Things You'll Need
1 yard gray fleece
1 yard black fleece
Gray hooded sweat shirt
Gray sweat pants
Black costume mask
Black face paint
Black cotton gloves
Although they are pesky little critters that raid trash cans and burrow in attics, raccoons are also a storybook favorite, with their cute, masked faces featured in fairy tales and forest-themed stories. This Halloween, create an easy-to-make costume and let your child dress up as this woodland creature. Since it uses materials you can pick up at any craft store, it also makes a great last minute costume.
Create a tail. Cut 6-inch strips of black and gray fleece, then sew them together to make a large black-and-gray striped sheet. Cut the sheet into a triangle so that the stripes are parallel with the base of the triangle. The base should be about 1 1/2 feet long, while the sides should both be about 2 1/2 feet long. Sew the 2 1/2 feet sides together, then fill the tail with cotton batting.
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Obtain a pair of gray sweatpants. Sew the tail to the rear of the pants with a needle and thread.
Cut two triangles out of black felt. The sides of the triangles should be about 3 inches long. Sew them to the edge of the hood of the hooded sweatshirt to create raccoon ears.
Wear a black carnival mask, which covers the area around the eyes, to mimic the coloring of a raccoon face.
Draw whiskers on the face using black face paint.
Cover your hands with stretchy, black gloves.