7 Simple Halloween Costumes for Kids

These cute no-sew Halloween costumes are perfect for little gardeners. Learn to make butterfly, dragonfly, bee, scarecrow, ladybug, garden gnome and peacock costumes that are sure to make trick-or-treating a blast!

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Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Create a Butterfly Costume

This colorful pair of wings makes fluttering through the garden so much fun, even after Halloween is over.

Butterfly Supplies

To create your butterfly costume you will need: a lightweight synthetic fabric/ ribbon/ 2 pipe cleaners/ a headband/ a fray stop such as Fray Check or clear nail polish/ fabric glue/ colored fabric or acrylic paint/ and dimensional fabric paint. We chose glittery puff paint to add a little extra shimmer to our wings, but any color will do. You will also need wax paper to lay your wings on when you are painting them so they don't stick to the surface underneath.

Assemble Your Butterfly Costume

Cut two matching wing shapes that are as wide as your child's arm and as tall as your child's back. Put wax paper underneath and trace out the wing design using dimensional fabric paint and fill in the colors using acrylic paint. Attach the middle of two 24 inch ribbons and one 36 inch ribbon along the top of the wings, and the end of two 10 inch ribbons along the side using fabric glue. Make the headband by cutting 2 rectangles from matching fabric and folding in the corners to create bows. Attach to the headband with pipe cleaners.

Completed Butterfly Costume

Tie your wings on by tying the ribbons at your child's wrist, elbow and shoulders. Cross the shoulder ribbons in the back so that the ribbon on the left wing ties to the opposite ribbon on the right wing. Tie the ribbons on the side of the wings together and pair with a jewel toned shirt for beautiful butterfly coloring and flutter away!

Create a Dragonfly Costume

These dragonfly wings are light and airy with a little pop of color, just like a real dragonfly!

Dragonfly Supplies

To create your dragonfly costume you will need: a lightweight synthetic blue or green fabric/ ribbon/ 2 pipe cleaners/ a headband/ a fray stop such as Fray Check or clear nail polish/ fabric glue/ colored fabric or acrylic paint/ and dimensional fabric paint. We chose glittery puff paint to add a little extra shimmer to our wings, but any color will do. You will also need wax paper to lay your wings on when you are painting them so they don't stick to the surface underneath.

Assemble Your Dragonfly Costume

Cut two matching wing shapes that are as wide as your child's arm. Put wax paper underneath and trace out the wing design using dimensional fabric paint and fill in a few shapes along the side of the wing with acrylic paint. Attach the middle of two 24 inch ribbons and one 36 inch ribbon along the top of the wings, and the end of two 10 inch ribbons along the sides using fabric glue. Make the headband by cutting 2 rectangles from matching fabric and folding in the corners to create bows. Attach to the headband with pipe cleaners.

Completed Dragonfly Costume

Tie your wings on by tying the ribbons at your child's wrist, elbow and shoulders. Cross the shoulder ribbons in the back so that the ribbon on the left wing ties to the opposite ribbon on the right wing. Tie the ribbons on the sides of the wings together, add a bright green shirt and you're ready to fly!

Bumblebee Costume

These delicate bee wings will help your child buzz around the garden all day. Just be sure to watch out for that stinger!

Bumblebee Supplies

To create your bumblebee costume you will need: a lightweight synthetic blue fabric/ a yellow fabric/ black felt/ ribbon/ 2 pipe cleaners/ a headband/ a fray stop such as Fray Check or clear nail polish/ fabric glue/ and dimensional fabric paint. We chose glittery puff paint to add a little extra shimmer to our wings, but any color will do. You will also need wax paper to lay your wings on when you are painting them so they don't stick to the surface underneath.

Assemble Your Bee Costume

Cut two matching wing shapes that are as long as your child's arm. Put wax paper underneath and trace out the wing design using dimensional fabric paint. Attach the middle of two 24 inch ribbons and one 36 inch ribbon along the top of the wings, and the end of two 10 inch ribbons along the sides using fabric glue. Make the headband by cutting 2 rectangles from matching fabric and folding in the corners to create bows. Attach to the headband with pipe cleaners. Glue yellow stripes onto a black shirt for a finishing flourish.

Completed Bee Costume

Tie your wings on by tying the ribbons at your child's wrist, elbow and shoulders. Cross the shoulder ribbons in the back so that the ribbon on the left wing ties to the opposite ribbon on the right wing. Tie the ribbons on the sides of the wings together and attach the stinger to the base of your child's shirt using a safety pin. Now you're ready to pollenate!

