10 DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and there are dozens of adorable options for dressing the crew [and yourself] for the celebration. Planning ahead will help you be prepared for any changes that might come up with your plans or the weather leading into the holiday. For store bought costumes, order online at least 3 weeks in advance or visit your local costume shop early in the month to ensure the best selection.

If you want to DIY a costume, make sure to plan plenty of time to ensure that you aren’t up at midnight on October 30th with a hot glue gun and a stack of felt.

We’ve collected a handful of our favorite costume ideas to give you some inspiration. Make sure to leave us a note in the comments about some of your favorite characters to dress up as!

1. Cat in the Hat


A childhood classic, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, is a recognizable character that will delight both kids and parents alike. With just a few steps you can pull together this iconic costume, and if you are dressing more than one sibling you may want to add in ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’ to complete the look.

Check out the full Cat in the Hat tutorial.

2. Scuba Diver


With some spray paint and a few recycled bottles you can craft an adorable diver costume for your little adventurer. Siblings can join in on the fun as the rest of the cast of Finding Nemo!

Read more about how to make your own full Scuba Diver Costume.

3. Greek Goddess


With just a sheet and some gold bric brac, your little girl will sparkle with mystery and lore of Greek Mythology. Give her a book of myths and let her decide what goddess she wants to call herself.

4. Owl


This no sew costume can come together in just a few minutes with a few sheets of felt and a glue gun. With a knit cap as the owl’s eyes, this costume is perfect for any weather and prevents blocking sight while trick-or-treating. Parents can compliment this outfit by dressing up as your favorite Harry Potter character!

Check out the full Owl Costume tutorial.

5. Lion


Put on some Katy Perry because you are going to want to practice roaring as you assemble this costume. This quick cutie outfit is a colorful tutu with your favorite shirt or onesie. A small amount of face paint completes the look.

Read the full Lion Costume tutorial.

6. Tutu


Your little princess will be the star of the day with her new tutu. While designed for Halloween this tutu can also compliment birthday photos or other family celebrations.

Check out this tutu tutorial.

7. Prince Charming


Every princess needs a prince. Although this stunning project may look complicated, there is no sewing required! Using a white shirt and red pants as the base, each piece is decorated with gold ribbon and trim.

8. S’mores


For little ones who are not yet on the move, this S’mores costume is the perfect solution. Using velcro, cardboard and a onesie you can craft a quick costume that will make your sweetness the delight of the party.

9. Super Hero


Another project that can be used beyond the holiday, this easy cape can turn an old shirt into hours of imagination and play. Make one in every color and you can create a full house of heroes.

10. Family Paw Patrol 


You (and your kiddos) already know the theme song so why not make Halloween a family affair and dress the entire family in the recognizable character’s attire! This tutorial requires a small amount of sewing so be sure to plan accordingly when preparing for trick-or-treating. 


Prepping for Halloween is so much fun and provides the opportunity to showcase your children’s personalities as they pick out their costumes. From store bought to DIY, each year is a chance to capture fun family memories! 

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Check out our round up of 100 Halloween Costumes for Siblings

Photo sources: Pixabay, DonnieRay, Uncommon Designs, Robyn Vines Smith, Emily Sullivan, Nerdy Mama, Desert Chica, DIY DanielleOkayest Mom Ever

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Anne Murlowski

Annie is a lifestyle blogger from the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. She lives just outside Denver with her husband Drew and their Corgi Rogue. Offline she works as a marketing manager specializing in digital marketing and social media. You can find Annie, and her passion for all things Colorado, DIY, Cooking and Decor at RockyMtnBliss. or on Twitter at @RockyMtnBliss.

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