A Halloween Costume that Will Spook Anyone: the Mosquito 

If you are struggling to find the perfect costume in the leadup to Halloween, perhaps it’s worth considering dressing up as the world’s scariest animal: the mosquito. 

Did you know? 

  • Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for more human deaths each year than sharks, snakes, bears and lions combined. 
  • Mosquitoes carry devastating diseases – such as malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people every year. 
  • Mosquitoes are blood-sucking critters that transmit disease from human to human or from animal to human. 
  • During peak breeding seasons, mosquitoes outnumber every other animal on Earth, except termites and ants. 
  • And scariest of all, malaria-carrying mosquitoes migrating to new latitudes and altitudes due to climate change and demographic growth could put more than 5 billion people at risk of malaria by 2040 (Washington Post)  

Check this out: NPR published a DIY guide to making the world’s deadliest Halloween costume

How to Dress Up as a Mosquito for Halloween  

In less than an hour, we made a mosquito costume, using supplies from a drugstore. A pair of large sunglasses stand in for big bug eyes. Two pipe cleaners affixed to a headband are the antennae. We bought pre-made Halloween fairy wings, then spray-painted them black. For the mosquito's beak, we rolled up a piece of black paper 2 feet by 3 feet and used elastic thread to attach it to the head. The final touch: an oversize sweatshirt — red for all the blood this mosquito's been drinking — with skin patterns created by black electrical tape. We hope you don't get swatted! 
Courtesy: NPR

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