Cute Kids’ Halloween Costumes to Make Yourself

You don't have to fork over big bucks for that Halloween costume your child loves. Here's how to turn everyday household items into magical costumes that are easy—and inexpensive.

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If your child wants to be a: Knight

If your child wants to be a: Knight
Make it!  Use silver and purple paint to turn a grocery bag into a suit of armor. Make a sword out of a wrapping paper tube and turn a plastic milk jug into a helmet, according to Parents

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If your child wants to be a: Judge

If your child wants to be a: Judge
Make it!  Bring the court to order with this clever costume from Parents: Turn toilet paper rolls into an old-fashioned wig with a little white paint. Use a chopstick and another toilet paper roll, both painted brown, to make a gavel.

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If your child wants to be a: Rocket man

If your child wants to be a: Rocket man
Make it!  A rocket man’s power pack comes together with Pringles containers and party hats that are spray-painted silver. Streamers simulate fire. Pair with white pants and a white shirt and your little one will be a space age sensation in this Real Simple costume.

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If your child wants to be a: Chef

If your child wants to be a: Chef
Make it!  A chef’s toque is a cinch to recreate using a paper-wrapped oatmeal container and a white shower cap. Add a large white button-down shirt, a chef’s towel, and a few kitchen accessories, and your little cook is ready for business in this costume from Parents.

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If your child wants to be a: Safari guide

If your child wants to be a: Safari guide
Make it!  This idea from Real Simple features a safari vest made from a brown paper grocery bag. Kraft paper envelopes serve as pockets for all of an explorer's gear; make binoculars with a pair of toilet paper rolls, felt floor protector pads, and some string.

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If your child wants to be a: Turtle

If your child wants to be a: Turtle
Make it!  For this Reader’s Digest costume, disposable aluminum turkey roasting pans are transformed into a turtle’s shell with yellow, orange, and green spray paint. Use a shoelace to create a strap, and dress your youngster in green to create a base for the look.

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If your child wants to be: Macaroni and cheese

If your child wants to be: Macaroni and cheese
Make it!  Yellow-orange paint can turn toilet paper and paper towel tubes into cheesy macaroni, just like this fun get-up from Coolest Homemade Costumes. Create a bowl by cutting a hole in the bottom of a round laundry basket, wrapping it in cardboard, and painting it white (or if you’re artistically inclined, painting it to look like a microwaveable Easy Mac container).
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If your child wants to be: Corn on the cob

If your child wants to be: Corn on the cob
Make it!  A no-sew corn on the cob costume is easy, thanks to this how-to from Parenting: paint paper egg cartons yellow to make the kernels, then pair with a green sweatshirt and corn husks fashioned from green felt.

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If your child wants to be a: Scuba diver

If your child wants to be a: Scuba diver
Make it!  A deep-sea diving costume is a walk on the beach with these tips from Parenting and Real Simple —silver or black spray paint turns a 2-liter plastic bottle (or two) into an oxygen tank; plastic safety goggles serve as a scuba mask, and cord organizers stand in for tubing.

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