10 Amazing Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costumes for Kids

Does your kid need an easy yet creative Halloween costume?

Looking for kids’ costumes that are unique and clever—something beyond this year’s popular commercial characters?

The editorial team of My Kids’ Adventures has found just what you need.

Read on for our top 10 quick, cute and commercial-free do-it-yourself  costumes for kids.

Learn how to make cute, creative Halloween costumes your kids will love. With a good idea and a few inexpensive materials, you can keep the focus on the fun.

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. When else can you watch your kids live out their fantasies of being pirates or princesses?

Halloween helps to fire up the imagination and gets the creative juices flowing. It’s a day when everyone can be anyone they want to be.

We love Halloween even more when kids and parents go beyond costume emporiums and create costumes out of odds and ends found in their homes. In fact, we love DIY Halloween costumes so much, we’re bringing you some of our favorites found around the web.

When choosing our list of DIY Halloween costumes, we wanted to find disguises that are doable, wearable and won’t break the bank to make.

Here’s hoping you enjoy them as much as we do!

You’ll be surprised how simple some of these adorable costumes are.

#1: Eggs-cellent Fried Egg Costume

Spoonful offers the recipe for this perfect fried egg costume, but it’s easy enough to make on its own.

fried egg costume

Bring your favorite breakfast food to life with the super-simple fried egg costume.

White foam and a yellow bowl are all it takes for a simple but creative project that will have other kids slapping their heads and saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”

#2: Recycled Umbrella Bat Costume

A recycled umbrella is the star of this bat costume, so it’s no surprise that it’s brought to you by The Daily Green.

bat costume

An old umbrella helps your Halloween bat take flight.

The beautiful part of this costume isn’t sustainability, it’s versatility. Use a white umbrella for angel wings, or use a colorful umbrella to become a butterfly or bumble bee.

#3: Slimy Snail Costume

This snail costume, shared by event planner Jordan Ferney on her blog, Oh Happy Day, isn’t much more than some brown kraft paper crinkled and rolled to make a snail’s shell and antennae. However, you’re only limited by your imagination.

snail costume

Curl up some kraft paper to make the quickest (and cutest) bug on your block.

Wear striped leggings for a whimsical touch or paint polka dots on the kraft paper before making it into a shell. Your child is going to love making it as much as he or she loves wearing it!

#4: Head in a Jar

The head in a jar costume deserves a top spot on this list for the creepy factor alone.

head in a jar costume

Very creepy and oh-so-cool, kids love that the head in a jar costume makes them look as tall as a grownup.

You’re bound to do a double-take as this walks by in the Halloween parade. Coming to you from Micque’s blog, 30 Handmade Days, this project is simple and surprising. Just be sure that the edges of the jar are smoothed over before you put it over your child’s head and there’s enough room for air to pass in and out.

#5: Toy Green Army Guy Costume

At first glance, this toy army guy costume from Rebekah Tennis at Wild Ink Press might seem a little ambitious. But take a second look…

green army costume

A can of spray paint is all it takes to make the toy army guy costume that will get everyone’s attention.

…and you’ll see all it takes are some thrift-shop finds and a little green spray paint. A green stocking over the head completes the look.

#6: Awesome Paper Doll Costume

How cute is this paper doll costume from Sadie at Slap Dash Mom?

paper doll costume

Posterboard + Pen = quickest cute costume ever!

It’s made entirely out of posterboard and can be styled according to your child’s taste. This DIY Halloween costume is proof that sometimes simple and inexpensive is most creative.

#7: Cool LEGO Costume

Got a cardboard box? How about some paper cups or small round craft boxes? Good! You’re all set to make a LEGO costume.

lego costume

Bring their favorite toy to life with the easy LEGO costume.

Inspired by Country Living, this costume is fun, unique and sure to be a conversation piece. What we love most about this DIY LEGO costume is that kids can totally do this themselves with just a little guidance (and cutting) from mom and dad.

#8: Out-of-this-World Saturn Costume

It’s very fitting this Saturn costume comes from Real Simple, because it’s real simple.

saturn costume

Complete with rings, this Saturn costume is out of this world.

Grab some Hula Hoops, add a bit of celestial fabric and you’re good to go as Saturn. Take the costume up a notch by painting black clothes with glow in the dark stars, a look sure to be a hit during dark trick or treating.

#9: Bearded Garden Gnome Costume

Spoonful hit the nail on the head with this darling garden gnome costume.

bearded gnome costume

In the garden or anywhere, your kids will be the cutest gnomes in the neighborhood.

You probably have the clothes and boots on hand at home and the hat and beard aren’t difficult to put together at all. The neighbors will ooh and ahh after this little treat rings the doorbell, and he’s a definite shoo-in for the prize for best costume.

#10: Raining Cats and Dogs

The raining cats and dogs costume that the folks at DIY & Crafts found on Parenting is clever and creative, yet so simple.

raining cats and dogs costume

No water needed—just add cats and dogs for this super-simple and clever costume. (If it rains on Halloween, you’ll be set!)

Grab an umbrella, decorate it with cats and dogs, don rain coat and rain boots and you’re good to go. Your children’s friends will marvel at how clever they are, and parents will be envious at not coming up with the idea first.

Some Final Thoughts

Ready for Halloween?

It doesn’t have to be an expensive or overwhelming event. I hope we’ve shown how easy it can be to make cute, creative costumes your kids will love.

And costumes aren’t just for Halloween. Kids love dressing up to make skits or movies, for themed treasure hunts or parties, to idolize their favorite characters or any time they’re having some make-believe adventures.

With these good ideas and a few inexpensive or recycled materials, you can keep the focus of your costumes on the fun this Halloween or anytime.

What do you think? Which costume is your favorite? We’d love to hear your creative costume ideas, too. Tell us about one you’ve made or post a picture in the comments box below.

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About the Author, Deb Ng

Deb Ng is the community manager for My Kids’ Adventures. She's a busy work-at-home mom with an 11 year old son. When she's not off having her own family adventures, she's writing books. Other posts by »


  • EmilyQuestions

    I LOVE the Lego and the Head in the Jar wins the prize, hope @MrBoy will choose that one – cool, yet not scary, which is the school/church recommendation! Great post, Deb!

  • http://kommein.com Deb Ng

    Thank you! Aren’t these costumes creative? And they’re not especially difficult to make, either.

  • http://www.mykidsadventures.com/ Jennifer Ballard

    Thanks, Deb! Halloween costumes are on my to-do list this weekend.
    The green stocking makes the army guy look so much like the toys. Pretty cool how one small thing can make such a big difference.

  • http://kommein.com Deb Ng

    The green stockings really do make the costume but they might be something you have to order online as they’re not something you see everyday in the pantyhose section of the supermarket.

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  • Bee

    Only head in the jar I like

  • http://kommein.com Deb Ng

    Glad you liked the one, Bee.

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  • Lilly

    These are so cute and creative these are all good ideas
    Thank You

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