Trick or treat as a pair of popular vintage dolls.
Raggedy Ann and Andy will surely visit neighborhoods all over on October 31 trick or treating. The traditional dolls always make a big showing on Halloween.
Raggedy Ann and her companion, Raggedy Andy, first made the scene in doll form in 1915, followed by a 1918 book, Raggedy Ann Stories, by American author Johnny Gruelle. Basing the stories on an old rag doll he found in his mother’s attic, Gruelle apparently wrote and illustrated the Raggedy Ann and Andy tales for his own daughter Marcella, who was seriously ill. In 1964, Frankie Vallee and the Four Seasons released a hit single, “Rag Doll,” and perhaps the beloved dolls had something to do with it. There is even a Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum, located in Arcola, Illinois.
For generations, Raggedy Ann and Andy have been treasured fictional characters, favorite children’s playthings, and popular trick-or-treating costuming choices. Adults and children alike enjoy dressing up as Raggedy Ann and Andy for Halloween parties, costume events and trick-or-treating.
My own children have sported Raggedy Ann and Andy costumes for trick-or-treating. In fact, our home-sewn costumes have actually made their way through several years of Halloweens, as cousins and grandchildren have worn them as well.
Here’s how to dress up as Raggedy Ann and Andy for Halloween.
Sewing patterns are available for making Raggedy Ann and Andy Halloween costumes. Our own trick-or-treating and favorite dress-up costume began with a simple McCall’s sewing pattern (McCall’s 4097: “Raggedy Ann & Andy”). Although this pattern may no longer appear in McCall’s sewing catalogs, similar versions may yet be available. The original McCall’s 4097 can be found online through numerous resale vendors.
Raggedy Ann and Andy costume sewing patterns call for calico or gingham fabric for Raggedy Ann’s dress and Raggedy Andy’s shirt. A solid blue broadcloth or poplin is ideal for Raggedy Andy’s pantaloons, and solid white works well for Raggedy Ann’s bloomers and apron. A red-and-white striped fabric stitches up nicely into leggings for both Raggedy Ann and Andy.
You can build your Raggedy Ann and Andy Halloween costumes easily without sewing.
Of course, you do not need to know how to sew to create your Raggedy Ann and Andy trick-or-treating or dress-up costumes. You can fashion your own Halloween rag doll costumes from old clothing as well.
1. Raggedy Ann costume
First, find an old-fashioned calico-type dress. A flowered flannel nightgown might do the trick, if it is cut off to a shorter length (a little above the knee). Grab a white half-slip (preferably cotton), with a stretchy elastic waist. Ideally, the slip will have a ruffle or lacy edge around the hem. The slip should be long enough to fall slightly higher than the floral dress, when the elastic is placed above the bust line. The slip will become Raggedy Ann’s apron. Cut two white ribbons (approximately one inch wide), and safety-pin them to the top of the slip as shoulder straps for Raggedy Ann’s apron.
A pair of clean white sweatpants does nicely as Raggedy Ann’s white bloomers. Push the elasticized cuffs up, so this hitch right below the knees. Add red-and-white striped tights or knee socks and a pair of sneakers.
2. Raggedy Andy costume
Start with a red-and-white checked button-down shirt. Fasten it all the way to the top. Add a white ribbon or bandana around the neck, and tie it in the front.
Tuck the shirt into a pair of baggy blue pants. Solid pajama pants or sweatpants will work, topped with a set of bright suspenders. Roll the pant cuffs up almost to the knees. Step into a pair of red-and-white striped knee socks and some black sneakers.
What accessories are needed for the Raggedy Ann and Andy Halloween costumes?
The most important feature of any Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy costume is the red yarn wig. These may be found in Halloween stores or costume shops, but a homemade wig does nicely too.
Although sewing and craft patterns offer stitching instructions for making a Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy red yarn wig, there is a much easier way. Start with a stretchy swim cap. Use a hot-melt glue gun to attach pieces of bulky red yarn all over the cap. Measure the yarn to the desired length (for Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy), but double the lengths before cutting. Fold each piece of yarn in half, and glue the fold to the swim cap. After assembling your Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy red yarn wig, try it on for tailoring, and give it a haircut, if needed. Add a perky bow for Raggedy Ann or a white sailor’s cap for Raggedy Andy.
What makeup is essential for Raggedy Ann and Andy Halloween costumes?
This part is super-simple. Grab a black eyeliner pencil and a bright red lipstick. Draw black freckles and exaggerated eyelashes with the eyeliner pencil. Add a red triangle nose and rosy cheeks with the lipstick to complete the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy costumes for Halloween.