Check out this list of Halloween costumes for kids, All Hallows' Eve is fast approaching! Left it to the last minute? Don't worry, I've got you. We're all busy… the easier the costume, the better right?!
As I make more costumes for my own children, I keep adding to this list. We're up to 37 costumes however I always have more waiting to go up on the blog! I'll be sure to update this post again. For inspirational purposes, be sure to keep in mind that many of these costumes would suit babies, boys, girls and even adults.
If you're looking for some fun Halloween-themed activities for kids you should check out my free printable Halloween worksheets or this free printable Halloween bingo (once you've scrolled for costume inspo of course!).
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Animal Halloween Costumes for Kids
Fire Breathing Green Dragon Costume
This looks amazing, take a close look – it would be so simple to recreate. Such a clever, quick dragon costume from Melissa at Winter Daisy.
Baby Cow Costume with an Udder
How adorable is bub in this cow costume, I love the hat! Ashley at Make It & Love It gives you the tutorial on how to make this costume.
SHOP: Cow Costume for a Baby
Jellyfish Halloween Costume
I love that this lights up! You can use gift wrap ribbon, crepe paper or regular ribbon and trims. Jellyfish Halloween costume From Red Ted Art.
SHOP: Lightup Jellyfish Hat
Anemone (Finding Nemo) Costume
If there are balloons involved, I'm going to love it. I really want to try this one for myself! Anemone (Finding Nemo) Costume via Pinterest.
Cute Black Cat Halloween Costume
Megan at Do It Yourself Divas has a DIY tutorial on how you can make this adorable little black cat costume quickly and easily, even the day before! Perfect for the little ones and the older ones too!
Cotton Ball Sheep Costume
This would make a cute costume for all ages. Modest Effort Mama gets out her hot glue gun and a lot of cotton balls!
Spider Infestation Costume
As Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun describes this spider-infestation costume… it's for those who don't really want to dress up yet still have to! She creates the spiders and prints them onto temporary tattoo paper. I think my kids will be covered in temporary tattoos now I know that this is a thing! If you need a more in-depth tutorial on printing on your home inkjet, check out this printing temporary tattoos tutorial on Instructables.
Cat in the Hat Costume
This is another quick and easy DIY costume, you may even have most of it around the house already. If you don't already have a hat for your cat, you could easily make one from some card. Originally found on Seeker of Happiness.
Crazy Cat Lady Costume
Now this would suit me to a tee. So simple and easy plus kids have heaps of stuffed toys laying around! Michelle at Crafty Morning gives a quick rundown on how she did it.
Easy Homemade Bingo (from Bluey) Costume
I made this Bingo costume for my son for Book Week. It was an easy one to whip up at home. The mask was key and is also available (for free) in a Bluey version. You could adjust the design for Bluey or a sibling costume set. Find my tutorial (along with the link to the mask) for how to make a homemade Bluey costume here.
SHOP: Bingo + Bluey Costumes
Classic Character Halloween Costumes for Kids
Man in the Yellow Hat Costume
Oh my boys loved Curious George as little ones! What a cutie with his pet monkey too. Check out Haute Apple Pie for how it's done.
SHOP: Curious George Costumes
Kid’s Scarecrow Costume
This is a classic fun idea for Halloween costumes for kids. Thrift store finds helped Christine of Where the Smiles Have Been create this Wizard of Oz scarecrow costume. It would suit toddlers, kids and adults.
Wizard of Oz Scarecrow Romper Costume
A tulle tutu romper, this sweet scarecrow costume is perfect little girls. Available for babies and toddlers it includes the romper, hat and accessories for hands, neck and ankles. Wizard of Oz Scarecrow Romper Costume via Little Miracle Shop Art on Etsy.
Bin Liner Witch Halloween Costume for Kids
Forget leaving things to the day before, this costume from Red Ted Art is quick and easy enough for the morning of!
SHOP: Girl's Witch Costumes
DIY Frankenstein Costume
It's difficult to find things for older boys who still want to dress up, this is simple and not childish. Alicia at Zygote Brown Designs has the template and instructions.
Baby Pumpkin Romper
If DIY isn’t your thing, you can get this adorable Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin romper. You can also purchase the booties to match. Baby pumpkin romper from Amimami Doll on Etsy
Cabbage Patch Doll Stroller Costume
I love the idea of getting everyone involved. Sometimes for the wee little ones (when they're stuck in things like strollers), it's just easier to work with what you've got! Cabbage Patch doll stroller costume via Pinterest
Where's Wally (or Waldo!) Costume
This is a great one for bubs and bigs kids too if you're stuck on time! Ashley at Make It & Love It whips this costume up in less than an hour.
