicken costume using a second-hand baby carrier, yellow feathers and an orange rubber glove.