Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

15 Spooktacular Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

homemade halloween costumes for kids

Looking for some homemade Halloween costumes and ideas for kids? I’ve got 15 ideas for you, with varying levels of difficulty!

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 83m bottles – will be generated from throwaway Halloween clothing sold by big-name retailers in the UK.

If you’re 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!  

Do also check out my top tips on how to have an eco-friendly Halloween.

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 halloween costume ideas

 This DIY bat costume from the Etsy Blog looks fab, and as a sewing novice, dare I say it, relatively straightforward?

The Homemade Halloween Shell Suit Costume

homemade 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!

Dino Might

diy dinosaur homemade halloween costume

This DIY dinosaur hoodie, on Diying to Be Domestic would be adorable for toddlers!

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.

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!

 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!

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!

Let’s A-Go!

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 and you’re pretty much there!  So quick and easy!

mario luigi halloween costume

A Just Purr-fect Homemade Halloween Costume

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!

girly halloween costume idea

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.  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!

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.

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!

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

ps: here are five no-sew clothing DIYs if you are feeling crafty!

Babies, Children, Families

How to Buy Kids Clothes That Will Last

clothes shopping tips

Want to know how to buy kids clothes that will last longer than a few months of rough play? Read on!

Today I’ve got a really useful post from Jessica Berentson-Shaw, a New Zealander with a passion for ethical clothing and social justice.  Jessica is sharing with us her clever clothes shopping tips on how to buy kids clothes with longevity in mind. This will help you get the most out of your money and the clothes that you buy.

how to buy kids clothes that will last

A lot of the clothing we buy these days is of the cheap, and what I call, ‘uncheerful’ variety. Let’s face it no-one was smiling while they were making them.  What’s more, cheap clothing may not have a long and fruitful life & therefore will have a heavier carbon footprint.  However, sometimes spending more does not always equate to a longer-lasting garment either.

9 Clever Tips on How to Buy Kids Clothes That Will Last

It’s a bit of a minefield, so to help you out here are 9 clever clothes shopping tips on how to buy kid’s clothes that will last. This will help ensure the clothes you buy (new or old) live to a ripe old age and tread much more lightly on the earth.  I have focussed mainly on kid’s clothes here, but these tips apply equally to all clothing.

From fabric choices, to considering buttons, and more, these shopping tips will see you right!

environmental impact of clothes

1. Look for quality fabric

When buying kid’s clothes look for heavier, thicker, fabrics with closer weaves or knits as these tend to be more durable. Avoid polyester components as these will pile and be scratchy within months.  Give it a feel. Does it seem like a quality well made fabric? Ask the shop about the weight & density of a fabric if you buy online.  Expect a sensible answer.

Types of fabrics that tend to have a longer life include denim & corduroy and heavy knitted cotton fabrics.  Those with a small component of ‘elastic’, for example, lycra, can also be beneficial for retaining the shape and longevity of clothes.

2. Is the fabric is fit for purpose?

Look for clothes where the use of the clothing is well matched to the fabric it is made from. Have the designers even considered this issue during its making, or perhaps tested it with wearers?  Lightweight denim for kids winter trousers is never a good choice unless you live in a hot country!

3. Certified organic fabrics are better quality

There are two reasons for this.  The first is about the way the cotton is grown, the second is to do with the treatment it receives during processing.  Studies have shown that compared to conventional cotton, organically grown cotton has longer and stronger fibres, with better quality yarns being produced from organic cotton.

Organic cotton is not put through chemical treatments during cleaning, processing, dyeing, and printing, many of which are petroleum or acid-based and can break down the fibres at a molecular level.  In the final stage of production, clothing is also often given a Teflon, polymer, or formaldehyde-based coating to reduce creasing and give a smooth feel,  These chemicals may weaken the fibre, and reduce the life of the item.  So certified organic cotton clothing is likely to be a better longer-lasting product and better value.

4. Look for clothes that allow for growth

Where kids are concerned a longer-lasting item often equates to one that still fits after a growth spurt.  Most kids tend to grow up not out a whole lot, so cuffs on arms and legs that can be turned up and then down are a good buy. As is looking out for hems that you can turn up or down.  In waistbands look for elastic AND drawstrings for both a stretch and a pull-in.

5. Account for the weak points

Another tip for buying kid’s clothes that last is to examine what you are buying. Have potential weak points been considered and perhaps reinforced, maybe with patches on the knees and elbows?  How about reinforced stitching in places like the crotch or underarms? Do the items look like they were made to last?

6. Look for kids clothes that have multiple functions

Multifunctional garments mean you can get more wear and more value from clothing.  Reversible coats & jackets. Pyjama tops that double as a t-shirt (only you will be the wiser!). Leggings that can double as tights. The list goes on!

7. Know a thing about kids heads

Mini adults, they are not. Kids have heaps to learn and a big head to match.  So when buying kids’ clothes, check out that neckline. Does it look a tad small for that extending neural development, or a not particularly stretchy fabric?  A good ribbed fabric around the neck will help with stretch.

8. Transverse the seasons and fashions

‘Fast fashion’ (and cheap clothing) is a cash-in on the idea we always need the new next best thing.  Here is a tip: great design lasts years not weeks.  A good stripe or a single colour will never go out of fashion. Whereas character-based clothing will be out as soon as the new Peppa Pig comes along!  Look to the long-term item and clothing will still look appealing in the wardrobe next year (or on the next child!).

vintage kids dress

Jessica’s daughter in a dress she wore as a child

9. Buttons & Zips

My final tip on how to buy kids clothes that last is to consider the fastenings. There is nothing worse than all the buttons on a garment falling off within a few days of wearing.  Don’t be afraid to give them a tug to test the quality of the stitching of them!  

Buttons do offer one benefit though – they are an easy fix.  Zippers on the other hand wear out and are hard to fix, so are not always the best choice for longevity. Though if you make friends with a good repairer they can replace a zip in a jiffy!

Got any tips on what to look for when buying for years, not seasons? Any particular pet peeves in kid’s clothing? I’d love to hear them. And do also check out my post on where to buy ethical kid’s clothes in case you are looking for any inspiration.