Halloween costumes that you’ve crafted with love, time and your own materials are some of my favorites. Though we see hoards of princesses out and about on Halloween, it’s these costumes that stand out for me – bringing smiles to faces at doors, and whistles of ‘that’s so cool’ from other children that walk by.
If you’re in the mood for some DIY this halloween, we’ve gathered up ten of our favorite DIY costumes for kids on Halloween, from a lemonade stand to a cloud – and everywhere in between.
Lemonade Stand Halloween Costume – we did this one last year and it was one of the easiest costumes that I’ve ever made. Use a box, turn it upside down and cut a hole for the head. Then, finish decorating the lemonade stand. It was simple, everyone loved it, and though I originally made it for Olivia, she changed her mind last minute and I ended up wearing it.
Snowglobe Halloween Costume. The snowglobe costume is a bit higher on the scale of DIY, but still totally attainable with few weeks left before Halloween. This one would be a great option for our winters, because not only would it protect against the wind, I bet you’d stay nice and warm in there (you would just have to worry about fogging up!)
Cloud Halloween Costume. This is the costume we’ve chosen to make for Violet this year. Easy enough, we’re going to follow the instructions at the link to create a costume that I bet she’s going to talk about her entire childhood.
Washing Machine Halloween Costume. The washing machine, dryer and laundry basket costume is one of my favorite ideas for multiple kids (or even a couples costume!) It’s high on the list for a contender for costumes for Jamie and I. It’s easy enough, and with a glue gun and some paper and boxes, I bet that I could be finished the costumes in under a couple of hours.
Postal Box Halloween Costume. Another easy one, you simply have to take a white box and cover the seams in blue and red striped tape, add on an address and cut holes for the arms and the head and you’re finished. This easy costume would be a fantastic idea for a last-minute halloween party.
Hot Air Balloon Costume. This and the next two costumes are gorgeous, and you could tell that there was so much effort that went into them. Andrea Hanki makes beautiful, lovely and thoughtful homemade halloween costumes that always make me smile – you’ll have to forgive me that there are three on the list from the same person (but they are all fantastic). This one takes a bit of thinking ahead, but how fantastic would it be to create?
DIY Astronaut Costume. This costume looks like it was visited by the paper mache fairy, and what’s more fun than that? Again, another elaborate DIY Costume that’s a fantastic option for little astronaut-obsessed people, you can use the link to get inspired to create your own.
Paper Doll Halloween Costume. A paper doll means you’re going to need something to color the outfit with, and some poster board – what a great idea for little kids that don’t want to wear a full costume, but still want to dress up. You could enlist your budding fashionista to help design the clothes, and get inspired by another one of Andrea’s fantastic creations.
Crocodile Costume. I love this take on a cardboard box. I’ve never thought to craft something so elaborate for the kids to wear from the box – and this mask takes the cake. You’re working on something together, creating memories and you end up with a costume that they’re going to talk about fondly when they recall it for years to come.
Gumball Halloween costume. What a fantastic idea for a little person’s halloween costume. Armed with a hooded sweater and a ton of pompoms, and you could create this costume in a snap. It’s adorable, and could be easily emulated for older children with the use of a hat.