Simple & Easy: Homemade Halloween Costumes For Kids

Homemade Halloween Costumes Made Simple

You can find a large variety of Halloween costumes available at stores in your neighborhood. However, when you consider the cost and lack of originality, homemade costumes are a more fun and oftentimes more cost-effective option. Plus, if you involve your children in creating the homemade costumes, the results will be worth more than any store-bought costume in any store.

Here are some inexpensive, homemade Halloween costume ideas that will cost little money and show lots of imagination.

Soda Can: Find an inexpensive plastic barrel and cut a hole in the bottom. Paint the entire barrel the colors and design of your favorite brand of soda in a can. With holes for arms and your head, a simple barrel can transform your child into a soda can.

Ghosts are an old stand-by that never goes out of style. Use an old white sheet with holes cut for the eyes and sew a simple treat bag out of a scrap of material or a worn out pillow case. You can dress your ghost up a bit by making lips out of red lipstick and a few false eyelashes. Or you could color a beard and moustache with markers. You may want to create a colorful ghost by using a sheet covered with polka dots or one that is brightly colored.

You can quickly create a great clown with sweat clothes that are a bit to large decorated with fabric paint or markers. Sew on some pom poms, use an inexpensive wig with a large, colorful hat, and you could even stuff the clothing with tissue (although the tissue will be a problem if the need for a restroom break arises).

An over-sized flannel shirt, some straw, and faded jeans with patches will make a great scarecrow. Stuff the jeans and shirt with plastic grocery bags and leave a little straw hanging out of the shirt and jeans. A little makeup will complete your scarecrow costume.

You can become a hippy from the 1960s with a tie-dye shirt and faded jeans with holes in the knees. Combine this with a headband, a ponytail wig, and a jacket or vest covered in fringe and you will have the most authentic looking hippy costume of all time.

Halloween is the time to dress like something completely out of character. You can dress your child as a typical nerd, complete with white shirt, pocket protectors, pants that are too short, horn-rimmed glasses, while socks and black dress shoes. Don’t forget to tape one corner of the glasses for a true nerd appearance. Make sure you use plenty of hair gel to slick back the hair and a few overly large fake teeth will be a great addition.

Your child can be the hit of your block or at the neighborhood Halloween party if you use a little imagination and create special homemade costumes out of inexpensive, household items.

Like the commercials say “The memory of your child in a costume you made together” … priceless.

Author Resource -> Would you like to quickly make creative Halloween costumes that you and your children will be proud of — for a fraction of the price of store-bought? Nicole Dean has co-authored a book to show you how — no sewing involved.



  1. If you want to dress up as a ghost but are worried about the eyeholes of a sheet staying in the right place, another simple solution is to wear white clothing and a white or clear plastic poncho and a little bit of white face paint. There’s nothing covering the face and you even have built in arm holes too.

    If you want a costume for your littlest one that they won’t be chewing on or pulling at all night you can just tape a piece of black cardstock or construction paper to their back. They instantly become a refrigerator magnet.

  2. I love the face paint, especially for littler ghosts.
    And a refrigerator magnet?!!
    What a great idea, Jennifer!

  3. Very nice! We own a Halloween shop. My kids have the pick of any costume they want yet they still want to make them. That is fine with me who am I to discourage creativity. I have to look for idea for them (not that they always take them) Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Home made Halloween Costumes are always special. For the simple reason that they are actually hand made. It requires lot of creativity and lot of patience (which most of us lack). But, as I see the worst disadvantage of making a costume all by yourself is that what if you are unable to complete it on time. So, i would suggest, always have a back up. You don’t want to be left without a costume during times like Halloween. So, keep everything in mind and then, make a choice!!

  5. Awesome idea of Homemade Halloween Costumes For Kids. Ghost, Clown, Scarecrow, Hippy, and Nerd all are awesome for Halloween party. I have ideas of Thanksgiving Costumes for girls, women, toddlers, boys etc.


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