Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the wickedest queen of all? Your child, of course, dressed for Halloween as bejeweled royalty.
If I had a cape, I could also be a ... Batman, Little Red Riding Hood, or Dracula.
Start by creating the cape. Cut a basic cape shape out of a large piece of felt or fleece. The size of the cape will depend upon the size of your child. For symmetry, cut the cape from fabric folded in half and trim to shape (we cut our Mean Queen cape from a 32- by 48-inch piece of fleece).
Next, jazz up the cape with fake fur. To do this, cut out three 2 1/2-inch-wide strips of the fur. Use hot glue (parents only) to attach the strips to the cape, 1 strip across the top and 2 strips lined on the outside edges.
Have your child put on a black outfit, such as a black leotard, skirt, and shoes.
For a wicked crown, cut the black poster board into a crown and glue on plastic gems.
Gather costume jewelry (we made a choker out of ribbon with a paper-clipped plastic gem).
Finish the costume with some pointy press-on nails, spooky makeup, and a store-bought maraca covered with gems.