England’s Tower of London is said to be one of the most famous haunted places in the world; not surprising given it’s bloody history. The Tower counts among it’s prisoners Anne Boleyn, Henry the VIII’s second wife, and Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for just over a week.
Both ladies were subsequently executed on the Tower’s grounds.
England boasts many more haunted places from castles and churches to parks and cemeteries. But haunted places aren’t limited to England, or for that matter Europe. Just about every continent, country, city, and town has at least a ghost story or two which is inevitably linked to a specific location.
America is no different, from coast to coast and from north to south our country has hundreds if not thousands of reportedly haunted places. Some, like the Queen Mary in California, are world famous, others local legends famous only to the town’s inhabitants and serious ghost hunters.
In the fall, specially closer to Halloween, many of us like to experience a little thrill and go on a ghost tour or drive by places that look spooky. There’s definitely no lack of haunted places in each state. Here’s a list of haunted places, one from each state, some famous, others not so. Perhaps one or two of them will be close enough for you to visit this year.
The Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama has seen plenty of history.
Construction began in 1828, it was here that Union and Confederate officers stayed during their respective occupation of the city during the Civil War. It is said that many of its former residents reside here still. Children’s laughter is said to be heard and items that mysteriously move.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Scary Mary is said to have checked into the Golden North Hotel in Skagway, Alaska during the Gold Rush and has never checked out.
Filled with hopes for a bright future she came to Alaska as the fiancee of prospector Klondike Ike. Mary locked herself in the couple’s hotel room to await her beloved who went off in search of gold, he never returned.
When concerned hotelkeepers finally gained entrance to her room they found her dead, dressed in the wedding gown she was to wear on her wedding day.
Today guests have been spooked by a pale ghostly figure looking out the window still awaiting her lover’s return or by a figure standing over their bed checking to see who’s in it.
There is no shortage of haunted places in the state of Arizona, but one of the most famous is the town of Jerome, a quaint community in northern Arizona. All sorts of specters are said to haunt many of the town’s historic buildings. The most haunted is thought to be the vintage Jerome Grand Hotel.
It opened as the United Verde Hospital in 1927. Miners from the nearby copper mine were treated here for serious injuries many of which proved fatal; insane people were also treated here for their mental illness. The hospital closed in 1950 and re-opened as the hotel in the late 1990s.
Today ghost enthusiaists, including my cousin and his family, book rooms here hoping to catch a phantom nurse or hear a scream or two during their stay. My cousin and his family have stayed here twice and have never had a paranormal experience, but the town has many nice shops and restaurants making it a nice place to spend the weekend.
I can’t talk about Arizona ghost towns without mentioning the town of Tombstone. During my last visit the lady at the fudge shop told me the whole town is filled with spirits. She claimed their their presence could be felt as you wander the towns streets and buildings. I’m not sure about the streets, but whenever we’re in town we usually stop for drinks at the Crystal Palace Saloon, and I hate going to the restrooms located in the back of the building. Walking down the hallway to the restrooms always gives me the creeps and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Haunted or imagination?
I’m never quite sure. We did the Bird Cage Theater ghost tour, it was fun, but we didn’t really have a ghostly experience.
Driving along Arkansas 365 just south of Little Rock can turn into a paranormal experience.
Motorists driving this road on dark rainy nights have claimed to have encountered a young girl on the roadside. They give her a lift, she tells them where she must go, but when they get to the destination the girl has vanished.
I think just about every town has a similar story, here in Hawaii it’s said that Madame Pele, the volcano goddess, has been seen asking for rides along many of our roads.[spacer height=”-20px”]
California has many haunted places including Alcatraz in San Francisco and the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, but I would never had thought of Disneyland as a haunted place.
It is said that the “Happiest Place on Earth” is truly haunted. The Space Mountain Ride and the women’s employee locker room is said to be haunted by a man who died on the ride in the 1970s and The Christmas Shop on Main Street, Tom Sawyer’s Island, and Tomorrowland all house a spook or two.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is hands down the most famous haunted hotel in the Rockies. This sprawling luxury hotel that opened in 1909 is a favorite with dignitaries and ghost hunters.
