It seems that Halloween captures our attention for the entire month of October — even though it is only the last day — and costumes are a big part of our Halloween celebrations.

If you would prefer to make a costume rather than buying one, you are not alone. Try this creative costume project you can make with and for your children — or yourself, if you like. Don't forget to customize this costume with different colors, tails and ears.


  • White leggings/sweatpants and long-sleeve t-shirt or sweatshirt
  • Tie-dye kit or fabric dye, salt or vinegar and squeeze bottles with caps
  • Large bucket(s) or tub(s) for water
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Old towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scissors
  • Felt, fur, ribbon for decoration
  • Fabric glue or needle and thread
  • Plastic headband


Wash and dry garments according to instructions.

  1. Protect work surface with plastic tablecloth and old towels.
  2. Accordion fold garments from right to left and wrap with rubber bands to create desired numbers of stripes.
  3. Mix dye according to package directions, in plastic squeeze bottles.
  4. Follow instructions on package for dying, setting and washing of garments.
  5. Cut felt into an oval shape for the animal’s belly and attach to shirt with fabric glue or by sewing.
  6. Using felt and/or fur, create a matching tail and attach to pants with glue or sewing.
  7. Wrap headband with thin strips of felt to create padding and secure ends with glue or stitches. Then cover with fur.
  8. Cut ear shapes from felt and/or fur, gluing or stitching together and attach to headband as desired.

If desired, paint child’s face to match their animal.

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