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Quick and easy homemade Halloween costume ideas for kids

Posted on 10 October 2017

Decking your kids out in the best looking fancy dress for Halloween is every parent’s wish. But with the cost of living high and wages low, it’s easier said than done.

All large supermarkets stock various costumes from just £5 and there are also loads of make-your-own ideas online that’ll save you money and get your kids being creative.

Here are some ideas for quick, easy and low cost costumes you can make at home this Halloween

1.      The Halloween cat:

It requires just a few simple pieces of clothing and minimal effort and low cost - perfect for parents short on time!

You will need:

  • Black, grey, white or brown tights or leggings
  • A matching leotard, t-shirt or jumper
  • Nylon stockings or tights (old ones will work just fine)
  • Felt or construction paper in two colours
  • Black eyeliner or black felt tip
  • Newspaper
  • A headband
  • Superglue
  • Scissors

Step 1: Firstly, dress your child in their clothes, in the colour of their choice (or what’s available if last minute!)

Step 2: Use a stocking or half a pair of kid’s tights stuffed with newspaper to make a tail.

Step 3: Cut out some cat ears from felt or construction paper, one colour the same as your kiddies costume, and the other pink or white for the inside of the ears.

Step 4: Attach to a headband using super glue. Remember to keep this part away from children until it’s completely dry.

Step 5: Add the finishing touch and draw 3 little whiskers on your child’s cheeks and nose.

If your child doesn’t like the idea of a headband – your son may think this is too girly – you can also make an amazing cat mask for them quickly and easily. No superglue is needed for this, just ordinary glue so kids can get more involved. Go here to see the step by step guide for yourself.

This idea came from Activity Village.

2.      The Burglar

A great idea for boys is this easy to assemble burglar costume. It’s the ideal quick fix if you don’t have time to go and buy an outfit for your child as you’ll most likely have the clothing at home already!

You will need:

  • A black t-shirt or sweatshirt
  • Black trousers, tights, leggings or jeans
  • Trainers (preferably black or dark coloured)
  • Black woolly hat or headscarf
  • Black mask (buy a Zorro style mask or make your own)
  • Black makeup for stubble (optional)
  • Swag bag (optional)

Step 1: Get your child dressed and make them look the part by smudging makeup along their jawline to create stubble.

Step 2: Create a ‘swag bag’ by sewing together scraps of fabric or an old pillowcase.

Step 3: If you don’t want to sew, you can use any plain black bag your child already has or buy one if you can spare a couple of pounds! You can finish off the look by painting or sticking ‘swag’ onto the fabric.

 3.      The Devil

Similar to the burglar costume, turning your child into a devil won’t be that difficult with red clothing and a few accessories that can be hand made in minutes! If it’s a busy day for you and the weekend has whizzed by, devil accessories such as horns, a tail and a fork are easy to find in most large stores.

You will need:

  • Red trousers, tights or leggings
  • A red t-shirt, sweatshirt or leotard
  • Horns, tail and plastic fork (if shop bought)
  • Red card (if handmade)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Red rope or felt
  • A long stick

Step 1: Dress your child in red clothing; red trousers and a t-shirt for boys and tights/leggings with a leotard or t-shirt for girls.

Step 2: To create a little devil, you’ll need to buy them a set of horns, or make your own using a headband and template.

Step 3: Attach a tail to your little ones costume. Use the red rope and cut out an arrow shape for the end. Alternatively, you could sew together two pieces of red felt with an arrow shape.

Step 4: Involve the kids and get them to find a long stick, which they can paint red to match their outfit! Cut out a template to create the fork shape and attach to the stick. Make sure it’s handled carefully as it could be sharp.

All templates to make this costume can be found here.

4.      Mummy

This mummy costume is more time consuming and slightly more skilled than the previous examples, but there’s no reason why you can’t take on the challenge this Halloween!

You will need:

  • White long johns or sweatpants
  • White long sleeved vest, t-shirt or roll neck top
  • Bandages, (2 or 3 rolls) white cotton fabric or old sheet
  • Needle and thread
  • Talcum powder (optional)
  • White makeup (optional)

Step 1: Your child should wear all white in whatever variation they feel most comfortable in, as this costume can get quite hot!

Step 2: Starting at the bottom, wind the bandages, sheet or fabric around the clothes and loosely stitch them on, making sure that there’s still enough stretch to allow your child to get dressed and undressed.

Step 3: Build up the bandages to cover all of the clothes, leaving bits hanging for effect.

Step 4: Add to the look by wrapping a few bandages around the head and whiten the face with makeup. A sprinkling of talcum powder in the hair looks great too and washes out easily!

When your child is dressed, you can add a few extra stitches (especially if you’re using torn sheets to keep the top and bottom connected underneath.

Tip: If using sheets or fabric, you can dye the material with tea to make your child’s costume stand out even more!