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35 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

35 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids
Kids dressed in Halloween costumes
 
 
Halloween is coming up soon, and one of the best parts of Halloween, besides the buckets filled with delicious candy you get to binge on, is the costumes! Dressing up for a night as someone or something different is very exciting, and kids love it! We all know how expensive Halloween costumes can be, especially for an outfit that you're only going to wear for one night. Save some cash this year for Halloween and DIY your own costumes! DIYs are super fun and are a great way to be creative with your own pieces. We've gathered together some fun and unique, yet super simple Halloween costumes that you can make all on your own. Here are our 35 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids:
 
 

1. Rock Star

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Outfit (depending on what type of Rock Star, this could be virtually any outfit, whether you find it at a thrift store or right in your kid’s closet!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Wig (optional)
  • Guitar (you can find cheap inflatable guitars or if you have any fake guitars lying around), or any other instrument that can easily be carried around

 

2. Cat

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Outfit (depending on the color of cat you’re going with - for example: go with black pants and a black top for a black cat)
  • Headband
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black eyeliner

 

Assemble:

  1. Put the outfit together.

  2. Using whatever color felt your choose, cut out two pieces in the shape of cat ears.

  3. Take your hot glue gun and secure the ears onto the top of the headband, then put on head.

  4. Use the black eyeliner (or face paint, if you wish) to draw on the cat nose and whiskers.

 

3. Lego

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard box (about the size of your child’s body)
  • Spray/craft paint
  • Six round plastic cups/craft boxes/tupperware/single serving ice cream cups/round butter tubs/etc.
  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue gun

 

Assemble:

  1. Cut the bottom of the box so your kid can stick their legs out, as well as a hole on top for their head and two on either side for their arms. Use a dinner plate to trace the hole for the head and a saucer to trace the arm holes.

  2. Use the hot glue gun to glue the six plastic cups in two vertical rows onto the front of the box.

  3. Once the glue has dried completely, paint the entire thing with whichever color you choose. You may need to paint with multiple coats depending on the type of paint you use.

 

4. Popcorn

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Red and white fabric
  • “Popcorn” logo (printed)
  • Great Stuff foam
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Cylinder objects and saran wrap

 

Assemble:

  1. Cut and form the box until it is a size that fits best.

  2. Glue to red and white fabric onto the box, making sure to alternate each color so you have vertical red and white stripes. If you find striped material, even better!

  3. Find a “Popcorn” logo online and print it off. Cut it into a circle and glue it onto the front of the box.

  4. Take your cylinder objects (i.e. tall cups) and cover them in saran wrap. Take your foam and spray “X’s” onto the cylinders to form them into the shape of popcorn.

  5. Glue the “popcorn” onto the top of the box.

 

5. Where’s Waldo

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Red and white striped shirt
  • Jeans
  • Red beanie
  • Black glasses

 

6. Mermaid

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Green maxi skirt
  • Fishnet fabric (optional)
  • Shirt (any style/color you desire)
  • Wig (optional)
  • Hot glue gun or sewing machine

 

Assemble:

  1. If you wish to use the fishnet, you can either sew it onto the bottom of the skirt or use a hot glue gun to secure it on. You can also decorate with sequins if you’d like.

  2. Pick any color shirt and any style, whether it’s a crop top or a t-shirt tucked into the tail. Be as creative as you’d like!

  3. Put on a wig for long, luscious mermaid hair, or just keep it all natural!

 

7. Nerd

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Shirt (polo, button-up, etc.)
  • Suspenders
  • Bowtie
  • Thick-framed glasses
  • Masking tape

 

Assemble:

  1. Put outfit together.

  2. Put some masking tape around the bridge of the glasses.

 

8. Old Man/Woman

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Gray/white wig
  • Outfit (floral dress for girls, sweater and bowtie for boys)
  • Four 2 ft. pre-cut, 3/4" PVC pipes
  • Four 90 degree elbows, 3/4"
  • Four Tennis Balls
  • Hacksaw, pipe cutter, or milter saw
  • Scissors

 

Assemble:

  1. Put outfit together.

  2. To make the walker, cut all four PVC pipes at whatever height works best for your child.

  3. Use the leftover PVC pipes to make the front and side parts of the walker.

  4. Insert the elbows at the corners of the walker.

  5. Cut slits into each tennis ball and attach them to the bottoms of the four PVC pipes.

 

9. Rubik’s Cube

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Colored construction paper
  • Black duct tape or electrical tape
  • Glue
  • Utility knife

 

Assemble:

  1. Get a cardboard box that’s big enough for your child. Cut the bottom of the box out and tape down any flaps to ensure that it stays in a box shape.

