78 Cute + Easy Homemade Halloween Kids' Costumes

Break out the craft supplies and enlist the kiddos to help make these creative, funny and budget-friendly DIY costumes.

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September 15, 2020

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Sweet Scoops

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... this adorable ice cream costume! Let the kiddos dress-up as their favorite sweet treat this Halloween by crafting our simple, ice cream cone hats. Style your scoops with comfy, solid-color clothing that coordinates with the featured flavor.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make Ice Cream Cone Party Hats

Soda Bottle Scuba Diver

Make this adorable scuba diver costume in a pinch from items you would normally toss in the trash, like 2-liter soda bottles and a laundry detergent cap.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Halloween Costumes You Can Make From Trash

No-Sew Roman Toga

This easy, no-sew costume uses 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.

GET THE HOW-TO: Last-Minute Halloween Costume: Roman Toga

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King of the Jungle

Transform your favorite kiddo into the king or queen of the savannah with some water-based face paint and a fluffy bodysuit. Get the full instructions for this roaring makeup look below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Lion

All Aboard!

Reduce, reuse and recreate this charming choo-choo from discarded cardboard boxes and some craft supplies you likely already have on hand.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Out-of-the-Box Halloween Costumes Made From Cardboard

Hot Air Balloon

Turn your tot into an aeronaut with a laundry basket and a helium balloon. As a bonus, the tall balloon will make it easy to keep track of your child on Halloween night. Don't have a laundry basket on hand? A cardboard box works great, too.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Hot Air Balloon Halloween Costume

Paper Bag Fisherman

Cleverly crafted from a large paper grocery bag, this DIY fisherman's vest is reel cute. Complete the look with a button-down, a kid-sized brimmer hat and a handy fishing pole — you could even swap the pole for a fishing net to hold candy while trick-or-treating.

GET THE HOW-TO: Paper Bag Halloween Costumes 3 Ways

Carnival Strong Man

Cue the shenanigans with this clever, last-minute costume you can pull together from items in your child's closet. Just add muscles and a mustache.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Halloween Costume: Carnival Strong Man

From: Cheri Heaton

Milk + Cereal

Sure to be the star of any costume party or trunk-or-treat, this sugary-sweet ensemble is a breeze to make from a laundry basket and multi-colored pool noodles.

GET THE HOW-TO: Goodbye Laundry, Hello DIY Costumes

Starry Night

New Orleans artist Crystal Turner has an enviable sidekick when it comes to costume creation in October. “My son and I love Halloween and I dress up with him every year,” she says. “The inspiration behind our unzipped look was to showcase [that] we are all magical and made of the universe!” To follow in their footsteps, buy a zipper at a craft store (or upcycle one from a worn-out item of clothing), then snip off the excess fabric on either side of the teeth. Experiment with laying the zipper at different angles on your face, trimming it to length, then dusting over it with a bit of loose powder so you’ll know where it will be affixed. Dab spirit gum within the outlines that remain, lay the zipper on your face, then use a combination of sponged, brushed, and stippled water-based makeup to create the effect of your choice on the “unzipped” portion of your face.

SEE MORE: 40 Face Paint & Makeup-Only Halloween Costumes

Pink Flamingo

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.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Pink Flamingo Halloween Costume

Pretty Peacock

An easy-to-craft tulle tutu makes this no-sew costume a favorite among skirt-swirling little ones everywhere. Add a few fashion-forward peacock feathers for a Halloween costume they'll never want to take off.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Costume: Pretty Peacock

Cactus Cutie

Inspired by the fact that the creator's young child was still walking holding her parents' hands, a simple saguaro cactus costume was a hilariously cute choice for his first Halloween. You only need a few materials to make one of your own. Looking for a matching grown-up cactus costume? Check out our easy cactus dress tutorial.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Prickly Cactus Costume for a Toddler

Squeaky Clean

Keep it clean this Halloween with a DIY soap costume that will get the party popping. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how to turn a plain white T-shirt into a bubbling bar of soap, plus five more easy DIY t-shirt costume ideas.

GET THE HOW-TO: 5 Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make With a T-Shirt

Merry Minion

Is your kid obsessed with these adorably funny, yellow movie characters? Grab pair of overalls, a bright yellow hoodie and some round, vintage-style goggles for an easy, funny and comfy DIY costume your kid will love.

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Printable Unicorn Masks

Kids will love coloring and glittering their very own mythical creature masks this Halloween. Download and print our free, unicorn mask coloring pages, then set up outside or in the garage for an afternoon of crafting fun. Punch a hole in the sides and tie on masks with a string or elastic, then let the kiddos pick out their best unicorn-inspired outfits to match.

