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LOOK: These DIY Pope Francis Costumes Are Perfect for Your Kids This Halloween!

For the finishing touches: Teach them to say "Bless you, my child.”

Like Holy Week, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, and the 2021 procession of the Black Nazarene, this year’s Halloween and all trick or treat festivities are canceled. The alternatives: Activities that don’t require you to go out and potentially expose yourself and your family to COVID-19.

On October 30, Wander Manila live-streams One Night in Intramuros, an online tour of the famed walled city at night. The following day, SM Megamall hosts Halloween Fun with SM, a virtual party for the little ones from 2 pm to 4 pm. 

Events such as these are proof that you can celebrate Halloween at home! DIY a party for your kids by decorating your place with cardboard cutouts of pumpkins, cats, bats, and skeletons; spreading candy and other sweet treats all over the house; and binge-watching spooky kid-friendly movies. (Read: All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, & Halloween: What’s Their Difference?)

Halloween isn’t complete without the requisite costumes, and this year, dress one of your children in an outfit that made former US President Barack Obama laugh out loud, give it a thumbs up, and declare it “top prize” in a 2015 White House Halloween event—a toddler in a pope costume! (Read: The Twitterverse’s cutest reactions to the new royal baby’s name)

To make it more special, why don’t you do it yourself? Here are two ways to turn your little one into Pope Francis!

Costume Ideas: Little Pope Francis

Photos from Coolest Homemade Costumes


  • White piece of material
  • White ribbon with gold crosses
  • White piece of felt
  • Hair clips
  • Cross sash
  • Cross necklace
  • VHS tape case with a gold cross stick glued on the cover
  • Buttons
  • Plain paper to make the collar stiff


Sheila J, whose husband thought of this costume for their 3 ½-year-old son Colton, says, “I sewed the material to make a pillow-type pullover, hand-designed the cape, and took a few sheets of paper and made a stiff collar. I hot-glued a few buttons on the front, hot-glued the cross ribbon down the back of the cape, cut out a piece of felt and somewhat formed to fit his head and hot-glued it.” (Original post from

Costume Ideas: Pope Francis at Mass

Photos from Instructables Craft


  • 1 white button down shirt (adult-sized for a kid’s costume)
  • 2 yards of white satin-y/taffeta type material (main part of the costume/hat covering)
  • 1 blue robe (for use as a belt; we used some graduation honor cords we had around the house)
  • 2 8.5 x 11 sheets of thin craft foam (the basis of the hat)
  • 1 can of spray adhesive
  • 1 1-foot light blue fringe trim
  • 1 strip of light blue fabric (sash)
  • 1 cross appliques (iron-on)
  • 1 3-foot wide/fancy gold ribbon (hat trim)
  • 1 small square of red felt (inside of the hat)
  • 1 big/fake plastic “diamond” ring
  • 1 hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Safety pins to hold things together


Inspired by a 2010 trip to Italy, mazinbenny and her husband recreated this no-sew costume of the pope for their son. Check out how they did it with these detailed instructions from!

For the shirt and cover: “Instead of having to sew a simple gown/cassock, we took one of Dad’s old shirts and cut the collar and shortened the sleeves. We then used a hot glue gun to form a false sleeve on the sleeves. The cassock is then tied around the waist to form a gown-like gathering using the blue rope. (Read: How Can Knitted Toys Help Save Ifugao’s Rice Terraces?)

“The shiny cover over the cassock can be best described as a big ‘football’ shape of taffeta (with a hole in the middle for the head). This overlays the cassock and hangs down to about the knees, slightly wider than the shoulders. We actually sewed a seam around the edges of the football and neck-hole, but one could easily use the ‘hot glue’ sew technique again.”

For the stole (sash): “We made use of a rectangle blue fabric and sewed fringe on the ends (though you could hot glue it too). We then ironed on the crosses. It was held in the proper place using safety pins on the shoulders.” (Read: The Hidden Meaning Behind the Pope’s Accessories)

For the hat (mitre): “We formed the base of the mitre using two big roundish triangles of craft foam. We stapled the bottom corners on top of each other to make the basic hat (size to the head!). The corners overlap a decent amount. We then sprayed spray adhesive all over the outside and smoothly laid down the taffeta covering.”

“Next, hot glue one band of ribbon down the center front of the hat. Follow that with a horizontal band all the way around the bottom edge. We hot glued the red velvet from the inside to form the ‘top’ of the hat between the front and back triangles. Optionally, you can add two small tails hanging from the back (we left extra fabric from the back covering).”

Laugh and enjoy!

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