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young boy outside wearing homemade skeleton Halloween costume with skull face mask protection for COVID

Skeleton Costume with Face Mask DIY

By Brenda Ponnay

Even though Halloween trick-or-treating during COVID will be different this year, we do know that the CDC has recommended that children make face masks a part of their Halloween costumes. So, we took that recommendation and did just that! (Please do click through the link to read the CDC guidelines on how to try to keep safe while trick-or-treating during COVID.)

Here we make an easy- and quick-to-make Skeleton Costume for Halloween.

overhead photo of long-sleeve black t-shirt,black cloth face mask, and white felt and fabric scissors

Supplies needed to make a Skeleton Costume:

  • one black pre-washed black cloth face mask
  • skeleton pajamas (or a plain black t-shirt to which you can add felt bones shapes)
  • three pieces of 8×10 white felt (natural or synthetic craft felt)
  • hot glue gun OR white embroidery floss and a needle

three photos showing close-up of felt being sewn onto homemade Halloween skeleton costume and face mask for COVID

How to make a Skeleton Costume with a face mask:

There are two ways you can make this costume:
1) you can cut out your felt pieces and glue them on with hot glue, OR
2) you can be like us and sew them on. Sewing will last longer and looks better but it also requires some patience. Just binge-watch a season of Schitt’s Creek and it will go by in no time.

Download a printable for bone shapes below. We made a super easy version for you below. It’s not anatomically correct but it gets the job done. Just download, print, and cut:

Click to download skeleton costume’s face skull and arm bones here.

Click to download skeleton costume’s ribs and clavicle here.

photo of young boy wearing homemade skeleton Halloween costume with skull face mask covering mouth and nose for COVID and holding a plastic pumpkin bucket

Happy Halloween! Remember to stay extra safe and follow the CDC’s safety guidelines.

Find more homemade Halloween Costumes ideas from Alpha Mom:

1. Last-Minute Kids’ Owl Costume
2. No-Sew Jellyfish Costume
3. DIY Ruth Bader Ginsburg Child’s Costume

Photography by Maria Changsek.

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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