8 DIY Costumes to Match Your Pet + Kid on Halloween

Halloween just got so much cuter.

We all know the family that rocks the best kid-parent Halloween costume. And the family that rocks the best matching kid costumes. BUT have you ever met the family that rocks the best kid-pet costume? I didn’t think so. That’s because you’re going to be that family this Halloween. Here’s how.

Ladybugs

Clad in red tulle skirts and matching antennae, your girls will be the cutest bugs in the neighborhood.

Ladybug Costume

Ladybug Costume

Ladybug Pet Costume: Beauty

Ladybug Pet Costume: Beauty

Ladybug Pet Costume: Beauty

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Black Bats

Give your little terrors a touch of spook this Halloween. Both costumes are super-comfortable, so your duo will be ready for a full night of fun.

Bat Hoodie Costume: Beauty 2

Bat Hoodie Costume: Beauty 2

Your little one will take flight with this bat costume made from an inexpensive hoodie and felt. Pair it up with some black leggings or pants for just the right amount of spooky.

Bat Costume for Pets

Bat Costume for Pets

Your pet takes flight for Halloween with this clever bat wing costume. 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 it's also lightweight so it's comfortable for your dog or cat.

Clowns

Embrace your mini goofballs by giving them a night to clown around. For your kid, focus on the makeup. If you don’t have a clown suit, fun, rainbow-colored clothes will do the trick.

Clown Costume for Halloween

Clown Costume for Halloween

In order to give your child the perfect clown makeup for Halloween, use a makeup sponge and brush to apply white makeup to just the eyes and nose. Feather the makeup around the outside edges of the face so it fades softly. Use a makeup brush and blue face paint to draw a half circle over one eye following the brow line. Blend the blue and white. Do the same thing to half of the other eye, using red face paint. Next, add yellow face paint to the rest of the eyebrow and the upper lid. Blend slightly. Use a black eyeliner pencil to make a half circle above the child's natural eyebrow, then a line that follows the natural brow. Use a craft brush with red paint to make three small circles on one cheek. On the opposite cheek, draw a large circle with pink face paint. To make a clown mouth, first use red lip liner to line just outside the lips, then fill in. Extend the lines out from the edge of the natural lips and add little circles at the end. Outline lips with black liquid eyeliner. As a final accent, draw some lines just below the lower eyelid. Naturally curly hair (or a wig) is ready to clown around and just needs a nose. Oversized clothes or a clown costume finishes this big-top look.

Handmade Halloween Pet Jester Costume

Handmade Halloween Pet Jester Costume

Handmade Halloween Pet Jester Costume

Fairies

Let your kiddo’s imagination run wild by equipping her with whimsical wings and a furry fairy sidekick. Check out our fairy makeup tutorial to take the costume to the next level.

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.

Adorable Dog in Fairy Halloween Costume

Adorable Dog in Fairy Halloween Costume

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Pizzas

Ever heard the phrase, “You’re so cute I could eat you up”? I think we have these pizza costumes to thank for that one.

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.

Pizza (+ Taco!) Pet Costume 01:28

Bumblebees

Who knew bees could be so adorable? Your youngster will love buzzing around with his or her furry friend.

Bumblebee Costume

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!

Photo by: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Bumblebee Pet Costume: Beauty

Bumblebee Pet Costume: Beauty

Bumblebee Pet Costume: Beauty

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Flowers

The prettiest posies you ever did see? Your kid and your pet, of course. Adjust petal colors so they match, and your pair is sure to bring some serious flower power.

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

Adorable Dog in Flower Halloween Costume

Adorable Dog in Flower Halloween Costume

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Lions

Let your littles roar this Halloween in super-cute lion costumes. For your pup, it’s all about the mane. For your kiddo, it’s all about the makeup. Complete your kid’s look with a brown sweat suit, a tail, ears and teased hair (the mane!).

Kid's Lion Costume for Halloween

Kid's Lion Costume for Halloween

Turn your little one into a roaring lion for Halloween with ferocious face makeup and a fluffy body suit with lion ears.

Lion Pet Costume Beauty

Lion Pet Costume Beauty

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Make It: Pet Lion Costume

35 Easy Halloween Party Ideas

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Throw an unforgettable monster mash with our easy ideas for DIY Halloween decorations, snacks, party favors and games you can craft.

Set the Scene

Get your haunted house ready for the festivities by decorating any areas where guests will gather, including outdoor spaces. But, be sure to adjust the scare-factor based on what age groups will attend. If only adults are on the guest list, spook it up -- but -- if kids, particularly small children, will attend, nix the blood and gore and keep the decorations family friendly. Our printables, like this free banner, and 55 Halloween decorating ideas will help you set the scene in a way that all ages can enjoy.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Serve Fun Foods

Who knew creamy mini cheeses, olives and a little food coloring could look so creepy yet taste so yummy?! Fill up your party guests with these savory little mouthfuls for a fun take on standard cheese and crackers. Get the recipe.

