Halloween is an exciting time with little ones around! Few things get kids more excited than dressing up in a costume and trick-or-treating for a basket full of candy. However, coming up with a creative new costume idea each year can sometimes be a challenge. Putting together Halloween costumes can be expensive, time-consuming, or both! Here we have five simple water-themed Halloween costumes for your little swimmer. These ideas are easy to create yourself without making a big investment.
Mermaid or Merman
Dressing up as a mermaid or merman is perhaps one of the most popular water-themed costumes for Halloween. Most recognizable from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, this costume is perfect for your little ones that want to be like Ariel or King Trident.
This costume is simple to make at home with the right supplies! All you need to make a mermaid or merman tail is a hot glue gun and plenty of foam sheets. Start by cutting large scales out of the foam sheets and gluing them together to make a long skirt-like tail.
An easy costume idea is an Olympic swimmer. With this costume, you can turn your child into mini Michael Phelps in no time! The base of this costume is a pair of snug trunks for boys or a one-piece swimming suit in a solid color for girls. Add a swim cap and some plastic gold medals and you have your professional swimmer! To really put the cherry on top of this costume, turn your child into 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, or your personal favorite swimmer, by writing the last name across the swim cap with a sharpie and adding a flag. This swimmer Halloween costume is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
When you’re looking for last-minute water costumes, a simple one that you can make with supplies you may already have at home is a jellyfish. For this costume, you will need a clear umbrella, pink and white streamers (or any other colors of your choice), a clear shower curtain liner cut into strips, and a hot glue gun. Attach the streamers and strips of the shower curtain liner around the edge of the open umbrella to mimic the appearance of tentacles. Your child can then dress all in one color to match your tentacles, and there you have your jellyfish!
One of the more original DIY water costumes is dressing your child up as a scuba diver. Start by dressing your child in all black–this will be his or her wetsuit. You can then spraypaint two empty 2-liter soda bottles and attach them side-by-side to replicate an oxygen tank. Hot glue a piece of rope to each bottle to make straps to go over your child’s shoulders. As an added accessory, you can also create a makeshift toolbelt by doubling a long strip of electrical tape over itself. You can get creative with the type of tools you want to attach. Some simple, lightweight options include travel toiletry bottles or sponge curlers with the belt woven through. For the finishing touch, add a snorkel mask! Your little one will look ready to embark on a deep-sea adventure.
Year after year, one of the most popular Halloween costumes is a fairy. For children who love the water, water fairy costumes could be a great choice. Instead of traditional pink fairy attire, opt for a fairy outfit with a tutu in shades of blue and aqua wings. You can go one step further by attaching blue and green sequin discs to the costume to create an enhanced aquatic look.
If you have a child that’s fascinated with water, consider enrolling him or her in swimming lessons with us at SwimJim. We offer many different programs for all ages and experience levels. Our trained instructors will ensure that your child learns proper swimming techniques in a friendly and safe environment. Contact SwimJim today for more information regarding our swimming programs in Houston and New York.