If there’s one true thing here at Dixon Pest Services, we do not want spiders, mice, and bees in our customers' homes… Unless, of course, it’s Halloween.
The key to a great Halloween costume lies at the center of the intersection between cute and creepy. Which makes spiders, mice, and bees pretty perfect for playing dress-up this time of year.
Here are some easy ways to transform yourself, your kids, and/or your pets into the creepy-crawly pests you spend good money to keep out of your house the rest of the year.
HOW TO MAKE AN EASY AT-HOME SPIDER COSTUME
This costume is a lot easier to make than you might think. But if you’re thinking the legs are the trickiest part, well, you’re right. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Black beanie hat
- Black shirt
- Black pants
- Big googly eyes
- 2 packages of 9-foot Fuzzy Craft Stems
- Glue gun
- Two pieces of cardboard
- Two pieces of black felt
- Black elastic
- Cut four Fuzzy Craft Stems in half so that you have eight sections of stems that are 4 and a half feet long each. These are your spider legs.
- Fold each leg stem in half in a 90-degree angle, and bend the ends up a bit to look like little feet.
- Measure your piece of cardboard against the costume wearer’s back. Then line up each of your leg sections along the cardboard and hot glue them into place.
- Loop the elastic band around the cardboard, and twist the ends to create arm loops.
- Hot-glue the second piece of cardboard onto the base, sandwiching the legs and the elastic together and holding them down. Don’t be shy! Use a LOT of glue.
- Next, you’re going to want to hot-glue the felt onto the cardboard to cover it on both sides.
- Now that your legs are done, let’s do your spider face. Onto the black beanie, hot-glue the two googly eyes.
- Get your black shirt and pants on, beanie, and loop the legs onto your back and boom! Now you’re a horrible -- oops, we mean adorable little spider.
(This costume idea originally appeared on makeit-loveit.com.)
HOW TO MAKE AN EASY AT-HOME MOUSE COSTUME
This costume requires a bit of glue and construction paper -- and a gray sweatsuit if you don’t have one already -- but once you gather the materials, it’s pretty easy to throw together. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Gray felt
- Pink felt
- Thick gray yarn or rope
- Gray hooded sweatshirt
- Gray sweatpants
- White socks (optional)
- Sharp scissors
- Hot glue, needle and thread, or safety pins
- Cut the gray felt into two half circles that are 4 inches wide.
- Cut the pink felt into two half circles that are 3 inches wide.
- Glue the pink half circles onto the gray half circles (these are your outer and inner ears).
- Pin, glue, or sew the finished ears onto the hood of your gray sweatshirt.
- Cut a pink oval the length and width of the front of your hoodie. This is going to be your mouse belly. Sew, glue or pin it to the front of the sweatshirt.
- Pin or sew the rope to the backside of your sweatpants: This is your tail!
- Put the socks on your hands and feet as little mouse hands and feet.
(This costume idea originally appeared on Wikihow.)
HOW TO MAKE AN EASY AT-HOME BEE COSTUME
Bumble bees are a classic Halloween costume and so easy to make. Here’s one quick, cheap, easy way to do it at home.
What you’ll need:
- Yellow t-shirt
- Black pants
- Black duct tape
- White duct tape
- Cut strips of black duct tape and line them down the front and back of the yellow t-shirt. These are, of course, your stripes.
- Cut the cardboard into wing shapes -- think tear-drop shapes for something simple. Cover them in white duct tape.
- Attach the wings to the back of the costume, add your black pants and boom. You’re a bumblebee.
(This costume idea originally appeared on duckbrand.com.)
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