This hotel inspired author Stephen King to write his bestselling book “The Shining”. Today there are many stories of paranormal activity, particularly in room 217.
Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut is said to be the most haunted spot in the state and possibly the most haunted cemetery in the country.
The famed “White Lady” is said to wander this 400 year old cemetery.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Photo courtesy of Haunted Houses.com
Fort Delaware sits on Pea Patch Island just off Delaware City.
Built in 1848 and decommissioned in 1943 this fort was never attacked. It did house has many as 16,000 prisoners at one time.
Reached only by ferry today Fort Delaware is part of the Delaware Park System. No one lives there anymore, just the ghosts of past inhabitants.
The park services offers ghost hunting tours on the island. Click here for more info![spacer height=”-20px”]
This particular bend of the St. John’s River in Seminole County, Florida with a cluster of cypress trees, is known as Round Cypress Head.
Many have said they have witnessed paranormal activities in this dark dank area of cypress woods. It is said that the woods is home to demons and/or witches. Folks are warned to not venture there for fear of being eaten by these monsters. Locals claim that fishermen have gone missing in this river and many claim the woods are most definitely haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The quaint southern city of Savannah is arguably the most haunted city in Georgia.
Known for its southern charm and hospitality along with its antebellum architecture many of it’s historic buildings and spaces are said to host a specter or two.
Madison Square was the site of a Revolutionary Battle and British soldiers were buried there. Shadowy figures are said to be lingering in the park.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Steeped in legends and lore from ancient Hawaiian days to missionary days and beyond the 50th. State has its own host of haunted places.
Night Marchers are said to walk the land at night and Madame Pele the volcano goddess can be frightening or almost playful.
The islands are filled with many haunted places including schools, bridges, libraries, drive-in movie lots, and hotels.
The luxurious Hilton Hawaiian Village is said to be one such place. Folks have reportedly seen the Lady in Red wandering the halls or even the beach. It’s said she could have been a guest who tragically died at the hotel or Madame Pele herself.
The Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise is supposedly the most haunted prison in the state.
Constructed in 1870 and added to over the years this prison has seen more than its fair share of violence. It is said the hauntings began soon after the riots that started to erupt within the prison walls in 1935.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The Nellie Dunton Home in Belvidere, Illinois is said to be haunted by this broken hearted woman who lived here before the Civil War.
Folks claim to see her in the house and around the neighborhood.[spacer height=”-20px”]
French Lick Springs Hotel is a historic resort in the town of French Lick, Indiana.
Among the paranormal activities here it is said that its former owner lingers in the service elevator.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Originally known as Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts when it was founded in 1858, Iowa State University (it was renamed in 1959) is known for its agriculture, engineering, and science programs.
It is also home to the ghost of Frederika Shattuck who was said to haunt the theater named after her for her contributions to the theater department. Shattuck Theater was torn down hence this other worldly being has moved to the Fisher Theater on campus.
The Hutchinson Public Library in Hutchinson, Kansas is said to be haunted by its former librarian named Ida Day.
Locals say she wanders the building sometimes sorting or looking thru books.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Over 63,000 people including patients, doctors, and nurses died there. The death toll in this building is comparable to a battle field, it’s no wonder it is said to be haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]
From haunted bayous to voodoo queens, Louisiana is host to many ghosts, and goblins, and other things that go bump in the night.
The historic city of New Orleans is home to the blues and filled with many quaint shops and restaurants, it’s also steeped in mystery. Walking down the streets of the French Quarter on a foggy night can be very creepy. I know we were creeped out one dark and foggy February night as we walked down Decatur Street.
But did you know that it was in this state where the infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde met their end?
This lone stone in Gibsland, Louisiana marks the ambush site. Legend has it that on nights when the moon is full you can still hear the gunfire.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Ellis Pond, also known as Roxbury Pond in serene East Andover, Maine is said to be haunted.
