Whether you’re the type who counts down the days until Halloween or the sort who rushes out to buy candy an hour before sundown, it’s never too early to start planning the costumes. These creative ideas for kids’ costumes (and a few for the whole family) will inspire you to DIY it this year. And, don’t worry if you can’t sew, with 75 different kid-friendly costumes, we have something for every skill level!
Create a sassy cat with this simple tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. No time to sew a leopard leggings and top? Find a feline inspired PJ set and add the furry trim.
Start a new journey with this simple Wonder Woman inspired costume. Thanks to The Mom Creative for this sweet take on a powerful classic.
Frida Kahlo’s instantly recognizable brow elevates this costume from “simple señora” to “high-brow artist.” Add a floral headpiece and a colorful Mexican dress to complete the look. Oh Happy Day has quick instructions for three different celebrity artist costumes.
DIY crafter and mommy Grosgrain was able to find the materials for this adorable sock monkey costume from their local thirft store! After following a pajama sewing turotial, you’re all set to snuggle.
For those with crochet skills, Repeat Crafter Me has a three minute tutorial on how to create your kid’s own Where’s Waldo knit cap. Pair it with Waldo’s signature striped shirt and frames and your outfit has the perfect mix of DIY and storebought.
Possibly the most in demand costume of the year, recreating Elsa’s long train and sparkling gown is easier than you think. Scenes From the Wild shares an easy solution so you can skip the Halloween store.
Wind Up Doll
If your kid is really committed to the character, they will robot-walk up and down the street for extra effect. And believe it or not, the key is not difficult to make; just a toilet paper roll and some cardboard for an excellent costume. Hart and Sew shows you how.
If this isn’t the most adorable DIY costume idea then we don’t know what is. Dress up the little one as the lovable Carl from Disney’s Up following this idea from Auburn Soul Photography.
Challenge: create a memorable Halloween costume for your newborn while running on zero sleep. Solution: this easy Mummy Munchkin costume from eighteen25. Needing only four items total, this easy Halloween costume can be thrown together before Junior wakes up from his nap.
Have some old specks lying around? Punch out the glass and grab your kid’s Sunday best button-up. With a few more accessories, you’ve transformed a white shirt and jeans into a smart Halloween costume. Bonus points if you add a graph paper button down. Follow the instructions at Martha Stewart.
Don’t let this Viking fool you, a quick visit to the craft store and sourcing items from home is all you need for your kid’s Viking gear. The source of the Viking “fur” may surprise you. Thanks to I Am Momma Hear Me Roar for this easy Halloween costume.
Needle and Thread
This needle and thread outfit is a simple and unexpected Halloween costume for girls. Thanks to Marker Mama and C.R.A.F.T. for creating this tutorial using common household items.
One Man Band
Make some noise by reusing all those empty jars and containers to create a One Man Band costume. Created by Coterie, this simple Halloween costume brings out your kid’s inner music maker.
Have a Hunger Games fan in the family? Create a bow and arrow set paired with dark clothing and you’ve got your own Katniss Everdeen. Thanks to Midwestern Girl for the inspiration!
Bring back memories of Raggedy Ann dolls with this cute Halloween costume. Look for dresses and accessories at your local thrift shop and follow Midwestern Girl’s instructions on A Beautiful Mess for the red yarn wig. Have a boy? Turn it into a Raggedy Andy!
After following the simple Yoda hat tutorial and grabbing a brown robe and light saber, your kid is all set! Thanks to The Nesting Spot for the inspiration–check out her full Star Wars family!
Vector (Despicable Me)
Everyone knows the iconic Minions from Despicable Me, but what about the movies other lovable characters? Small Fry Blog shares where to purchase each piece for this easy Halloween costume.
Turn the sea’s deadliest predator into a lovable creature with this DIY shark costume. After following the pattern shared by Create.Craft.Love., your little one is ready to prey upon some helpless Swedish Fish.
Nothing beats a witch on Halloween. Instead of going the all black route, follow Sew Country Chick’s guide to a colorful, seasonal dress.
Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Look no further than Mad in Crafts’ quick spider outfit. After grabbing a black hoodie and knee socks, you’re halfway to a creepy crawly costume.
No time for a full blown costume? Grab this easy bat mask and leave the rest up to the kids! Thanks to Living With Punks for this simple bat mask template.
Get in the Halloween spirit without disrupting naptime with this easy popcorn costume for newborns. Decorate the baby carrier and slip it on when you’re ready to head out. Thanks to This Place Is Now a Home for the creative costume!
