10 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Children

Need suggestions for fun homemade Halloween costumes that won't take ages to make? Check out these 10 inspiring ideas from the Domestic CEO.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #129

Costume Idea #5: Carl from Up

If your child is a fan of the movie Up, you can easily throw together a costume for Carl, the old man who is the main character of the film. This is a great costume for little boys. Get a brown pair of pants, white shirt, little black bow tie, and a cardigan or small suit jacket. You’ll also need some dark-rimmed glasses and finally, a nice big bouquet of colorful helium-filled balloons. To make things easier, tie the balloons to your child’s pants or around his wrist. Now, your little man is ready to soar off into trick or treating action.

Costume Idea #6: Where’s Waldo?

Here’s another super simple costume. You’ll need a red and white striped shirt, a knit beanie hat with a pom pom on top (preferably red and white striped), jeans, and some thick-rimmed round black glasses. You can get these glasses at a costume store or fashion them yourself out of thick, black pipe cleaners. Grab a walking stick and you’re child is ready to go!

Costume Idea #7: Stick Figure

This costume can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes if you’ve got white pants, a long-sleeved white shirt, a paper plate, some black electrical tape, and a wide black marker. The plate will be the mask. Simply draw a very plain smiley face on the front of the plate. Cut holes for the eyes and attach some elastic or ribbon to tie the mask to your child’s head. “Draw” the stick figure arms, legs, and torso on to the white pants and shirt. This stick figure can easily be made a girl as well. Just use a triangle shape to create a “skirt” with the electrical tape and add a few bouncy spirals for hair to the smiley face mask.

Costume Idea #8: Cat in the Hat

Your toddler would make an adorable cat in the hat. Dress your child in black pants and a black shirt. Either buy or make a red and white striped tall hat. To make your own, simply get a hat in a party store and cover it with white and red duct or craft tape. Little white gloves are a fun added touch. Finally, draw some whiskers on your child’s face with an eyeliner pencil. “Look at me, look at me NOW! It's fun to have fun but you have to know how!” Your mischievous cat is ready to pounce.

Costume Idea #9: Little Black Kitten

Any little girl can be an adorable little black kitten with a few simple items. Dress your child in black tights and a black long-sleeved shirt. Next, add a black tutu, some adorable black cat ears, and lastly, draw some whiskers, a little black nose, and some cute eyelashes on your little girl’s face using a black eyeliner pencil. Your lil’ kitty is ready to purr.

Costume Idea #10: Ghost

Finally, when all else fails, your child can be a ghost. Cut a white sheet to the size of your child so he or she is not tripping over the bottom. Cut two eye holes and draw on a nose and mouth with a black marker. Boom - costume done! Of course, this is the very desperate last-minute, I-got-nothing-else costume. But hey, if it gets your child free candy, it’s all good.

For even more cool costume ideas, head over to the AliLily blog where I found some of these awesome DIY designs. My Halloween Pinterest page has even more sweet costume ideas. If you have some great examples of your own Halloween creations, tweet them to me @TheDomesticCEO.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home!

Jelly beans image courtesy of ModernKiddo.com. Carl image courtesy of MyModernMet.com. Stick figure image courtesy of AllForTheBoys.com.