Many stores offer elaborate, pre-made Halloween costumes, but making your own costume encourages creativity and provides a fun activity for parents and children alike. Why not skip the fancy store-bought costume this year and try one of these DIY Halloween costumes instead?
Favorite Book Characters
Teachers will love to see your child dressed as their favorite character from a book. Challenge your child to find an outfit in their wardrobe that their character might wear. For Fern Arable from Charlotte’s Web, a pair of overalls and a plaid shirt would be a good start. Accessorize with a stuffed spider or pig and you have an easy DIY costume. Book characters also make great family costumes. For example, three children could be characters from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Creating DIY baby and toddler costumes can be a fun activity for parents and any older children. Grab the onesies, blankets, hats, and headbands, and see what you can create with them. Add some black spots to a plain white onesie with fabric paint or felt and you have a baby cow. Incorporate a stroller or a baby carrier for a host of creative costumes such as an astronaut in their spaceship, or a spider on a web.
A unicorn DIY costume made of pastel clothing adorned with unicorns is a great way to create an adorable costume for a little girl. And a bonus? In using real clothing, you can continue to use the costume components long after the jack-o’-lanterns get put away!
For boys, a bit of face paint, black gloves, blue pants, and a Spiderman sweatshirt will transform your trick-or-treater into the superhero web shooter, and he’ll love getting to be Spiderman for more than just one evening.
With a basic rectangular structure and some paint, you can build a wide variety of last minute DIY Halloween costumes. A big LEGO brick, your favorite candy bar, a video game, or even a vending machine – the options are as limitless as your ideas. Just don’t forget to plan a way to wear the costume!
Pun-ny DIY Costumes
Creating a pun-based costume flexes the creative muscles. One pun costume might be "Hawaiian Punch," wearing a grass skirt and boxing gloves. These are great for last-minute DIY costumes because while it might take some thinking, the accessories used don't need to be complicated.
Grab your phone and find your favorite emoji for inspiration. A simple purple t-shirt and you can be a lot of different emojis by moving your hands around. With a black hat, suspenders, bow tie, and three balls, you can be the juggling emoji. Use some face paint to create other emojis, such as the phases of the moon.
Halloween can be a lot of fun and dressing up doesn't need to cost a lot of money. With a little planning, creativity, and your craft and accessories bins, you and your family can create fun DIY costumes that are sure to be a hit while trick-or-treating.