To celebrate our inaugural Mini-Makers gallery program (a free guided art project for children 5 and younger on October 31st) The Art League has compiled seven of our favorite artful mini Halloween costumes, perfect for your little artist or to scale up for your own get up! From artists to famous paintings, these are our favorite pint-sized dress-up ideas.
Bob Ross (and a happy little tree)
Everyone’s favorite TV artist can be completed with a curly wig (or your kiddo’s own hair should they be lucky enough to have some of Ross’s signature curls) a little face paint, and a simple button down! Bonus points for brush or palette props, and a sibling can always dress as a “happy little tree” or “happy little cloud” and get in on the arty fun.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s bright style and signature unibrow make pulling off this costume easy. A floral summer dress, some fake flowers for a flower crown and some bright jewelry will transform your little one into the famously fashionable Kahlo.
Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama (made a DC legend during her “Infinity Mirror” exhibit at the Hirshorn) has unique look that makes great use of that old Minnie Mouse costume you have laying around from last Halloween. If the outfit still fits your child, accessorize with a short red wig with bangs (Kusama’s signature cut), large sunglasses, and as many polka dots as you can get your hands on.
Nailing the Andy Warhol look is easy…jeans, a dark long sleeve top and dark sunglasses…followed by the artist’s signature mussed white hair. For extra credit, carry around a classic Campbell’s soup can, emptied out of course! This costume can easily be used next year as Steve Jobs getup.
“Son of Man” Rene Magritte painting
Get ready to go apple picking, because you’ll need an apple as big as your kiddo’s face for this one! A miniature suit and tie, and a bowler hat complete the outfit! Bonus points if your kid happens to be double jointed!
Girl with the Pearl earring
This beautiful painting by Vermeer can be recreated with a series of draped fabrics and some costume jewelry. Have your little one pose against a dark background to complete the look for Halloween photos.
Van Gogh and Starry Night
Turn your little ones into Starry night and Van Gogh! For the painting (paint your own with fabric paint or get a print out of the painting and add some face paint for authenticity) add a frame or keep the outfit simple by just showing off the artwork. Some red beard face paint and a bandaged ear make for a perfect little Van Gogh, just add a palette you’re not using any more with lots of (DRIED) blues and yellows to complete the look. A great costume for siblings or friends.
There’s still time to sign up for our October 31 Mini-Makers program in the Gallery, but tickets are limited! To sign your kids up, and learn more, visit the Mini-Makers Eventbrite. See you there!