23 Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids Basically Anyone Can DIY

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


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. Want to make sure you kid eats as healthy as this costume looks? These are the 14 things nutritionists do on Halloween that you don't.

Get the tutorial at Delia Creates

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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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. (These are the 9 best Halloween books for kids.) 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 tutorial at The Scrap Shoppe Blog

Pippi Longstocking

Courtesy Positively Splendid

The Pippi Longstocking costume 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! These are our 14 favorite Halloween makeup ideas.

Get the tutorial at Positively Splendid

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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. (By the way, did you know Frozen was almost a colossal failure?)

Get the tutorial at Desert Chica

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.

Get the tutorial at All for the Boys.


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. This "unicorn" dip might get your kids to eat veggies more often.

Get the tutorial at Jane Can

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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. (Don't forget to teach your kiddo these Star Wars jokes before you go trick-or-treating.)

Get the tutorial at Desert Chica.


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. Before you head out, try one of these fun Halloween crafts for kids.

Get the tutorial at Really Risa.

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. Try one of these 50 tiny ways to encourage your kid each day.

Get the tutorial at Design Dazzle.

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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.

Get the tutorial at Nellie Bellie

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.

Get the tutorial at Andrea's Notebook.

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.

Get the tutorial at Design Dazzle

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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.

Get the tutorial at Desert Chica

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.

Get the tutorial at Giggles Galore.


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.

Get the tutorial at Duke and Duchesses.

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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.

Get the tutorial at Duke and Duchesses

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. (Check out these wise quotes from the 'Peanuts' comic strip.)

Get the tutorial at All for the Boys

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. Here's how doctors avoid getting colds—and you can too!

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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.

Get the tutorial at Rook No. 17.

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!

Get the tutorial at The Sits Girls

Little bandit

Cheap-Halloween-Costumes-for-Kids-Basically-Anyone-Can-DIY-via-stitched-by-crystalvia stitched by crystalOutfit your trick-or-treater in black pants, black shoes, and a black-and-white striped shirt. Add a black hat and a black eye mask, and craft a "money bag" out of a burlap sack. The sack doubles as place for your child to stash her loot—of candy, that is.

Get the tutorial at Make It & Love It.

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Beanie Baby

Cheap-Halloween-Costumes-for-Kids-Basically-Anyone-Can-DIY-Courtesy-Liz-RungeCourtesy Liz RungeIf dressing up as an ordinary lion or tiger seems too easy, take it up a notch with this adorable Beanie Baby costume. Simply print out the Beanie Baby logo (a red heart with white "ty" letters), attach it to a necklace, and wear it with your favorite animal costume. Bonus points if the costume is warm and cozy. Get the tutorial at Wonderfully Made Pursuits

Toy army guy

Cheap-Halloween-Costumes-for-Kids-Basically-Anyone-Can-DIY-Courtesy-The-SwayCourtesy the SwayThis creative spin on the soldier costume requires a bit of thrift shopping and a lot of green spray paint. Pick up a can or two along with a plastic helmet, binoculars, a vest, boots, camo pants, and a jacket. Spray paint the ensemble with green spray paint (you'll need to use a layer of primer first) and make sure to get your little ranger to strike his best freeze frame army pose. Get the tutorial at The Sits Girls
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