These homemade costumes are unique -- from Honest Abe to Picasso in Training -- and are frightfully easy to make (most require little to no sewing). With a bit of imagination, you can create a keen costume using clothing and household items you already own or ones that can be easily purchased at a thrift shop. See our ideas for crafty, fun, and easy-to-make Halloween costumes.
When you start putting together ideas for Halloween costumes, don't forget to include the youngest family members. Halloween isn't just for children and adults -- you can craft homemade costumes for babies and pets, as well. See our ideas for homemade Halloween costumes for babies and pets.
When creating handmade Halloween costumes for more than one child, choosing a cohesive theme is the best way to multitask. When you create a variety of unrelated costumes, you may not be able to purchase all of the various fabrics and accessories in individual amounts. Instead of buying a bunch of buttons for just one costume or a spool of ribbon for a few inches, make full use of purchases by repeating the same costume for every child. Or, pick a theme in a similar color scheme so the same materials can be used. See our ideas for group Halloween costume patterns.