DIY Pirate Halloween Costume
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DIY Pirate Halloween Costume

Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Make your own pirate's costume, complete with sword, and save money this Halloween!Halloween costumes for children can be very expensive! Fortunately, you can save money by being a little resourceful and making a Halloween costume instead of buying one. Here are some tips to help you make an awesome, yet frugal, pirate costume.

What will your child dress up as this Halloween? A pirate is one of the “classic” choices of costume. The costume resurged in popularity with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

It is really simple to put together a quick, “generic” pirate costume from things you already have at home. The costume can be worn by either boys or girls. Swap out the pants for a skirt to achieve a more feminine looking pirate.

How to Make a Pirate Costume

You will need:
* One striped shirt (black and white stripes are best)
* One black pair of pants (or a long black skirt)
* One pair of black or brown boots (knee-length, leather looking ones are best)
* One bandanna, scarf, or sash (red or black are best)
* One vest (optional)

The bandanna, scarf, or sash work well in place of a pirate captain’s hat. Put it on your child’s head and tie it securely. It is acceptable to have a pirate wear black pants and brown boots – matching is not required! The striped shirt can be either short sleeved or long sleeved. The vest adds a nice touch that connects the whole costume together.

How to make your own pirate sword:
This is much easier to do than it sounds! Start by drawing out a sword shape (on paper or thin cardboard). Cut out the shape. Next, get a corrugated cardboard box, and flatten it out. You will need the two long sides of the box. Trace the sword shape onto the cardboard box so that you have two identical pieces.

Next, you will need a chopstick or ruler. It will be placed inside the sword pieces to increase durability. Wrap the “blade” in aluminum foil. What you end up with is a reasonably realistic sword that cannot be used to harm anyone. The Storm The Castle blog has step-by-step directions for you to follow.

Additional touches:
* Use a little makeup to create a pirate’s beard or mustache on your child’s face
* Temporary tattoos are a great idea (especially skull and crossbones designs)
* Necklaces made of shells are a nice touch
* Children who have pierced ears can wear a pirate’s hoop earring

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