  2. Glue colored construction paper onto cardboard box, each side a different color to resemble a Rubik’s Cube. Alternatively, you could also use wrapping paper instead of construction paper.

  3. Use black tape to create 3x3 squares onto each side of the box.

  4. Cut a hole on top for the head and two side holes for the arms.

 

10. Rag Doll

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Checkered dress
  • Red yarn
  • Red felt
  • Thread and needle
  • Hair comb
  • Scissors
  • Black eyeliner
  • Red lipstick

 

Assemble:

  1. Put outfit together. You can get as creative as you’d like, adding different materials, colorful tights, an apron, etc.

  2. For the wig, gather the yarn together to find the center.

  3. Cut a strip of the red felt about 2 inches wide and however long fits best with your child’s head.

  4. Use the felt strip as a backing and stitch small sections of the yarn onto the felt, creating a center part for the wig.

  5. Use the thread to stitch the comb onto the front under part of the wig to ensure that the wig will stay securely on the head.

  6. Trim the ends of the yarn to whatever hair length you desire.

  7. Use red lipstick (or face paint) to draw a circle on each cheek for a “blush” effect.

  8. With the black eyeliner, draw on freckles and fake eyelashes.

 

11. Doctor

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Sweatsuit or scrubs
  • Large white button down shirt
  • Shower cap
  • Toy stethoscope

 

Assemble:

  1. Put together scrubs or a scrub-like outfit.

  2. Put white button down shirt on over outfit, leaving the shirt unbuttoned.

  3. Put shower cap on head.

  4. Rest the stethoscope around back of neck.

 

12. Cotton Candy

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Adult t-shirt
  • Poly-Fil polyester fiber
  • Adhesive spray
  • Blue and pink spray paint
  • White poster board
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Hole punch

 

Assemble:

  1. Either lay newspaper on the floor or go outside, then gently pull apart all the Poly-Fil and lay it all out.

  2. Use the spray paint to color the Poly-Fil and allow to dry for at least an hour.

  3. Taking the t-shirt, pull it over a pillow to give it some shape and make sure it is standing up straight.

  4. Use the adhesive spray to spray a small section of the t-shirt and then place a small piece of Poly-Fil on that section, holding it in place for a few seconds. Repeat this process until the entire t-shirt is covered.

  5. Fold the poster board into the shape of a cone and glue it together.

  6. Using the hold punch, cut out two holes on the bottom of each side of the cone.

  7. Tie ribbon around each hole so the cone will stay on top of head.

 

13. Shadow

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Black morphsuit (or other type of black spandex)
  • Black outfit

 

Assemble:

  1. Put on black morphsuit first.

  2. Dress in all black clothing and wear over the morphsuit.

 

*Caution: Wearing all black at night can be dangerous! Try adding some reflective adhesive material to back of shirt, shoes, trick-or-treat bag, etc. so you can keep an eye on your kid when it gets dark out.

 

14. Baby Bum

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Old, worn out clothes
  • Beanie
  • Black/brown eyeliner
  • Cardboard
  • Sharpie

 

Assemble:

  1. Put outfit and beanie on.

  2. Use the eyeliner to draw on a beard.

  3. With the cardboard and sharpie, make a sign with a funny saying on it, such as “Will work for candy.” Get creative with it!

 

15. Dice

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Black and white paint or fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

 

Assemble:

  1. Get a cardboard box that’s big enough for your child. Cut the bottom of the box out and tape down any flaps to ensure that it stays in a box shape.

  2. Glue on white fabric around entire box, or use white paint to color the box.

  3. Either cut circles out of black fabric or use black paint to make circles on each side, resembling a die.

  4. Cut a hole on top for the head and two side holes for the arms.

 

16. Scuba Diver

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Black outfit
  • Black beanie
  • Two 2-liter bottles
  • Thin rope or similar material
  • Spray paint
  • Electrical tape
  • Goggles and snorkel
  • Flippers
  • Scissors

 

Assemble:

  1. Using the 2-liter bottles for the air tank, take off any wrapping labels and spray paint your desired color.

  2. Tape the two bottles together so they’re side by side.

  3. Cut out holes in the bottles and run the rope through them so that you can tie the tank onto your kids back.

  4. Put outfit together and then put on the air tank.

 

17. Dirty Laundry

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Old laundry basket
  • A bunch of clothes
  • Utility knife
  • Sturdy ribbon

 

Assemble:

  1. Take a laundry basket that you don’t use and cut two holes in the bottom that are big enough for your child’s legs to fit through.