Plus: Check out 40+ Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

And, Don't Forget the Drinks

Spending the night disguised as a superhero, fairy princess or member of the undead is hard work for a kid; help them hydrate by stocking a tub with plenty of ice and their favorite drinks. Give your tub a quick-and-easy makeover with a costume of its own: a friendly mummy. Learn how with our step-by-step instructions.

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Host a Kids' Costume Party

Hands down, Halloween is one of the most-anticipated holidays for kids. Celebrate this Hallowed Eve by inviting your favorite little ghouls over for a fun get-together. Ask the kids to come dressed in their best Halloween finery and treat them to a spooky spread. Get tips, free printables, menu suggestions and even easy costume ideas to make throwing a costume party child's play.  

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Adults Only: Magic Up Potent Potables

Unleash your Halloween guests' hidden wild side with this Mr. Hyde cocktail. Made with vodka, aromatic herbs and blackberry liqueur, it's frightfully refreshing. Get the recipe.

Plus: 20+ To-Die-For Halloween Cocktails

©Sam Henderson

For Kids: Serve Sinister Sips

Give storebought bottles of fruit-flavored soda an easy Halloween update with our printable bottle wraps. Complete the look by tying coordinated striped straws to each bottle with baker's twine.

Add Fun Surprises

Let the kids kick off the party with a bang (literally!) with English cracker-style favors, like these from Meri Meri, or other interactive games and activities. Read on for links to our favorite DIY Halloween games.

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Halloween Game: Snake Eyes

In less time than it takes to watch your favorite scary movie, you can turn empty water bottles and inexpensive mailing tubes into a Halloween party game that kids of all ages will love. Get crafting with our free printable template and step-by-step instructions.
 

Plan for Guests of All Ages

When planning your party, pick activities and menu items that will keep everyone happy. If babies and small kids will attend, avoid super-scary surprises and provide plenty of easy-to-eat small bites. Learn how to make this cute Mom and Baby Kangaroo Costume.  

Halloween Game: Pumpkin Pickin'

Entertain trick-or-treaters or Halloween partygoers of all ages with this DIY game of chance. Felt jack-o'-lantern flaps (instead of paper that would tear) and an open back make it easy to reload the game with candy and small toys to keep the fun going. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.  

Set Up an Outdoor Trick-or-Treat Station

Weather permitting, bring a lightweight table or shelf outside then fill it with an assortment of kids' favorite treats packaged using one of our free printable templates. Have adults on hand to make sure everyone gets their fair share and with cameras at the ready to snap photos of the neighborhood kids enjoying the spread. Get more tips for setting up a candy station.

Party Favor: Mummy Candy Cans

These adorable treat cans make upcycling look good! Kids will love helping you craft the cans as much as they will devouring their sweet contents. Make one for each Halloween guest, then send them home with the kids as party favors. 

Turn a Pumpkin Into a Serving Dish

Cut a faux pumpkin in half to create a cute lidded container for serving Halloween candy. The waterproof foam interior also makes these a great cooler when filled with ice and beverages. Get step-by-step instructions.

©Layla Palmer

Halloween Game: Craft a Candy Corn Pinata

What's Halloween without the candy, right? Construct this colorful piñata to serve as both a party decoration and crowd-pleasing game for your Halloween guests. Get started with our free templates and step-by-step instructions.

Tempt Their Sweet Tooth

Concentric rings of colored sugar give dense, chocolatey brownies a candy corn makeover for Halloween — our free printable template makes the tricolor effect a snap. Get the recipe and download our template.

Plus: Check out 40+ Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

Hang With a Few Friendly Bats

These friendly foam bats are a snap to craft. Made using our free printable template and inexpensive foam sheets, they're a weatherproof decoration you can display indoors or out.

Don't Forget Your Best Friend

Pets are family so be sure to include them in your Halloween party plans. Let outgoing pets join in the fun by dressing in costume; alternately, provide a safe, quiet place away from the hubbub for pets who are timid around strangers, afraid of loud noises or are not feeling well. Get step-by-step instructions for making a cute pet costume for your furry best friend.

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Halloween Game: Cookie Stack

Here's a game that's easy to set up and kids will love playing. All you need are sandwich cookies and a plate for each child. Have the kids compete to see who can stack the most cookies in one minute — without the cookies falling over. Time them to keep the game fair and have small prizes on hand to reward the winners.  

