DIY Halloween Costumes

September 28, 2015

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

Whether you:

  • (a) won't have time to go shopping
  • (b) want to be creative and make something yourself, or
  • (c) are looking to get Halloween looks for less, 

here are a couple of easy, affordable, DIY Halloween ideas.  Some ideas can be made from things you already have or items that you can easily find without spending too much.  (Hint: Check Goodwill or other thrift stores for clothing that you won't mind ruining with paint, tape, fabric, glue or other things.)

Family Theme Costume

Despicable Me/Minions Costumes 

Originally from

  • Yellow sweatshirt
  • Jean overalls
  • Black gloves
  • Black shoes
  • Glasses


Homemade Halloween Costume

Charlie Brown

Originally from R & R Workshop

  • Light yellow shirt
  • Black felt cut into zig-zig/chevron

Sew the black onto the shirt if you are experienced with sewing machine or can sew by hand, otherwise, this can be hot glued.  Finish hot gluing and allow to dry and cool before putting the shirt onto your child.

  • Black shorts


Milk and Cookies Family Costume

Originally from Costume Works

  • Large box big enough for someone to fit into
  • Red/blue paper and tape or glue and/or red/blue electrical tape to decorate the box into a milk carton
  • Scissors
  • Brown clothing
  • Brown cardboard circles
  • Brown paint and paintbrush or brown marker
  • Velcro or tape to attach the cookies to people


Meatballs and Spaghetti

Originally from

  • A red checkered tablecloth
  • White yarn
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Brown acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun and sticks (for adult use only)
  • Pot
  • Serving spoon
  • Plate


It's Raining Cats and Dogs

Originally from

  • Child-sized clear umbrella
  • Black sticky felt
  • Black poster board
  • Fabric pencil
  • Gray Thread
  • Needle (for adult use only)


AppleTree/Gilden Woods Woodland Friends

  • Lyric Ladybug - A red shirt, black pants, black vest, a headband with red pipe cleaners and black pom-poms, black spots from felt or foam, hot glue gun (for adult use only, for affixing spots to shirt)
  • Pedal Rabbit - A yellow shirt, grey pants, a print out of Pedal's stopwatch (ask your Program Director if you have a child that is interested in dressing up as Pedal), bunny ears, tape (to affix the stopwatch to the front of the shirt)
  • Pratt Raccoon - A grey shirt or black shirt, a red plain bandanna, headband with grey fluffy ears (cut from felt with fun fur or from a stuffed animal) or a fluffy grey cat headband, a small red hat


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