Homemade Kids' Halloween Costume Ideas

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Don't spend a fortune on store bought Halloween costumes that will only be worn once. Try one of these creative options for homemade kids' Halloween costumes this year. With options for both boys and girls, learn how to quickly and cheaply design your own Halloween attire.

Little Red Riding Hood

Recreate this storybook classic with only a few materials from the craft store, and some of your child's own clothing.

What You'll Need:

  • One yard of red felt
  • One toy wolf
  • A basket
  • Three yards of black trim
  • A glue gun
  • Lace trimming


  1. Cut the red felt into a rectangle, long enough to wrap around your child's shoulders, and tall enough to fall just above their hands, when their arms are placed at their sides.
  2. Stitch the black trim to the outer edges of the cape. Extend the trim at the neckline to provide a tie for the cape.
  3. Use the glue gun to fasten the lace trim around the edge of the basket, and place the toy wolf inside.
  4. Use a red or white dress your child already owns, along with a pair of black shoes and white socks.
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Quickly make one of the most popular Halloween costumes with sweat pants and a store bought vest.

What You'll Need:

  • One white button down shirt, several sizes too large
  • Black sweat pants
  • One black scarf
  • One red scarf
  • A red vest
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • White paint


  1. Cut off the collar of the button down shirt, and the first button.
  2. Cut the sleeves to a one-quarter sleeve length, then fray the edges.
  3. Cut approximately five inches off the bottom of the sweat pants.
  4. Fray the bottom edges of the sweat pants by making small cuts with the scissors and pulling with your hands.
  5. Use the white paint to make thin stripes down the sweat pants.
  6. Tie the black scarf around your child's waist to appear like a thick belt.
  7. Tie the red scarf around your child's head.

Lady Bug

Make this adorable bug costume without sewing a single stitch.

What You'll Need:

  • One disk shaped snow sled
  • Black paint
  • Red paint
  • Black leggings
  • Black sweatshirt
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Two nylon straps
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Using black paint designed to work on plastic, paint the disk sled entirely red, and allow to dry.
  2. Draw black circles onto the convex side of the disk with black paint, creating the lady bug's spots.
  3. Glue both ends of one nylon strap to edge of the concave side of the disk. Then glue both ends of the second nylon strap to the opposite side. These will act as the arm straps for the lady bug's shell to sit on your child's back, like a backpack. Make sure there is enough slack for the nylon straps to comfortably slip over your child's arms and shoulders.
  4. Wrap one end of a black pipe cleaner around the head band, and curl the opposite end into a spiral. Repeat with the second black pipe cleaner, three inches apart.
  5. Once your child is wearing the black leggings and sweatshirt, place the black and red spotted shell on their back, and the headband with antennae on their head.


Using a party dress your child already owns, make this adorable fairy costume with a few extra store bought accessories.

What You'll Need:

  • One dress
  • Ribbon matching the color of the dress
  • Several yards of tulle in pink, purple, blue and white
  • Fake flowers
  • Glitter
  • Safety pins
  • A hot glue gun


  1. Use the hot glue gun to fasten fake flowers to the bottom trim of the dress, or use safety pins for a removable addition.
  2. Lays down several pieces of tulle in different colors measuring approximately two feet long by two feet high.
  3. Use the ribbon to cinch together the pieces of tulle in their center. Tie the ribbon tightly, then pin the wings to the back of the dress, forming the fairy's wings.
  4. Apply glitter with craft glue to various parts of the dress, based on your child's wishes.
  5. If the fake flowers came on stems, use one stem, covered in glitter, as a fairy wand.


Make this simple and inexpensive bat costume with only felt and black pipe cleaners, paired with a black sweat suit your child already owns.

What You'll Need:

  • Black felt
  • Black sweat pants
  • Black sweat shirt
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Scissors


  1. Cut bat wings out of the black felt, long enough to reach from your child's shoulders to their knees, and wide enough to stretch from hand to hand. The wings should remain attached in the middle.
  2. Poke a small hole in the tip of each wing, and slide a black pipe cleaner through each.
  3. Poke one hole at the top of the wings, in the center (behind the child's neck).
  4. Slide a black pipe cleaner through the hole.
  5. After your child has put on their black sweat pants and sweat shirt, drape the felt wings around their shoulders.
  6. Warp the pipe cleaners at the tip of each wing around your child's wrists, supporting the wings.
  7. Loosely wrap the final pipe cleaner in the middle of the wings around your child's neck. Use two or more pipe cleaners, if needed, for a safe and comfortable fit.

If you do decide to buy a costume for your child this Halloween, check out these Costume Express coupons


Last Updated: July 6, 2012
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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