12 Simple Halloween DIY Costume Ideas

12 Simple Halloween DIY Costume Ideas

My kids enjoyed a Halloween camp out this weekend. The campground we stayed at with our friends was privately owned, very well-maintained and organized. Literally everyone was cozy in their campers and cabins… except us and ONE other family. We were in tents. The cold, however, did not dampen our spirits or our fun!

This was honestly the first year ever I’ve made the effort to make my children’s costumes. For their first five years, I relied on the super cute and cuddly fleece costumes from Old Navy {I miss those}. We purchased a couple of costumes elsewhere after that. But this year, when Caleb announced he wanted to be a Minion, I knew I could pretty easily pull that off.

Minions - One Creative Housewife

Based on this post from One Creative Housewife, and several others, I ordered a yellow sweatshirt, hat and overalls from Amazon. I weaved and knotted some black pipe cleaners in the hat. I did a Google search for a Gru logo and cut it from card stock, then taped over all of it with duct tape. And I purchased yellow face paint, some cartoon glasses and black gloves from a local Halloween costume store.

I wrongly assumed that with Caleb going as a Minion that Hannah would want to go as Agnes. She does actually own a stuffed unicorn, purchased on our Florida trip this past summer. She makes up her own mind though, and when I found this pattern for a fox costume made out of a paper bag from Wee Society, I had a hunch she’d love it, and I was right this time. They also include patterns for an owl, lion and monkey.

Paper Bag Fox - Wee Society

She and Caleb think the popular YouTube video, “What Does the Fox Say?” is a hoot {so do I, honestly… makes me giggle every time I watch it}. And so, a fox she was! She’s too big for a standard-size paper bag, so I used a lawn bag, purchased from Home Depot instead. Because the bag had writing all over it, and because I knew she’d need to wear it both to the camp out and on Trick-or-Treat night, I decided to cover the whole costume in duct tape, using the provided pattern shapes as a guide. It did take some time to finish, and about 4 rolls of duct tape, but even at $3.99 per roll, it was pretty inexpensive in comparison to other costumes I might have purchased.

I was pleased with how they both looked and they had fun, which is what counts.
DIY Minion and Fox

There are so many creative ideas for costumes out there, so I thought it would be helpful to round up a few more to help you with last-minute ideas. Plus, a couple of these ideas I’m going to use for next year!

This “Eye Candy” costume from Studio DIY is one of my favorite ideas for a super-simple costume. Just hot-glue some colorful, hard candy onto some glasses and carry around a colorful lollipop. I love it!

DIY Eye Candy Costume

This sweet jack-o-lantern tutu has a very detailed photo tutorial to go with it. Visit Craft Passion for the how-to.

Jack-O-Lantern Tutu

For the love of all things baking, this sweet Gingerbread costume is one I’m going to file away for next year and hope that Hannah will agree this costume is just right. Visit Spoonful to see how to cook this one up!

Gingerbread DIY Costume

This koala bear could not be any more adorable in my opinion. Simply pair some warm and cozy gray-colored fleece or sweater top and bottom with this DIY mask from My Poppet.

Koala Bear DIY Costume

My kids are both crazy for the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Here’s a very easy tutorial for how to make a Flint Lockwood costume from Living with Punks.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DIY Costume

Do you remember Care Bears? See Vanessa Craft has a post of how to make a whole family of Care Bear costumes from sweat suits and felt. The bear back view is enough to visit and see for yourself!

Care Bear DIY Costume

With the popularity of Monster Inc. and Monsters University, this monster hoodie tutorial from Fiskars is sure to be a hit with your little monsters.

Monster Hoodie Costume

From Mr. Printables are these six free printable Halloween masks to use creatively with an outfit you can pull together at the last-minute from clothing your little one already owns.

Printable Masks

I have seen this image all over Pinterest, but cannot find its original source. Regardless, it is the cutest version I’ve seen for a DIY Clark Kent. Young and old can get away with this… especially since Under Armour makes both adult and kid-sized Superman shirts.

Clark Kent Costume

And finally because my KitchenAid mixer in my new blog header is patterned after Wonder Woman, I couldn’t resist this fun DIY costume. The author of Life’s A Wheeze explains how she fashioned this costume herself as her 5K running outfit. I just love it!

Wonder Woman Costume