This is a simple Skeleton Bat costume utilizing a skeleton jogging set, black felt, and white fabric paint. Simple enough for anyone to accomplish, and just scary enough for kids to get excited about!
Every year I ask Levi what he would like to be for Halloween and every year I am thrilled that he wants another DIY costume. This tutorial is from years and years ago, Levi (as of writing this update) is now 15 years old.
Over the years he has been a Teenage Ninja Turtle (totally bought that one!), skeleton bat, box turtle, nerd, pumpkin, and mummy. DIY Halloween costumes are always more fun and often quite budget-friendly.
But let's be totally honest, shall we, making a Halloween costume can often cost as much money as simply buying it. Without even including the time and energy. I want to give you complete permission to simply buy the costume if you want.
However, I LIKE making Halloween costumes. As long as they aren't terribly labor intensive, it is so much fun to let creativity go crazy. I give my kids freedom to come up with anything they like and I try to make it happen.
The main part of this costume is the skeleton jogging pant set that I used. These are fairly common around Halloween and can often be found at Target, Gap Kids, and your local Halloween Store.
- Skeleton jogging set (see below for options)
- Black mask (or use black felt)
For the wings:
- Large piece of black felt
- White puffy fabric paint
Buy a skeleton jogging set:
To do the skeleton yourself:
Unfortunately, a majority of this post was done in the early years of this blog and there isn't a whole lot of in-process photos. However, I'll do my best to explain this. It's really easy, I promise!
To make the Skeleton Bat Costume:
- Measure the length of the arms and sides on the black shirt.
- Measure the black felt and cut 2 rectangles to the length of the arms and sides.
- Use a piece of chalk to sketch the shape of the wings on to the rectangles. Make sure to go from corner to corner. (at about this point it's a great idea to ask for feedback from your child. They will be more than happy to tell you if you are getting the shape right or if they want adjustments :))
- Cut out the black felt.
- Use the white puffy fabric paint to add the bone structure to the wings, let dry.
- With a sewing machine, by hand, or with fabric glue...attach the corner of the wing to the corner of the shirt (where the underside of the arm and the side of the shirt meet). Attach the length of the arm and then the length of the shirt.
- Add the black mask and you, my friend, have a DIY Skeleton Bat Costume!