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Halloween Costumes: Fire-breathing Dragon Costume

Fire-breathing Dragon

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

Amazing to look at yet surprisingly easy to put together, this disguise has a magical appeal for kids who love fairy tales.


  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Several large sheets of corrugated cardboard to cut out the pieces in steps 2-9
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
  • Clear packing tape
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • Masking tape
  • Several sheets of colored cellophane
  • Small flashlight
  • Bubble packaging
  • Ribbon
  • Child's belt
  • Green clothing


1. Mark and cut out all of the cardboard pieces as specified below.

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 2

2. Head: 26" x 20"; Cut out 2 of these.

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 3

3. Teeth: 11" x 2 1/2"; Cut out 4 of these.

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 4

4. Chin Strip: 9" x 4"

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 5

5. Head Strip: 34 1/2" x 4"

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 6

6. Tail Spike: 4" x 4"; Cut out 4 of these.

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 7

7. Tail Strip: 30 1/2" x 4"

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 8

8. Tail Tip: 13" on all 3 sides

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 9

9. Feet: 8" x 7"; Cut out 2 of these; slits are 3/4"

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 10

10. Paint both sides of the teeth white and allow them to dry. With the head shapes mirroring each other, attach the teeth inside the upper and lower jaws with clear packing tape or double-sided foam tape. Next, assemble the head by using masking tape to secure the head and chin strips in place between the head pieces.

11. Paint the dragon's head, the feet, and the tail pieces with a base coat of green. Be sure to paint both sides of the tail spikes. Allow all the pieces to dry, then paint on eyes, nostrils, and scales.

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 12

12. For a fire-breathing effect, wrap the cellophane around the end of the flashlight and secure it with clear packing tape. Use masking tape to secure the flashlight inside the lower jaw.

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 13

13. Stack 2 large pieces of bubble packaging (ours were 2 feet across the top and 3 feet long) with the bubbles facing in, then cut out a pair of matching wings (24" x 36"). Paint a design on the wings, if desired. When they're dry, reinforce the tops of the wings with packing tape. Poke 3 equally spaced holes through the tape and slip a 16-inch ribbon through each one.

Fire-breathing Dragon - Step 14

14. For the tail, make the indicated cuts (each 4" long) in the tail strip and the tail spikes. Slip each spike into a slit in the tail strip and fold the tabs in opposite directions, securing the tabs with double-sided foam tape. Use clear packing tape to attach the larger triangle to the end of the tail. Now fold down a 2-inch flap at the top of the tail, sandwiching the belt between the cardboard and tape in place.

15. Have your child dress in green. Add the wings by tying the ribbons around her arms and attach the feet by threading her shoelaces through the slits and tying them. Finally, set the dragon head on her shoulders and turn on the flashlight.