Ceiling Fan

We love a good pun and this ceiling "fan" costume fits the bill. The beauty of this simple costume is it works with any shirt you’re willing to take stickers or a marker to. Finish off the look with a pair of pompoms, and you have yourself a cheap, last-minute costume that is sure to get some laughs.

GET THE HOW-TO: 15 of the Punniest Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Ever

Wind-Up Doll

Is your little one as cute as a doll? Turn them into a vintage wind-up doll for Halloween using a bit of cardboard, spray paint and our step-by-step instructions linked below.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Wind-Up Doll Halloween Costume

To the Rescue!

Empower your kids to feel invincible by helping them create their own DIY superhero outfits. Offer them the creative freedom to dream up their own superpowers and help design a personal emblem for their costume. The best part? Most of the items for this DIY can be found in your kid's closet.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Superhero Costume

Epic Viking

With a bit of faux fur and a hilarious yarn beard, your little one will be ready to trick-or-treat in Valhalla.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Viking Halloween Costume With an Epic Beard

Pool Noodle Rainbow

Summer might be over, but don't put those pool noodles away just yet. Craft this cute, colorful rainbow costume by bending and gluing the foam floaties together into a pretty piece that wears like a backpack.

GET THE HOW-TO: Too Cool for Pool: 3 Last-Minute DIY Costumes

All Eyes on Me

Turn an old expression into a fun Halloween costume that's sure to pack a pun-ch. Grab a white t-shirt and a lot of Ping-Pong balls to make this quick and inexpensive costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Budget Halloween Costume: All Eyes on Me

Bewitching Tutu

Even the biggest Halloween humbugs will be delighted by this cute, handmade witch costume made from a no-sew tutu and foam hat, and paired with striped tights and a black t-shirt. Throw in a pint-size broom fashioned from a stick and twigs for an authentic witchy look.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Kid's Witch Costume for Halloween

Watercolors

Create a trick-or-treating masterpiece by turning your little artist into a classic watercolor paint tray. Top it off with a handmade French-inspired beret and a jumbo paintbrush made from a pool noodle.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kids' Halloween Costume: Watercolor Paint Box

Dust Bunny

Sure, you could cover your kids in dust and call it a day, or you could opt for this adorable alternative that utilizes a fun pair of bunny ears and a feather duster to create a punny dust bunny costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: 15 of the Punniest Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Ever

Haunted Hipster

Southern California-based makeup artist and hairstylist Morgan Silva used her expert skills to transform her little brother into a spooky-skeleton for Halloween. To spookify a sibling (or yourself) in a similarly spine-chilling way, find our skeleton makeup tutorial below, then check out our full list of DIY Halloween makeup ideas.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Skeleton

Cute Caddy

This cute costume is a hole in one! If your kiddo loves to play (or pretend play) golf, dress them up in this easy DIY ensemble made from items they probably have hanging in the closet and a golf bag made from an upcycled oatmeal container.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Costume: Vintage Golfer

Bat Hoodie

Your little one's imagination will take flight in this bat costume made from an inexpensive hoodie and felt. Pair it with black leggings or sweat pants for a comfy Halloween costume they'll want to wear long after the holiday has passed.

GET THE HOW-TO: Hoodie Halloween Costume: Black Bat

Little Explorer

Adventure awaits! Outfit your little one for the wilds of trick-or-treating in this easy-to-create vintage explorer costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Costume: Adventurous Explorer

Fairy Princess

Cast a spell in this magical fairy costume made from a few rolls of tulle and some dollar store materials. Find our DIY, no-sew tutu tutorial here, then follow the instructions below to finish off the enchanting ensemble.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Fairy Princess Halloween Costume

Vintage Aviator

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.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Kid's Pilot Costume for Halloween

Comfy Dinosaur

Sewing your kid's Halloween costume is a parent's rite of passage. Not a sewer? This dinosaur costume is simple to make from a comfy green hoodie and requires only very basic sewing skills.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Kid's Dinosaur Costume From a Zip-Up Hoodie

Candy Dots

In a pinch for a clever homemade Halloween costume? No worries, you can quickly whip up this sweet costume that mimics the look of the classic Halloween candy. Want to go as a pair? Check out our DIY grown-up version, as well.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kids' Halloween Costume: Candy Dots

Chimney Sweep

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

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Costume: Chimney Sweep

Little Ladybug

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.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Kid's Ladybug Costume for Halloween

No-Sew Ninja

Get your little warrior ready for Halloween with a no-sew costume that's a snap to pull together with faux-leather armor and a cool ninja sword holder.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Halloween Kid's Costume: Ninja

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Milk + Cookie

You and your toddler go together like ... well, milk and cookies! Whip up this cute costume using a cardboard box, felt, round chair cushions and our step-by-step instructions, below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Mom and Child Halloween Costume: Milk and Cookies

