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Halloween Costumes: Perky Penguin Costume

Perky Penguin Costume

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

Easy-to-find basics like a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants are the starting points for this fun Halloween costume. And a clever notch at each shoulder allows this penguin's wings to lie just right.


  • Black craft foam (two 12- by 18-inch sheets)
  • White craft foam (one 12- by 18-inch sheet)
  • Duct tape
  • Hook-on bow tie with adjustable band (we found ours at a costume shop)
  • Yellow craft foam (one 9- by 12-inch sheet)
  • Double-sided foam mounting tape
  • Black hooded sweatshirt
  • Black sweatpants


Perky Penguin - Step 1

1. Cut 2 wings and a belly from craft foam. You can download these templates for all the penguin pieces. Cut a triangle from the top of each wing, then tape it closed with the duct tape; this creates a shape that hugs the shoulder.

Perky Penguin - Step 2

2. Cut slits and thread the bow tie through them.

Perky Penguin - Step 3

3. Cut out the beak, 2 feet, and 4 circles for the eyes from craft foam. Fold the beak in half lengthwise, then use double-sided foam tape inside the point to secure the fold.

Perky Penguin - Step 4

4. Tape the small circles onto the big ones.

Perky Penguin - Step 5

5. Attach the beak and eyes to the sweatshirt hood and the feet to your child's shoes with double-sided foam tape. Secure the bow tie around your child's neck and adjust it to fit.