Visitors walking along the shores have reported hearing or feeling a presence.[spacer height=”-20px”]
There are hundreds of haunted places in the small state of Maryland, but the Antietam Battlefield is possibly the most haunted.
Over 23,000 souls lost their lives here making it the site of America’s bloodiest single day battle.
It’s no wonder those poor souls still wander the field and battle sounds can reportedly still be heard[spacer height=”-20px”]
Site of one of the most infamous double ax murders in American History, the Lizzie Borden House in Falls River, Massachusetts is now a Bed and Breakfast.
I would be surprised if it wasn’t haunted. It is reported that guests have seen apparitions in the house.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Famed pilot Amelia Earhart was a guest at The Landmark Inn, located in Marquette, Michigan before she mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
They say that she sometimes shows up in room 502.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Staff and diners claim this St. Paul, Minnesota restaurant is haunted by the building’s former owner and his mistress who committed suicide here in 1892.
Back then it was the home to Joseph Forepaugh, today it is Forepaugh’s Restaurant.[spacer height=”-20px”]
He supposedly robbed and murdered guests who stayed at his inn. He was caught and hanged on this bridge.
It was the home of President Truman, and of course it is said to be haunted by the President himself.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The scene of the historic battle known commonly as Custer’s Last Stand the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana is home to many spirits.
Apparitions and Native American war cries have been reported here.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Brother Sebastian’s, a restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska is said to be haunted by Bill Walden, a regular patron who passed away but still frequents the joint.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The Riviera is one of the oldest casinos on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada.
Many mob-related murders took place here and staff reports strange happenings in the hotel, specially on the 9th. floor. [spacer height=”-20px”]
Built in 1926 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire this college dorm called Huntress Hall is said to be haunted by its namesake Harriet Hunter.[spacer height=”-20px”]
One fateful evening, May 6, 1937, the airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed killing 36people.
Today it is said that screams can still be heard at the crash site in Lakehurst, New Jersey.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Chaco Canyon National Historic Park in New Mexico is an eerie place.
It’s haunting beauty and great stone work is a testament to past ages. Folks claim to have the eerie feeling of being followed while visiting this park.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Built in 1884 the Dakota is one of the most sought out residences in New York City.
This landmark building built in gothic style architecture was where the horror movie “Rosemarie’s Baby” was filmed. But it’s most known as the building where former Beatle John Lennon lived and was shot and killed on December 8, 1980.
It is said that the famous musician sometimes appears to the building’s residents, although he is not this building’s most famous ghost. That honor belongs to the two children dressed in late 19th. century style who have been seen since the 1960’s. It’s not sure who the children are, but it is assumed that they were once residents of the building, more likely around the time it was constructed.
Built in 1924 Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is said to be haunted by no fewer than 20 ghosts.
The most famous one is that of Dr. William Jacocks. He lived in room 256. He pulls pranks and locks guests out of his former room, even after it was renovated in 1990. The room was partitioned to become part of 4 other rooms and electronic locks were installed to prevent such pranks. No go, he still manages to jam the new locks.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Apple Creek Country Club in Bismarck, North Dakota is reportedly haunted by a former chef.[spacer height=”-20px”]
It’s seen its share of tragedies and historic events of the town. Folks claim that at times the building shakes as if a train is passing by.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Guests at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, Okalhoma claim to hear infant cries and female voices during their stay.
It is thought it’s the ghost of a former maid who killed herself and her illegitimate child by jumping out of one of the windows of the hotel.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Built by Universal Studios in 1927 the Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon housed both vaudeville type shows and moving pictures, today it’s a cinema and pub, it also is home to 2 haunts.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Straight out of history books is Valley Forge.
Every American knows or should know about the hardships the Continental army suffered here during the Revolution.
Today it’s a National Historical Park in Pennsylvania. Visitors claim to have seen men dressed in period army dress.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Though Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island is not really haunted, some of the furnishings and decor is reportedly so.
