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How To Design Your Own Pirate Halloween Costume

Sep 5, 2008
Whether it is for you or one of your children, making a personalized pirate costume for Halloween does not have to be a long or difficult process at all. In fact, in can be quite enjoyable. The most important thing you will need is a good imagination. The majority of the actual materials you will need are probably lying around your home already, just waiting to be used. And whatever odds and ends you need that are not in the house will be easy to find and cheap to buy. Keep reading to find some great ideas about how to make a great outfit modeled after whichever famous pirate you choose, be it Jack Sparrow, Black Beard, or Long John Silver.

To start off with, you will need the two most basic pieces of any good pirate costume: a pair of old black pants and a bright colorful blouse that is flashy and attention getting. A gold or red blouse is usually your best bet. An interesting scarf will work well as a belt for your adventurous pirate. The black pants will eventually be cut off and fringed to match the character better.

The blouse that you will need can probably be found somewhere in your closet. Find an old one that is shiny. It should also be a little too big for the person who will be wearing the costume since they will need to be able to move around freely.

Your pirate will automatically get promoted to captain if you add a hat to the costume. Making your own pirate hat is not a difficult thing to do. You can make one out of felt and cardboard. Adding a red bandana to the costume will make your pirate exceptionally authentic.

If you want to add a slightly violent touch to your pirate get up you could design a hook or sword for him to wear. Hooks can easily be made from cardboard and craft paint. Swords are similarly easy to make. Add some aluminum foil to the sword to make it more believable.

All of the best pirates were obsessed with gold and treasure, so yours should be too. That means that you should wear some big, gaudy, gold costume jewelry, which is easy to find at local thrift stores. An earring will also give your pirate costume an authentic feel.

Some other accessories that can truly liven up your pirate costume this Halloween are an eye patch and well applied face makeup. You might choose to give your pirate a black beard, a blacked out tooth, or a plastic bird attached to the shoulder.

Coming up with a fantastic pirate Halloween costume doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive. Scour your closets and you'll find most of what you need, with the rest available for only a few dollars.
About the Author
Are you looking for kids costume ideas for Halloween this year? Visit the Get In Costume website for plenty of fun & creative ideas. Plus, get a free copy of my special report "The Family Guide To Halloween Safety" at http://www.getincostume.com
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