Creative Halloween Costumes to Make for Kids

These creative halloween costumes are both cute and clever. Our halloween costume ideas include detailed how-to instructions so you can make stylish attire with ease.

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    Shining Star

    All you need for this project is a piece of cardboard, glue, and gold glitter - it's really that easy! Cut a hole for your child's face and cover in glitter; pair the star with a color-coordinating outfit and your costume is ready!

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    Little Baker

    For the aspiring chef, this sweet concoction will be a five-star dish for trick-or-treating. Plus, after Halloween, your little baker will have a new apron to wear in the kitchen. And don't forget about those pretend cupcakes that look good enough to eat! Your little cook will look even sweeter than her haul of Halloween candy.

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    Knight in Shining Armor

    Give your child their shining armor with a storebought sweatshirt and a few pieces of felt! Cut a sweatshirt hood to make the helmet, and add a felt badge to the front of a plain tshirt. Cute, easy, and very budget-friendly. Plus, since it's made from sweats, your little one will be warm on Halloween night!

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    Leafy Green Tree

    Turn a pair of storebought sweats into a cute-as-can-be costume with some felt leaves and a few stitches. For a no-sew costume, swap the stitching for hot glue! Plus, the sweats will keep your trick-or-treater warm while they're going door to door on Halloween night. 

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    Three Little Mice

    Your little crew can scurry from house to house on trick-or-treat night in mouse costumes that elicit smiles rather than shrieks. From sweet ears to soft tails, your young ones will stay cute and cozy as can be.

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    Adorable Clown

    Add a few embellishments to a set of kids' long underwear for the cutest clown costume ever! This costume is seriously so easy - and so cheap! Use our instructions to create the perfect trick-or-treating ensemble.

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    Circus Elephant

    This elephant costume that is almost too cute for words and it's so easy. Apply matching felt to a gray sweat suit to make this adorable costume; the sweats are perfect for a chilly night of trick-or-treating, and make the costume super budget-friendly!

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    Construction Worker

    No need for heavy construction here. Zip ties and hot glue easily attach the playful roads and trucks to an orange T-shirt uniform. This little man will be ready to be on the job site (or trick-or-treating) in no time!

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    Beautiful Bird

    Bright feathered wings pair perfectly with a plain cotten sweatsuit to create this super easy (and super cheap!) kid's costume. And since it's all made from paper, this adorable bird costume won't leave you with a feathery mess to clean up when trick-or-treating is over.

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    Magical Princess and Unicorn

    This adorable unicorn adds a magical (and easy!) element to any princess dress. Use white cardboard and rainbow yarn to create a unicorn that slips over any party dress, making this costume super budget-friendly. Add tights if you're trick-or-treating outside.

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    Ice Cream With Extra Toppings

    No screams here -- just extra ice cream! Your child will love dressing up in an ice cream Halloween costume -- complete with sprinkles and a cherry on top! Find out creative ways to use felt and pom-poms to create one super sweet costume.

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    It's Magic! Easy Witch Costume

    This costume is so easy, it could be magic! With a few pieces of fabric and some simple stitching, you'll have this easy hat and dress combination finished in no time. Add an adorable broom to the ensemble and your little one will be ready to fly around the neighborhood collecting candy.

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    Pretty Peacock

    Transform a store-bought sweatshirt into an adorable costume – no sewing required! This pretty peacock starts with a blue sweatshirt and requires just a few simple craft supplies. Simply attach felt and craft foam to create a vibrant peacock body, and add a simple handmade crown!

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    Fairy-Tale Favorite

    If scary or trendy Halloween costumes don't appeal to your little trick-or-treater, this classic fairy-tale character might do the trick. You may even already own the costume's foundation: a black-and-white checked dress. (Nothing like that in your closets? Shop a secondhand store for an affordable alternative.) Finish the costume with our easy-to-make red cape. Bonus points if you can find a little stuffed wolf to add to Little Red Riding Hood's basket!

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    Prima Ballerina

    Dance the night away on Halloween. This recital-inspired costume starts with ballerina basics -- a leotard, tutu, and tights -- and is dressed up with fun embellishments. Any little dancer will love this beautiful look!

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    Sweet Gnome Costumes

    Perfect for roaming the neighborhood for trick-or-treating, these gnome girls charm. A felt caplet and apron sprinkled with daisy and mushroom appliqués dress up white shirts and denim skirts. For extra fun, hem the skirts with pom-poms or lace. Tall red hats top off the outfits, and cute red shoes make the look complete from tip-to-toe.

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    Penguin Fun

    With a dapper black-and-white costume made from a sweatshirt, felt, and fleece, this debonair penguin is one chill guy. Have your kid color in the penguin's fish dinner for extra Halloween fun.

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    Muscle Man Costume

    This strong man will show off his impressive muscles on trick-or-treat night when he juggles his heavy weight and his treat bag. Shh... no one needs to know this tough guy's muscles are made from stuffing, and his weights are really just rubber balls. Everyone will think he's made of tough stuff!

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    Spooky Spider Costume

    Think of all the places a spider can go with eight legs instead of just two. What kid wouldn't delight in the prospect? Although this cool costume looks complicated, the extra legs are actually just made from socks and gloves! What a sneaky, spooky spider indeed.

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    Wise Guy

    Here's a scholarly fellow who can deliver a message from the Owlery. Fix up his feathered coat using shaggy white fleece attached to a hooded oatmeal-color sweatshirt. With fluffy boas and feathers, this winged guest is certainly dressed to impress!

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    Sweet Honey Bee

    No need to shoo this bee or her stinger. Follow our instructions to craft the smock, antennae, and stinger, and your little bee will be ready to buzz around on Halloween night. This has to "bee" one of the most creative kids' Halloween costumes!

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    Shimmery Mermaid

    In a sea of Halloween costumes, this one makes a splash! The satin tail of reversible blue-and-lime quilted fabric is stitched as a skirt: the front is cut short for walking ease and the back is cut long with fins. Just make sure your mermaid dons leggings and a flesh-tone shirt underneath her bikini top for trick-or-treating in cool weather.

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    Candy Machine

    Half the fun of this creation is pulling the materials together: a box, duct tape, and an old bike helmet from the garage; foam beads and a Slinky; and flexible dryer duct and pipe insulation from the hardware store. Just cut, spray-paint, and tape away! The candy-filled center is simply a clear envelope filled with treats and taped to the back of a box opening.

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    Rock Star Costume

    Rock your little diva's world with this sizzling ensemble that's born from modest beginnings: khaki pants and a pink T-shirt. Add embellishments like sequins, cheetah print, and a boa to take this look from everyday to show-stopping!

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    Easy-to-Make Kids' Halloween Costumes

    Easy homemade kids' Halloween costumes will make your little fairies or rock stars the talk of the town. These speedy Halloween costumes are perfect for little trick-or-treaters who need disguises in a flash.
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