31 DIY Halloween Costumes to Start Making Now

Because last minute isn't the only way to do things.

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Every year, I spend quite a bit of time planning out my Halloween costume. And every year I decide that depending how you do it, Halloween can be one of the most fun or most stressful times of the year. The deciding factor? Planning.

Of course, it's bad enough stressing about what you're going to wear, but when it comes to the little ones, proper planning is key. With plenty of advanced planning, the perfect compliment-inducing, talk-of-the-night costume is totally doable. But wait until the last minute, and you really only have so many options. That’s why I’ve rounded up some of the cutest costumes that you can easily make ahead of time (i.e. now) to delight your favorite trick-or-treaters. And trust me, while they do require a little preparation, they really are super simple!

School Bus

Big Yellow School Bus Halloween Costume

Big Yellow School Bus Halloween Costume

On Halloween night let your toddlers ride in style by transforming a plain wagon into a bug yellow school. It’ll save their little legs from all of that walking and keep them from wandering off. Design by Jess Abbott.

Cupcake

Cupcake Costume: Beauty

Cupcake Costume: Beauty

First have the child put on leggings and a white shirt. Then secure the cupcake wrapper by tying the ribbon at the shoulders, followed by the felt frosting pieces. Use safety pins as needed to secure the costume.

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Brave Knight

Knight Costume: Beauty

Knight Costume: Beauty

Knight Costume: Beauty

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Candy Dots

Candy Dots Costume: Beauty

Candy Dots Costume: Beauty

Candy Dots Costume: Beauty

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Canoe Kid

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Strong Man

No-Sew Carnival Strong Man Costume

No-Sew Carnival Strong Man Costume

An easy no-sew costume that’s sure to be a showstopper. Just add muscles and a mustache.

From: Cheri Heaton

Photo by: Cheri Heaton

Cheri Heaton

Pretty Peacock

Peacock Costume: Beauty

Peacock Costume: Beauty

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Roman Toga

No-Sew Roman Toga Costume

No-Sew Roman Toga Costume

A no-sew costume using everyday items like a pillowcase, cereal box, and flip flops to create a majestic, costume fit for Roman royalty. No sheet-wrapping involved, which means there’s no need to worry about the toga falling off during trick or treating.

From: Cheri Heaton

Photo by: Cheri Heaton

Cheri Heaton

Witch

Make a Tyke's Witch Costume Without a Sewing Machine

Make a Tyke's Witch Costume Without a Sewing Machine

Even the biggest Halloween humbugs will be delighted with this cute, handmade witch costume made from a no-sew tutu and foam hat, and paired with striped tight and a black t-shirt. This little girl even carries a pint-size broom fashioned with a stick and twigs for more authenticity.

Make It: Witch Costume

Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo Halloween Costume

Pink Flamingo Halloween Costume

Turn a bunch of inexpensive feather boas into a fun flamingo costume for your little one. Pair it with a pink dress and tights, and you have a unique, handmade Halloween costume that won't break the bank. Design by Jess Abbott.

Vintage Golfer

Golfer Costume: Beauty

Golfer Costume: Beauty

Golfer Costume: Beauty

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Ladybug

Make a Kid's Ladybug Costume for Halloween

Make a Kid's Ladybug Costume for Halloween

A handmade tulle tutu, basic red sweatshirt and felt are all you need to craft this cute ladybug costume complete with a personalized leafy trick-or-treat tote bag.

Make It: Ladybug Costume

Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep Halloween Costume

Chimney Sweep Halloween Costume

"Chim-chiminy, chim-chiminy, chim chim cher-ee," this Halloween costume is as cute as could be; and easy too! Design by Simple Simon.

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon Halloween Costume

Hot Air Balloon Halloween Costume

With basically just a laundry basket and a balloon your child can be a balloonier. As a bonus, the tall balloon will make it easy to keep track of your child on Halloween night. Design by Simple Simon.

Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream Cone Costume: Beauty

Ice Cream Cone Costume: Beauty

First have the child put on the ice cream cone and tie the ribbons at the shoulders (trim as needed). Then, coil the tights to create the swirl of the ice cream cone and use safety pins to secure the tights to the child's shirt.

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Ninja

No-Sew Ninja Costume

No-Sew Ninja Costume

A no-sew costume that’s easy to pull together featuring faux-leather armor and a ninja sword holder for the most serious of all ninjas.