  2. Tie the ribbon on each side of the basket to make sure it stays held up.

  3. Have your child put the basket on and throw a bunch of clothes into the basket.

 

18. Little Red Riding Hood

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Red fabric or red hoodie
  • Red tights/leggings/pants
  • Picnic basket

 

Assemble:

  1. Put on a red outfit and use either a red hoodie or some red fabric to make a hood.

  2. Carry a picnic basket around, which can also double as a bucket for collecting candy!

 

19. Bag of Groceries

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Empty food boxes, cartons, etc.
  • Glue
  • Scissors

 

Assemble:

  1. Find a cardboard box about the size of your kid, cutting off the top of the box.

  2. Glue on paper bags to cover the box. Use the label on one of the bags and attach it to the front of the box, or draw on your own label using markers.

  3. Cut out two holes in the bottom of the box that are big enough for your kids legs to fit through and also a hole on each side for the arms.

  4. Take empty boxes of food and empty cartons and glue them to the top inside part of the box, making it look like the bag is filled with groceries.

 

20. Safari Explorer

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Safari hat
  • Two empty toilet paper rolls
  • Twine
  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Hole punch

 

Assemble:

  1. Using the empty toilet paper rolls to make binoculars, paint them any color you’d like.

  2. Use duct tape, electrical tape, or washi tape and tape the toilet paper rolls together so that they’re side by side.

  3. Cut out a hole on each side of the binoculars with the hole punch and tie the twine through each hole, enabling the binoculars to hang from your kid’s neck.

  4. Put together an outfit and add a safari hat to top it all off.

 

21. Bubble Bath

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Shirt
  • White/clear latex balloons
  • Rubber ducks
  • Rubber cement
  • Wagon (optional)

 

Assemble:

  1. Blow up a bunch of balloons about half way so that they are round.

  2. Use the rubber cement to attach the balloons onto the shirt. Glue on some rubber ducks too if you’d like.

  3. If your child is small enough to fit in a wagon, fill one up with some balloons and pull your kid around in their “bathtub”.

 

22. Paper Doll

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Foam board
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors

 

Assemble:

  1. Taking the foam board, draw on an outline for a dress that would fit your child. Make sure to leave flaps around the sleeves and the sides of the dress to resemble a paper doll outfit. Cut out the design that your drew.

  2. Place the foam board over whatever piece of fabric you choose for the dress and outline it onto the fabric. Then cut along the outline on the fabric.

  3. Use a hot glue gun to glue the fabric onto the foam board.

  4. Take a scissors or a knife to cut a small hole on each side of the waist of the dress. String the ribbon through each hole enabling you to tie the foam board around your kid.

 

23. Bunch of Grapes

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Shirt
  • Purple Balloons
  • Green hat/headband
  • Rubber cement

 

Assemble:

  1. Blow up a bunch of balloons about half way so that they are round.

  2. Use the rubber cement to attach the balloons onto the shirt.

  3. Put the hat or headband on and some purple attire to tie it all together.

 

24. Bat

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Black umbrella
  • Black sweatshirt
  • Black headband
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Cutting pliers

 

Assemble:

  1. Unscrew the top of the umbrella. Pop off the short wires that hold the ribs to the part that slides up and down the stem of the umbrella.

  2. Use the pliers to untwist the two wires holding the ribs to the plastic parts on the stem of the umbrella. Unthread the wires from the ribs.

  3. With a scissors, cut the umbrella in half down the seam previously occupied by those ribs.

  4. Using cutting pliers, cut off extraneous rib parts so that the ribs will be slightly longer than the fabric when they are joined together. If you have pointy bits sticking out, you can tape them down.

  5. Pin the umbrella halves to the sleeves and sides of the sweatshirt, starting at the armpits. Pinning is a good idea since the umbrella nylon is slippery and the sweatshirt stretches. Sew the umbrella on with the thread and needle, leaving a gap in the armpit for the rib ends to poke through.

