21 Easy Kids' Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home
According to legend, a ladybug in the house brings good luck—so this shimmering version is sure to be extra special. This DIY kids ladybug costume uses just the right amount of glitter (lots) to make the antennae and spotted cardboard wings shine. Elastic shoulder straps make it easy to slip this costume over a dark shirt and Black Leggings ($6, Target), allowing your trick-or-treater to be comfortable, warm, and cute as a bug with minimal effort.
Gold Heart Robot
Made from materials you probably have around the house, this adorable little robot is so easy to put together. Three stacked and spray-painted cardboard boxes form the robot's body, and plastic recycleables make arms, ears and antennas. Adapt this gender-neutral Halloween costume with an Ivory Tulle Skirt ($18, Gap), khakis or white pants to finish the ensemble.
Airplane Halloween Costume
Feathery Bird Costume
Sweet and Simple Halloween Cake Costume
DIY Halloween costumes shouldn't need a rescue attempt. This might be the easiest suit of armor ever! With an adorable sword, shield and helmet all made from cardboard, your trick-or-treater will be ready to defend the kingdom. Most traditional boys Halloween costumes are also Halloween costumes for girls, and vice versa. This costume allows your trick-or-treater to add their own flair by designing their shield and picking their outfit underneath. Add an easy fabric cape and a coordinating outfit and your knight will be off to the rescue of their friends—or some candy!
Woodland Beaver Costume
Add a few embellishments and DIY pom-poms to a set of kids' long underwear for the cutest clown costume ever. This costume is seriously so easy—and so cheap! Plus, by safety-pinning the pom-poms and accessories, your child can re-wear the pajama set later.
It's Magic! Easy Witch or Warlock Costume
This homemade witch 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 robe 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. Add a rope belt around the waist to tie on pouches of magical items, like colored glass stones.
A classic Halloween costume for girls, this princess shows her DIY flair with crumpled craft paper. Create a matching skirt and floral brooch set by wrapping and crinkling plain brown paper. Add a papier-mache crown to complete this fit-for-a-princess look. Or, add a plaid pattern to the paper with colored markers to make your little one a Scottish laird.
Transform your littlest trick-or-treater into a mischievous mouse, ready to scamper about in search of treats. For your littlest pip-squeak, simply glue a set of cardboard ears to a headband and pin a long sewn tail to a pair of leggings for this homemade mouse costume that comes together in no time.
Howling Wolf Costume
Trick-or-treating Little Red Riding Hoods beware! This DIY wolf costume comes to life with the help of a painted cardboard head, a faux-fur tail pinned to a gray sweat suit, and fuzzy gloves embellished with cardstock claws. This is a great DIY kids Halloween costume with little sewing skills required.
Adorable Peacock Costume
Add an intricate-looking felt tail to a plain blue and yellow combo for the easiest costume ever! And, since the majority of the felt and foam is attached to the tail, instead of the clothing, you can keep the shirt and pants for your little one to wear again.
This paper doll costume is too cute for words! Dress your child in all black and add flat cardboard cutouts, decoupaged with fabric to create the clothes. Add cardstock or cardboard tags to finish this fun costume.
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!