Growing up, my mom would make all of our Halloween costumes from scratch. One year my sister wanted to be a dog. My mom spent hours sewing through thick, fake fur to make the jumpsuit. On the day of the Halloween parade, my sister took one look at the other girl’s princess costumes and wouldn’t touch her dog suit. Somehow my mom managed to throw together a fairy costume that night in time for trick-or-treating. I would really like to be that mom, but I’m not. I am also not a store-bought costume mom either–store-bought costumes cost too much money for an outfit a child will wear once.
What I want is the best of both worlds. A costume that is both “homemade” and store bought. With that in mind, below are a collection of costume ideas that I believe to be easy, cheap, and fun. You can create most from items you already have in your house. Have fun and good luck.
1. Pajama Costumes
An experienced mommy once said to me, “Halloween used to be so simple. Every year was a different color of ‘footy’ pajamas and a different set of ears.” She was referring, of course, to the amazing versatility of solid-color pajamas as easy costumes.
- One of my favorite sources for kids essentials, Primary, has joined the “jammies and ears” bandwagon this year, putting out dozens of costume ideas on their web site using their pajamas as the perfect base piece for easy Halloween costumes. See their ideas, here, here, and here.
- Check out this beautiful and simple animal mask tutorial by Kelly Ballou on Mummykins and Me.
Favorite Costume Ideas
- Charlie Brown: To create this simple costume use black tape on a yellow top. Add a stuffed snoopy for a “Great Pumpkin” size crowd-pleaser.
- A Sunny Day: Looking for a quirky, cunning costume idea? I think this costume with its cotton ball clouds and sun-shiny headband would translate perfectly using a pair of light blue pajamas.
2. Tutu Costumes
A tutu is super simple and inexpensive to make and is one of the most flexible costume elements ever. You can easily coordinate a tutu with leggings and a shirt. I happen to love the tutu-hoodie costume combination shown on this adorable little flower above.
- A great source for tutu costume ideas can be found in this post by Andrea’s Notebook.
- Thinking there’s no way you could make a tutu? Check out this easy, no-sew tutorial from The Hair Bow Company.
More Favorite Costume Ideas
- Gumball Machine: Check out the pretty red tutu and coordinating top featuring gumballs. You can make this by gluing colorful pompoms to a white shirt and headband. I would use a white sweatshirt and red leggings to make the outfit a bit more “603” appropriate.
- Ghost: The little ghost pictured above, dons a white tutu and a white ghost-face shirt, created with felt. Again, I would trade the T-shirt out for a white hoodie and add some leggings to warm it up.
3. Hoodie Costumes
It’s not uncommon for those of us in the Seacoast to see snow before Halloween. Even if the dreaded “s” word hasn’t arrived, it’s bound to be a cold trek trick-or-treating door to door. The hoodie costume is the perfect solution. With a few modifications, your cutie will be trick-or-treat ready.
- 20 Halloween Costumes from Hoodies: Mashable calls the hoodie the, “biggest thing to happen to Halloween since pumpkins.” I have to agree and their collection of hoodie costume ideas are SO cute!
- 16 Easy Sweatshirt Costume Ideas: Brit + Co’s take on the hoodie costume are beautiful and functional.
- Buzzfeed gets in on the fun with 37 Cheap and Easy Sweatsuit Halloween Costumes. I am particularly fond of the cute Care Bear costumes.
Even More Costume Ideas
- Olaf: We are Frozen crazy in my house and my daughter loves this costume idea. Read more on how to make this Olaf costume by Hello Holli.
- Dinosaur: This hoodie is cute enough for everyday wear and the tutorial for making it has great step-by-step instructions that make it a simple creation for even the most novice creative.
4. Other Easy Ideas
1. Simple Simon and Co offers this tutorial on how to make a cape costume, “one pattern… endless possibilities.”
2. Need a Ninja Turtle costume? A turtle shell has never been so cool, or so simple as this version made with a disposable roasting pan and spray paint.
3. This cute Native American costume is made from an oversized white T-shirt and a gold fabric marker. See more T-shirt costume ideas here.
4. An “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” costume is simple and sweet with a pair of overalls, mouse ears and a cookie pillow.
5. This forest-inspired fringe T-shirt is decorated with felt leaves. Perfect for a woodland nymph costume, fairy, or perhaps mother nature.
6. An oversized white T-shirt and felt ghost face are a nice departure from the traditional white sheet. Find other T-shirt costume ideas here.
7. Who could resist giving this cutie a smooch? I love this kissing booth costume idea. My daughter pointed at it and said, “ew!” so I know it is REALLY precious.
Need More Inspiration?
Check out these links
- 101 Homemade Halloween Costumes
- 10 Cheap and Easy Costume Ideas
- Carnivale Costume Ideas (this one is in Spanish, but the ideas were so good I had to share)