8 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids


This Halloween, trade the crowded costume depots, high price tags and itchy outfits for a DIY costume that won’t break the bank and doesn’t require a ton of effort (or time!). These 8 last minute DIY Halloween costume ideas are fun, easy to make, and will give your kid the edge at a party or parade.

Don’t forget to share your Halloween costumes with us by tagging #NJMOM and @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our HALLOWEEN photo round-up.

Featured photo via @masakathryn

1. Your Favorite Coffee Cups

With nothing more than poster board, computer print-outs, and ribbon, @mama__razzi created adorable costumes that will make any adult smile when they open the door to these trick-or-treaters. Layer over a matching colored long-sleeve tee or sweater, and these easy costumes are complete.


A photo posted by Patty Bajaj (@mama__razzi) on

2. Cute Lil’ Piggies

Could it get any easier than this!? If your little one has ever taken dance lessons or played dress up, than chances are you already have a tutu, which is half of this costume. Pair with a warm, pink top and safety pin on some ears to a hood, hat, or headband – and your kids will be cute as a button this Halloween. Thanks to @spotofteadesigns for sharing!

Blogger or not, I highly suggest a mini photoshoot of your kids and their Halloween costumes before the big day. They're a lot more relaxed and not hyped about sugar catching. Took these this past weekend before a hayride and loved seeing my girls enjoying their costumes as much as I loved making them! Full tutorial and lots more cute pics on these cheap and easy DIY costumes today on the blog! . . . . . #briellenehil #haileynehil #sisters #birthdaytwins #daughters #halloween #halloweencostumes #handmade #handmadehalloweencostume #handmadecostumes #momlife #toddler #toddlerlife #toddlerfashion #pig #diy #craftymom #girlmom #mommyblogger #momof2 #pink #pumpkin #farm #spotofteadesigns #halloween2016 #njmom #shutterflyhocuspocus #shutterflyboo

A photo posted by Tara Nehil (@spotofteadesigns) on

3. Funky Witch

@sandra_laurenm discovered that one hat can turn a cool outfit into a perfect costume. “I threw this costume together with items I already had…except the hat, which I bought!” To achieve this same spooky/festive look, stick to purples, oranges, blacks, and greens, and don’t be afraid to layer!

4. Mime

This no-fuss DIY costume is perfect for toddlers and children who are always on the move! Keep the makeup simple by using waterproof eye-liner (to avoid smudging) and some blush on those pinch-able cheeks – as seen pictured by @masakathryn. As for clothing, a striped shirt is the only essential. Have fun with the rest by accessorizing with red, white, and black accents.

5. Ghosts & Mummies

Even for a mom like @aimeehortonwrites who isn’t a huge fan of Halloween, these ghost and mummy costumes were a piece of cake thanks to everyday supplies she had in her home. We all know from our own childhood that a white bed sheet with a face hole is a classic that can’t be topped. Bandages from her first-aid kit were all she needed for her little mummy. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of applying this spooky makeup – the idea is for it to look messy.

6. Rosie the Riveter

This patriotic mogul is so iconic, that this easy costume will definitely earn you some compliments. All your cutie needs is a pair of jeans, a denim shirt, and a red bandana. (Plus, who doesn’t love a little girl power?) Thanks @haleycvaca for the inspiration!

7. Grapes

This colorful, eye-catching costume is silly and fun in the best ways possible. Starting with a tight-fitting base of clothing, carefully attach the knot of each balloon to the outfit with a safety pin. Top it off with a leafy headband or hat made from felt or construction paper, and your costume will look good enough to eat!

8. Wind-Up Doll

@ros.and.co cracked the code with this simple DIY toddler costume. Pick out your little one’s cutest party dress, attach a home-made dial to the back of her dress, and ta-da! Costume complete. For an added effect, apply a tad of blush and lip gloss on your cutie for that extra dollish look.

I made Ros into a wind-up doll for Halloween! See how I did it #ontheblog. Link in bio ☺️???

A photo posted by Amy Dummermuth (@ros.and.co) on

Don’t forget to share your Halloween costumes with us by tagging #NJMOM and @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.


About Author

Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!