My son is actually going as Darth Vader for Halloween this year, but his preschool is having a costume party Halloween morning. His teacher asked the students to dress up like a character from a nursery rhyme. We were encouraged to keep the costumes simple, cheap, and homemade. No need to tell me twice. To keep with the nursery rhyme theme, this is technically an Itsy Bitsy Spider costume but it could also be a scary spider, girly spider, dapper gentlemen spider, or radioactive superhero-creating spider, depending on how you accessorize it. If you are looking for a last minute spider costume for your young one, or yourself, you can make this one in almost no time and by using materials you can find at your local dollar store!
I had a black hoodie on hand (it will be part of his Darth Vader costume too) but you could also use a black shirt and knit cap for this costume.
I don’t have a full tutorial for this costume because I mainly followed this spider costume tutorial from Dollar Store crafts with a few tweaks. Instead of buying black duct tape to attach the sock legs, I used monofilament and a large needle to sloppily sew them to the sides of the sweatshirt. I used the same monofilament to connect the sock arms to the sleeves so they move when my son does.
I didn’t want to use fabric glue to attach the 8 googly eyes to the hood of my son’s sweatshirt because they will need to be taken off after his preschool party is over. I am not sure we could explain why Darth Vader suddenly had spider eyes. I used adhesive dots to attach the eyes, and hopefully they will pull right off the fabric when they need to.
I volunteered to bring the not-so-sweet treat for my son’s preschool costume party. To keep with the nursery rhyme, and Halloween, theme I made some easy spider snacks for him to serve to his classmates. You can actually buy all the ingredients necessary for this snack at the dollar store, as well.
To make Last Minute Halloween Spider Snack, you will need:
round snack crackers
creamy peanut butter
Simply spread some creamy peanut butter on a round cracker. Arrange 8 pretzel sticks to look like spider’s legs. Sandwich another round cracker on top. Boom goes the dynamite.
Even if you are doing last-minute prep for Halloween, you still have time to make a great costume and serve up a spooky snack!
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- black hoodie
- large needle
- 2 pair of black knee socks
- plastic grocery bags
- googly eyes
- adhesive dots
- black gloves
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Frantic Mom says
Fantastic…we needed a last minute costume idea and this fit the bill.
Malisha Mishel says
It’s really a superb idea! My 3year’s son must love this Spider Costume and I’m on the way to start making it. Hope will do perfectly like yours! Wish me good luck Jessica! 🙂
Thank you so much for the kind comment! I hope your son loves his costume!
This costume works great for adults too. I found it last October when me and my boyfriend were looking for couple costume ideas. I wanted to do a Spider and a Fly. I wanted to be the spider so I found this costume. It was so cute! I loved modifying it for myself, I added a red hour glass on the shirt to make it look like a Black Widow Spider. It was so fun! I put some web around my boyfriend to make it look like he was being wrapped up in my web.
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