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Reiza, who is pregnant and due right around Purim, tweeted that she hasn’t thought about Purim costumes yet for her three kids. I always find it hard to come up with easy, inexpensive costumes. After Purim, of course, I have dozens of ideas. Reiza wrote, “Costumes should be eco-friendly (aka cheap).”
Here are some ideas from readers:
- Nina: My brother is going to be a Jewish pirate this year. He’s wearing tzitzit over a red or white shirt, a bandana, pirate hat, blue cut off pants, boots, a sword, and gelt.
- Alpidarkomama: My favorite costume of all was when my son was a kohen gadol. Just took a rectangular piece of fabric and cut a head-hole in the middle, tied it with a sash. Added the appropriate apron, breastplate, and cardboard hat. It was great!! I’m going to recycle it this year for him, if he wants. We’ve also been working on new hats (paper bag/papier mache/cardstock brims), paper bag dresses (cut out neck and armholes, decorate, and add additional paper bag panels to make it hang down further), and monster feet (large cardboard cutouts with cardboard straps stapled onto them… probably won’t last long!). I hope we get it all done!
- Annie: My son once dressed up as a British businessman: my husband’s suit jacket (which reached his ankles, which was funny enough in itself ), a rolled up black umbrella, a copy of the Financial Times (or any English newspaper), an old briefcase, and a painted on pencil mustache.My daughter dressed up as Shalosh Regalim. I made her an extra leg (regel, geddit?) from a stuffed panty hose with the 2nd leg hidden inside, tied it to a belt around her waist. We made a paper and cardboard crown, half looking like matza, half decorated with flowers, and topped with leaves for sechach.
- AR: Two of the easiest costumes we have used and reused:(a) Haman – any black clothes + construction paper triangles over the ears make “oznei Haman” + evil looking mustache / whiskers / eyebrows drawn with a black eyebrow pencil. Extra efforts could involve some kind of Persian hat. Lots of kids find it thrilling to dress up as the villain.
(b) a dalmation puppy. We bought cheap white pjs at the shuk and let the kids finger paint black spots all over and made matching floppy ears (hung over the kid’s ears with string loops). Young kids can be comfortable in the soft pjs all day and still say they are dressed up as puppy, which is something everyone understands.
- Shorty: This is my first Purim in a long time, and my husband and i are thinking of dressing up as Yetzer Hatov and Yetzer Harah. I was thinking for “Hatov” i would make a little Torah scroll to carry around, maybe some angel wings, dress in white. for Harah, we happen to have devil’s horns and dressing in black, maybe carry around a National Enquirer (to represent Lashon Harah) or some other “naughty”…
- Reizy:I’ll share what we’ve used in the past: A butterfly using a headband with wings that we had in with the dress-up clothes, a brightly colored-striped shirt and matching pants (that one didn’t go over so well. People didn’t understand what she was); a queen with an existing dress-up crown, fancy jewelry and a foofy dress; The princess and the pea (see above, but with the letter P cut from foam hanging around her neck); Goldilocks and the 3 bears (Girl1 in a dress and sweater with a nametag that read, “Goldilocks,” and 2 bears pinned to her sweater, and her then baby brother was baby bear); a pirate (cut up old clothing–super easy costume and free) plus a hat/hook set I got at the Dollar tree; Superman (blue pjs with the S symbol painted on); the tooth fairy (wings, pretty dress and “teeth” accessories made out of foam–wand, bag, etc).This past summer, at camp, they had Purim in July for one of their meshugenah days. I just let the kids raid their dress-up clothes. One of the girls was a super hero who saved butterflies (butterfly hat with a cape pinned to her). The other one went as a cat with jaguar-printed pieces from the dress-up bin (pants and arm bands).
Oh and last year, for Sunday school, the twins went as night and day. One wore a black sweat suit to which I glued (Elmer’s glue, so they all washed off) paper stars. The other wore a light blue outfit with a cloud blanket pinned over her shoulders. They wore paper plate masks–one with a crescent moon painted on it and the other with a sun painted on it.
- Emah S:My almost 8 year old son wants to be a ROBOT. He will wear grey sweatpants and a long sleeve grey shirt, and over it, he will wear a box that we have cut and covered with aluminum foil……..hole for the head, holes for the arms, bottom opened up. We bought a silver facepaint marker, and will paint his face silver. We’re embellishing the box with different recycled things around the house covered in more foil.My 5 1/2 year old wants to be a PIRATE. We took an old pair of sweats and cut them on a zig-zag just below the knee, he’ll wear a long sleeve white tshirt (big and a bit puffed), my winter scarf (plain black no fringe) around his waist for a belt, and we made a HOOK for him to hold…….I took an old plastic cup, covered it with black paper and then made a hook by covering a drinking straw with foil and bending it into a hook shape. When the cup is placed over his hand, he’s got a piece of foil that is sticking inside for him to hold onto. He’ll wear a red bandana tied on his head, and the ONLY thing we’ve bought for him is an eye patch and a clip on gold hoop earring! OH, and we’ll paint on a beard for him.
BOTH CHEAP to free, AND BOTH have loved working on the costumes with me!!
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