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Canadian Winter Halloween Costumes

In most places here in Canada, there is a cozy blanket of snow and a crisp bite in the air by the time Halloween comes around. The cold October weather can make costuming for outdoor trick-or-treating tricky. Most children are pretty disappointed they have to cover their sparkly pink princess or scary monster costume under a heavy winter coat. Finding a Halloween costume solution that has both kids happily dressed up and parents content that their little ones are warm enough during their trick-or-treating can be a challenge. With a little creativity, and a trip to the local second hand clothing store, parents can relax and children can wow their neighbours with a great Halloween costume.

The first step is to establish what your child has envisioned for their costume. Have them draw a picture for you or find a picture in a book. This will give you a good idea of the colours and accessories you will want to keep a look-out for. Like many brilliant home-made Halloween costumes, your most important step to creating a warm and cozy Halloween costume is then a trip to your local second hand store. Look for long underwear or a thin polar fleece jump suit in your child’s size; these will be your child’s costume under layer.

Next, find a thick sweat pant and sweat shirt combination in the costume’s main colour, in a size or 2 larger than you’d usually buy for your child. You want to be sure that the sweat suit will fit over a thick sweater or thin jacket as they will be the middle layer for your child’s costume. For example, if you’re creating a fairy princess costume look for a pink or light purple sweat suit, if you have a little Dracula heading out to trick or treat, look for one in black or dark grey.

While you’re at the second hand store, why not take a look in their Halloween section for inspiration and any second hand accessories that will make your little one’s costume really fun. A dinosaur costume would look great with a big green toque, a pair of glue-on googly eyes, and white felt fangs glued along the bottom. Perhaps you’ll come across the perfect fairy crown, or pirate sash, to complete the winter Halloween costume.

The final step is painting the sweat suit with fabric paint or gluing on decorations with fabric glue. Here’s where you can get really creative in your costuming. Take a look at the picture your child gave you when they envisioned their costume. Following your child’s Halloween vision, glue on jewels and lace, or paint scales and claws. Add as much details as you’d like, and be sure to include your excited Halloween trick-or-treater in the creation process to be sure the costume is just right.

Once the costume has dried, dress your trick-or-treater in the thin warm bottom layer, then the warm pants and sweater, and finally pull the costume on over the warm clothes. Complete the costume with fabulous accessories and you’ve got a warm, well dressed, and happy Halloween candy hunter.

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