How to Make a Superman/Clark Kent Halloween Costume

Updated on November 11, 2019
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She makes prize-winning Halloween decorations and shows you how here.

How to Make a DIY Clark Kent/Superman Costume

Whenever possible, I prefer to make Halloween costumes for my children rather than buy them. They tell me who they want to be for trick–or-treating well ahead of time so I can plan, shop, and make their costumes from scratch.

This year, my eldest son wanted an unusual Halloween costume; he didn't just want to be Superman—he wanted to be Clark Kent, too! He really does think outside the box, that child.

This is my son in his copmpleted Superman/Clark Kent Halloween costume.
This is my son in his copmpleted Superman/Clark Kent Halloween costume. | Source

Materials Needed

  • White shirt
  • Superman tee shirt
  • Tie
  • Old pair of glasses

Tools Needed

  • Sewing needle
  • Black thread
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. It would be ideal if you could find a children’s black tie. If not, buy an adult tie in a secondhand thrift or charity shop.
  2. Cut a piece of about 8 inches off the tie on the smaller side.
  3. Sew back the end bit.

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Cut the tie to fit the costume. Sew the tie using your black thread.
Cut the tie to fit the costume.
Cut the tie to fit the costume. | Source
Sew the tie using your black thread.
Sew the tie using your black thread. | Source

Completing the Look

If your child does not wear glasses, then look around for an old pair of sunglasses. You can remove the lenses from the frames and he can wear those with his costume.

Get your child to try on the costume and see what he thinks. In the last few years here in Ireland, it has become a custom that kids wear their costumes to school the day they break up for the holidays. My son is very excited and happy to go in his newest costume.

You can pop the lenses out of an old pair of sunglasses to make false eyeglasses for the Clark Kent portion of this costume.
You can pop the lenses out of an old pair of sunglasses to make false eyeglasses for the Clark Kent portion of this costume. | Source

Why Do We Go Trick-or-?Treating?

Centuries ago, because of the connection to All Souls' Day, poorer people would use the night of 31st October to knock on doors and ask for food and treats in exchange for prayers for relatives' souls belonging to the house. This was known as 'souling.'

The modern-day version of trick-or-treating is more sinister—give us a treat or we will play a trick on you!

This is part of my front yard Halloween display. I make all of my decorations myself.
This is part of my front yard Halloween display. I make all of my decorations myself. | Source

Celebrating Halloween in America

In the 1800s, when there were over a million Irish and other European immigrants of Celtic origin emigrating to America, this was one of the holidays that was introduced.

Why Doesn't England Celebrate Halloween?

The English stopped celebrating Halloween when millions of people in Europe broke away from the Catholic church. This was due to the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther’s teachings. They believed that faith alone got you salvation after death—not good deeds. They did not believe in saints and therefore could not celebrate the eve of All Saints’ Day.

We love Halloween!
We love Halloween! | Source

Other Halloween Decorations I Made

Each of the following articles includes step-by-step instructions and original process photos.

My son loves his Superman/Clark Kent costume.
My son loves his Superman/Clark Kent costume. | Source

10 Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Dollar Tree Halloween DIY Decorations

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        L M Reid 

        3 weeks ago from Ireland

        Hello Thelma, yes I love it when I can make the kids' Halloween costumes. My son was determined to be Clark Kent this year. He is very proud of his new costume.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        3 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

        This is a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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