Halloween Bubble Costumes
Are you stumped as to what to be for Halloween this year? Do you love bubbles as much as we do? Then check out these 5, relatively easy and cheap costume ideas for kids or adults looking for bubble fun!
1 – Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls
Bubbles is our favorite Powerpuff Girl (of course) and dressing like the 90s cartoon icon is so easy! Pick up a big t-shirt in baby blue and a big black belt or sash, and voila! – you’re all set. If you want to recreate her eyes and hair, check out our earlier blog post for step-by-step instructions. Add white tights and black shoes for authenticity.
If you’re a Tar Heel fan like us (our Marketing Director Melissa is a UNC alumna) you probably have a few old Carolina shirts you can turn inside out to make this even more economical.
You can take it a step further and go cutesy with a baby blue tutu and a more fitted matching top. Grab some friends to go as Blossom and Buttercup, and voila, you’ve got a great group costume for kids or adults to hit the neighborhood streets in search of candy! This version also makes for a great mother-daughter matching costume.
2 – Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys
This one is definitely more for the parents, as the show isn’t very G-rated. Incidentally, it also makes a great costume for unsuspecting babies. When else are you going to be able to dress them up as YOUR favorite characters? Better take advantage now – it’s their choice from here on out! Either way, this one is also super-simple to make. All you need is a big flannel shirt (or onesie, if you’re dressing up a baby) and some goofy fake glasses. Or your real glasses, if that’s your thing already. Accessorizing with a real or stuffed cat is optional.
3 – Bathtub Suds
This one takes a little extra work, but it’s adorable and perfect for the elaborate costume years. You know, ages 4-ish to 10-ish before they’re “too cool” for Halloween? For this one you need something sturdy to make the bathtub base – a light plastic bin with the bottom cut out or some sturdy cardboard painted white or pink will work great. Cut holes in the sites and loop a rope through each side, making shoulder hoists to hold the tub.
Before getting in the tub, blow up a bunch of white balloons – these will be the suds. Tape, glue, or staple the ends of the balloons to a blue t-shirt. Then, once the glue dries and the little one is standing in the makeshift bathtub, gently get the t-shirt over his or her head. Hoist the ropes or sashes around their shoulders, and check out your bathtub creation! Optional accessories include a rubber ducky or two and a shower cap.
4 – A Bottle of Bubbles
This one is a little complicated to make, but looks amazing when completed! The bubble tube is made from a large poster board and a foam sheet, available at any craft store. Lay out the foam sheet and the poster board on a flat surface to figure out how much you will need. A good idea here is to place it on the floor and have your child lay on it, so you can see how much to cut in order to make a cylinder around them. Then, hot glue the sheets together in flat strips. It’s probably a good idea to reinforce the shape with a second layer of foam sheets if you have extra. Decorate your label on the poster board, and when you are happy with the result, hot glue it to your foam cylinder.
At this point, the costume wearer should get in the “tube” as it will be difficult to get in when the bubbles are attached. Make sure he or she is wearing something you are OK with getting glue on or staples through! As with the bathtub, you will probably need straps to keep the cylinder on. These can be covered with bubbles.
To make the bubbles, either blow up white balloons and glue or tape them to the tube and to your child’s clothing (do not use hot glue for this step), or do the same with Styrofoam balls wrapped in white tulle. Attach the bubbles to the rim of the tube, your child’s clothing, and the sides of the tube, etc. to create the illusion the solution is spilling over. Finally, hand your child a big wand (either made of pipe cleaners, cardboard, or wire) or pick up a real giant bubble wand, like these on Amazon.
5 – Sea Creatures
Whether you are a mermaid, fish, jellyfish, octopus, or other sea creature, adding bubbles to your costume will give the impression that you are really under water. Grab a bottle of Bubble World Bubbles and blow as you wander from house to house.
Need help making one of these costumes quickly and with a low budget? No problem! You can make a cool jellyfish costume by using an umbrella and attaching ribbons, strings, and crepe paper to hang down as the tentacles and oral arms. Most people think all jellyfish are clear and white, but they come in an amazing assortment of colors, so have some fun! Dress in a single color (dark to blend with the night) and hold your umbrella to transform into a beautiful jellyfish.
Have you tried making any other bubble costumes? Let us know in the comments and share your pictures on social media and add our hashtag, #anytimeisbubbletime!
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