How to Sew Halloween Ghost Costumes for Children: 8 Steps
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Add a white mask to your little guy's costume, and he'll be the scariest little ghost ever!

Sure, you can cut a hole in a sheet and throw it over your little munchkin's head, but his hands are impeded. He might trip when he climbs up stairs while trick or treating. If you invest a bit of time into some simple sewing, you can make a ghost costume that will keep him spooky and safe, at the same time. As an added bonus, as your little guy walks, his layers will billow out behind him. You'll think he looks friendly, but he wants to look scary. Truth: He'll be both. If you have more than one child, or if you're sewing these for your local playgroup or for your little guy's buddies, follow the same steps for each ghost costume.


  1. 1
    Measure your little guy's height from his neck to just above his ankles. Cut a piece of the white tulle to this length. Now, get ready to lose sight of your sewing room's floor. Cut five to 10 pieces of tulle the same size. Use more for a fuller ghost costume and less for one that sticks closer to the body.
  2. 2
    Lay these layers together with one of the 52- or 72-inch sides aligned. Measure down about four inches and sew a straight stitch through all the layers.
  3. 3
    Lift up the first half of the layers. Cut a piece of elastic string about 36 inches long and lay it across the fabric, up against the seam you just made. Pull the ends of the elastic so they stick out beyond the fabric.
  4. 4
    Lay the fabric back down and sew about 1/2-inch below the top seam. Attach a large bead to each end of the elastic and release it so it gathers the costume.
  5. 5
    Try the costume on your munchkin and tie the elastic ends closed. Mark the outer layer where his arms are located. Take off the costume and make a slit on the left and right sides for his arms. Now, he can have his arms out for easy accessibility and when pressed up against his body, they'll disappear into the layers of tulle.
  6. 6
    Cut two pieces of tulle. Make each piece to be 36-by-72 inches. Fold each piece in half.
  7. 7
    Lay one piece on top of the other, with the folded edges aligned. This is the front of the hood.
  8. 8
    Pin the opposite edges to the top seam in the body of the costume and sew the hood to the costume. When he ties the costume closed, the gathered hood will form around his head.

Things You'll Need

  • White tulle, 6 yards, 52 or 72-inch width
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • White thread
  • Elastic string
  • 2 large beads
  • Body of the Ghost Costume

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