Not all of us are extremely crafty when it comes to Halloween costumes. I certainly am not, but I also don’t want to grab a stock costume from WalMart or another big-box store and call it a day. I like Halloween costumes that are unique and homemade, but a cinch to put together. Is that too much to ask?
Some of my favourite memories of being young are the costumes my mom put together for me. None of them were super elaborate, but they were cute and she found just the right pieces to pull them together. I browsed around the internet and found some simple yet adorable costumes you can put together in a flash. Perfect for those of us who can barely keep up with our schedules without attempting to fashion intricate hand-made costumes for our kids!
Every child needs to be a ghost at some point during their trick-or-treating years, but the standard eye-holes-in-a-white-sheet ghost costume might be wearing a little thin. This version from Parenting only requires a few materials (nothing you can’t find at your local fabric/craft store) that can be glued together. No sewing!
This is another super-easy costume to throw together if you’re short on time. The Celebration Shoppe gives you easy step-by-step instructions on how to create this mummy costume using a white t-shirt, white pants, strips of fabric and tacky glue. If you want to add a little bit more oomph to the costume, add some brown/grey make-up under your child’s eyes and underneath their cheekbones to create hollow looking eyes and cheeks. Easy!
This costume from Real Simple is great for using up clothing items you probably already have in your little boy or girl’s drawer. A pair of khaki shorts, a vest, a straw hat, easy binoculars made from toilet paper rolls and a stuffed animal is all you need to create a cute safari guide costume for your child.
Wings are a must-have item to have in your arsenal for last-minute costume ideas. They are incredibly versatile and fairly inexpensive (I found a good selection of wings at our local Dollar Store!), and they’re easy to pair with any old clothing items lurking in your children’s closet. Tatum was a fairy when she was one and a half, and we used purple fairy wings paired with a tutu she had in her drawer and a purple shirt. Instant fairy! You could also use them for butterfly wings, fairy wings, pixie wings..whatever your little one can dream up.
These easy DIY Halloween Onesies from Rachel Low of Pins & Needles are perfect for baby’s first Halloween. Who wants to put their infant into a scratchy, fussy or uncomfortable costume when you can easily whip up these comfortable onesies? The only materials you need for this quick costume is a onesie, some felt, thread and pins or a sewing machine (or, if you’re like me, fabric glue! It works just as well), and a template (templates are listed on the link). In just a few minutes you’ll have an adorable handmade costume perfect for your new baby.
Do you get crafty and make your own Halloween costumes? What are some creative costumes you’ve made for your kids?