He chose the Father of our Nation, President George Washington. Because we didn't want to rely on a purchased costume ordered from who-knows-where, AND we wanted The Third Grader to be able to use most, if not all of the pieces again, we avoided thrift stores and hit the clearance racks at Target and Walmart.
$6 for the oversized denim button down collar shirt
$7 for dark blue sweatpants
$12 for black house slippers
$6 for a white knit cap
$2 for one bag of winter "snow" (batting)
He already owned the white tube socks and I had the grosgrain ribbon, white felt, and sewing thread and needles in my craft room.
He has jammie pants and slippers he can use now, and an oversized shirt that he can grow into, instead of a one or two-time use costume.
How did I make the wig?
First, I cut the plastic visor out of the cap.
... and carefully cut off the knit visor covering, leaving the cap with headband:
Unrolling the "snow" carefully, I had The Third Grader hold it in place on his cap-covered head.
Trying to figure out how long the "snow" would have to hang in the back to make the ponytail look right, I took a length of black grosgrain ribbon and tied it in several spots until we found just the right location:
After I carefully removed the hat with pinned batting from his head, The Third Grader was THRILLED to have time to practice reciting his speech.
See the cap?
I hand stitched the batting onto the knit cap with embroidery floss:
The knit cap was extremely easy to sew through, so I was glad we had nixed the search for a white baseball or canvas cap.
All in all, the creation of the wig took me an hour from start to finish, and thankfully lasted all day, and all trick-or-treating long.
For the ruffled collar, I scalloped the edges of pieces of felt, and then sewed them together across the top. I attached a button to the back extension of the collar, and cut a slit in the opposite side. The rectangular piece of felt was tucked under the denim shirt and the scalloped edges were fluffed out over the top.