From: Cheri Heaton

Photo by: Cheri Heaton

Cheri Heaton

Make It: Ninja Costume

Flower Child

Budding Beauty Flower Halloween Costume

Budding Beauty Flower Halloween Costume

Using some felt and ribbon, you can easily turn any pair of green jammies into a quick flower costume that your kids will love. This sewing craft is perfect for the beginner seamstress. Design by Jess Abbott.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Make It: Flower Costume

1920s Flapper

1920s Flapper Dress Halloween Costume

1920s Flapper Dress Halloween Costume

Everybody loves the iconic flapper dress because it is elegant yet fun, and it makes a great Halloween costume too. This dress is easy to make and the materials are inexpensive. Design by Simple Simon.

Adventurous Explorer

Little Explorer Costume: Beauty

Little Explorer Costume: Beauty

Little Explorer Costume: Beauty

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Angel

Feathered Wings Costume

Feathered Wings Costume

These feathered wings are perfect for occasions that require a costume, like Halloween or a Christmas nativity play, but are also sturdy enough to be worn for everyday imaginative play.

Make It: Angel Costume

Robin Hood

Robin Hood Costume

Robin Hood Costume

Your child will love this archer costume, complete with a DIY bow. You'll love it because it is so easy to make and doesn't requite any sewing

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer

Rennai Hoefer

Bull in a China Shop

Bull in a China Shop Halloween Costume

Bull in a China Shop Halloween Costume

Every parent, at one time or another has thought their child was like a bull in a china shop. Turn this timeless expression into an adorable Halloween costume. Design by Kathy Beymer.

Pilot

Make a Kid's Pilot Costume for Halloween

Make a Kid's Pilot Costume for Halloween

Your little one's imagination will take flight in this vintage aviator costume. Embellish everyday clothing with handmade felt patches, then add a custom-made scarf and bomber hat to bring the look together.

Make It: Pilot Costume

Wind-Up Doll

Wind-Up Doll Halloween Costume

Wind-Up Doll Halloween Costume

Turn your little one into a vintage wind-up doll for Halloween. All you need is a bit of cardboard, spray paint, elastic and glue. Design by Jess Abbott.

Black Cat

Traditional Black Cat Halloween Costume

Traditional Black Cat Halloween Costume

If you already have a black shirt, pants and shoes you're half way to having this costume made. After that you'll just need a few craft supplies, tulle fabric and some black makeup. Design by Simple Simon.

Garden Fairy

Fairy Princess Halloween Costume

Fairy Princess Halloween Costume

Make a standard tutu skirt (very easy) long enough to serve as a dress. Add a halter ribbon, a set of wings, adorn it with a floral belt and a pretty halo. Design by Jess Abbott.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Rocketship

Rocketship Halloween Costume

Rocketship Halloween Costume

Turn a Wagon into a Rocketship. Is your little one not quite ready to trick-or-treat on Halloween night, walking the long distances up and down the block? Turn a wagon into a portable costume. Design by Jess Abbott.

Hula Girl

Hula Girl Costume

Hula Girl Costume

A hula girl costume is a Halloween favorite, but rather than dressing your little girl in a store-bought outfit, craft an original version to give her a look all her own.

Viking

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Make It: Viking Costume

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy Halloween Costume

Woodland Fairy Halloween Costume

Looking for a new twist to the typical little girl fairy costume? Make this pretty autumn-inspired skirt then pair it with a set of wings, a crown and a magic wand. Design by Simple Simon.

Large Pizza Pie

Large Pizza Pie Halloween Costume

Large Pizza Pie Halloween Costume

Most every kid loves pizza, let them proudly wear their favorite meal this Halloween. You can even give them their choice of toppings. Design by Manvi Drona.

Make It: Pizza Costume

Don't Forget the Pets!

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Fluttering Fairy or Butterfly

Their favorite jacket and a few inexpensive craft materials are all you need to magic up a (cute!) winged Halloween pet costume for your pup. Get crafting with our easy step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Groovy Rasta

Your pet will look positively Irie and ready to party in this fun Rastafarian wig and hat. A few craft store materials are all you need for this easy-to-make costume. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

Court Jester

Honor your pup's inner goofball with a Halloween costume that celebrates his true colors. Colorful fabric remnants, basic machine sewing and our free printable costume templates make this a DIY project you can complete while binge-watching your favorite show. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions

French Chef

Ooh-la-la! Your dog or cat will be the cutest chef on four legs in this crafty Halloween costume. Use tissue paper and card stock to create a mini version of a chef's toque blanche and a bit of red fabric to stitch up a jaunty neckerchief. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

Ready for Business

Giving new meaning to the phrase, 'working like a dog,' this costume cleverly repurposes closet castoffs to create a costume that's easy on and off and is comfy for your pet. Our step-by-step instructions will help you dress your best friend for success.

Black Bat

Felt, pipe cleaners and a bit of Velcro are all you need to dress your furry friend as a winged bat for Halloween. This costume is not only easy to craft with our step-by-step instructions it's also lightweight so it's comfortable for your dog or cat. 

