DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids
Having to pay ridiculous prices for Halloween costumes can take the fun out of the entire holiday. Fortunately, having the best costume for your kids doesn’t mean you paid for the most expensive one. There are many ways to save money (for more candy!) and still have awesome Halloween costumes. Here are some great last-minute DIY Halloween costumes for kids that you can put together yourself!
You might not even need to leave home to make some of these fun costumes. Explore what items you have and get creative:
- The Artist: Find an oversized denim or white button-down shirt and some black tights. If you have a felt beret or a bandana, you can add one of those as well. Make an artist’s palette out of cardboard and some spray paint. Finally, add a paint brush and that costume is ready to go out the door!
- The Mummy: Although you can use toilet paper, we recommend using strips of old cloth. Toilet paper rips easily and if it gets wet, you are going to have a mess on your hands, so cloth is better, if you have some old sheets, for example. Have your kiddy wear white clothes and shoes if possible, so that if the cloth shifts, it won’t be noticeable. Then, add some dirt or dust to the strips of cloth to make the mummy costume look aged, and wrap them up.
- The Scarecrow: Use a pair of old jeans, a denim or flannel shirt, and a floppy brown hat. Stuff in some straw and done!
- The Athlete/The Sports Fan: There must be a cheerleader outfit, sports shirt, or jersey around the house somewhere, right? Find whatever sports-related items you can and turn your kid into the ultimate athlete.
- The Ghost: Sounds simple, if not boring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz it up. Use an old white sheet—maybe tear it up a little here and there to look even cooler. Then get some black construction paper “chains.” And if you really want to go whole hog, go to your local retail store and pick up an inexpensive lantern and a battery-operated tea light.
By shopping at your local thrift store, you can make up costumes instead of buying expensive retail ones or having to make complicated DIY Halloween costumes. See what costumes are already there, and then go wild.
- The Bumblebee: Find a pair of yellow and black P.J.’s and then, scour the shelves for a set of wings. Once at home, make some antennae out of pipe cleaners, and the bumble bee is ready to buzz about town for some sweets.
- The Pirate: Pirates are always in style, and the costumes are easy to make. Get some boots (black or brown), some paints (black, brown, maroon, green, etc.), a loose-fitted (white or back) long-sleeved shirt, an inexpensive eyepatch, and a hat or bandana. Pirate Halloween costume complete. It’s time to go a plunderin’ for treats and goodies!
- The Ruby Slippers: Most little girls have seen The Wizard of Oz. And what little girl doesn’t want to wear sparkly red shoes? Find a blue gingham dress, a white apron, and some red shoes. You can add red glitter to the shoes if you can’t find any with it already on there. Do her hair up in two pigtails and she is ready to see the wizard…to get some candy.
- The Pop Star: A popstar costume is the best because the possibilities and outcomes are endless. Punk up your child’s hair, grab an old guitar or pair of drumsticks and put them in well-loved, holey jeans. These are just a few basic ideas for making this costume cool and easy.
- The Adventurer: Choosing and making a Halloween costume is an adventure; why not pay homage to that and be an adventurer for Halloween? Boys and girls alike will love dressing like Indiana Jones for All Hallows Eve. The items you may need to complete the look are cargo pants, boots, a brown jacket or button-down shirt, a compass, a satchel, and, of course, a hat. You and your mini Indiana Jones go have fun!
These are just a handful of Halloween costume ideas. Have fun brainstorming, thrift shopping, and improvising great Halloween costumes this year!