SUPER-CUTE LAST MINUTE DIY KID HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

My favorite time of year has finally arrived! Well, almost. I’m not sure what this says about me, but Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I think it’s mostly the candy because the weather has changed just enough to be pleasantly cool, but not COLD. It’s a great time of the year to enjoy the outdoors!

I also like dressing up and eating candy having fun, and the kids are a good excuse to do just that. Part of the fun is creating DIY kid Halloween costumes is that you can add your own unique creativity. Homemade is always best! It’s a great way to create memories and appreciate your handy work.

Now, I like to be crafty and all, but that doesn’t mean I want to break out a sewing machine or spend months planning. It has to be easy enough to be enjoyable, right!?

That’s why I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite DIY costumes for kids that can be made using cheap materials with no sewing involved. In fact, most of these can be made last-minute. That way you can spend more time eating candy with the family enjoying the season.

1. RAIN CLOUD COSTUME

You won’t believe how easy this is to make! It’s perfect for last minute planning. It also looks cozy and warm for a cold and possibly rainy Halloween night. Check out the full instructions and more pictures over at Make It & Love It.

2. EASY STICK FIGURE

This one is great for when you realize you forgot to costume plan! Kinda funny, too. Just about anyone could pull this off. Check out the full details as well as some other really easy costume ideas over at All For The Boys.

3. ALFALFA

Such a cute little rascal! I’ll bet you could pull the outfit together with thrift store finds, and the rest is all about the hair. Check out more details over at Coolest Homemade Costumes.

4. HOBO WITH FUNNY CANDY SIGN

This little guy has got the look down! I’ve heard a few snarky comments about dressing your kid up like a bum, but I think it’s pretty funny myself. Not to mention easy, cheap and perfect for a last minute costume idea! (I couldn’t find the source for this one so please let me know if you do.)

5. MR. POTATO HEAD

This classic toy brings back so many memories! I absolutely love this no-sew costume idea because you can really customize it with the facial features of your choice. Go check out the detailed step-by-step instructions for this easy costume idea over at Arts & Crackers!

6. BABY BAMM BAMM

If you’ve got a little kiddo with super blonde, crazy hair, this costume is super easy to pull off! Mom and dad could be Barney and Betty to finish the look. I couldn’t find the source for this but it looks relatively simple to make.

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | This is super cute for toddlers.

7.  MINNIE MOUSE

This Minnie Mouse costume is adorable and Brandy at Gluesticks.com gives you several great tips on making this outfit and where to find accessories like mouse ears! You could mix it up a little with a pink and white polka dot dress as well. 

Toddler in Minnie Mouse costume with red polka dot dress and black mouse ears and bow.
Source: Gluesticks.com

8. OOMPA LOOMPA

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Homemade Oompa Loompa Costume-- great idea for a baby or toddler!

I can’t get the song out of my head now! The Oompa Loompas are my favorite part of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and for good reason. They’re crazy funny and cute. I found the best tutorial for this simple costume over at You Are My Licorice. That yarn wig is awesome!

9. “I LOVE LUCY” TODDLER COSTUME

I don’t know if you ever watched this show, but I was a big fan! Lucy was quite the character, and makes for an adorable toddler costume. The key is in the bright red hair! Check out all of the details for this costume over at Coolest Homemade Costumes.

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | I Love Lucy Homemade Costume-- cute for toddlers!

10. RAGGEDY ANN

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | DIY Raggedy Ann Costume-- cute for a baby or toddler!

Is this not the cutest little Raggedy Ann you’ve ever seen?! Hop on over to Pretty Little Life for the instructions and more pictures. That homemade yarn wig is the best.

11. CLASSIC SCARECROW

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Homemade Scarecrow Costume for Kids-- would be cute with other wizard of oz characters in the family!

More cute than scary! I love every detail of this costume. Where The Smiles Have Been has created a tutorial on how to get the look, including that adorable hat! It’s a simple project using felt and hot glue.

12. SPIDER & WEB

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | DIY Spider and Web Costume-- cute for siblings!

These easy homemade spider and web costumes are perfect for siblings or besties! Check out the full instructions and a lot more pictures over at Pretty Plain Janes.

13. MARIO & LUIGI

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | DIY Mario and Luigi Costume Idea-- super cute for siblings! Easy and last minute.

These two cuties are dressed up as the famous Mario Brothers, and just look at how easy but effective the costumes are! With a few felt cut-outs you can transform a basic tee, cap and overalls into Mario and Luigi. Just don’t forget the mustache! I absolutely love this idea for siblings. Check out more details here.

14. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Homemade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume-- great for toddlers! No sewing required.

The Ninja Turtles were my heroes growing up, and I still get a kick out of the idea of a masked turtle fighting a sewer rat. It’s just awesome! Hop on over to A Night Owl Blog for the easiest homemade Ninja Turtle costume tutorial, ever! I love the shell idea.

15. GUMBALL MACHINE

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Homemade GumBall Machine Costume-- great for teen girls!

My daughter did the one last year, and it was a big hit! We used a red tutu, but I think the large red felt on this one looks more realistic. Check out all of the details and instruction over at A Casarella.

16. EASY MAC

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Homemade Mac and Cheese Costume-- super funny and cute!

Super funny and cute! Costume Works has more details on this homemade costume. They spent months saving up toilet paper rolls, but you could also use yellow construction paper stapled together into rolls for last minute planning. This post has super detailed instructions on how to pull together the entire costume.

17. COLONEL SANDERS

Homemade Colonel Sanders Costume-- KFC and chicken! So cute and funny for toddlers. Red and white striped apron, white shirt, red tie, black glasses and fake beard and mustache.

