How to Make a Pioneer Costume

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Pioneers settled much of the American West in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pioneers settled much of the American West in the 18th and 19th centuries. (Image: Second Berry-Lincoln Store image by chas53 from Fotolia.com)

Pioneer Halloween costumes are favorites for little girls who love "Little House on the Prairie." Even if you don't know how to sew, you can come up with a good pioneer costume using items you can find at thrift stores. If you do know how to sew, you can make everything from bonnets to bloomers. This is a perfect costume for Northern climates, where trick-or-treaters have to deal with cold weather. You can bundle up beneath the big dress and stay warm.

Things You'll Need

  • Dress with long sleeves
  • Bloomers
  • Apron
  • Afghan
  • Bonnet
  • Lace-up boots
  • Cotton collared shirt
  • Khaki pants
  • Suspenders
  • Cowboy hat
  • Cowboy boots
  • Hobby horse

Girl's Costume

Find or make a good base dress that's long with long sleeves. Calico cotton with a small floral pattern is a great fabric for a pioneer dress.

Find or make some bloomers. If you don't sew, cut some scrubs to mid-calf length. Put a pair of white tights under these and you'll not only look authentic but also stay warm on a cold night.

Add a pinafore-style apron or a waist-style apron. You also can merely pin a white dish towel to the dress.

Add a crocheted tablecloth or afghan as a shawl.

Buy or make a bonnet.

Find some lace-up boots or Mary Jane shoes.

Boy's Costume

Find a cotton collared shirt and a pair of khaki pants.

Add a pair of suspenders.

Find a straw or leather cowboy hat.

Get a pair of cowboy boots, a pair of loafers or dress shoes.

Look for accessories, such as a hobby horse, a garden tool or wooden tool box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Think of fun accessories to carry, such as a basket or a little oil lamp. Your little pioneer could collect candy in a basket instead of a plastic pumpkin.

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