  6. Take the black felt and cut out two triangles that resemble bat ears.

  7. Use the hot glue gun to attach the ears to the top of the headband.

 

25. Farmer

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Flannel shirt
  • Overalls
  • Straw hat
  • Boots

 

26. Beanie Baby

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Animal costume (use one from this list if you’d like!)
  • White construction paper
  • Red and gold markers
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

 

Assemble:

  1. With the white construction paper, cut out two heart shapes that are connected side by side. Fold in half to look like a Beanie Baby tag.

  2. Use the gold marker to draw the T and Y letters onto the front of the tag, leaving the inside of the letters white.

  3. Fill in the white spaces outside of the letters as well as the backside of the tag with red marker.

  4. Punch a hole in the upper left corner of the tag. Cut a long piece of ribbon, and pull it through the hole.

  5. Attach tag onto animal costume.

 

27. Shark

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Gray hoodie
  • White, black, and gray felt
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

 

Assemble:

  1. Cut and glue the white felt to the inside of the hoodie opening. Use the scissors to cut a zigzag pattern around the felt to make teeth.

  2. Take the piece of cardboard and cut it into the shape of a shark fin. Glue the gray felt onto the piece of cardboard.

  3. Use the hot glue gun to attach the fin to the back of the hoodie.

  4. Cut two small circles out of the black felt and glue onto the top of the hoodie to make eyes.

 

28. Jedi

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Large white long-sleeve shirt
  • White pants
  • Black ribbon belt
  • Lightsaber (or DIY your own with cardboard rolls, construction paper, and tape)

 

Assemble:

  1. Put the white ensemble together and tie a black ribbon belt around the waist.

  2. Use a toy lightsaber, or make your own by taping together empty cardboard rolls (i.e. toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, gift wrap rolls). Cover the entire thing in construction paper of any color and tape together.

 

29. Traffic Light

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Long black shirt
  • Red, yellow, and green fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

 

Assemble:

  1. Cut out a circle in each color of fabric.

  2. Glue each circle onto the front of the shirt in ascending order starting with red, yellow, and green.

 

30. Flower Pot

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Large plastic tub
  • Fake flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

 

Assemble:

  1. Take a large plastic tub that is lightweight and cut out the bottom.

  2. Put hot glue on the inside rim of the plastic tub and attach the fake flower to the glue, holding them in place until they’re stuck.

  3. Cut two pieces of ribbon long enough for straps and glue them to the inside rim of the plastic tub.

 

31. Teacher

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Business-type clothing (dress pants, button-down shirt and tie for boys; dress/skirt/pant-suit for girls)
  • Glasses
  • Books (use textbooks for an even better touch!)

 

32. Jellyfish

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Clear bubble umbrella
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Tape

 

Assemble:

  1. Open up the umbrella and tape the crepe paper to the inside of the umbrella.

  2. Hold the umbrella above your head to look like a jellyfish.

 

33. Gumball Machine

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Red hoodie
  • Red pants/skirt
  • Colorful 1” Pom Poms
  • Black, white, and gray felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

 

Assemble:

  1. Glue the pom poms onto the hoodie, making sure to cover the entire front of the shirt as well as the hood.

  2. Use the felt to make the “metal” plate for the front of the gumball machine. Cut out a price, like “25¢”, to attach to the front. You can look up a picture for a reference if you need to.

  3. Glue the plate onto the front of the hoodie, right below the pom poms.

 

34. Chef

 

What You’ll Need:

  • White fabric
  • White interfacing or elastic (about 2” in width)
  • Apron
  • Fake food
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

 

Assemble:

  1. Take your white fabric, which you can easily get from an old pillowcase, and cut it into a circle. Make the circle however big you want, depending on how floppy you want it to be. A radius of 12 inches is very floppy, so cut it smaller than that if you don’t want it to be as floppy.

  2. Cut the interfacing so it is the circumference of your child’s head. Cut a piece of white fabric so that it is the same length as the interfacing and about twice the width.

  3. Sew the interfacing into the small piece of fabric that you cut out.

  4. Take the round piece of white fabric you cut out earlier and ruffle it. The easiest way to do this is to increase your stitch length, and then pull the threads as tight as needed.

  5. Sew the top part of the hat to the interfacing band.

 

35. Smarty Pants

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Pants
  • Bag of Smarties candies
  • Hot glue gun

 

Assemble:

  1. Find an old pair of pants that you don’t mind ruining.

  2. Glue packs of Smarties candies onto the pants.

 

 

Save some money this Halloween with one of these DIY Halloween costumes for kids! They are all fun, unique, and super simple to put together!

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