Roaring Twenties

If ever there was a year to break out your flapper gear, 2020 is it. Give a nod to the infamous party decade by dressing the whole crew in 1920s-style clothing — think fun dresses, feather boas, suspenders and fedoras. Shop your kids' closets to pull together the look or craft this cute, easy kid's flapper dress from inexpensive craft materials.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Flapper Dress Halloween Costume

Mummy Makeup

Complement a mummy costume with this undead makeup treatment only a mummy could love — snag our step-by-step instructions below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Mummy

Brave Knight

Turn your little hero into a brave knight for Halloween. Our free printable template and step-by-step instructions make this and easy-to-craft, last-minute costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Costume: Brave Knight

Glow-in-the-Dark Stick Figure

Need a last-minute Halloween costume? With some black clothing and a pack of glow necklaces, you can whip up this bright outfit in less than 10 minutes.

GET THE HOW-TO: DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Stick Figure Costume

Hoppy Halloween

Your trick-or-treater will be hopping with excitement over this fun frog costume. Grab a hoodie, felt and a few other inexpensive materials to craft a warm, cozy costume for your little tadpole.

GET THE HOW-TO: Hoodie Halloween Costume: Frog

Cupcake + Sprinkles

Turn your sweetie into their favorite treat by decorating a laundry basket in brown wrapping paper accordion-folded to look like a cupcake liner. Top with some felt "icing" and your little cupcake is ready for a night of sugary fun.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Costume: Cute Cupcake

Party Fowl

Nobody wants to make a party foul, but you can easily be one for Halloween with this easy DIY costume idea.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Budget Halloween Costume: Party Fowl

Pig in a Blanket

This little piggy might have the coziest costume of all for a brisk night of trick-or-treating. Start with a pink sweatsuit, then add piggy ears and a sweet snout (or buy/DIY a pig nose face mask). Wrap it all up in a warm blanket and prepare to be the cutest piglet on the block.

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Rocketship Wagon

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, out-of-this-world costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Turn a Wagon into a Rocketship for Halloween

Trolls: Princess Poppy

No need to spend a lot of money on a branded Halloween costume. Shop your kid's closet for pink leggings and a little blue dress, then follow our step-by-step instructions to whip up Princess Poppy's iconic pink hair.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a No-Sew Troll Hair Headband

Multi-Use Wings

These beautiful feathers are the perfect addition to any costume that requires wings — thing angel, fairy or flying dragon. Plus, they're sturdy enough to be worn long after Halloween for everyday imaginative play.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make Feathered Angel or Fairy Wings

Shark Hoodie

Take a bite out of Halloween with this simple sewing project that turns an ordinary gray hoodie into a great white shark.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Kid's Shark Costume for Halloween

Pizza Pie

Does your child love pizza? Let them proudly wear their favorite meal this Halloween. They can even choose the toppings!

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Pizza Halloween Costume

Sassy Black Cat

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.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make an Easy Black Cat Halloween Costume

Big Yellow School Bus Halloween Costume

Let your toddler or non-walker ride in style this Halloween by transforming a plain wagon into a big yellow school bus.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Turn a Wagon into a School Bus For Halloween

Wacky Waving Tube Man

They're standing in front of retail stores everywhere, now you can be one for Halloween with this no-sew costume made from a child's nylon tunnel.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man Costume for Halloween

Mighty Viking

Who knew brown toilet seat covers could look so dashing? Fashion these home decor duds into a mighty costume worthy of Valhalla. The hammer is made out of dense foam so kids can't really injure each other — but they do think it's the coolest thing ever.

GET THE HOW-TO: DIY Halloween: Easy and Affordable Viking Costume Under $25

Baby Bull

Looking for a cute parent & baby costume? Dress up as a matador, then fashion this cute, comfy bull costume for baby. Find our free, downloadable template and step-by-instructions below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy-to-Craft Baby Bull Halloween Costume

Little Monster

Minnesota hair and makeup artist Carissa Espey created this so-cute-she’s-scary three-eyed monster look with a combination of paint, glitter and well-deployed rainbow pom poms. When using glitter — a material that’s notorious for bedazzling everything in its path — she advises a bit of creative containment. “Apply Vaseline on [the] desired area, then apply glitter with a makeup sponge, whether it be for Halloween or the basic everyday makeup look.”

SEE MORE: 40 Face Paint & Makeup-Only Halloween Costumes

Mama + Baby Kangaroo

This Halloween, keep baby close and portable by taking a cue from our furry friends down under and fashioning your baby-wearing device into a kangaroo pouch.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Matching Mom and Baby Kangaroo Costume

Ahoy Trick-or-Treaters!

