25 Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids Basically Anyone Can DIY
Create a costume your child won't ever forget (and stay within your budget!).
You don’t have to spend a bundle on Halloween to enjoy all the fun when you can make cheap Halloween costumes for kids like these. There’s no sewing required for this cute fruit costume. All you need is 1 to 1½ yards of felt, a ruler, and scissors. You can also save some dough with these great DIY Halloween decorations that are easy and inexpensive.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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. If your little ones love adventure, spend Halloween with them at the world’s spookiest theme parks!
Forget getting candy…how about dressing up as candy?! (On second thought, don’t forget getting candy.) But how cute is this DIY swirl candy costume from Hello, Wonderful? This is all made of felt, tulle, and fiberfill, which gives it its 3D look. It doesn’t even require any sewing! If you actually would rather forego the excessive sweets this year, here are some non-candy Halloween treats kids will still want.
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 20 favorite Halloween makeup ideas.
Olaf from Frozen
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. With Frozen 2 breaking box office records last year, this costume is sure to be a hit! Want to dress up while your kids trick-or-treat? Creative couples will love these costumes.
Want to dress your kid up as a superhero—without forking over 40-plus dollars for a branded store costume? Tiffany of Pretty Real has you covered. Layer an unbuttoned dress shirt and black pants over any shirt with the Superman logo, and finish off the look with big black glasses (Tiffany recommends removing the lenses!). You can also add a tie to complete the look of mid-transformation Clark!
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. In addition to being great cheap Halloween costumes for kids, a stick figure family is also one of our favorite group Halloween costumes.
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. These are the best deals on Halloween candy out there.
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. These popular Halloween costumes from Amazon will wow your neighbors.
Boo from Monsters, Inc.
Since Boo is, well, a kid, you know this transformation isn’t going to be too tricky! All she needs is a big pink t-shirt, purple pants or leggings, and pink ties for those iconic pigtails, and she’ll be a shoo-in for the tot who makes the monsters run scared. To make her even more recognizable, have her hold a Sulley (or should we say Kitty?) plush. Here are some more great Halloween costumes for Disney fans.
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. Before you head out, try one of these fun Halloween crafts for kids.
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. Mummy costumes are classic cheap Halloween costumes for kids, just like the most popular Halloween costumes from the year you were born.
Instantly brighten everyone’s day this Halloween with this charming rainbow costume from Spoonflower. It’s a bit more labor-intensive, but we think the results are worth it! Plus, this tutorial uses pre-made fabric templates that you can just buy with a couple of clicks, saving you time and searching. Use simple pom-poms to make the clouds, and just dress up a headband your kid already has for the sun headpiece!
Even though you probably won’t find a Prince Charming in these fun, spooky Halloween books for kids, it still makes a great Halloween costume! 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.
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.
Sure, dressing your little one as a Pokémon like Pikachu or Squirtle is adorable. But how extra adorable would it be if you dressed your roly-poly baby up as a Poké Ball like Say Yes did? This costume uses a red onesie, white pants, and a white hat, and just cobbles together a Poké Ball symbol out of felt! (If you have older kids, they can dress as their favorite Pokémon for an unbeatable family costume!)
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. In addition to making these cheap Halloween costumes for kids, you can also cut Halloween costs with these Amazon costumes that are $25 or less.
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.
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. This is a great DIY costume you can probably make with things you have at home, and so are these great ideas for last-minute Halloween costumes.
Box of tissues
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 are some more funny Halloween costumes that are guaranteed to get laughs.
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!
Outfit 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 a place for your child to stash her loot—of candy, that is. Check out these facts about Halloween goodies you never knew.
If 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. You can also turn your pet into a Beanie Baby—it’s one of our favorite Halloween costumes for dogs!
Toy army guy
This 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. Want to get in on the Halloween fun with your kiddos? Check out our favorite DIY Halloween costumes for grown-ups.
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