The objects here have a haunted history including chairs and a suit of armor.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Holley House or the Hotel Aiken in Aiken, South Carolina was built in 1878.
It is reportedly haunted specially on the second floor.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The 1880 Train in Hill City, South Dakota was the first locomotive steam engine brought to the area.
Today the Highliner Eatery is located within the train. Employees report seeing a spectral in a brown suit.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesee is more famously known as the Grand Ole Opry House because it was the site for the show, was built in 1892.
It is reportedly haunted by none other than Hank Williams, Sr. whose voice has been heard within singing his songs.[spacer height=”-20px”]
I’m sure just about everyone’s heard of the Alamo located in San Antonio, Texas.
Many American folk heroes including James Bowie and Davy Crockett died here defending the Alamo against the forces of General Santa Ana during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. During that battle over 2000 lives were lost. It’s not a stretch to hear reports of restless spirits wandering here.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Reports claim that the Mormon Militia massacred a group of settlers at this site in Central, Utah in 1857. Today visitors to the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site report hearing screams in the wind.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Legend has it that Glastenbury Mountain in Shaftsbury, Vermont is believed to be cursed by Native Americans, they used it as a burial ground.
There have been several unsolved disappearances on the hiking trails. All the trails stop partway up the mountain as if forbidding hikers to continue.[spacer height=”-20px”]
The beloved home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, located outside of Charlotteville, Virginia is said to be haunted by the famous former owner himself.[spacer height=”-20px”]
This inn located in Tacoma, Washington is where Stephen King’s movie “Red Rose” was shot. It’s called the Thornewood Castle Inn and guests and staff have reported seeing strange apparitions and lights.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Many apparitions including a marching army have been reported here.
Built in the 1800s and rumored to have been owned by Al Capone the Maribel Hotel in Maribel, Wisconsin burned down in the 1920s.
It’s rumored that it’s haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Big Horn, Wyoming is said to be at least 12,000 years old.
It’s not known who built it. Legend has it that if you fast within the circle for 4 days ancient spirits will come to you.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Although it’s not a state this post wouldn’t be complete without a haunted place in Washington D.C.
Our Nation’s Capital is not lacking for haunted places, many of them famous, or more appropriately infamous.
At the top of the list would be Ford’s Theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. It is said his footsteps can still be heard echoing up the back stairs to the President’s Box.[spacer height=”-20px”]
I’ve taken you thru the states from A-W and the District of Columbia. Each state has many more haunted places, let me know if you’ve visited any of them! Better yet contact me to book your haunted adventure at one of these spooky places!
Lately I’ve got Halloween on my mind, and it’s no wonder Halloween is just a few weeks away!
Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays, surpassed only by Christmas! It marks the start of the busiest time of year for us when 4 major holidays seem to run right into each other. It sure makes the last quarter of every year go by fast!
We started our Halloween/Fall crafts and decorating back in late August and still aren’t ready! We’ve made a few wreaths and jars, but we’re still working on costumes for the kids.
To get everyone in the Halloween spirit I thought I’d share these fun door hangers. They’d be fun to hang on any door in the house, on your office desk, or a school locker.
Just print them on card stock and cut them out. Click on the links to get the FREE jpg files.
We’re working on FREE printable signs and stickers for my favorite neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed!” and should be able to share them soon!
Aren’t familiar with this game? Check out my post last Halloween for game details and come back soon to get this year’s new FREE Printables – we’re adding matching stickers/tags for you to print out and hang on your Boo Basket! Click here to learn more about this popular neighborhood game!
Click here to download this door hanger!
Click here to download this door hanger!
It’s Halloween time again! Yay! It’s my favorite holiday right after Christmas.
One of the things I love about Halloween is that I get to give treats, and not just to kids. That’s why I love this neighborhood game I learned while visiting my daughter in Arizona a few years ago.
It’s called “You’ve Been Booed!”. The idea is to anonymously gift 2 neighbors a basket of treats, they in turn will gift 2 others, and the game goes on.