Little Bo Peep and Her Sheep

For HGTV fan Sara Alavi, dressing her girls up in Halloween costumes is a tradition. She chooses a new look each year based on pop culture trends or her pups' personalities. For this look, she was inspired by Jelly Bean, initially a timid rescue, who followed Sara's older pup, Darci, around like a lost little sheep. To create Darci's Little Bo Peep costume, Sara stitched up the dress herself then topped it off with a curly blonde dog wig (yes, there's such a thing) she bought online. Sara also crafted Jelly Bean's sheep costume using faux fur for the body and hood and pink felt for the interior of the ears. Velcro strips added to each costume ensure easy on and off should either pup become overheated.

Pretty as a Posy

Easily turn craft foam sheets into an oversized flower costume for your furball. Attaching the foam flower to your pet's harness ensures they can move freely and be comfortable while enjoying the Halloween festivities. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Sea-Worthy Celeb-U-Pup

Not only is Eli the Chihuahua a ship-shape sailor, he's also a canine celebrity who starred in the reality series Doggie Moms on NYC life. His mom and HGTV fan, Karen Biehl, capped off Eli's sailor costume by adding star stickers, a bit of white ribbon and a thin elastic band to a paper ice cream cup to craft his diminutive sailor's hat.

Low-Sew Pinata Pup

This year, celebrate Halloween, fiesta-style, with your best friend. Easily craft a piñata-inspired costume for your dog using felt, hot glue and just a bit of hand stitching. Canine couture designer Kelly Owen shares her step-by-step instructions for crafting this costume for your little party animal.

Little Ladybug

Disguise your dog in a cute ladybug costume you can create in under an hour using basic craft materials and a no-sew method. Our easy step-by-step instructions make this adorable costume a snap.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Pooches From Far, Far Away

Leather shoelaces and a bit of brown felt are all HGTV fan samiam405 needed to dress her two pups up like the furry Ewoks of Star Wars fame. Cutting holes to accommodate their ears ensures her furkids are comfortable.

Royal Wedding Attendees

The fashion-forward hats sported by Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding weren't just a hit in royal circles, they also made quite an impression on HGTV fan Sara Alavi who began work on her pups' elaborate Halloween costumes soon after the royal wedding. To construct Princess Eugenie's blue hat, Sara used craft foam sheets secured with hot glue. Stretch cording keeps the hat comfortably on pup Darci's head while wispy white feathers and a purple rosette complete the look. For Princess Beatrice's fascinator, the trick was finding a flexible material that's also lightweight enough for pup Jelly Bean's small size. Sara used pipe cleaners, covered by a stitched tube of gold fabric, to replicate the twisting ribbon shape. An elastic band wasn't strong enough to prevent shifting so Sara stitched the ribbon to a fabric-covered disk that's sewn directly onto a blonde dog wig.

Arrgh, Me Kitties

Dressing your cat for Halloween is a rite attempted by only the bravest of pet owners — but, if your cat is willing, take a cue from HGTV fan Queen1Cat and turn your landlocked kitty into a seafaring rogue with a custom-stitched puffy shirt and felt pirate's hat. Just be sure to sleep with one eye open for a while.

King of the Beasts

A Great Dane is sure to turn heads any day — but add a furry lion's mane and tail and you can literally stop traffic. HGTV fan FriscoChick put her sewing skills to work to stitch up a thick, faux fur mane to slide over her pup's head. A soft, fabric covered band over his nose attaches to the inside of the mane to prevent it from shifting.

A Pack of Pugs

Many owners of pugs will tell you: You can't stop at just one. Clearly, HGTV fan bratlaw feels the more pugs, the merrier. She outfitted her 5 pups to resemble a favorite candy that's also better by the bunch. To make the costumes, she sewed colorful fabric remnants, filled with a thin foam circle, into round pillows that she then embellished with iron-on letters. A small fabric loop that attaches to their collars plus a wide strap that velcros under each pup's middle keep the pillows from shifting.

Count Kittula

HGTV fan Debbie Richmond is one of those souls brave enough to dress her cats for Halloween. To ensure the Halloween costume doesn't cause them to overheat, she chooses lightweight fabrics, like this nylon cape, that can easily be removed.

Headless Horseman

Trick-or-treaters will definitely do a double-take of this clever Halloween costume that uses toddler-size clothing on a well-crafted body to resemble the Headless Horseman and his horse, Daredevil. HGTV fan newfy1_5226167 is the creative genius behind this amazing pet costume that actually weighs in at less than 5 pounds total and even includes a custom-stitched saddle and bridle to accurately recreate the look.

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