Get inspired and start making Halloween costumes for children with these ideas

Halloween isn't just about having fun and enjoying yourself. It can also help you to feel like a part of the family and connect with the children in the family. Find out how below.

Children dressed up for Halloween
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Halloween is said to be the second most popular annual celebration, second only to Christmas. It is celebrated by both children and adults, with many activities in which you can take part: parties, fancy dress competitions or just going trick or treating in your neighbourhood. Another activity that can be very fun for children is making a costume for them. Sound like fun? You've still got time!

It can seem like a complicated task at first, but it all depends on the amount of time you have and the materials you want to use. You can make a straightforward costume in less than a week using old clothes, cardboard, paper and paint, materials which you can find anywhere. However, if you have a bit more time and want to make something even more eye-catching with other materials, you could try using foam rubber.

Germán, a young English teacher from Colombia, is well-known for his handmade costumes. His skills have helped him to win various fancy dress competitions in the country's capital, and another Colombian, Carlos, has also become very-well known for the costumes he makes for his children every year. Here are some of his creations, such as Bumblebee from Transformers and Meliodas from the animated Japanese series 'Seven Deadly Sins' and Helden from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Germán's children with their handmade costumes
Foam rubber costume
Costumes handmade by Germán


If you think making a costume is too time consuming or if crafts isn't your thing, you could try using make up to paint the kid's faces and transform them into different characters. Need some ideas? The easiest character options for make up are catrina (the typical mexican skull), geisha, vampire, zombie or a mime. Whatever you decide on, the most important thing is to have fun with the children and get involved in family life. Celebrated dates are always a great opportunity to feel part of the family and make your stay as an au pair a real cultural exchange.

Happy Halloween!