My grandsons have a great time helping put gift baskets together and devising elaborate plans on how to drop off treats unseen. I think it’s great fun and a good way to teach youngsters about sharing.
My daughters have already started collecting treats for their Halloween “Booed” baskets, they can’t wait to start the game in the neighborhoods.
This game can be played around the neighborhood or even at work or in school. We’ve designed several new versions of this game complete with instruction sheet and coordinating signs, tags, and stickers. I’m sharing them here for you to print and use this Halloween season. We have several versions of each sign (You’ve, I’ve, We’ve…been booed) for different circumstances. Choose the one that best fits your game. We designed door hangers as well if you’d prefer to give them out instead of a sign that can be taped on a door or window. The door hangers can be hung by friends and neighbors on their front door know to indicate that they’ve already received a basket.
Just click on the links below for your FREE PRINTABLE signs. You can print them on plain paper, cardstock, or even sticker paper. You can even mix & match the designs! Have fun!
Spooky Ghosts and Pumpkin (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)
Click here to download pdf files!
Door Hanger! Click here to download!
Ghost & Spider Set. (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)
Click here to download pdf files!
Ghost hangers! Click here for download!
Friendly Ghost Set. (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)
Click here to download pdf files!
Friendly Halloween Trio Set. (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)
Click here to download pdf files!
Trio door hanger. Click here to download!
The next 2 sets are meant to be printed and cut-out into the shapes. I print them on cardstock then cut them along the outer edge of the pictures.
For this friendly jack’o lantern set click here!
Click here for this eerie tombstone set!
For more ideas and another FREE Printable
game sheet, check out my post last Halloween!
It’s Fall! That means Halloween is coming soon. I think Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas. I’ve always loved the costumes and decorations for Halloween. It’s such a fun holiday for kids and adults. I loved taking my kids trick or treating; these days I go with them to take the grandkids! And when we’re not trick or treating I enjoy handing out candy from my witch’s caldron I keep on a table at the top of my driveway. Of course we deck out the driveway with ghoulish props; we even set up a fog machine that spews fog all the way up the long driveway. The neighborhood kids love it!
But in our family Halloween isn’t just celebrated on the last day of October. We celebrate it all month long! We start decorating at the end of September, play the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed”, make Halloween related crafts, go to a haunted house or two, throw a Halloween Party, and dress the kids in Halloween T-Shirts in the week leading up to Halloween. Yes, it’s a month long celebration of spooky fun things!
This year I re-discovered the ease of iron-on transfers for DIY T-Shirts. It was perfect timing. Now that I’ve made Birthday Shirts for Jett and the twins, they have September birthdays, it’s time to turn my attention to Halloween. Since iron-on transfers are my current obsession why not combine it with my Halloween crafts. So I’ve been busy designing and ironing on all sorts of ghouls, monsters, and Halloween stuff to just about everything I can think of.
One of my favorite projects are these Halloween T-Shirts. They’re fun, easy, and very inexpensive to make. Sure beats paying top dollar for Halloween T-Shirts the kids will only wear for a day or two. In fact they’re cheap enough to make several Halloween T-Shirts for each kid, so he or she will have one to wear everyday leading up to October 31.
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I’d considered making appliques tees, but decided against it. I didn’t want to invest too much time making shirts that they’d only wear for a day or so; they’re sure to have outgrown them by the time Halloween rolls around next year. That’s why iron-on transfer are perfect for this project!
You iron on anything you want on the t-shirts. I made the Halloween Hello Kitty, and the witches’ feet for Harper, and the monster and jack-o-lantern for her twin brother, Sadi, and cousin Jett.
I even added their names to make their Halloween T-Shirts extra special. That’s what I love most about DIY T-Shirts, you can personalize them for free! The letters fit on the same transfer sheet as the image, no waste!
Here’s what you’ll need to make Halloween T-Shirts for the children in your life. They’ll love them!
