Anyone can buy the most in-demand Halloween costume at a store. But when the kids want something out-of-the-ordinary, parenting creativity kicks into high gear. These costumes from four Chicago Parent readers - Samantha Sheahan, Maria Dripps-Paulson, Heather Holtz and Sue Quinlan - are certain winners.
Find a piece of cardboard large enough to fit over your stroller. Fold it over the front of the stroller creasing it twice. Fasten the cardboard behind the stroller using string or bungee cords.
Cut a hole in the front of the box so you can see the "doll".
Paint the box yellow. We used tempera paint with primer.
Add a green border with construction paper around the cut-out hole.
Borrow the Cabbage Kids logo from Google Images, print it on regular paper, cut the access paper off and glue the logo to the box.
Cabbage Patch Kid "Doll"
Make or purchase a crochet hat in any color to act as "hair." Pull long strands of yarn through the crochet hat as pigtails. Leave the hair loose or braid strands together. Fasten ribbons to the ponytails! If you do not know how to crochet, do not worry. I have seen Cabbage Patch hats available for purchase on Etsy.com.
For the outfit, your "doll" can wear just about anything you like! In this doll's case, she simply wore her own patchwork jeans and a wool jacket!
Sue Quinlan of Palatine
Daughter, Alexis, 21 months