All Hallows Eve is coming. With it comes the chance for gardeners to turn their natural creativity into fabulous plant costumes for Halloween. While witch and ghost costumes have their loyal fans, we’re sort of over that by this time and looking for something fun. There is nothing like thinking up garden costume ideas to put a smile on your face. Read on for a few ideas to get you started.
Garden Themed Costumes
Admittedly, it’s easier to dress up as a ghost than a plant since all it requires is a sheet and some scissors. However, creating garden themed costumes is more fun.
Starting with a solid green outfit gets you on your way toward a plant costume. If you don’t have anything green, consider dying last year’s white summer capris and a T-shirt. A green sheath dress works too or simply a green poncho.
From there, you can go any way that attracts you. For a simple costume, make yourself into a flower by sewing up a “crown” of appropriate petals. This can create an awesome daisy, sunflower, or rose. Sew up a “leaf” that attaches to your sleeve and you’re ready for the party.
Other Garden Halloween Costumes
Years ago, one of our editors dressed up as a tomato plant – green leotard and stockings (or anything green head to toe) with little tomato pincushions attached here and there.
If you are willing to invest a little more time on your garden costume ideas, why not make yourself into a fruit tree. Use the basic green pants and long-sleeved top, then cut leaves out of felt or paper and sew them onto the shirt front and back to create a canopy. You can attach little plastic apples or cherries to your arms as well or just make some out of paper and tape them on.
Alternatively, for these garden Halloween costumes, just carry a bag in the shape of your “fruit” that you sew out of pieces of felt and ribbon. Another idea is to simply carry a mesh bag full of the real thing, like real red apples for an apple tree.
Plant Costumes for Halloween
Halloween costume ideas flow thick and fast if you let your imagination run wild. How about dressing up as a potted plant?
Get an extra-large plastic planter pot – ideally one that is mimicking a terra cotta pot – and cut out the bottom to create a kind of planter skirt. Attach straps to the top of the planter that will suspend it from your shoulders, then tuck fake flowers into the top. A few paper butterflies will complete the look.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.