Just Plain Fun + Cute Halloween Costumes for Kids
80's Workout Costume
Oh my! Words just escape me on this adorable aerobics instructor… sweatbands and lycra are the winning combinations to any costume as far as I'm concerned! Toddler's 80's Workout Costume via Pinterest.
Jim Carey's Ace Ventura
The kids may not get it but so many parents will! This Ace Ventura costume is actually easy to recreate. The key is in the striped pants. If you can’t find some then you could make your own. Then add a crazy pattern shirt over a white tee and top with some boots. Style a crazy-looking hair do and you’re sorted! Jim Carey's Ace Ventura costume via Reddit
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DIY Fred & Wilma Flintstone Costumes
A sweet sibling costume for brother and sister, Leah made these from felt for only $5 each. You'll find her DIY Fred and Wilma costumes over on The SITS Girls
The Flintstone's Bam Bam
This cute Halloween costume for kids would be easy to recreate by cutting an old pair of shorts. You could paint, colour or attach triangles to the shorts. A soft piece of fabric for the sash and I’m sure it would be easy enough to find a dog toy for the bone! The Flintstone's Bam Bam costume via Pinterest
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ET the Movie Costumes: ET, Elliot + Gertie
Such a classic choice of Halloween costumes for kids. This one is great for siblings and would be easy to recreate. ET, Elliot + Gertie costumes via Costume Works
Dopey the Dwarf Costume
A sweet Dopey the Dwarf costume, how could you not love those adorable ears?! You'll find the Dopey the Dwarf costume tutorial from Jeni of Jeni Ro Designs.
Food Halloween Costumes for Kids
Heinz Ketchup, Mustard & Relish Baby Costume
Cute licenced condiment babies! Perfect for triplets or twin costume ideas. Heinz Ketchup, Mustard & Relish costumes available to purchase from Buzz Bear Studio
Baby Subway Wrap Costume
How cute is this bub?! Just stick a couple of felt vegetable shapes to a baby beanie. Even try these Duktig toys from IKEA which I know many people have! I'm sure your local Subway would give you a couple of extra sheets, especially if you send them a pic! Baby Subway Wrap Costume via Pinterest.
Easy No Sew Pizza Halloween Costume
All kids love pizza. And if you’re anything like me, an easy no-sew costume is even better! So grab some polyester filling, felt and a hot glue gun for this great last-minute Halloween costume. Find the No-Sew Pizza costume instructions from Emily of Craft Create Cook.
No-Sew Pineapple Costume
How chic does this costume look? I love it! Delia from Delia Creates has the DIY tutorial, check out the apple version she also made.
Froot Loops Costume
I've seen a few of these Froot Loops costumes but this one from Kelly from Studio DIY is one of my favourites. I also like the idea of attaching some Froot Loops to a hat or beanie.
Bunch of Balloon Grapes Costume
Definitely one of the cheaper costumes… a packet of purple balloons and some felt and you're good to go. Via Lovin Dublin.
SHOP: Grape Costume for Baby
All Grown Halloween Costumes for Kids
Kids of Anarchy Biker Costume
When my son told me that he wanted a kid's biker costume for Halloween, I instantly went dreamy-eyed thinking of Jax Teller. Of course, I encouraged the making of a Sons of Anarchy costume! You will find my tutorial on the Sons of Anarchy (G-Rated version) costume here.
Captain Underpants Costume
Give them all a giggle with this fun Captain Underpants costume, you'll find the DIY from Jessica at The Mom Creative.
Frida Kahlo Artist Costume
Anything Frida Kahlo and I'm in! Jordan from Oh Happy Day put together three last-minute artist costumes including Frida, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh.
Moaning Myrtle Harry Potter Costume
Now what kid wouldn't want to wear a (clean) toilet seat on their head??! Check out some Harry Potter inspiration at Kate Johns Musings.
Day of the Dead Girl's Costume
The face painting for this costume is quite simple… what girl doesn't own a tutu?! Day of the Dead Costume via Pinterest.
Minecraft Skeleton Costume
This is monochrome cool for sure. So easy, just put some tape on black clothing for the skeleton. Then either paint or cover a cardboard box in coloured paper. Minecraft Skeleton Costume via Pinterest.
Dog Man Costume
This DIY Dog Man costume is one of my creations and it's great for older boys. It was incredibly easy and last minute. Most of the items I had laying around the house and the other items are fairly easy to get hold of. You'll find my tutorial on how I made a Dog Man costume here.
I hope you've found some great inspiration for Halloween costumes for kids! I let my five-year-old loose on Pinterest and now we need to narrow down the costume ideas! I'd love to see your costumes, tag me @avisualmerriment on Insta or Facebook.
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