I found this costume idea over at Costume Works and couldn’t resist sharing. Plus you’d have an excuse to buy a bucket of fried chicken.

18. CUTEST CUPCAKE

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | How to make a DIY cupcake costume!

Everyone loves cupcakes! Especially when they’re covered in sprinkles and topped with a cherry. Check out the easy tutorial for this homemade costume over at Coolest Homemade Costumes. The cupcake liner idea is really clever!

19. COTTON CANDY

Homemade Cotton Candy Costume-- super cute and fun to make! Little girl with pink fluff dress and white cone hat to replicate cotton candy.

With a whole lot of pillow fill, a poster board, some glue and paint, you’ll have one of the coolest and cutest Halloween costumes on the block! Check out the instructions and more details over at Costume Works.

20.  ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS

The three chipmunks Alvin, Simon & Theodore are all known for their musical talents.  Their characters are easily identified by their specific Red, Blue and Green colored oversized shirts. To put this DIY kid Halloween costume together I found simple plain colored hoodie sweatshirts (plain t-shirts would have worked too).  

For adding the large A – on Alvin’s red shirt and hat I cut the letter out of yellow paper. I just used packing tape to adhere the paper letter and it held just fine.

Simon’s round glasses were party favors from a Harry Potter birthday party. But you could certainly draw them on using eyeliner or face paint. With some Halloween makeup, I added two large white buck teeth and some whiskers on the boy’s face. Some Inflatable guitars, saxophone, microphones, sneakers, and headphones for Simon completed the look.

Vol`a! Hands down favorite and possibly the easiest DIY kids Halloween costume I’ve ever done!

Bonus: I got to dress up along with my boys for Halloween and we each had a new hooded sweatshirt to wear in the upcoming winter.

Mom and boys outdoors posing in DIY Halloween costume of blue, green and red hoodie sweatshirts to look like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

21. PETER PAN

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Homemade Peter Pan Costume-- super cute and fun for toddlers!

Yes, DIY kids Halloween costumes are doable for toddlers.  This homemade costume is super adorable and easy to make! Check out more pictures and the detailed instructions over at Babble.

22. THE MAN IN THE YELLOW HAT

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Cute costume idea for toddlers! The Man in the Yellow Hat and Curious George.

This would be an easy costume to spot in the dark! That bright yellow color may be hard to find, but that’s all you will need is a little fabric dye to get the look. Check out the list of supplies and full tutorial over at Haute Apple Pie.

23. FUNNY GIRAFFE

Homemade Giraffe Costume-- super funny! Boy in spotted cape with tall spotted hat and giraffe face attached to the top of the hat.

I couldn’t find the source or any instructions for this costume, but I think that a yellow poster board, construction paper and a little creativity would get you there. I would possibly glue large popsicle sticks or a paint stick onto the inside of the neck to give it more support. Also, the spots on the shirt would be easy to make with brown felt!

24. OLD LADY BABY

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Funny old lady costume idea. Cute for toddlers!

Dressing your baby or toddler up as an old lady or man is sure to get some laughs! I’ve seen this costume done with a homemade PVC pipe walker (super funny), but that doesn’t seem practical to carry around trick or treating. I really like the cane idea, though! The hair can be made with yarn or even cotton balls.

25. CRAZY CAT LADY

Funny Cat Lady Halloween Costume-- hilarious! Little girl with rollers in her hair, old lady glasses, pink robe and cats attached to the robe. Plus, cat slippers!

Hop on over to Crafty Morning to see how to put together this hilarious costume! They’ve really pinned down the details on this one. I love the huge hair rollers.

26. BEETLE JUICE, BEETLE JUICE, BEETLE JUICE!

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | Homemade Beetle Juice Costume-- so funny on kids!

I feel like this kid was made for this costume. I’m loving his hair! Hop on over to Coolest Homemade Costumes for all of the details and more pictures. Also, if you can’t find striped clothes, I’m sure that fabric paint would do the trick.

27. LAST MINUTE SKELETON

DIY last minute skeleton costume! Just use white duct tape on black sweats.

This kid really knows how to pull of a good skeleton! Just look at the pose. 🙂 Hop on over to And We Play to see how to slap this costume together in just a few minutes. Kersey also has a good idea on how to make it glow in the dark!

28. EDWARD SCISSOR HANDS

Homemade Edward Scissor Hands Costume-- child with white face, black pants and shirt with belts and plastic scissors.

This costume looks legit! Although it appears to be complicated, the trick to getting the look is a bunch of old studded belts. Check out the full tutorial plus lots more photos over at Instructables.

29. THE JOKER

This one was voted the scariest in a kids’ Halloween costume contest, and that’s all you need to pull it off is a little make up, hair dye and a few thrift shop clothes.

30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids (Boys and Girls!) | DIY Joker Costume including a white face and black eyes-- funny on toddlers!

30. BABY CHUCKY

Creepy and scary costume idea for a baby or toddler! Homemade Chucky Costume. Blue bib overalls, striped shirt carrying a plastic knife.

It doesn’t get any creepier than this! Maybe because Chucky was an actual doll baby? If you can find a striped shirt and overalls, you’re set. The rest is just creative makeup and hair dye.

31. DIY LEGO COSTUME

I’m a huge Lego fan, so this simple costume idea is one of my absolute favorites! Wine & Glue has cleverly created this costume with really cheap materials that you might already have on hand. Go check out the instructions here.

Boy in a box with applesauce cups attached and spray painted to look like a lego block Halloween costume.