10 Amazing Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costumes for Kids
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
…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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 Deb Ng »