How to Make a Scary Halloween Costume With Things Around the House for a 12-Year-Old Kid

by Chelsea Oliver
Turn your 12-year-old into a mummy for Halloween using simple household items.

Turn your 12-year-old into a mummy for Halloween using simple household items.

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Many children want to dress up as something scary when Halloween rolls around, and packaged costumes can be quite expensive. Switch things up this October by making your 12-year-old a scary Halloween costume from things you can find around the house. Useful household items include things like toilet paper, makeup and old, white sheets.

Items you will need

  • Toilet paper
  • Flour
  • Makeup (black eyeliner, black mascara, colored eye shadows, red lipstick)
  • Makeup brushes
  • White sheet
  • Scissors
  • Old clothing
Step 1

Transform your 12-year-old into a spooky mummy with just a roll of toilet paper, flour and eyeliner. Wrap his torso, legs and arms in toilet paper before carefully wrapping his head as well; leave gaps in the toilet paper around his head so that he can see and breathe properly. Whiten his face and hair with flour and add a thick ring of black eyeliner around each of his eyes.

Step 2

Drape an old, white sheet over your child to make a scary ghost costume.Cut out eye holes and add a thick ring of black eyeliner around each eye. You can also decorate the face area of the sheet by drawing on eyelashes with eyeliner and adding a red lipstick mouth.

Step 3

Fashion a terrifying "dead prom queen" costume out of an old fancy dress that you're ready to throw away. Red wine is perfect for making bloodstains on the dress while heavy, dripping black eye makeup intensifies the look. Create the look of blood drops on the child's face, mouth and neck with red lipstick.

Step 4

Pair old garments with creepy makeup for simple, homemade zombie costumes. Your 12-year-old can help by selectively ripping the clothing, such as old, baggy pants paired with a worn-out button-down shirt. Dust flour on his hair, face and neck for a ghostly appearance, combined with black, purple and yellow eye shadows applied to his face for a ghastly complexion.

Tips & Warnings

  • Turn simple costumes, such as scarecrows created from flannel shirts stuffed with newspaper, into frightening garb by adding fake blood and zombie face makeup.

Photo Credits

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