My husband was a trooper for wearing this Rocket ship costume for Kysen's first Halloween!

If it is October 30th and you woke up screaming: “What is my son going to be for Halloween tomorrow?”  I got you covered, moms!  This is a super-easy and pretty fast costume that your little astronaut can actually help you make!  This is also a great Summer project for playing dress up or make believe that boys will enjoy—you know all those sound effects they love to make—it’s perfect!

All you need is:

  • Large cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Paper
  • Foil
  • Home Printer
  • Silver paint & brush
  • Silver ribbon
  • Hole punch


  1. Cut out a rocket shape from your cardboard, taking into consideration the height of your boy and his comfort in running around with the costume on.  Make a hole for his handsome little head too!  Then set your little tyke to work painting that cardboard cutout silver (I used 2 coats of non-toxic silver acrylic paint).
  2. While he or she paints you can be googling NASA images to print out and attach to the rocket.  I used a traditional logo.  Also add some letter and number combos for extra-added authenticity.  With orange construction paper cut out a “tip” for your rocket.
  3. Next step is assembling the wings: take more cardboard and cut out two triangular wing shapes.  Using double-sided tape, cover the wings with foil.  Attach the wings to the rocket securely (you may want to use heavier tape for this part).
  4. Using your hole punch, punch two holes on each side of the rocket where the rocket will be secured to your child.  Take two long pieces of the silver ribbon and attach the ribbon through the holes.  Simply tie the ribbon pieces around your child’s back and secure with a bow!  Now you have an instant astronaut rocket-man!
This easy to make with materials you have on hand and 100% recyclable Halloween costume ROCKS!

This is a great craft to make to decorate a child’s room as well, and you can scale it down for that purpose.  It could also work for an astronaut or space themed birthday decoration!  I intend using this rocket in Kysen’s room one day as I would love for him to have a space-themed room!

Please post your own quick to make dress up or home made costume ideas!

xo, Kristen
Kristen Hong of Hello Nutritarian

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