Create a Scarecrow Costume

This scarecrow is so lovable, he can't even scare the birds away, but he can inspire lots of smiles on Halloween!

Scarecrow Supplies

To create your scarecrow costume you will need: a loose weave fabric/ burlap/ multiple colors of felt/ 3 pipe cleaners/ twine/ fabric glue/ and cord or rope. Follow the instructions on the glue bottle to ensure that your costume stays together!

Assemble Your Scarecrow Costume

Trace around the edge of one of your child's jackets and cut the shape twice out of the loose weave fabric. Lay the pieces on top of one another and use twine to tie the front and back pieces together by poking through the fabric and tying every 2 inches. Attach a burlap color using twine, and add a burlap pocket and some green felt leaves with fabric glue. Create the hat by using fabric glue to piece together multiple felt triangles. Add twine at the top and around the brim. Cut out bird silhouettes and attach to the hat using pipe cleaners and glue.

Completed Scarecrow Costume

Add some dark colored gloves and a rope belt to your scarecrow costume and you are ready to go!

Create a Ladybug Costume

Who can resist a smiling ladybug? This costume is sweet, simple and full of fun.

Ladybug Costume Supplies

To create your ladybug costume you will need: half a yard of red felt and a couple of sheets of black felt/ 36 inches of black ribbon/ half a yard of fuzzy red trim/ two pipe cleaners/ fabric glue/ a headband and black socks. A black shirt and black pants will make the costume complete! Follow the instructions on the glue bottle when assembling your costume to ensure everything stays together.

Assemble Your Ladybug Costume

Begin by cutting a large semi-circle out of the red felt. Ours had a radius of 18 inches, however you may need to increase or decrease this depending on how long you want the cape to be. Cut a shallow semi-circle from the center edge of the large one to make a space for your child's neck. Glue round circles of black felt onto the red cape, and glue the length of ribbon around the neck. Cut two 1 inch pieces of red trim and attach to the headband using pipe cleaners. Glue the remaining trim around the top of the socks.

Your Ladybug Costume Is Complete!

Pair your ladybug cape with a solid black base to make the red pop!

Create a Garden Gnome Costume

This jolly garden gnome will stand out from the crowd with his fluffy white beard and pointy red hat. We think his twinkling eyes peeking out from bushy eyebrows will be his best feature!

Garden Gnome Supplies

To create a garden gnome costume you will need: white "faux fur" fabric/ red felt/ two 18 inch lengths of ribbon/ fabric glue/ and a fray stop such as Fray Check or clear nail polish. Be sure to follow the directions on the glue bottle to ensure your costume stays together! To complete your costume you will also need a royal blue jacket, black belt, dark shoes and a favorite pair of pants.

Assemble Your Garden Gnome Costume

Create the beard and eyebrows by cutting a large triangle and 2 kidney shapes from the faux fur. Seal the cut edges with fray stop and attach 2 lengths of ribbon to the top corners with fabric glue. These will tie at the back of your child's head to hold the beard on. Cut a large triangle out of red felt, making sure one edge is 2 inches larger than the circumference of your child's head. Roll into a cone and secure with fabric glue to create your gnome's hat. Use fabric glue to attach the eyebrows to the front of the hat. Finish with a bright blue jacket and black belt!

Completed Garden Gnome

Once your garden gnome costume is completely dry, tie the beard on and place the hat on top!

Create a Peacock Costume

This jewel toned peacock costume is easy to make, and so fun your child may not want to take it off when the trick-or-treating is over!

Peacock Costume

To create your peacock costume you will need: 4 yards of tulle, each in a different shade of blue or green/ multiple sheets of felt in multiple colors/ a headband/ elastic/ and fabric glue. Be sure to follow the directions on the glue bottle when assembling your costume to ensure that everything stays together.

Assemble Your Peacock Costume

Measure out a length of elastic to fit around your child's waist and add 2 inches. Tie ends of the elastic in a tight knot and secure with fabric glue, or whip stitch ends together. Cut each yard of tulle into strips approximately 2 X 28 inches and tie a knot around the elastic band at the middle of the strip. Cut the colored felt into different sized tear drop shapes, layering different colors and gluing together. Attach to the elastic band by folding a strip of felt around the band and gluing. Glue feathers to a headband. Attach 1-3 strips of tulle to create a bracelet.

Your Peacock Costume is Complete!

Pair your tutu with a bright teal shirt to complete your peacock ensemble and make way for the joyful twirling that is soon to follow!