T-shirt – They don’t have to be the best quality, remember they’ll only be used a few times. I found the colored shirts on clearance at Walmart this summer. They cost $2 each. The white ones are actually Hanes undershirts, you can pick up a pack of 5 for less than $10 depending on the size. In a pinch you can use any unprinted shirts you have at home.
Iron On Transfer Paper – There are several brands to choose from. I use Avery Iron On Transfers; they’re available for dark and light colored material. When choosing which transfer paper to buy consider the color of the t-shirt. For white and very light colors use the transfer sheets for light colored material; for dark colors use the dark colored transfer sheets. Read my article on how to use iron on transfers for more details. For my projects I used both types of transfer sheets.
Computer – You can design your Halloween T-Shirt on the online software of the company who makes the transfer sheets or you can upload images from from phone or online photo sharing sites. Be respectful of copyrights, not all images on the internet are free. You can find many images from sites like stockphoto.com, some are free others are not. If you’re looking for some cool fonts check out dafont.com, they have lots of free fonts you can download and install on to your computer.
Printer – Once you’ve designed your shirt you’ll have to print it on the transfer paper. Read my how to article for printing tips.
Scissors or craft knife
Iron – be sure it’s not on the steam setting
Hard Surface – NOT and ironing board. I iron on my counter which I cover with a fabric remnant used only for this purpose.
Parchment Paper – most transfer paper comes with sheets of parchment paper for ironing on the transfer. If yours doesn’t the parchment paper you have in the kitchen works just as well.
Wash and dry t-shirt before you begin. DO NOT use fabric softener.
Iron wrinkles out of the shirt and let cool completely before placing transfers on them.
Design and print your transfer
Cut out images and letters they way you want to. I used my Cricut Explore Air to design and cut my transfers, but if you don’t have an electric die cut machine you can use scissors or a craft knife to cut and trim your transfers.
If you’re using dark color transfer sheets peel off the paper backing.
If you’re using light color transfer sheets DO NOT peel off paper backing.
Position transfer on the cooled t-shirt.
For this shirt I used dark color transfer sheets so I peeled off the paper backing before I positioned it on the shirt.
It’s important the shirt is cool, otherwise the transfer will start to stick on and you won’t be able to re-position it without making a big mess!
I positioned the image and the letters on the shirt before I started ironing.
When I had everything placed the way I wanted I carefully placed a sheet of parchment paper on the entire transfer. Be careful when you place the parchment paper on, make sure the edges of the transfer are flat on the t-shirt. Otherwise the transfer will be wrinkled or its edges curled up after ironing.
Once you’ve done all that follow the manufacturer’s instructions; iron setting/temperature and time you need to press the iron on the transfer.
Be sure the iron is heated to the required temperature before you begin.
Starting on one end of the transfer press the iron firmly down on the shirt for the required time. Do not more the iron around. Apply as much pressure on the iron as you can to be sure that the heat goes thru the transfer.
Repeat this process until you’ve ironed the entire transfer.
Let the shirt cool completely before carefully peeling off the parchment paper (dark color transfers) or the paper backing (light color transfers).
If the transfer edges lift off the shirt replace the parchment paper or the paper backing and iron again. NEVER place iron directly on the transfer. You’ll end up with a shriveled up mess. Trust me on this!
When you’ve peeled off the parchment paper or backing you’re Halloween T-Shirt is ready to wear!
Have fun creating Halloween T-Shirts for your friends and family this year! They make awesome favors for your Halloween party!
I’d love to see the designs you come up with. Please share them with us!
I saw this baby super hero costume on Pinterest and just had to have it for my newborn grandson, until I saw the price. It’s available by special order on etsy.com for at whopping cost of $46. In my opinion it was too costly for a photo prop that he would really use only once, twice if it still fits on Halloween.
I was determined to find a way to make this costume for fraction of the cost. But I didn’t want to haul out my sewing machine for such a tiny project so I went searching for a way to make it without a sewing machine.
