How to Make Skeleton Costumes

It will soon be that time of the year again when kids in ghoulish costumes parade the streets asking in their cute little voices “trick or treat?” And you know that it’s not Halloween without a Halloween Costume. For parents, it can be a very tasking time as kids come up to you with very different requests about how and what they would like to look like for Halloween. What if your kid asks for a Skeleton Costume? While the latter is a good way to scare the living daylight out of unwary passersby, making it together with your kid could be a good bonding experience. In this article, we will teach you how to make Skeleton Costumes.

Step 1: Get your materials

The materials you need to make a skeleton costume are:

  1. A black long sleeve shirt
  2. A black leggings
  3. White fabric paint
  4. Glow in the dark fabric paint
  5. Iron
  6. Freezer paper
  7. Pencil


Step 2: Sketch the bones

Sketch out shapes of bones on the side of the freezer paper made of paper. You do not have to worry about sketching as detailed as Leonardo Da Vinci’s and besides, you could easily source out sketches online. Just try to get a modest gauge of the wearer’s skeleton and where they meet at the joints. You could do this by having them put on the black long sleeve and leggings and marking out these joints.


Step 3: Cut out the Bones

With your sketch all done, all you need to do now is cut out the bones from the freezer paper. I nice pair of scissors should do the job just fine.


Step 4: Layout the Templates of the Bones

The next step in this guide to making a skeleton costume is to lay out the templates left after the bones are cut out from the freezer paper on the black long sleeve and leggings. Ensure that the plastic end of the freezer paper is the side against the fabric and that all the bones are visible and that there is no part of the freezer paper overlapping onto the bones.


Step 5: Ironing 

At this stage, the iron comes into play. Use the iron to press the freezer paper against the clothing. Ensure that it is not so hot that it burns the clothe underneath or renders the plastic that is supposed to affix itself to the clothe ineffective.


Step 6: Apply Paint

Your skeleton costume is almost ready. All you need to do now is apply paint with a brush. Your painting technique should be tapped onto the stencil rather than glossing over it.


Step 7: Peel Off

Ensure that the paint is dry before gently peeling the paper stencil.


Step 8: Glow

Your Skeleton Costume is ready but should you wish it to glow in the dark, you ought to apply the fourth item of our list of materials, that is, the Glow in the dark fabric paint. Apply the glow by tracing over the bones.



There! Halloween isn’t even by the corner but thanks to this guide on how to make skeleton costumes, we know that you’re ready.