15 Spooktacular Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

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Looking for some homemade Halloween costumes and ideas for kids? I’ve got 15 ideas for you, with varying levels of difficulty – from easy to the more involved.

Shop-bought Halloween costumes are without a doubt convenient, but at what cost? Recent research shows that an estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles – will be generated from throwaway Halloween clothing sold by big-name retailers in the UK.

I’m all about having an eco-friendly Halloween. So if you are looking to give this plastic waste the miss and make your own Halloween costume then I have got you covered. With Halloween fast approaching, I have put together 15 homemade Halloween costumes for kids of all ages. This will help give you some inspiration and plenty of time to get making! 

Awesome Homemade Halloween Costumes & Ideas

For each homemade Halloween costume click on the link to be taken to the full tutorial.

Batty About Bats

diy bat Halloween costume idea

This DIY bat costume from the Etsy Blog looks fab, and as a sewing novice, dare I say it, relatively straightforward. The original link is no longer working, but try this tutorial from National Geographic Kids for something very similar.

The Homemade Halloween Shell Suit Costume

Girl wearing a homemade snail Halloween costumes

This DIY snail costume from Oh Happy Day looks so much fun. This homemade Halloween costume is mostly made with brown kraft paper – no sewing required! Save up your packaging from online purchases all year, and you’ll have what you need to make this!

Dino Might

diy dinosaur homemade halloween costume

This DIY dinosaur hoodie, on Baby Play Hacks, would be adorable for toddlers! All you need is an old hoodie, stiff felt and hot glue and you’re good to go!

The Buccan-ear

halloween costume ideas for babies

For babies, I’m a fan of keeping it simple at Halloween. I love these animal ear headbands from Hart + Sew. A little bit of felt and some old fabric salvaged from old clothes, and you’ve got a cute and easy upcycled costume.

Up & Away

carl from up costume

There are no specific DIY instructions for this homemade Halloween costume, but this baby dressed as Carl from Up made my heart sing. How cute is this, and so easy to put together with clothes that might already be in your kid’s wardrobe? If not, try sourcing clothes secondhand from eBay to make this as low-waste and kind to the planet as possible.

 Owl Be Having You

owl wings diy

These DIY owl wings from Llevo el Invierno are so pretty and sure to delight any kid this Halloween! The original link is no longer available, but try this similar DIY from Made By Toya. Again, use fabric scraps from old clothes or old duvet covers to keep it as low-waste and cheap as possible.

Where’s Wally?

where's wally halloween costume

I’m a big fan of simplicity, so this Where’s Wally costume from Repeat Crafter Me appeals to me so much! Use a hat and top you already have. Or you can turn to eBay to source preloved items that your kid can wear at Halloween and for the rest of the year. Repeat Crafter Me also has a handy crochet pattern if you want to make the hat!

Let’s A-Go!

mario luigi halloween costume

So, I’m a little bit obsessed with this Mario and Luigi outfit idea that I spotted on Instructables. There are no specific DIY instructions, but add some yellow felt to a pair of dungarees you already have and you’re pretty much there! So quick and easy!

A Just Purr-fect Homemade Halloween Costume

girly halloween costume idea

My daughter’s in a really girly phase right now so I think this girly DIY cat outfit from Kids Stuff World would really appeal to her! The original link isn’t available but try this similar DIY on 5 Minutes For Mom.

Too Despicable?

despicable me minions costume diy

Do your kids love Despicable Me? Then they’ll love these Minions homemade Halloween costumes, found on the Goodwill blog. There wasn’t a DIY but try this one on Babes In Hairland if you need a tutorial. They look nice and easy to make with items you might have already, which is always handy if you’re short on time!

Taking The Mickey

mickey mouse halloween costume diy

Again, this DIY Mickey Mouse costume from The Chirping Moms looks quite simple to make, but oh-so effective! You can use clothes you already own, or pick up cheaply secondhand to make it planet-friendly.

Never Grow Up

peter pan costume diy

Don’t want your little one to grow up? Try this Peter Pan costume DIY, spotted on Babble. It looks fairly straightforward! A green polo shirt and some green leggings and you’re more than halfway there!

Butterflies In Your Tummy?

butterfly wings diy

I love these DIY butterfly wings from Buggy & Buddy. Maybe wear with black leggings and a long-sleeved black top for our colder climes?!

Shark Attack

diy shark outfit

For another relatively simple Halloween costume idea try this shark costume DIY from Make It Love It. You just need an old hoodie and some felt and you’re almost there! There is a bit of sewing involved, but you could possibly get the glue gun out instead if sewing isn’t your strong point.

Chop To It

lumberjack outfit diy

And finally, in the last of my ideas for handmade Halloween costumes for kids, I’ve found this lumberjack outfit DIY, again from Make It Love It. It’s absolutely hilarious! I want to make this for me! Again, pair clothes you already have with a beard made from felt and you’ve got an absolutely brilliant costume.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these homemade Halloween costumes! Will you be making one of them?

PS: here are some easy no-sew ways to upcycle clothes if you have been inspired to get crafty!

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