Save your shipping boxes to craft this sweet, seaworthy costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Man-in-a-Canoe Halloween Costume

Porcelain Doll

Ireland-based makeup maven Kayleigh Jordan's daughter is obsessed with dolls, so she decided to give her a classic broken dolly look for Halloween. The process was equal parts creation and negotiation, she says: “It was hard to keep her still for sure but I let her look in the mirror every few minutes and because she could see the process it kept her engaged and excited. Having some snacks also helped." Get more fun Halloween makeup ideas at the link below.

SEE MORE: 40 Face Paint & Makeup-Only Halloween Costumes

Budding Beauty

Using some felt and ribbon, you can easily turn any pair of green jammies into a quick flower costume that your kids will love.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Flower Costume

Stomach in Knots

Bring that nervous feeling to life with this quick, easy costume that'll have you all tied up in knots.

GET THE HOW-TO: 30-Minute Halloween Costume: Stomach in Knots

Last-Minute Llama

Is your tween full of llama drama? Upcycle an old white sweatshirt into this funny farm friend — no sewing required.

GET THE HOW-TO: Last-Minute Llama and Quickie Cactus Costumes You Can Make With a Sweatsuit

Vampire Halloween Costume

Help your teen channel their inner Count Dracula this Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Ghoulish Vampire

Robin Hood Costume: Beauty

Easily turn budget-friendly felt and polyester fabric into a dashing costume worthy of everyone's favorite legendary outlaw — complete with a bow made out of a backyard stick.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Robin Hood Kid's Costume for Halloween

Woodland Fairy

Looking for a cottagecore-inspired twist to the typical fairy costume? Make this pretty autumnal skirt paired with a set of wings, a crown and a magic wand.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Woodland Fairy Halloween Costume

Remote Control

Let your child be in control of the remote (for one night only) with this funny cardboard box costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Budget Halloween Costume: TV Remote Control

Ice Cream Cone

Your trick-or-treater will have a license to chill in this clever homemade costume that uses craft store supplies and white tights to transform them into a giant soft-serve cone.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kid's Halloween Costume: Ice Cream Cone

Mac 'n' Cheese

Start saving cardboard paper towel and toilet paper tubes to make this clever costume. The macaroni tubes adhere to a yellow cheese-colored rain jacket and the bowl is made from a laundry basket covered in blue cardboard.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kids' Halloween Costume: A Bowl of Mac 'n' Cheese

Candy Rapper

Drop some sweet beats in this cool-clever costume you can make for less than $10.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Budget Halloween Costume: Hip Hop Candy Rapper

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 by following our step-by-step instructions below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kids' Halloween Costume: Bull in a China Shop

Book Worm

Help your child show off their love of reading (and their goofy sense of humor) with this DIY book worm costume.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Budget Halloween Costume: Book Worm

Feathered Wings

These bird wings are fun and easy to make, and are the perfect beginning for a fabulous bird Halloween costume. It's easy to craft and requires minimal sewing, so your kids will be flying around the yard in no time.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kids' Halloween Costume: How to Make Bird Wings

DIY Dinosaur

Start practicing your ROAR! This fun dinosaur hat and spiky tail costume will have your child stomping with delight.

GET THE HOW-TO: How To Make a Dinosaur Halloween Costume

Not-So-Wicked Witch

Double, double, toil and trouble! Conjure up this cute, classic costume (hat included!) with the help of an adult black maxi skirt and some craft felt.

GET THE HOW-TO: A Classic Halloween Witch Costume with Hat

Candy-Crazed Robot

Beep, boop, bop! Channel your kid's energy into crafting this candy-crazed cyborg costume from cardboard boxes and an old, scratched CD.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Out-of-the-Box Halloween Costumes Made From Cardboard

Smartphone With Earbuds

Every kid wants one, so why not let them be one? To make this costume, simply take a screenshot of your phone’s screen and take a photo of the back of another phone. Send the images to a copy center to have them enlarged. Adhere the front-and-back images to two pieces of cardboard then tie the cardboard together with string. A set of round potholders covered in foam are used to make the earbuds.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Smartphone Halloween Costume

Cup of Cocoa

Nothing satisfies quite like a mug of hot chocolate on a cool October day. Use a cardboard-covered laundry basket to make the cup, chiffon fabric for the liquid and a roll-up pillow batting for the mini marshmallows.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kids' Halloween Costume: A Cup of Hot Chocolate

Giant Spider

Incite arachnophobia! You can try, but this spider costume is too cute to be afraid of. The legs are super easy to make and cost just a few dollars with items from a dollar store.

GET THE HOW-TO: Easy Kids' Halloween Costume: Spider Legs

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