I found a handy product by Ditz called Stitch Witchery, a fusible tape that attaches materials together. It costs less than $2 at the Walmart craft department. It’s a Godsend!
I “googled” cape and mask patterns and found many. I made my own paper pattern by drawing a picture I found for the cape. I printed out the mask pattern from ambrosiagirl.com.
The mask pattern can be adjusted to different sizes when you print it by selecting the image size you need. I crocheted the diaper cover from a free pattern I found on The Bradens blog.
With a bit of ingenuity and about 2 hours of work I made this reversible mask & cape, and crocheted diaper cover set for I estimate under $5. The materials I purchased for a grand total of $10 will make a cape and mask for my 1 year old grandson as well.
You can use any color material and make your own design for the applique. You can even use scraps you have on hand so it won’t cost anything. I used left over yarn for the diaper cover.
Here’s what you need to make this costume for your kids. The instructions are for newborn. You will have to adjust them for larger sizes.
1/4 yd. each of Red Satin and Yellow Satin (or colors of your choice)
1/4 yd. Pellam Fusible Interfacing
1 roll of 5/8″ Coordinating Satin Ribbon
1 roll Super Weight Stitch Witchery by Ditz
Directions for Cape:
1. Make your paper pattern and cut it out. You can also make your “applique” pattern.
2. Pin pattern on to material and cut one of each color. Cut out your “applique”
3. Place wrong sides of cape together and slip the Stitch Witchery tape along the edges. Iron on according to package directions.
4. Iron on your applique to one side of the cape.
5. Cut lengths of Stitch Witchery tape to fit half of the neckline to the edge of it. Cut out length of ribbon for one side of tie. Do the same for the other side. Attach ribbon one side at a time making sure they overlap at the center of the neckline.
Your cape is done!
Directions for Mask:
1. Print out the pattern and cut out the one you want.
2. Cut rectangles that will fit the mask pattern. 1 of each color material and 2 interfacing.
3. Attach interfacing to the wrong side of each piece of material according to directions on the interfacing. Your rectangles will bit a bit stiffer.
4. Pin mask pattern on to both material rectangles. Cut out pattern. You will have 2 masks.
5. Place 3 strips of Stitch Witchery tape on the interfacing side of one of the masks.
6. Place the interfacing side of the other mask on top of the Stitch Witchery tape. Iron together according to package directions.
7. Make small slits on either side of the mask. Attach ribbon or elastic cord to each side. Make sure cord/ribbon will go around your baby’s head comfortably.
Your Mask is done!
|Images by Carmina Ahmed
Use yarn to crochet the diaper cover in a coordinating color. Sew the button on the finished cover.
For the Braden’s free Diaper Cover Pattern click here!
This set will make a cute photo prop for newborn pictures as well as a great Halloween costume. Make it in any size you want, you can skip the diaper cover for older children.
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Halloween is next month and my youngest daughter is again looking for the “winner” costume. She has been trying to win a costume contest for years.
When she was single she dressed our poor Doberman, Portia, in all sorts of doggy costumes from Wonder Woman to a Roman Chariot paired with my grandson, her nephew, in a Roman Gladiator outfit.
A few years ago she dressed my 1 month old grandson in 2 different costumes, a lion bunting and a skeleton. Alas all her creative efforts have not garnered any costume prizes. She decided it was time for a DIY Toddler Costume !
A couple of years ago in pursuit of that much coveted prize she sent me images of creative costumes for her now toddler son asking which of them I wanted to make for him. After much discussion we decided on a chick costume which would be paired with a magnet attached to his stroller thus making him a “chick magnate”. She had found a feathered chick costume online for $89+, way too much in our opinion. We agreed to DIY a chick costume. My contribution would be the chick costume, she and her husband would deck out the stroller.
We ruled out feathered costumes basically due to my grandson’s allergies, not to mention the mess my cat would make while I was working on the costume. In the end we decided I would try making it out of felt.
