Some gifted kids aren’t particularly impressed with ready-made costumes available in stores. If you’re talented, you can make your own costumes, but let’s face it: we aren’t all that talented. Some of use are lucky if we can use a safety pin without pricking our fingers. Or maybe you are quite talented, but your child just can’t decide what he wants to be for Halloween. You’re running out of time and stores are running out of the best costumes. No worries! Check out these 7 easy idiom-based costumes that are fast and easy. They are sure to appeal to gifted kids – especially the verbally gifted ones!

1. Be All Ears

All you need for this one is black pants, a black shirt, and some plastic ears, and all you have to do is pin the ears to the shirt and pants. The more ears you have to pin on, the better. If you can’t find plastic ears or don’t have time to go out and find some, you can easily create your own. Just download ear clipart, copy and paste as many as you can get on a word processing page, print out as many sheets as you like, and then cut them out.

You can either pin or glue the ears to the shirt and pants. If you want to glue them, use Elmer’s glue and then follow directions for removing the glue from clothing. It’s probably best, though, to avoid using a child’s best clothing for this costume. Girls might want to use black tights and a black leotard for the costume, but the same caveats apply.

When someone asks your child, “What are you?” your child can answer, “I’m all ears!

2. Dead Ringer

If your child wants a more ghoulish costume, this one is a good one. All you need for this one is a simple skeleton or ghoul costume – and some kind of bell (preferably one that’s not too colorful!)

If you don’t have time to run out to get a costume or can’t find one, no problem! All you need are some wrinkled, dirty clothes. Rub some dirt on the clothes to make them dirty if you have to. Wipe a little dirt on your child’s face, too. Create dark circles under your child’s eyes with some eye shadow and muss up your child’s hair. You can use gel on it to make it look messy, or just use some talcum powder or flour to make it white; then mess it up with your hands.

Your child can ring the bell, and when someone asks, “Who are you?” your child can say, “I’m a dead ringer!”

3. Green with Envy

All you need for this costume is some black clothing and green construction paper. (Follow the same tips for pinning or gluing the paper to the clothing as in the “Be All Ears costume.)

Draw the letters N and V on the construction paper. Make them large enough so that when they are on the black clothing, everyone can recognize the letters. If you prefer, just create stencils by finding the largest font you can get on your computer and printing a large N and a large V.  But those letters out and then use them as a stencil to make the letters on the green construction paper.

Make as many letters as you like, but you want to make sure that there are enough of them to cover a lot of the black clothing. When someone asks your child, “What are you?” your child can reply, “I’m green with NV.”

4. Wearing Out One’s Welcome

This costume is super easy. You don’t need any kind of costume or even any special clothing. All you need is some kind of welcome sign and a rag or other cloth.  Technically, you don’t even need the rag or cloth.

You can create a welcome sign using any graphics or word processing program. Ideally, you can make it look a little worn out. If you prefer, just download a ready-made welcome sign. Print the sign you made or downloaded, and then glue it to some cardboard. Orr print it on card stock paper and you won’t have to glue it to cardboard.

Your child can hold the sign, you can pin it to his clothing, or if your child is old enough, you can hang it around his neck. Your child can rub the sign and when someone asks, “What are you?” your child can answer, “I’m wearing out my welcome!”

5. Catching Some Z’s

This is another “costume” that requires no special clothing. All that’s needed for this one is a couple letter Z’s. If you have some plastic Z’s like those magnetic ones kids put on the refrigerator, that will work. If you don’t have any plastic Z’s, you can cut some out of craft foam that is at least 1/2″ thick.  Paper or cardboard won’t work. Your child will be tossing them in the air and catching them, so they have to be heavy to keep from drifting off or being blown away by wind.

When someone asks, “What are you?” or “What are you doing?” your child can say, “I’m catching some Z’s.”

6. Caught Red Handed

Creating a costume for Halloween doesn’t get much easier than this. No special clothing is needed and no crafting of any items. You don’t even need to print anything out. All you need is a pair of toy handcuffs and some red face paint. Paint one of your child’s hands with the red face paint. Then put the one part of the handcuffs on the wrist of that hand. If your child is young and you’re trick-or-treating with him, you can put the other part of the handcuffs on one of your wrists. (It’s not a good idea to have two children linked with the handcuffs because of safety issues.)

When someone asks your child, “What are you”? she can say, “I was caught red handed!”

7. It’s Written All Over Your Face

Okay, this really is the easiest “costume” ever. You don’t need special clothes or any props at all. The one thing you need is some black face paint pencil, but you can get away without even that if you have an eyebrow pencil or stick eye shadow.

All you need to do for this one is write “it’s” several times on your child’s face. When someone asks, “What are you?” your child can answer, “It’s written all over my face!”

Carol BainbridgeHolidaysHalloween,October Holidays
Some gifted kids aren't particularly impressed with ready-made costumes available in stores. If you're talented, you can make your own costumes, but let's face it: we aren't all that talented. Some of use are lucky if we can use a safety pin without pricking our fingers. Or maybe you...