Kids Sea Turtle Halloween Costume
* Green Sweatsuit (hooded is optional)
* Two pieces of green or light brown poster board
* Piece of cardboard (optional)
* Non-toxic paint or thick markers
* Hot glue or similar adhesive
Cut one piece of the poster board into a large oval shell. If you want to add strength to the shell, glue this to a similarly shaped piece of cardboard.
Add scutes (or ridges for the leatherback) by drawing large circles on the shell. You can thicken these lines with a thick black marker or use non-toxic craft paint to make the scutes stand out. See the drawings below to have the costume reflect the scute pattern of a living sea turtle species.
Cut two long, one to two inch thick strips from the second piece of posterboard the full length of the board. Using hot glue, attach the strips to the top of the back side of the shell, then run over child’s shoulders as straps. Glue the straps in place to the lower part of the shell. Leave enough room for movement so child can move without tearing or breaking the straps.
You can then paint the face green, black or brown to match the color of the sea turtle species. Green or brown colored socks make great flippers for the hands!
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the oldest and most accomplished sea turtle organization in the world. Since its founding in 1959, the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Conservancy has as its mission the protection of sea turtles and the habitats upon which they depend. To achieve its mission, the Sea Turtle Conservancy uses research, habitat protection, public education, community outreach, networking and advocacy as its basic tools. These tools are applied in both international and domestic programs focusing on geographic areas that are globally important to sea turtle survival. For more information, visit the STC website atwww.conserveturtles.org
or call (800) 678-7853.