I used materials purchased at Walmart and ended up with this really cute costume. It took me about 6 hours to make, I think I could have cut the time considerably had I been able to find a hoodie and eliminated the need to crochet the chick hat, but we think the crocheted hat makes the costume much cuter and he can wear the hat even after Halloween. In the end the whole costume cost less than $20.
Sweat shirt: $ 3.88
Sweat pants: 3.88
1 yard yellow felt: 4.98
1 orange felt square: .26
1 dk. orange felt square: .26
1 lt. blue felt square: .26
1 dk. blue felt square: .26
1 white felt square: .26
Glue Sticks: 4.98
Total: $19.02 + tax
The directions are for size 12 months. You will need to alter it for smaller or larger costumes.
Chick Costume Body:
1 brown sweat shirt 12 months
1 brown sweat pants 12 months
1 yard yellow felt (you will have some left over)
1 orange felt square
1 dark orange felt square
1 light blue felt square
1 dark blue felt square
Glue Gun and glue sticks
Make a template for the “feathers” using any cardboard. It should be 3″ long and 2 1/2″ wide. The bottem needs to curve. Use the template to cut out 200 pieces of felt – you won’t use it all but you need the extra for mistakes.
Cut out 200 felt “feathers”
Starting at the bottom edge of the sweat shirt glue a felt feather just above the band making sure the felt hangs past the shirt bottom but is not glued to the band itself. Glue the straight edge, the sides and 1/2″ from the curved part.
Glue top straight edge, sides, and 1/2″ above curve
Continue attaching felt in layers making sure the felt is staggered so that the seams do not line up. Work in rows in rounds from back to front. Glue one felt piece at the seams folding it to attache to both front and back. Top rows need to overlap about half way down the rows below them. Continue until you reach the neckline. You will have to trim felt pieces to follow the curve of the armholes, attache as close to the seam as possible but do not glue over the seam. At the neckline you will have to trim the straight part of the felt to follow the curve on the neck band. Glue those pieces just below the band (you will need that band to stretch so the child can slip it over his head). End layers at the shoulders. You will have a seam at the shoulders, leave it for now.
Overlap and stagger the felt pieces to make them look like “Feathers”
Once you’ve finished the body do the same to both sleeves. Start just above the wrist bands and work in layers around each sleeve. You will have to trim pieces around the arm seams. Attach felt as close to the seam as possible without attaching to the seam.
Attach felt pieces as close as possible to arm hole seams, but not over the seam. Do not attach felt to neck band.
Attach felt to cover each shoulder seam. These pieces should cover the shoulder seam and hang just a bit over the arms.
Cut 6 pieces of 3″ long triangles out of the light orange felt. Attach triangles to the neck band. 3 in front, 3 in back.
Cut out a tie from the dark blue felt. The size is up to you ( mine was long because I had to cover the print on the sweatshirt that showed thru the felt.)
Attach tie to front of costume under the middle orange triangle.
Decorate the tie with dots or strips of light blue felt glued on.
Attach felt pieces to the sweatpants. Start at the crotch. Work layers in rounds around each pant leg. Attach the same as the shirt up to the elastic waist.
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Your chick suit is done, now on to the chick hat.
To make the chick hat I used the free pattern I found on Crochet Addict. http://www.crochetaddictuk.com/2014/02/free-crochet-pattern-chick-earflap-hat.html
The instructions are easy to follow and have different sizes. The instructions include crochet eyes and beak. I did not make those opting instead to glue on felt pieces.
Make the hat as directed on Crochet Addict, you can use the crochet eyes and beak or use felt. If using felt cut 2 white felt circles, 2 dark blue felt diamonds. Glue diamonds to middle of white circles. Glue eyes to hat. Cut 1 dark orange triangle, glue to hat below eyes.
Cut 2 “feet” from the dark orange felt. Cut 2 small slits to either side of top of each foot. Chain 12 and attach to foot thru the slit. Do this 3 more times to the remaining slits. Chain lengths will tie around child’s ankles to cover his shoes.
Add a magnet made of styrofoam and foil.
Your costume is done! Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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