Moana came out nearly three years ago, but the movie and Moana is still a fan fave: its wonderful Disney soundtrack (hello, Lin-Manuel Miranda!), its vivid representation of Polynesian culture, and its atypical storyline enchants fans. Moana is a brave hero who gets chosen to go on a mission in order to save her village. So, it's no surprise that many young girls want to dress up as the character for Halloween.
But parents, be careful. Always remember that what might not seem offensive to you, could be taken the wrong way by someone else. Kids wanting to dress up as their favorite character is harmless, but when it comes to dressing up as characters from cultures other than your own, there's a right way and wrong way to do it. This means no face painting or making your child's skin appear darker.
And while it might be easier to purchase a store-bought costume (this one is still available on Amazon!), making your own can be a lot more fun. There are a few different ways to go about a DIY Moana costume, whether you're looking to achieve a really easy version of the costume or you want to go above and beyond.
DIY Moana Costume Essentials
For the top, you can use any red shirt (t-shirt, tube top, tank top). Pair it with a flowy hula skirt and tie a red sash around the hips. Your Moana costume is already coming together! You can also opt for an official Heart of Te Fiti necklace.
To take your costume to the next level, grab these additional accessories:
- Paint Polynesian tribal patterns on the red strapless shirt with black fabric paint to re-create the design worn by Moana. We know this is easier said than done, so it might help to use a tribal template, like the one from Etsy shown above.
- Use a hot glue gun to attach a band of tiny seashells across the top of the shirt: just make sure you don't layer on so much that it weighs down the fabric!
- Recreate Moana's hula skirt by wrapping a kids' sarong over the hula skirt, letting the grass peep through. Finish by tying on a red sash.
No matter how much crafting you put into your child's Moana costume, they'll have the best time trick-or-treating this Halloween.
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