Anyone can throw on an old flannel shirt and overalls and pretend they’re a scarecrow, but that’s about as creative as cutting two holes in a sheet and calling yourself a ghost. It’s not too late to put together your own fabulous farm-themed costume. From John Deere tractors and hay bales to adorable lambs and chicks, we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY farm costumes the Internet has to offer. (Click on each title to see the original costume source.)
Take one cardboard box. Affix green, yellow and black construction paper to create wheels, a grill and an exhaust pipe (a painted paper towel tube would work excellently for this purpose). And look! Your child is now disguised as a John Deere tractor. Get him or her out in the fields already.
Be warned: This is some masterclass DIY Halloween costuming. First, you need to make or acquire a chicken costume (see below for tips on a how to make a realistic-enough rooster). Then make an “egg” with wire, paper mache, and plaster that will fit as snugly around your child as a real egg would around a chick. Cut off the top and make into a hat; use the rest as a body held up with some form of suspenders. Remember to add leg holes so your tyke can run away from any hungry foxes or raccoons.
If your kid can’t yet walk, go the easy route for trick or treating and make their whole stroller the costume. Get a bunch of red and white felt and no-sew iron-on adhesives. Cut out strips of white to make the barn door outlines and affix them to the red felt background. Add to the stroller, put your baby in a cow costume, and spend the night acquiring compliments, not sore arms.
Lots of cotton balls are the key to making a convincing lamb costume. Acquire a white pillowcase, cut out holes for your child’s head and arms, and then glue on dozens of cotton balls to the body while you’re watching TV. Use extra white fabric or part of another pillowcase to make a hood (black tube socks stuffed with more cotton balls and sewn onto the top make good ears). Dress your child in a black long-sleeved shirt, gloves and leggings, and make sure to tell everyone they are a “kid in sheep’s clothing” for maximum laughs.
Literary children, or want them to be? Get them to dress up like everyone’s favorite farming pioneers, Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder. The only thing is, you’ll probably need them to carry around copies of Little House on the Prairie and Farmer Boy all the time for people to get it, but that’s a small price to pay for a costume that helps them forever associate candy acquisition with the act of reading.
Yeah, we know this costume from Parents magazine is a little more professional-looking than maybe you feel like you have the time or talent to manufacture. But if you’re even a little crafty, it doesn’t seem too tricky. The base is a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, and you just have to apply cut-out felt shapes and feathers to it using fabric glue and Velcro sew-on tape. Teach your child to crow at dawn at your own risk.
There’s no primer on how this incredible Halloween-loving family (also of the chicken-in-egg costume) made the hay bale, but we would guess that they took a cardboard box, glued hay all around the sides and dressed their young man up in dusty overalls and cowboy boots. A great choice if you’re going after that “inanimate farm object” look.
If you’ve looked at all these costumes and thought, no way am I doing this, we promise that you can at least make a pig snout. All you need is a standard-issue egg carton. Cut as many snouts of the egg carton as you need (one little egg nest per snout). Paint them pink. Add some nostrils with black paint or cut them out using a metal skewer or similar. Slap on some elastic and use it as an excuse to tell your kid their room is a pigsty.