Spin a web of fun with this superhero Halloween costume idea.
Searching the Web for a super Halloween costume? How about Spider-Man, hero of the popular Marvel Comics series and several motion pictures? Let’s face it Spider-Man rocks for trick or treating or any Halloween costume event. Spider-Man is one of the most well-known cartoon superheroes. Virtually every costume shop or Halloween store carries Spider-Man suits in a full range of sizes for children and adults. Major department and discount stores offer Spider-Man pajamas too. Any of these make excellent starting points for building Spider-man superhero costumes for Halloween.
It’s also possible to create a Spider-Man Halloween costume from scratch.
Here’s how to dress up as Spider-Man for Halloween.
At least three different Spider-Man costume options may be found. All three are fairly simple to make as well.
1. Peter Parker costume
The most nonchalant costumers might choose this option, dressing up as the shy and bookish Peter Parker, alter-ego of Spider-Man. Blue jeans, a hoodie sweatshirt, and a pair of scholarly looking eyeglasses are ideal for the Peter Parker costume. The Peter Parker option is wry and fun, because the non-costume actually portrays Spider-Man in costume – or perhaps, out of costume. Tuck a Spider-Man comic book under one arm, and paint a fake spider bite on the other arm as the final touch for this outfit.
Just for kicks, why not confuse everyone and wear this version to accompany a friend in the Spider-Man superhero costume?
2. Traditional Spider-Man costume
By far the most popular choice, this ensemble is red with black webbing accents and royal blue legs. Use a black Sharpie marker to draw a spider web design on a red long-sleeved jersey top and a pair of red knee-high socks. Add the Spider-Man chest emblem as well.
Slip on a pair of royal blue sweatpants or leggings, tucking the cuffs inside the red knee socks.
Draw a spider web design on a red swim cap, and tuck hair up into it.
3. Spider-Man Symbiote costume
This Halloween costume is essentially the same as the traditional Spider-Man version, except that only black clothing is used, along with a black swim cap. The spider web design and chest emblem are created with white or silver fabric or puff paint.
Add a Spider-Man Halloween mask, unless face painting will be done.
Face painting is the secret to the do-it-yourself Spider-Man costume.
Here’s how to face paint Spider-Man the way superhero artists do it. This method creates a full-face design, although a partial-face design may also be done, leaving the nose and mouth areas bare. That option may be particularly suited for younger children.
First, gather the Spider-Man face painting materials: face paint in several colors (black, red, and white), small cosmetic foam wedges, a fine-pointed paintbrush, a non-tippy cup of water, paper towels, and a hand-held mirror. It helps to have a picture of Spider-Man to use as a model for drawing.
Arrange two chairs, face to face. Sit knee-to-knee with the Spider-Man model, with the face painting materials close at hand. Use a small cosmetic foam wedge to apply white face paint around each eye. Spider-Man’s eyes are flat across the top, slanting slightly up to the outside, and curved along the bottom. Take a second cosmetic foam wedge, and apply red paint to the rest of the face. It’s easiest to use a dabbing technique for the best coverage, rather than swiping or wiping the face paint. Create a smooth transition line between the red face paint and the white eye area paint, and be sure to make a clean edge around the perimeter of the face and the chin line.
Allow the face paints to dry for a few minutes. Then use the small pointed paintbrush to outline the eye areas with black face paint. Paint a spider web on the face, using a grid-like pattern. If desired, add a little black spider in the web.
Note: For the Spider-Man Symbiote costume, the whole face is done in black and white.
The Spider-Man Halloween costume, in any of these three versions, offers a superhero’s portion of trick or treating fun.