No sewing skills? Don’t fret! Follow Twin Dragonfly Designs’ quick tutorial on how to turn an everyday hoodie into a unicorn costume in just under an hour.
Take trick or treat literally and dress your newborn as your favorite candy bar. Purchase some felt at your local craft store and piece the design on a onesie. Thanks For This Child I Prayed for the sweet costume.
Let’s get physical! This 80s aerobics inspired costume can work for kids of all ages, just find pastel shorts and tops. Don’t forget the leggings! Thanks to Homemade by Jill for this easy Halloween costume.
Fantastic Mr. and Mrs. Fox
This charming costume is perfect for a brother-sister duo. Even without the dress and suit, Skirt As Top’s felt fox masks make for a great quick Halloween group outfit.
Create a family of dinosaurs with this DIY tail tutorial. Kick it up a notch by dressing them in colorful hoodies and gloves with claws. Thanks Running With Scissors for this great costume idea!
Sad to see Spring go? Bring it back with this easy flower pot costume. Clumsy Crafter created a splendid costume with just four materials and in less than 10 minutes!
A skeleton is an easy Halloween idea, but we’ve found a new way to make it even easier. Using strips of white duct tape and black clothes, And We Play went the minimalist route to this classic costume.
For the epicurean in the family, create this easy DIY chef’s hat to pair with comfortable clothes. Thanks to Andrea’s Notebook for the quick tutorial. Bon appetite!
Upside Down Man
This unique Halloween costume requires zero trips to the craft store, gluing, or sewing. Instead, Sugar Bee Crafts did some creative safety pinning to create a mind boggling get-up.
Bring your whole family back to the Paleolithic era with just a few yards of faux fur and makeup for “dirt.” Thanks to Sew Much Ado for this quick Halloween costume the whole family can enjoy.
Happy trees, happy clouds, happy Halloween! Grab a curly wig and some denim and you’ve got yourself a mini Bob Ross. Hats off to Katherine Marie for this dose of nostalgia.
After sewing Princess Leia’s belt, snap it on over a white dress and you’re ready to protect the galaxy. Create her signature side buns with her own hair or using yarn. Thanks to Craftiness is Not Optional for the great tutorial!
Using strong broom bristles as the top of a paint brush, the rest of this costume can be assembled using cardboard and paint. Dukes & Duchesses created this artistic Halloween costume for less than $5!
For fans of the Animal Planet show Gator Boys, this alligator rescue costume only needs some fabric paint and cardboard. We think you can take it one step further and dress them as the original gator man: Steve Irwin. Thanks A Night Owl for this ferocious costume.
This costume inspiration goes for any college football fans looking to rep their team. Find or re-create your favorite coach’s game day attire. Don’t forget the accessories like headsets, clipboards, and whistle! We found this adorable example on Kegs ‘n Eggs.
Be the sleekest costume in the room with this iPhone recreation. You can customize the homescreen anyway you like! This fun iPhone costume came from Inhabitots.
Quite possibly the most popular cell phone game ever created is also a colourful costume for the kids. Mix and match colors to create your favorite bird like I Can Teach My Child did!
LEGOs will forever be popular and forever be making parents feet hurt. But you won’t stub your toe on these killer costumes! Find detailed instructions at WikiHow.
Despicable Me Minions
The adorable, strange talking minions were a hit among adults and kids alike. Surprisingly, the costume does not take very many materials to make; it’s likely you already have them all! See what you need to get started at Lisa Plus Three.
Other than black pants and a yellow t-shirt, all you need is a fabric marker to re-create one of the most beloved cartoon characters in print and television. The Sewing Rabbit shows you how on her blog.
White Wolf Pup
Celebrate the arrival of winter with this cozy white wolf costume. By taking an exisiting hoodie and tracing the outline, you’ll have a custom Halloween costume in no time! This idea comes courtesy of Rust & Sunshine.
Back to the Future DeLorean
Great Scott! Skip the clothes and outfit your kid’s stroller or wagon as a DeLorean from Back to the Future. 1.21 gigawatts not needed. Hi Consumption has all the details to make this costume.
This DIY tutu and wings takes only a couple hours to create and your ladybug is set for the evening! Thanks to Blooms n Bugs for providing this easy tutorial.
Make It & Love It’s grandma Halloween costume is based off Little Red Riding Hood, but we think by switching up a few accessories you could play any of your favorite older characters.
With every little girl wanting a Elsa costume, bring the boys of the family in on the Frozen fun with this tutorial from Mom Endeavours.
