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Halloween Costumes: Skeleton Costume

Skeleton Costume

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

Want to look like a walking X ray? Brighten up the bones with glow-in-the-dark paint.


  • Black permanent marker
  • 2 plastic jugs
  • 1 yard of elastic ribbon
  • White Con-Tact paper
  • Butcher paper
  • Black leggings
  • Turtleneck
  • Shoes
  • White bathing cap
  • White and black face paint


Skeleton Costume step 1

1. For the hands: Using a marker, trace your child's hands (including her wrists) onto a plastic milk jug. Color in the hands, then cut them out. Cut two slits into the plastic at each wrist, and thread an 8-inch piece of elastic through.

2. Draw and cut hand-bone shapes on the Con-Tact paper, then affix to the plastic hands.

3. To put on the hands, wrap the elastic around your child's wrists and safety-pin in place.

4. For the feet: Use the same technique, but make two elastic straps per foot -- one that goes around the ankle and one that slips under the sole of your child's shoe.

Skeleton Costume step 5

5. For the bones: Have your child lie on the butcher paper, with arms slightly bent. Trace her outline. This will be your template to use when cutting the Con-Tact paper.

6. Place the butcher paper over the Con-Tact paper. Cut sections of Con-Tact paper to roughly cover the major areas of the tracing, then draw and cut out bones. Stick the bones onto your child's leggings and turtleneck.

7. For the skull: Cover your child's head with the white bathing cap, tucking hair in. Now, cover her face (including her lips) with white face paint. Use black face paint around eyes, on nose, and to draw a wide, toothy smile.