Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

This Halloween make an original costume your kids will love to wear and you’ll be proud to show off.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Watercolor Paint Tray

The narrow tray with ovals of watercolor paint is a part of growing up. Turn this classic childhood toy into a colorful costume. Top it off with a handmade French-inspired beret and a jumbo paintbrush made from a pool noodle. Design by Kathy Beymer. Get the step-by-step instructions

Garden Fairy

Make a standard tutu skirt (very easy) long enough to serve as a dress. Add a halter ribbon, a set of wings, adorn it with a floral belt and a pretty halo. Design by Jess Abbott.  Get the step-by-step instructions

Bull in a China Shop

Every parent, at one time or another has thought their child was like a bull in a china shop. Turn this timeless expression into an adorable Halloween costume. Design by Kathy Beymer. Get the step-by-step instructions

Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man

They're standing in front of retail stores everywhere, now you can be one for Halloween with this no-sew costume. See how to turn a child's nylon tunnel into a wacky waving tube man.

Budding Beauty

Using some felt and ribbon, you can easily turn any pair of green jammies into a quick flower costume that your kids will love. This sewing craft is perfect for the beginner seamstress. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions

Superheroes

This Halloween let your kids feel invincible by having them create their own superheroes. Let them dream up their own super powers and help design an emblem for their costume. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions

Chimney Sweep

"Chim-chiminy, chim-chiminy, chim chim cher-ee," this Halloween costume is as cute as could be; and easy too! Design by Simple Simon. Get the step-by-step instructions

Princess

If you can tie a knot, you can make this costume — no sewing skills are required. You just need an old T-shirt, tulle fabric and some ribbon. Easy, comfortable and oh-so cute. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions

Feathered Wings

These bird wings are fun and easy to make, and are the perfect beginning for a fabulous bird Halloween costume. It's easy to craft and requires minimal sewing, so your kids will be flying around the yard in no time. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions

Dinosaur

This fun dinosaur hat and spiky tail costume will make every child stomp with delight. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions

Ice Cream Cone With Cherry on Top

It may look vanilla, but it’s certainly not plain. To make this scrumptious costume, a laundry basket cone was topped off with a paper-mache scoop then sprinkled with multicolored plastic balls. Add a little chiffon and a cherry-red hat on top. Design by Manvi Drona. Get the step-by-step instructions

Pink Flamingo

Turn a bunch of inexpensive feather boas into a fun flamingo costume for your little one. Pair it with a pink dress and tights, and you have a unique, handmade Halloween costume that won't break the bank. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Classic Witch

This cute little witch's dress is made from one of those ubiquitous black maxi skirts that are all the rage these days. All the materials for this dress were inexpensive and very little sewing is involved, so you will have a fabulous costume in no time and for little money. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions.

1920s Flapper Dress

Everybody loves the iconic flapper dress because it is elegant yet fun, and it makes a great Halloween costume too. This dress is easy to make and the materials are inexpensive. Design by Simple Simon. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Ahoy Trick-or-Treaters

You don't need a lot of money to make this sweet seaworthy costume. It took just a few cardboard boxes, some glue and paint. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Wind-Up Doll

Turn your little one into a vintage wind-up doll for Halloween. All you need is a bit of cardboard, spray paint, elastic and glue. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Big Yellow School Bus

On Halloween night let your toddlers ride in style by transforming a plain wagon into a bug yellow school. It’ll save their little legs from all of that walking and keep them from wandering off. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Smartphone With Earbuds

Every kid wants one, so why not let them be one? To make this costume, simply take a screenshot of your phone’s screen and take a photo of the back of another phone. Send the images to a copy center to have them enlarged. Adhere the front-and-back images to two pieces of cardboard then tie the cardboard together with string. A set of round potholders covered in foam are used to make the earbuds. Design by Manvi Drona. Get the step-by-step instructions

Shooting Star

Remember wishing on shooting stars when you were young? With just a little bit of fabric, elastic, paint and imagination, your child will be a wish come true in this handmade Halloween costume. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Mason Jar

These sturdy glass jars are everywhere -- wine glasses, soap dispensers, makeshift chandeliers, wedding reception tables, pantry storage and on and on. Whether you love the throwback jars or want to poke fun at their comeback, this Mason jar Halloween costume is easy to DIY. Design by Kathy Beymer. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Hot Air Balloon

With basically just a laundry basket and a balloon your child can be a balloonier. As a bonus, the tall balloon will make it easy to keep track of your child on Halloween night. Design by Simple Simon. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Large Pizza Pie

Most every kid loves pizza, let them proudly wear their favorite meal this Halloween. You can even give them their choice of toppings. Design by Manvi Drona. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Woodland Fairy

Looking for a new twist to the typical little girl fairy costume? Make this pretty autumn-inspired skirt then pair it with a set of wings, a crown and a magic wand. Design by Simple Simon. Get the step-by-step instructions

Traditional Black Cat

If you already have a black shirt, pants and shoes you're half way to having this costume made. After that you'll just need a few craft supplies, tulle fabric and some black makeup. Design by Simple Simon. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Mac 'n' Cheese

Start saving cardboard paper towel and toilet paper tubes to make this clever costume. If you don’t have time, just use yellow oak tag. The macaroni tubes are adhered to a yellow cheese-colored rain jacket and the bowl is made from a laundry basket covered in blue cardboard. Design by Manvi Drona. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Spicy Burrito

To make this spicy costume, a blanket tortilla is stuffed with green-felt spinach, crepe-paper lettuce, red pompom tomatoes and dollops of sour-cream yarn. Design by Manvi Drona. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Incite Arachnophobia

You can try, but this spider costume is too cute to be afraid of. The legs are super easy to make and cost just a few dollars with items from a dollar store. Design by Manvi Drona. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Turn a Wagon into a Rocketship

Is your little one not quite ready to trick-or-treat on Halloween night, walking the long distances up and down the block? Turn a wagon into a portable costume. Design by Jess Abbott. Get the step-by-step instructions

Cup of Hot Cocoa

Nothing satisfies like a mug of hot chocolate on a cool October day. Use a cardboard-covered laundry basket to make the cup, chiffon fabric for the liquid and a roll-up pillow batting for the mini marshmallows. Design by Manvi Drona. Get the step-by-step instructions.