Party Favor: Trick-or-Treat Tote Bags

Trick-or-treating is serious business for kids. Use one of our three free printable templates to help them turn an inexpensive canvas tote bag into a cute carryall to stash their candy haul. Get complete step-by-step instructions.

Point the Way to the Party

Give trick-or-treaters and Halloween party guests a (slight!) scare with this smaller-than-life-size headless horseman figure. Place his jack-o'-lantern head in one hand and a sign leading the way to the festivities in the other. Add a little character to your front porch with our free template and step-by-step instructions.

Offer Some Healthy Snacks

Mountains of Halloween candy are great but your party guests need something a bit more substantial to munch on too. This Halloween take on chips and dip fits the bill and is actually healthy to boot!

Plus: Check out 40+ Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

Gather the Ghouls

What would a party be without a cute invite, right? A few weeks before your monster mash, mail or hand-deliver this printable chevron invitation. Fill in the details so guests come ready for the frightful festivities. 

Deck Out the Outdoors

Whether you choose to add funny sayings or be deathly serious with traditional designs, our step-by-step instructions show you how to turn inexpensive foam sheets into realistic-looking grave markers.

Halloween Game: Ghost Marshmallow Toss

Get a little help from the kiddos to craft this easy party game. You need just a few inexpensive supplies and our free printable to craft a Halloween game that'll keep kids happily occupied for hours. Learn how to set up the game, plus download the point circles

Let Kids Help With the Decorations

Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult. Get step-by-step instructions.

Plus: More Halloween Kids' Craft Ideas 

Party Favor: Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix

Pretzels and white chocolate-covered popcorn combine with M&M's for a crunchable snack your Halloween guests won't be able to get enough of. Add our free printable labels to cut-down brown paper lunch bags then fill with this addictive mix for a budget-friendly (and crowd-pleasing!) party favor.

Halloween Game: Pin the Spider on the Web

Whether you're expecting a houseful of Halloween guests or are just looking for an activity to keep the kids entertained, this fun-to-craft game is one they can help you assemble then play on their own for hours. Learn how to make a yarn web and download printable spiders.

Cast a Spell With These Clever Place Cards

Made from a twig, raffia and a scrap of paper, these diminutive brooms add an enchanting touch to a sophisticated Halloween soiree, plus they're a fun party favor that guests can take with them.

Set Up a Devilishly Delish Snack Table

Keep guests refreshed with a snack station where they can help themselves. For an easy decoration, print then cut out our free bat templates and attach them to the wall above the table; place the largest bats near the bottom and smallest bats at the top for a trompe l'oeil effect.

Party Favor: Put Chocolate Under Wraps

Kids love candy bars — after all, who doesn't? For a super simple party favor, use one of our printable designs to give a classic candy bar a Halloween makeover. Just print either the orange stripe template or black stripe template onto standard copier paper, cut out the design and use double-sided tape to attach the Halloween wrapper to a chocolate bar.

Spook Up the Front Porch

Give your entryway an eerie, ghostly atmosphere with billowing, tattered draperies made from budget-friendly cheesecloth. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Plus: More Ways to Decorate Your Front Porch for Halloween

Light the Way to the Party

Fill clear buckets or cylindrical glass vases with battery-operated tea lights and sand to easily craft kid-safe, fireproof luminaries to light up your Halloween celebrations. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

A Tasty Favor Kids Can Craft

Combining a creative craft project with sweet + salty treats, these pretzel skeletons are sure to make your smallest Halloween party guests smile. Set up a craft table for the kids; stock it with a few inexpensive grocery- and craft-store materials then let the kids make (then munch!) their own edible character. Get the tutorial.

Take Storebought Cupcakes Up a Notch

Our free printable cupcake toppers make it a snap to give bakery cupcakes a customized, baked-just-for-you look. 

Halloween Game: Follow the Ball

This classic game with a Halloween twist is a low-cost, fuss-free way to provide tons of fun for the kiddos. Just add eyes to 3 white paper cups so they resemble ghosts. Give kids a marble or gumball and show them how to play the game with a partner by hiding the ball under one of the ghosts, moving the ghosts around, then having their partner guess which ghost has the ball.

Party Favor: Glittered Treat Bags

Give plain muslin bags a custom touch with one of our 4 free printable patterns. These little sacks are just the right size to give out as party favors, take to the kids at school or use to surprise your favorite trick-or-treaters. See full tutorial and download templates.

From: Marian Parsons and Kim Stoegbauer

Throw a Cupcake-Decorating Party

Let them eat cake -- cupcakes that is. A Halloween cupcake decorating party is the perfect not-scary theme for all ages. With a little help from an adult, kids can top prebaked cupcakes with their favorite flavor of icing and assorted Halloween-themed candies. Our free printable invites, cupcake toppers and favors put the finishing touch on this (sweet!) party.

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