THE spookiest time of the year is creeping up on us again.
Halloween is next Wednesday, so let your kids’ imaginations run riot.
Don’t fork out a frightful sum on costly costumes. Keep the little ones entertained during half-term with a bit of arts and crafts.
To make your own Halloween outfits, all you need are some household essentials and a few clever tricks.
Stylist SIOBHAN O’CONNOR gives a step-by-step guide to creating this fearsome gear, modelled by Lola Mapplebeck, five, from Huddersfield, and Oxford lad Hugo Potter, four.
YOU NEED: Cushion covers, shoes and gloves, brown card, brown felt, glue, scissors, safety pins.
Step 1: Cut along the seam of an old cushion cover, cut it to size, making sure there is enough to cover the head. Pin the corners in place to create a hood.
Step 2: Draw and cut out ear shapes on brown card. Cover these in felt and pin them to the hood where ears are.
Step 3: Cut off the fingers of a pair of gloves and glue scrap bits of a fur cushion cover on top. Repeat for shoes and stick random bits of fur to the shirt and jeans.
Check shirt, £10, M&Co; jeans, £8, George at Asda; cushion, £8, and gloves, £1.50, Primark; shoes, £9, Pep & Co at Poundland.
YOU NEED: Black bin bag, black card, red felt, black zip-up jumper, scissors, glue.
Step 1: Line up red felt on jumper and draw the panel shapes to cover them. Cut out and stick down to create a waistcoat.
Step 2: For the collar, stick two bits of black card together and bend to create a cone shape and tape in place. Cut slits in the bottom to bend the card outwards. This can be used to slip underneath the child’s shirt.
Step 3: Cut bin bag down seam to make it wider and tuck into jacket collar to hold in place.
Step 4: Draw a bow shape on black card and cut out. Cover in double-sided tape and stick to shirt’s top button.
White shirt, £8.50 for five, black trousers, £5, George at Asda; black fleece, £4, trainers, £9, Pep & Co at Poundland; bin bags, £2.70, Sainsbury’s; felt, 50p, glue, £5, Hobbycraft.
YOU NEED: White T-shirt, white paper, black marker, scissors, double-sided tape.
Step 1: Use a black marker to draw oval shapes on the T-shirt to resemble a ribcage, then cut these out.
Step 2: Draw bone shapes on white card and cut them out.
Step 3: Stick these on to black trousers with double-sided tape and pop the white T-shirt on over a long-sleeved black top.
White T-shirt, £5.99, New Look; white paper, £2, markers, £2.50, tape, £1, Hobbycraft.
YOU NEED: Orange jumper to wear, plus cardboard, orange card, felt, pom-poms, headband, marker pens, glue, string and scissors.
Step 1: Draw a pumpkin shape on card and cut out. Cover in scrap bits of orange card, stuck on with glue.
Step 2: Draw a pumpkin face with a marker pen. Use felt for the eyes and nose to replicate candlelight.
Step 3: Make the hat by cutting a stalk shape around the edges of orange felt and sticking the middle to a headband. Glue a trio of pom-poms to create a stem.
Step 4: Pierce holes into the cardboard and tie string through to make a strap. Hook round neck.
Jumper, £18, River Island; pom-poms, £2, string, £1.20, Hobbycraft.
YOU NEED: Tights, cotton wool balls, bin bags (optional), pipe cleaners, headband, black card, glitter, glue, scissors and safety pins.
Step 1: Using PVA glue, draw a spider web on black card and cover in glitter. Leave to dry.
Step 2: Stuff tights with cotton wool balls to make legs. Safety-pin these to the back of a black top or jumper.
Step 3: Hook pipe cleaners vertically and horizontally between legs to create a grid effect. Pull apart cotton wool and place on pipe cleaners to create cobwebs.
Step 4: Wrap pipe cleaners round a headband to create spider hairs. Safety-pin glitter web drawing to front of top.
Step 5: Optional step – staple white and black bin bags together to create a skirt.
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YOU NEED: Wrapping paper, black bin bags, red tulle, ribbon and card, staples, scissors and glue.
Step 1: Draw and cut out a fork shape on two bits of red card. Use the inside tube of wrapping paper as a base and stick the red card on either side to create the fork.
Step 2: Fold red card in half and cut out horn shapes. Wrap these round an old headband and glue in place.
Step 3: To make the skirt more interesting, cut up an old tulle skirt or buy some mesh fabric. Staple this to a black bin bag then staple the edges together. Attach to the waist using red ribbon as a belt and tying at the back.
Step 4: Use scissors to cut flame shapes in the tulle and the bin bags.
Red tights, £3.50, Pep & Co at Poundland; wrapping paper, £3, ribbon, £1, Hobbycraft.