Fancy Dress Competition: Fruits and Vegetables Costume Ideas

How about dressing up your child to take part in a fruits and vegetables fancy dress competition? Here are some fun and interesting fruits and vegetables fancy dress costume ideas.

By Amrita Gracias

Fancy Dress Competition: Fruits and Vegetables Costume Ideas

A fruits and vegetables fancy dress competition is a great way for your child to trot on the stage dressed up like his favourite fruit or veggie. Involving him in the process of making his fancy dress, for example, a pumpkin fancy dress, grapes fancy dress or banana fancy dress, would make things interesting for your child.

Putting on the fruit and vegetable fancy dress costume can also motivate your child to learn about the numerous and incredible benefits of these foods.

So, let’s look at some fruit and vegetable fancy dress themes, and how to make the costumes for your child.

Pumpkin fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Orange cloth
  • Hat
  • Felt paper – orange, green
  • Elastic string
  • Small cushions – 4 to 5
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Clothing – orange full length trousers

How to make a pumpkin fancy dress:

  • First, get the orange cloth stitched into a knee-length, full-sleeved tunic, that can be easily slipped on.
  • Insert the elastic through the hem at the bottom of the tunic, in such a way that it bunches up at the bottom when the elastic is pulled tight.
  • Cover the hat with orange felt paper.
  • Make a small stalk and two leaves, using the green felt paper.
  • Attach these to the top of the hat using the glue.
  • To put together the costume, your child can wear on the tunic, trousers and hat. Before pulling the elastic tight, place the cushions around the child’s stomach and back. This will give the rounded and plump effect.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m a pumpkin! I grow all over the world – in every continent except Antarctica! You see me most often at Halloween!”


Watermelon fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Red satin cloth
  • Felt paper – dark green, white, black
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Clothing – black T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make a watermelon fancy dress:

  • First, cut the red satin cloth into a large circular piece. Cut a hole in the middle so that it can be slipped on like a poncho. Keep in mind that once worn, it should cover the child’s arms entirely and reach below the knees; so, measure accordingly.
  • Now, stick a broad strip of the dark green felt paper on the outer edge of the cloth.
  • Then, stick a broad strip of the white felt paper on the inner circumference next to the dark green strip.
  • From the black felt paper, cut out seed-like shapes and stick them all over the red portion of the cloth.
  • To put together the costume, your child can simply slip on the ‘watermelon’ poncho over the T-shirt and trousers.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m a watermelon and I’m great to eat on a hot summer day! You can also have me as a glass of refreshing juice!”


Papaya fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Thick chart paper
  • Confetti balls – 1 packet
  • Poster colours – orange, green, black
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon – orange
  • Stapler
  • Clothing – orange full-sleeved T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make a papaya fancy dress:

  • Make two small holes at the top of the papaya cut-out.
  • Lace the ribbon through the holes of the cut-out and tie the ends so that they don’t come out through the holes. Make sure you leave enough space for your child’s head to go through the ribbon.
  • Paint the outside edge of the chart green, and the remaining space orange.
  • Pour the confetti balls into a bowl of black poster colour. Once they are entirely coated with the colour, take them out and let them dry completely. These will be used as the seeds.
  • Apply glue to the centre of the papaya cut-out. Pour the black balls over the glued portion so that they stick well.
  • To put together the costume, your child can first wear the clothing. Then, the papaya can be hung around her neck with the ribbon.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m a papaya! I’m also called a paw-paw. I can be eaten when ripe and cooked when raw.”


Apple fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Large pieces of cardboard
  • Green kite paper
  • Rope
  • Red poster colour
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Clothing –black T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make an apple fancy dress:

  • Make two small holes at the top of each apple cut-out.
  • Lace the rope through the holes of one cut-out in such a way that the two open ends are left loose.
  • Now insert the two ends of the rope through the holes in the other cut-out. Tie the loose ends of the rope so that both the pieces are connected. Make sure you leave enough space for your child’s body as the ropes will sit on his shoulders, with one piece of cardboard hanging in the front and the other at the back.
  • Now, paint the apple cut-out using the red poster colour.
  • From the green kite paper, draw and cut out two big leaves. Stick these to the top portion of the apple.
  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the black clothing and the two cardboard pieces can be placed on her shoulders.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m an apple. You know what? I belong to the rose family. And, there are over 7,000 varieties of me grown all over the world!”


Banana fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Large sheets of cardboard – 2
  • Poster colours – yellow, brown
  • Glue
  • A pair of scissors
  • Stapler
  • Clothing – black full-sleeved T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make a banana fancy dress:

  • On one piece of the cut-out, make a hole large enough for your child’s face to fit in.
  • Now with the stapler and glue, staple and paste the top portion of both the pieces together. This way the portion that is stuck together will go over your child’s head and he can put his face in the hole.
  • Paint the cardboard yellow, with scattered brown spots / lines, to resemble a banana.
  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the black clothing, and the banana can be placed on his head. He can put his face in the hole.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m a banana. I’m the most common fruit found around, and one of the healthiest!”


Pineapple fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Poster colours – yellow, orange, green
  • Yellow ribbon
  • A pair of scissors
  • Stapler
  • Clothing – green full-sleeved T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make a pineapple fancy dress:

  • Paint the pieces yellow. Now with the orange and green paint, make criss-cross patterns (on the sides of the chart that will face outside) to resemble the pineapple skin.
  • Make two small holes at the top of each pineapple shape.
  • Lace a length of the ribbon through each hole of one pineapple cut-out. Tie one end at the holes and leave the others loose.
  • Now tie the other ends to the other pineapple cut-out, so that both the pieces will rest on your child’s shoulders, with one piece hanging in the front and the other at the back.
  • Now on the other chart paper, draw and cut out the shape of the leaves of the pineapple. Cut it in such a way that it can be worn like a band around the forehead with the ends stapled together at the back.
  • Paint the headpiece green.
  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the green clothing and the pineapple can be placed over the shoulders. The ends of the headpiece can be attached by stapling them together, and it can be worn on the head.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m a pineapple – a sweet and tasty tropical fruit. I’m originally from South America.”

We hope you and your child have chosen an interesting costume from this list for the next fancy dress competition. Do remember that the entire process of choosing and making the costume, and participating in the competition must be a fun and memorable experience for both of you. This is a great way to bond and spend quality time together, while creating fond memories that you are sure to cherish for a lifetime.  

About the author:

Written by Amrita Gracias on 13 February 2020.

Amrita Gracias holds a degree in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (specialising in Print Media) from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She takes to writing and editing when she isn’t answering to the duties of motherhood!

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