Listen, I am all about going and buying costumes at the store. It saves time, and honestly it’s usually an altogether easier process with the kids. They can get exactly what they want. But last year I spent almost $100 on Ella’s costume… and while it was 100% worth the stares and confusion it caused (see below), I don’t want to be doing that every year. So… run to Party City if you still have one and get a costume that is 80% off for Halloween, or maybe think about making your own DIY costume!
MAKE YOUR OWN DIY COSTUME
DIY COSTUME IDEAS
There’s so many good easy DIY costume ideas out there that I have major faith that you can pull any one of these off for you or your little ones. Plus, DIY costumes are the best when looking back at old photos!
Here’s my 12 favorite DIY Costumes for this haunted holiday…
DARLA FROM NEMO
This is such a cute (and easy) DIY costume. Grab a pair of overalls, a purple t-shirt, and some tin foil to get started and finish off with pigtails and a baggie with a Nemo in it or carry a stuffed animal.
THE MORTON SALT GIRL
Grab a yellow dress, tights, an umbrella and giant thing of salt. Boom. Very Salty. There is a tutorial for making the skirt/dress if you’d like from Simple Simon and Company too.
SADNESS FROM INSIDE OUT
Grab some blue leggings, a light blue sweater, blue face paint, and a blue wig and you’ll be so sad looking it’ll be perfect! Oh, and some Harry Potter glasses will be the final touch – and you could even make these with pipe cleaners too!
*Check Pinterest for ideas.
I love this idea. It’s great for last minute and easy! All you need is a paper plate, an all white outfit and black electrical tape… or you could do it opposite too – all black outfit, and white electrical tape. Plus, it’s so cute walking down the street!
Save up two two-liter bottles and paint them and glue them together and you have an oxygen tank for diving! Grab goggles from the summer beach bag and cut out flippers to attach to your kiddos shoes! So cute! An easy tutorial from Artsy Fartsy Momma here.
NEEDLE AND THREAD
This is an easy one too! I love these simple costumes that aren’t overdone! Yarn wrapped cardboard and suspenders. You could even use foil for the needle 🙂 Here’s an awesome tutorial from Creating Really Awesome Things.
GLAMOROUS LADIES OF WRESTLING
Ok, hear me out on this one. Grab a tiny leotard, some funky tights, add leg warmers, socks and a DIY wrestling belt and you have a GLOW gal. I think this would be hilarious on a little nugget! Here’s an adult inspiration from Brit + Co. But baby it up and it’ll be adorable!
We did a DIY Hotlzman costume – from Ghostbusters – a couple years back. Overalls, black striped sock, diy magnet and screw necklace, green t-shirt, and bomber jacket along with a funky blond wig made this costume an easy one to find in our closets.
A white onesie and leggings, along with some felt and a chefs hat from the dress up chest! Boom.
I absolutely love this idea. Talk about easy… as long as your kids are good with their faces being covered, this is a great idea! Morph suits for the win!
Just make sure to put some sort of reflective tape on their backs so you don’t lose them in the night! Soap will not get them back!