Halloween is my favorite! Candy and DIY costumes… what is not to love? A few years ago, I accidentally made my baby 6 Halloween costumes. That’s how much I love making DIY costumes! Here’s a list of 33 cute DIY kid Halloween costumes to get everyones in the Halloween spirit!
Easy Cardboard Costumes for Kids
DIY Cardboard costumes are my favorite for a lot of reasons, one of those being the costume material is free! Put those Amazon boxes to good use and turn them into everything rom tractors to trains to chocolate chip cookies! Don’t miss this post for more DIY cardboard costumes.
1. LEGO Costume
This Halloween costume is sew cute! Amy turned an old lampshade into the most adorable needle and thread you’ve ever seen! The “yarn” is old t-shirts cut into strips. See the full DIY needle and thread costume on C.R.A.F.T.
3. Raisin Box Costume
If you have a raisin lover on your hands, this DIY cardboard box costume is perfect! Best part? All you need is a box, paint, red bonnet and a basket! Oringially from Bear Rabbit Bear.
4. Chocolate chip cookie
If you need a last minute costume, this DIY chocolate chip cookie costume is easy! All you need is a cardboard box, pant, and black ribbon. Don’t forget the milk candy bag! Find the detailed DIY cookie costume tutorial at C.R.A.F.T.
Halloween Costumes for Toddlers
Any of the DIY costume ideas on this list could be made for toddlers, but the following ideas can only be used for toddlers because they utilize a diaper box. An older child can not fit in a diaper box, but you could certainly use a larger box to accommodate an older child.
If you’re on the hunt for a toddler costume, this DIY tractor is a winner! Turn a diaper box into a tractor and add a little cowboy or cowgirl with a plaid top and denim pants. See the step by step for this easy cardboard box turned tractor costume at C.R.A.F.T.
6. Toddler train costume
DIY Food Costumes for Kids
The chocolate chip costume above doubles as a DIY food costume plus an easy cardboard costume for kids! This DIY food costume lists also includes a cheeseburger and my personal favorite, an organic carrot costume.
Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger? Check out the complete cheeseburger Halloween costume tutorial on C.R.A.F.T. Whip up a DIY french fry costume and a ketchup for a family trio.
8. Organic carrot
9. Candy Corn
Candy corn is typically a love it or hate it candy, but there is no denying that this DIY candy corn costume is adorable! Hop on over to Dukes & Duchess for this candy corn costume tutorial greatness.
11. Morton Salt Girl
Slurpees are always a good idea and how cute to be twin slurpees with your bestie? Get the DIY slurpee costume tutorial at Crap I’ve Made.
13. Colonel Sanders
Hollie turned her toddler into the cutest Colonel Sanders you’ve ever seen complete with an extra large bucket of fried chicken from Kentucky Fried Chicken.
DIY Animal costumes for kids
If you have your heart set on an animal DIY Halloween costume, don’t miss this list of 37 DIY animal costumes for kids and adults. Below are a few of my favorite DIY animal costumes.
14. DIY Flamingo costume
All you need for this adorable flamingo costume is a few pink boas and a sheet of pink felt.
16. Bee and a bee keeper
17. Fish and Shark
Cut out a shark shape from cardboard and add arm straps for a DIY shark costume! Of course you’ll need a few fishy friends to trick or treat with you. More DIY shark costume details on C.R.A.F.T.
Handmade Movie & Book Costumes
19. DIY Troll Costume
How cute is this tiny Troll? All you need is a tan onesie, tan tights, and hair dye to turn any kiddo into a DIY troll!
20. Regina from Mean Girls
Miranda turned her cute kiddo into Regina from Mean Girls at the prom.
21. Wizard of Oz
Megan turned her adorable crew into Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and a Lion from Wizard of Oz.
22. DIY Wizard of Oz costumes
I love the addition of the cardboard yellow brick road costume and mom as wicked witch of the west in this DIY Wizard of Oz family costume.
23. Where’s Waldo
24. Willy Wonka costumes
Find all of the DIY Willy Wonka kid costumes details on C.R.A.F.T.
25. Bob Ross
My high school friend, Kim, turned her adorable son into Doug from the beloved 90’s cartoon on Nickelodeon. Side note: Can you believe that Doug premiered 28 years ago in 1991?
27. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
I couldn’t love this Dwight costume more! My friend, Katie, of Sweet Rose Studio, turned her son into the best Dwight I’ve ever seen. All you need is a yellow button down shirt, striped tie, slacks, glasses, and you must part your hair down the middle!
29. Dumb and Dumber Costumes
Hollie made the Mutt Cutts van out of a giant stuffed teddy bear purchased from Costco. She wrapped a cozy coupe car in the fur form the teddy bear and secured with a hot glue gun. Impressive! She purchased the orange tuxedo from Amazon.
30. Little Mermaid
Aerial was my favorite Disney character as a child! Petit a Petit crafted this gorgeous mermaid skirt full of shimmer and layers of tulle semi circles.
