How to Dress Up My Four Year Old As a Rodeo Clown for Halloween
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Let him live his rodeo clown dreams in his imagination on Halloween.

He's ready to stand in the spotlight and brave enough to garner the attention of enormous, blood-thirsty bulls. He's only 4-years-old and he's already gunning for a career in the rodeo ring. While you may not be quite ready for his career aspirations, give him a taste of rodeo excitement with an authentic-looking rodeo clown costume for his next Halloween party.


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    Dress your rodeo-loving preschooler in an oversized plaid shirt. You don’t actually have to make it oversized, but it makes the costume cuter. If you live in a cooler climate, make it a flannel shirt to add a bit of extra warmth for his trick-or-treating ventures.
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    Shorten a big kid or grown-up pair of jeans. Cut the jeans just below your munchkin's knee and then cut some fringe upward about 2 inches.
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    Have him try on the pants and then add pillowcases or old T-shirts around his waistline to make it large enough to hold up the pants. Add a belt to keep the pants and the stuffing in place.
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    Add a pair of brightly patterned suspenders to the costume. The suspenders will probably be a bit big for your little guy. Pin them together just below the back of his neck to hold the accessory in place.
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    Wrap a bright colored bandanna around his neck and then tie it loosely. The bandanna should be just as bright as the suspenders, but in a contrasting pattern.
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    Slide his kid-size toes into a bright patterned pair of adult-size socks and keep pulling until the socks touch the bottom of his knees. Again, the socks should be bright but contrast with the other accessories.
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    Put a pair of mismatched shoes on his feet. You can use cowboy boots if you prefer, but they may hide his outlandish socks.
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    Transform his little face into a clown face with costume makeup, but make sure the makeup is hypo-allergenic and washes off easily. You don’t want him going to school tomorrow still looking like a clown.
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    Complete the rodeo clown ensemble with silly looking wig and an authentic-looking cowboy hat.

Things You'll Need

  • Plaid shirt
  • Adult jeans
  • Old pillowcases or T-shirts
  • Belt
  • Suspenders
  • Bandana
  • Adult-size socks
  • Mismatched shoes
  • Costume makeup
  • Wig
  • Cowboy hat

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