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Clever Costume Creating for Halloween
by Suzanne Singleton, Linda Ports (Illustrator)
104 page paperback

An A to Z guide of 200 Halloween costume ideas. All costumes are illustrated; some have photos. No sewing necessary!
This book features loads of clever ideas for groups, couples, and kids, using many items found around the house.
Descriptions of costumes include what to wear, what to make and what props to carry. Also included is an A to Z list of
safety tips and reminders for party-goers and trick-or-treaters.

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Illegally Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids
by Leila Peltosaari
Paperback - 142 pages

100 costumes with full-color photos, simple patterns and no-sew shortcuts, last-minute solutions, treat bags & accessories. Patterns are shown in three sizes, ranging from 3-to-12-year-olds. Fabric requirements are listed in both imperial and metric systems. Most costumes can be made without a sewing machine, many in just one evening, some even in an hour or less. Creative and comfortable designs range from traditional and storybook characters, animals and clowns to celestial beings, cultural tributes, and country costumes. A matching treat bag is added and background information given for each of the characters. Halloween history and safety tips are included. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF to help needy children of the world.

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The Halloween Handbook: 447 Costumes
by Bridie Clark, Ashley Dodd, Janette Beckman
Paperback - 259 pages
Geared more for grown ups, clever ideas and last minute costume ideas.

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by Lola M. Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor)
School & Library Binding - 24 pages
Photographs and simple text describe various costumes, including a monkey, lion, witch, and angel.

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Costuming Made Easy : How to Make Theatrical
Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing

by Barb Rogers

Paperback - 128 pages
Here's just the book for a no-sew clever persons for Halloween or anytime!
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Fabulous Fun Costumes
by Juliet Moxley

Hardcover - 64 pages
From surprisingly humble beginnings (a purchased sweat suit, or a simple-to-sew jumpsuit, pattern included) comes a lively menagerie of costumes that will delight young kids. To the basic suits of black, white, or gray (a couple use green), add a simple fake fur tabard or hood of varying design and the occasional extra accessory and you get a turtle, chimpanzee, elephant, butterfly, panda, penguin, skunk, stegosaurus, tarantula, vampire bat, and eight other critters; full directions and patterns are given for each. Perhaps the key ingredient in each costume's success is the well-designed face-painting scheme, for which detailed step-by-step instructions are provided.
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Nifty, Thrifty, No-Sew Costumes and Props
by Carol Ann Bloom

Paperback - 208 pages
Start with a simple, comfortable felt tunic. Add accessories and props made from materials found around the house. Presto! You've created an imaginative costume without picking up needle and thread. You can easily create a full wardrobe of interchangeable costumes. With this book it's quick . . . it's easy . . . it's fun . . . and kids will love it!.
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Elegantly Frugal Costumes : The Poor Man's
Do-It-Yourself Costume Maker's Guide

by Shirley Dearing
Paperback - 144 pages
This wonderfully practical book literally shows you how to make costumes for plays, pageants and musicals at the lowest possible expense! Over 150 detailed illustrations work with the easy-to-follow text to walk you through every step of the process. Just about every basic period is covered: Biblical to Medieval, Renaissance, Angels, the Fabulous Fifties, 1800s to World War I, The Roaring Twenties and more. Many helpful hints on making or buying realistic period theatrical costumes on a shoestring budget from cast-offs, donations, scraps, and other easily-obtained materials. Also included are "special effects" costumes, helpful hints for getting into and out of costumes, and a glossary of costuming terms A book that will pay for itself with its first use.
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Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes
by Angela Wilkes
Hardcover - 48 pages 1st edition
Packed with more than 50 creative projects for children to make on their own, this fun-filled book has exciting costume ideas for Halloween parties, plays, or just dressing up with friends. From creating fabulous hats to regal robes to funny glasses and animal box masks, Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes offers great activities for children of all abilities. Become anything from a ghoul or movie star to a knight in armor or mad scientist. See exactly what to do in step-by-step full-color.
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Making Make-Believe: Fun Props, Costumes, and Creative Play Ideas
by Maryann F. Kohl, K. Whelan Dery (Illustrator)
Explore the world of make-believe with fun and easy-to-make props and costumes. 160 line drawings. Not a Halloween book, but good value all year long
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Instant Period Costume : How to Make Classic Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing
by Barb Rogers
Tthe pefect solution to the costume worker's dilemma, for Barb Rogers has designs for inexpensively assembling over 100 period piece costumes, complete with photos and diagrams. The instructions are so easy to follow that absolutely no sewing is required! With chapters that describe costumes for the Gothic, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Restoration, Bustle, Turn-of-the-Century, World War I, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s periods and more, Instant Period Costumes is highly recommended not only for theater costume workers, but also anyone looking to put together an excellent Halloween or masquerade ball costume with a minimum of cost and hassle!
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Halloween Costumes (Singer Sewing Reference Library)
Great step-by-step instructions and detailed color photos. Construction comes in three basic styles: tabards, gowns, and full-suit costumes. Detailed directions on making various types of headwear, capes, collars, skirts, wings, leggings, and shoe covers. The costume ideas: pumpkin, spaceman, lion, king and queen, can be adapted to costume designs of your own making.
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Halloween Fun for Everyone
by Ferida Wolff, Dolores Kozielski (Contributor), Judy Lanfredi (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback - 80 pages
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The following books are out of print or in limited distribution,
they may still be available used or at your local library!
The Halloween Costume Book
by Katharine Thornton
An entertaining selection of ideas for creative Halloween costumes includes step-by-step directions for making inexpensive but ingenious disguises, along with tips on makeup, accessories, and masks.
Out of print
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Easy Costumes You Don't Have to Sew
by Goldie T. Chernoff
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Child's Play : Quick and Easy Costumes
by Leslie Hamilton
Paperback - 168 pages
rovides easy-to-read, simple instructions for a variety of safe costumes, from ninja warriors to superheroes, that are fun to make and do not require the skills of experienced seamstresses. 15,000 first printing.
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Snazaroo Zoo : Great Faces and Easy Costumes to Bring Out the Animal in You
by Janis Bullis
Paperback - 96 pages
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Creative Costumes for Children (Without Sewing)
by Mark Walker
Paperback - 229 pages
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The Fantastic Costume Book : 40 Complete Patterns to Amaze and Amuse
by Michelle Lipson
Hardcover - 128 pages
A treasury of patterns, instructions, and ideas, this ingenious book is as varied as the children's own fantasies. Featuring costumes ranging from a Cockroach to the Gingerbread Man's Revenge to storybook characters like Merlin the Magician and the Dragonslayer, the book also includes safety information, a materials resource, and "recipes" for nontoxic makeup. Fully illustrated.
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My Costume Book
by Cheryl Owen
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 95 pages
Packed with more than 25 imaginative easy-to-make designs just right for Halloween or any other dress-up occasion. Kids can transform themselves into a Christmas tree, a jack-in-the-box, a grandfather clock, even a TV set! Easy-to-follow instructions make for costumes kids can easily put together on their own or with a little help from their parents. Full color.
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