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Pinocchio Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner. You open up your e-mail and see the announcement: there is going to be a big Halloween costume contest in your city with a really awesome prize.

You’ve simply got to win it—but how? You need to come up with something imaginative. It has to be something that will make people smile. It needs to be something original. And it needs to be something easy, because you haven’t got much time. Everyone else will show up dressed like the latest celebrity couple or the current politician who’s been making headlines. You need something different.

When it comes to Halloween costume ideas, you can't get any more original than entering the costume dressed like Pinocchio and Geppetto. Of course, you'll need a partner-in-crime to enter the costume with you, but if you can snag someone who's not afraid of dressing up, the rest is easy. Since they'll be in costume, people of either gender can play Pinocchio or Geppeto, so let's go.

The basis of your Pinocchio costume will be bright red shorts and a yellow T-shirt. To make Pinocchio's classic red suspenders, simply get some red cloth and yellow felt. Cut the red cloth into two strips (measuring 'Pinocchio's' shoulders to be sure each strip will reach the shorts in the front and the back). Hot glue the suspender straps to the inside seam of the shorts. With the yellow felt, cut out two large circles that will be Pinocchio’s suspender "buttons" and glue them on the front of the shorts just where the suspenders attach.

Tie a thick blue ribbon into a huge bow (you may need a crafty friend to help if you're not a good bow tier) and hot glue it to the front of Pinocchio's shirt. He'll also need white gloves and a hat. Pinocchio typically has a yellow hat with blue ribbon trim around it, but a small, yellow straw hat will do. Apply black eyeliner around his eyes, as well as blush to Pinocchio’s cheeks to give him a puppetry glow.

Most importantly, Pinocchio needs strings. For this, take two dowel rods and glue them together in an X. With a roll of thick string, measure two pieces that will reach from the bottoms of Pinocchio’s feet up to a foot or two above his head. Do the same with two strings that will reach from his wrists to above his head. Glue one end of each string to each end of the X. You can tie the strings to Pinocchio's wrists/ankles, tuck them into his gloves, socks, or simply have them dangle free as Geppetto walks around and pretends to guide him.

Speaking of Geppetto, he needs a costume. For a DIY Geppetto costume, you'll need a short-sleeved men's white dress shirt, a black dress vest, black dress pants, and shiny black shoes or boots. The pants should be rolled up to the calves; you can find temporary hem tape to keep them in place if they try to fall down. Geppeto should wear socks (in either black or white) pulled all the way up underneath the pants legs. If you can find a heavy work apron, this will look great.

Geppetto also needs a grey or white mustache and small round or square grandpa glasses. You'll likely have to find these at a costume store or online. While you’re at the costume supply store, look for some temporary white hair dye to complete your Geppetto look.


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