Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids that Anyone can Make
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Halloween costumes: great for kids, moderately nightmarish for parents. Tons of catalogs to go through, more characters than your child can handle and prices that can make even the most expensive cup of your morning coffee look like nothing. Shake off the fear of Halloween putting you in debt and make homemade costumes cool again with these easily affordable and fun ideas.
Homemade Costume Ideas
- The Cardboard Standout: Probably the simplest costume in the history of homemade Halloween costumes. Check the forecast for rain; then collect some cardboard (boxes, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, etc.), duct tape, spray paint, Sharpie® markers, glitter, and anything else you want to add. Summon your powers of creativity and get ready to craft a cool costume that will be the talk of the neighborhood. Consider some of these cardboard options:
- LEGO figure or LEGO piece
- Thomas the Train
- Mario Kart
- An Oversized iPod
- Jack in the Box
- A Regal Throne for His/Her Highness
- Juice Box, Bag of Popcorn, etc.
- An Airplane, A Dinosaur, or A Brown Knight (three classics)
- Anything else you and your child can think up!
Note: Any leftover cardboard can be used to make a cardboard kingdom fort. A good time for everyone, guaranteed!
- Up, up and away: Carl from Disney Pixar’s Up is an easily recognizable character and an easily-made costume. According to the writing staff at Country Living, “Just give your kid some balloons, glasses, and a PVC pipe walker.” A very easy DIY Halloween costume.
- The Littlest Flowerpot: Here is a great Halloween costume idea for toddlers and younger kids. Keep your little one warm in a green turtle shirt and green tights. Spray paint a large popcorn bucket brown for the flower pot. Find a bonnet or something similar; cut flower petals out of construction paper or poster board and hot glue around the edge of the bonnet. And done! Now you’ve got a simple costume and an adorable little flower pot.
- Superheroes to the rescue: Felt or fleece cape. Superhero logo. Tights or sweat pants. Simple as that. Awesome Halloween costume, ready to go!
- Fairy: This idea is general enough that you can really have fun with it and get super creative.
- Little Miss Red Riding Hood: Follow the cape idea from the suggestion above and add a basket. Include a cute dress and some red tights and the look will be complete.
- Bride of Frankenstein: All you need is a black dress, some spooky white makeup, and A LOT of hair spray. Have fun washing that out in the morning.
- The Baker: An apron or an actual chef’s coat will be perfect for this costume. Have your little baker carry around a spoon or whisk and then the look is complete!
- Peter Pan: Since Pan hits theaters soon, several kiddies will want to look like a certain lost boy for Halloween. Green tights, green shirt and (possibly) a green hat will work if you want to go with the old school Disney Peter Pan. Try some brown pants, suspenders, a silver necklace, and a white top if you want the look from
- Cinderella: Cinderella is always in vogue. And if you want to copy this year’s Cinderella look, this writer suggests going for the road less traveled. Instead of recreating her ball gown, why not do her work clothes? A blue dress, an apron and a white kerchief for your little girl’s hair will do nicely.
These 10 ideas are a good starting point for any self-respecting DIY-er. But really your options are 10-fold. Thinking up the costume ideas and then executing them are the best part of Halloween, at least for us adults. So have fun and good luck!