31. Magic School Bus costumes
Ms. Frizzle and Liz lizard could not be cuter! Add a cardboard Magic School Bus cut out to a wagon for extra points.
Video Game Costumes
33. DIY Flower costume
This is not exactly a video game, but it is the cutest little flower in the history of ever. This costume is perfect for a tot or an adult! All you need to make this flower costume is a green dress and colorful foam sheets!
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Comments & Reviews
I really need a costume I was gona be a tribute for the hunger games,but the jacket costs 50 some dollars even though it’s Worth 5-15 dollars!
My favorite costume was Pippi Longstocking! We dyed my hair red with a wash-out rinse, and my mom braided it over wire coat hangers, so it would stick out. Then I got freckles from an eyebrow pencil. SO much FUN!
I would like to know how u made the pinochio for kids and the pocahontas for adult but for a 6 year old plz
You might enjoy this lumberjack as well!
Jamie D. says
That is adorable! Thanks for sharing!
man if we as a country dont start toughening our skins we are in for one hell of a ride. the rest of the world laughs at us because we are a bunch of “offended” and “politically correct” people. the rest of the world is not worried about being offended or offending others. sheesh people it is a fun day for all. Happiness is a choice. if you are not happy then change your choice. the costumes are adorable. if you dont like one, well here is an idea..,…dont dress your kids like that! good grief. it is a list of costumes to give ideas not a law that says you have to dress your kids like that…or that you have to have a dirty mind and go to the gutter. grow up and grow some skin people.
Could you email me directions for the scuba costume? Thx!
AWESOME IDEAS! Love them all – just wish my kids were little enough to dress them how *I* wanted! Still hoping to talk them into one 🙂
One year my mom said i was too old to go trick or treating (9 years old) but at the last minute she changed her mind, this happened alot haha anyways my brother worked in a factory so i took one of his white sanitary jumpsuits and stuffed it with pillows. I was a marshmellow, it was all great until parents thought it was funny to give their kids lighters and sticks to chase me with haha looking back it was kinda funny. And as for the bum comments maybe ppl whose children cant have the candy can ask for change and donate it to a shelter cuz it is sooooooo cute nobody would say no!
I am in LOVE with the clown costume and I want to make it for myself! Would that be possible? I’m 16 so sadly, I’m not a little child 🙁 Does anyone know how to make it? It’s so cute! Thanks in advance (:
just a mom says
Here a suggest for the baby bum costume. Would changing the name to HOBO instead of bum be a better name choice for the costume idea. Just a friendly suggestion.
People always like drama…a clown is a clown. I remember my mom making me a flapper costume when I was I’ was in first grade…..way more provocative than a clown and I won the contest! It was a hit because most know halloween is about FUN and kids don’t think sexual anyhow. Lighten up and live.
Simplee Sue says
These are cute costumes. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring you on Oct. 26,2012 on Simpleesue. Thank you.
Kelly Yurgan says
How did you make the candy strip costume? I want to make that for my daughter who is dressing up as Katy Perry.
Wondering the same thing!!! Please share!!!!
Very Very cute ideas. I have 4 boys and my youngest is 6. I am seriously considering dressing him up as the bum. I really wouldn’t have to put much paint on his face, because no matter how hard I try to keep him clean, dirt finds him. My mom made our costumes when we were little, and I was a skunk for halloween when I was in 1st grade. I wish I could post the pic, because I was adorable. Black body suit, black leotards, skunk ears and a tail. Then she painted my face black. I remember turning around and pretending to spray the other kids. Soooo super cute and original!!
When I was little, my parents were flat broke. But my all time favorite homemade costume was being a Bag of Jelly Belly’s. My mom got a heavy duty clear plastic trash bag, cut out a hole for my head and arms. Then my parents blew up assorted colors of water balloons (not with water, with air). They slid the plastic bag over the top of my head and pulled my head and arms through the holes. Then they stuffed the bag with the balloons and tied of the bag around my waist. I love it!
i’ve seen “hobo” costumes for kids and adults sold in stores. and as for sexualizing little girls, swim suits do show more than those costumes and go to any halloween store you will see other costumes that are just as bad……… plus if you go to a bar costume party you will find pregnant nuns, Tampon Man, Big hairy guys dress as prostitutes, childrens favorite cartoons portrayed in a sexual manner, and all other kinds of tasteless costumes.
I just turned 50 and I hope no one plans on dressing their kids up as an old lady…..I will be offended. 🙂
Jamie D. says
these are adorable!!!!!!!! my mother used to make me and my brother’s costumes growing up!! i feel she had so much fun doing it!! soooo this year i decided to learn how to sew…and i am making my 3 year old a dinosaur costume this year!! almost done and can’t wait to carry on the tradition with my kids!!!
We used to dress our kids up with homemade costumes every year… I remember one year sending my son out as a bug strip.. he wore a black track suit.. we spray painted a box yellow put it on him and glued plastic bugs all over him… it was fun.
The mermaid and clown costumes are wonderful! And who has never seen a hobo on Halloween. I think you posted some really great ideas and I am going to make the lego ones for my kiddos this year.