20 Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids Basically Anyone Can DIY

Create a costume your child won't ever forget (and stay within your budget!).

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Courtesy Delia Creates

No sewing required for this cute fruit costume. All you need is 1 to 1½ yards of felt, a ruler, and scissors. Get the detailed instructions from deliacreates.com.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Lotus Blossom Photography/Courtesy The Scrap Shoppe Blog

Buy green sweats for your little crime fighter (or white ones and dye them green). Cut out yellow felt for the chest and colored bandanas for elbow and knee pads. For the shell, spray paint a roasting pan brown. Cut slits on the sides and run a ribbon through it for a belt. Get the exact measurements at thescrapshoppeblog.com.

Pippi Longstocking

Courtesy Positively Splendid

Pippi Longstocking is a perfect DIY costume for girls with long hair. Start with a striped top, denim skirt, and of course, tall striped socks. Twist two to four pipe cleaners together (the thicker the hair, the more pipe cleaners you'll need) and make braids around the pipe cleaners to make them stick out. Don't forget Pippi's freckles!

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Olaf from Frozen

Courtesy Desert Chica

Do you wanna build a snowman? Well, now you can turn your kid into one. Glue felt cut-outs onto a white hooded sweatshirt for the buttons, eyes, and eyebrows. Add a few brown pipe cleaners to the hood for hair. Use orange felt, stuffing, and a wooden skewer to make Olaf's carrot nose. (Related: Did you know Frozen was almost a colossal failure?)

Stick figure

Courtesy All For The Boys

Trace electrical tape on a plain white outfit for the body, use a paper plate for the face, and you have your own living stick figure.


Courtesy Jane Can...

The horn and wings for this unicorn costume require some paint and glitter glue, but if you have a white shirt and pants, you're halfway done. Tie colorful fabric around your child's waist for the tail. For even more rainbow magic, paint strands of her hair with colored hair spray or use colorful extensions.

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This Star Wars droid is made out of a Chinese paper lantern, a colander for the hat, and LOTS of white duct tape. Add BB-8's designs with a black permanent marker and orange duct tape. (Related: Teach your kiddo these Star Wars jokes before you go trick-or-treating.)


Courtesy Really Risa

Turn your little one into an adorable sushi roll. Use fishy-looking fabric to make a pillow that you can tie on with black fabric (the seaweed in your sushi). Add pieces of a shower loofa or fabric for a wasabi and ginger headband.

Scuba diver

Courtesy Design Dazzle

Recycle empty soda bottles and turn them into an aquatic costume. Spray paint two 2 liter soda bottles and duct tape them to look like oxygen tanks. Glue them to a foam board and strap on with elastic bands. Add flippers and goggles, and you have an adventurous DIY scuba diver.

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Courtesy NellieBellie

Rip a white bed sheet into strips (ripping makes it look more authentic than cutting) and wrap, wrap, wrap. To give them a dingy color, soak them in coffee water for an hour. Make sure your mummy is wearing white under his or her wrappings.

Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

Courtesy Andrea's Notebook

Even if your child hasn't seen the Hitchcock classic, this Melanie Daniels costume is too good to pass up. All you need are some fake crows, white gloves, and sunglasses, and your little girl is fighting off bird attacks in Bodega Bay.

Cat lady

Courtesy Design Dazzle

Not only is this costume cute, but it'll keep your kid warm during a chilly night of trick or treating. Throw on a robe and grab some stuffed kittens for your cat lady to cuddle. Put rollers in her hair to complete the look.

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Prince Charming

Courtesy Desert Chica

Start with a white button down and red pants. Glue on gold buttons and trimming to make your little prince as dashing as can be. Every princess will want him as her date to the Halloween ball.

Bubble bath

Courtesy Giggles Galore

Carefully pin white and pink balloons to a white shirt and pants to turn your kid into a walking bubble bath. Don't forget to include a rubber duck for extra bath time fun.


Courtesy Dukes&Duchesses

Let your child embrace his or her inner artiste with this creative outfit. To make the paintbrush hat, poke strong broom bristles into a styrofoam disc (use glue for added stability) and attach the disc to a crown of poster board. Color a giant paint palette, and let the paint master go to work.

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Flower pot

Courtesy Dukes&Duchesses

Cut leg holes into the bottom of a giant plastic tub, and glue fake flowers to the inside of your "pot." Use duct tape suspenders to hold the tub on your flower child.

Charlie Brown

Courtesy All For The Boys

Good grief! This Charlie Brown outfit takes no time at all to make—simply put black duct tape on a yellow T-shirt—but it'll have all your neighbors wondering why they didn't think of it too. (Related: Check out these wise quotes from the 'Peanuts' comic strip.)

Box of tissues

Courtesy Andy Simmons

Turn a cardboard box into a decorative tissue box, like Reader's Digest's features editor Andy Simmons' daughter has done here. Just add wrapping paper and sheets of white tissue paper.

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Hot air balloon

Courtesy Jennuine

Cut leg holes into a basket, and tie on a large balloon with yarn to make your child a hot air balloon explorer. Her next mission? Find the house that gives out the best Halloween candy.

Jelly beans

Courtesy The Sits Girls

Fill a clear trash bag with small colored balloons for your jelly beans. Make sure not to fill the bag too much so your kid still has room to move around. Tape on a Jelly Belly logo, and your costume is good enough to eat!

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