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Haunted Tree - Homemade costumes for kids

A Tree or a Costume?

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Photo #1 - A Tree or a Costume? Photo #2 - Owl Mask Made From Knit Hat, Plastic Masquerade Mask and Lots of Feathers
Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest, and won a special prize in the Most Creative Costume nomination!

A word from Cassie, the 'Haunted Tree' costume creator:

Who's in that Tree?
Our teen daughter, that's who! This year our 13 year old went as a Haunted Tree with an Owl perched in her branches. Many hours were spent building her life-sized paper mache tree. Her owl head was made from an old knit hat, plastic masquerade mask, sheet foam and lots of feathers. She climbed into the tree from the back at the bottom. We hid the wheeled frame with paper mache tree roots (had to be on wheels due to all the layers of paper mache, making it heavier that expected). She freaked a few people out at her brother's school carnival by standing near the door and sneaking up behind them. She even had one onlooker poke her in the eye to see if she was real or a decoration, which left her pretty unimpressed. 

To see her costume better, check out her YouTube video:


 

Rating: 4.8 of 5. Votes: 77

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#1 comment by Ms Patty November 10, 2011

What great costumes!! You are creating awesome memories your children will pass on to their children.

Very real and scary looking, remind me to check the trees for hidden little people next time I drop something off at your house....

#2 comment by Deb O. November 10, 2011

What a great costume! I am amazed at your skill and creativity.

#3 comment by Sarah C November 10, 2011

Holy cow, this is amazing!!!

#4 comment by Michelle Knebel November 10, 2011

This one is the best costume I have ever seen!!! MY FAVORITE (even to the point of wanting to decorate my house with it LOL)

#5 comment by Patty Zapel November 11, 2011

Great costume!! Very realistic and scary!!

#6 comment by Ellen M November 11, 2011

Awesome! Will never look at a tree the same!

#7 comment by MC November 11, 2011

What a great costume!

#8 comment by Dominic November 11, 2011

all I can say is WOW!

#9 comment by Beth November 11, 2011

What a great costume!!

#10 comment by Don Pickert November 12, 2011

This is fun! Love this costume. So creative!

#11 comment by Kelsey Anderson November 14, 2011

Wow!! That is really incredible! Great skill & detail :) This looks like a prop you would buy from the Halloween store!

#12 comment by Her Mama November 17, 2011

Thanks everybody, she and I worked night after night, building her tree. I was thankful to spend that much time with her, being a teen now and all! :)

#13 comment by Chris flowers November 18, 2011

That's awesome cass!!!!! You have my vote! You girls should be very proud of yourselves! Who who is it? Lol.

#14 comment by Cassie November 18, 2011

It's our baby girl Kiya...hard to believe she was so little when we were back in the mountains:). Lil Hawk was so liitle then too...amazing how fast time flies!

#15 comment by Alexia November 19, 2011

What a beautiful tree my cousin is (:
Great job on your custome!! It looks very real, this is awesome!

#16 comment by Jannis November 19, 2011

Now THAT is one spooky tree. How many hours went into that, I can only imagine. And the work that went into it. Crazy cool.

#17 comment by Lottie November 19, 2011

If it weren't for the hands sticking out at the end, it would be very hard to tell--tree or costume?

#18 comment by Mama Cas November 20, 2011

She and I spent about a month working on it after dinner until bedtime. Many many hours of gooped up hands forming the paper mache on the limbs etc. Was much more fun after the 1st layer was done, since it kept sliding off to start with.

#19 comment by Joe Golden November 20, 2011

Great costume! How did you come up with that idea...very original! Haven't seen anything that cool in a while!!!

#20 comment by Megan November 21, 2011

You always have the best costumes!

#21 comment by sabina November 25, 2011

Wow. perfect, great job and would have scare the hell out of me if I would have seen it in real life.

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