Even if you haven’t read the book by Marcus Pfister, this Rainbow Fish outfit only requires you to sew felt “scales” onto an old shirt. Let your kid pick out their favorite colors to create their own rainbow. The bright idea for this costume is courtesy of Here Come the Girls.
Easily assembled with items you already have, this strong man costume is going to “pump you up.” Stuff the arms of a sweat suit to create muscles and add an oversize ‘stache for good looks. Thanks to Amanda White who shared this neat costume idea on Tip Junkie.
Alice in Wonderland
Which cookie did you eat? Reinact the famous scene from Alice in Wonderland when Alice grows out of the White Rabbit’s house by painting a cardboard box to fit around your daughter. Misha Lulu brought this classic tale to life in costume form.
Three Armed Baby
This costume is so simple many trick or treaters may not even notice the addition! Get the neighborhood to do a double take with this clever onesie modification from Instructables.
Have a daughter that’s “too old” and “too cool” for Halloween? Get her in the spooky spirit with this easy spider hairdo from Simple As That.
Little Red Riding Hood
A red hood, a blue dress, and a cute braid and voila! You’re on your way to grandmother’s house with this costume from Blog A La Cart.
This easy take on a black cat costume just needs some fake fur and wire hangers. Thanks Do It Yourself Divas for the smart solution to ears without a headband!
Dairy of a Wimpy Kid
Get the whole family involved around a favorite book series. This simple idea from Living Locurto only needs some construction paper and marker.
Make a scrumptious costume with this no sew donut tutorial from Atkinson Drive. Attach it to a comfy shirt or onsies and you’re all set!
Have nostalgia knock at everyone’s door with a beloved toy soldier costume. Thanks to Wild Ink Press for this incredible DIY tutorial on how to turn your little one into a little fighter.
Need some change for the gumball machine? You won’t need much more to create one yourself. Follow Inchmark’s directions to create this sweet Halloween costume.
Oscar the Grouch
This Oscar the Grouch from Little Frills is too cute to be mean. Dress your kid as one of Sesame Street’s beloved meanies and you won’t get a “Scram!” while trick-or-treating.
After creating the quick DIY beard and axe, gather flannel around the house. Thanks Make It & Love It for another simple Halloween costume.
Take your kid’s favorite colors to create colorful bird wings to use all year around! Thanks Pretty Prudent for the tutorial and original idea.
More of a Christmas fan? Get a jump start on the holiday by creating a Nutcracker mask to carry around town with these mask ideas from Llevo el invierno.
Duct tape is an amazing thing. 100 Directions takes the home improvement standby and crafts a futuristic space costume. Follow her tutorial to see the other inexpensive materials.
This no-sew Halloween costume is easy enough to make for the whole family. Dress up at your favorite Care Bear with some common craft materials and the simple instructions from See Vanessa Craft.
Tick tock, tick tock. Make sure you’re on time to trick or treat with this Cuckoo Clock costume. See how Play Dr. Mom personalized it with pink duct tape and feathers.
Fans of this Cartoon Network show will appreciate the inspiration from MayDae. After using thrift store finds, repurposing old fabric, and painting carboard, your crew is all set!
Sam I Am
While green eggs and ham are still up for discussion, this darling Sam I Am costume is perfect for any Dr. Seuss fanatic. Thanks MADE for the easy costume!
This octopus costume is too cute for words! See how Taylor Made created a clever “leg belt” to attach using only shirts scraps and felt.
What could be sweeter than a fury hedgehog costume? See how Alida Made sewed together a full hoodie.
What’s that smell? Bring the sweetness and leave the stink with this simple DIY skunk costume from Taylor Made.
Create a long Rapunzel wig using yarn and dress up in your favorite princess dress. Thanks for The Weekend Homemaker for this easy princess costume.
No singing abilities required for this creative Barbershop Quartet costume. Thanks Cakies for the idea!
Skip the store and make your own cowboy vest and chaps this Halloween. Follow House of Noise’s sewing tutorial and you’re ready for a night on the range.
This smart leggings tutorial from Mommy Testers creates a beautiful mermaid tail without restricting your kid’s walking. Pair with a swim suit top and sea shells!
This easy helmet tutorial from All for the Boy uses cardboard to create a fierce warrior helmet. Grab some shoulder pads or football gear for additional “armor” and go fight the bad guys!
Get in the Spirit
How do you express your Halloween spirit? Whether you like scary, silly or sweet, creating your own costume is a fun way to get into the spirit of the holiday. If these costumes inspired you, be sure to take a photo and share your creations with us via Facebook or Twitter!