8 Super Easy Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

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By Kathryn Trudeau

It seems as if summer is finally relinquishing its grasp and allowing autumn to make an appearance, and autumn means a few things: pumpkin spice everything, crunching in the leaves, and Halloween. It also means it’s that time of the year to make a major decision: what is your child going to be for Halloween?

You have a few options:

  • Grab something at the store, but choices can be limited
  • Order something custom, but that can be costly
  • Go the homemade route

If you’re limited on time, check out these last-minute T-shirt costume ideas. If you have a little bit more time, however, consider one of these eight homemade Halloween costume ideas.

Get in Touch with the 80’s

The nice thing about this costume is that it is super comfortable! What’s better for strolling around the neighborhood trick-or-treating than a sweatsuit, sneakers, and leg warmers?! If you don’t have a stuffed boombox, no worries!

This is what you can do instead:

  1. Print out a picture of a boom box on an 8x10 piece of paper
  2. Cut out the boom box and glue in onto a piece of cardboard
  3. Cover with contact paper (or clear packing tape if you’re in a pinch!)

Tip: If your toddler has longer hair, swoop her hair to the side for an 80’s-inspired side pony tail!

Box of Tissues

Kleenex costume

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Another easy costume that also doubles as a way for you to use up some of those boxes from Amazon Prime that are piling up in your garage. (We all have that pile, right?!)

What to do:

  1. Cut out the bottom of the box
  2. Make arm holes on each side
  3. Cut out a head hole
  4. Cover the box with wrapping paper
  5. Draw your Kleenex logo in the corner
  6. Stick a few pieces of tissue paper near the head hole


Vampire Girls

vampire costume

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Vampires are a classic Halloween costume, but there’s not need to buy wigs, capes, or those fake teeth!

What to do:

  1. Dress up in all black clothes
  2. Use an eyeliner pencil to draw on a black widow’s peak
  3. Use makeup or face paint to draw on those teeth - no fake blood necessary!

Oh Deer Snap Filter

deer costume

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We all know and love those snap filters, and what’s more endeering (see what I did there?) that the Oh Deer Snap filter? It’s make for a super quick and easy homemade Halloween costume.

What to do:

  1. Dress in ivory or cream clothes
  2. Lightly cover your child’s face with a light tan powder but fade to a darker brown around the edges of her face.
  3. Use a brow pencil to extend her brows into her nose to make the muzzle
  4. Rub brown or gray on the tip of her nose.
  5. Use white eye liner to make the deer spots
  6. Using artificial flowers, wrap a floral wreath around her head
  7. Apply dark brown or deep maroon lip gloss

And of course, don’t forget to Snap it!

Bodysuit Breeze

cute halloween bodysuit

If you don’t want to make a costume per se, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid dressing for the day! Let baby’s bodysuit speak for herself: a first Halloween is definitely worthy of celebrating!

Personalized bodysuits pair well with:

  • Colorful tutus
  • Colorful leggings
  • Orange or other festive knit hats

Snap this photo and stash it your baby’s photo album!

Fruit Bowl

Fruit is another easy DIY costume!

  • Bowl of grapes: Blow up purple balloons and stick them to a sweat suit using duct tape (save this for older children though!)
  • Banana: Dress baby in all yellow and stick a “Banana sticker” on his back
  • Strawberry: Use a black sharpie to make dots on a red onesie. Top with a green beanie cap!

How cute would this be if you had siblings each pick a different fruit and then collectively going as a “fruit bowl”?

Boo from Monsters Inc

Most people dress up as the monsters for Halloween, but why change things up and dress as Boo?

What you need to do:

  1. Dress your toddler in a pink shirt
  2. Add purple leggings
  3. Put her hair in pigtails

If you have Mike or Sully stuffed animals, let her tote them around during trick-or-treating.

Baseball Player

baseball player costume

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This is another super easy costume especially if you have older boys who play baseball. Even if you don’t have a mini uniform, you can easily recreate one.

This is what you need to do:

  1. Make the logo:
    1. Use felt to recreate a team logo and apply to a white shirt with fabric glue
    2. Print out a logo on iron-on paper and apply it to the shirt
    3. Free-hand a logo with sharpies
  2. Put on a baseball hat

What about you?

Do you have a super easy DIY costume?


Kathryn is a self-proclaimed book nerd who has a passion for natural parenting and writing. As a homeschooling mother of two, Kathryn understands the dynamics of a busy family life. She is the founder of the Cor Domum movement, a mission that guides families through life so that they can parent with joy. Read more at  www.katietrudeau.com 

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