Let me start by saying, Halloween is a big deal at our house when it comes to dressing up and decoration. I start researching DIY Halloween Costume Ideas months in advance and my kids usually steal the show! Now, for proof, I’m going to use some photos to show you what I’m talking about, but I think you’ll agree they’re pretty awesome!
Below are some of my favorite DIY Halloween Costume Ideas (for girls and boys) and links to instructions, as well as a few places to buy them. Many of the girl costumes involve no-sew tutus. If you’ve ever thought of making one and think it would be too hard, check out my 10 Step tutorial that will show you how. It is not difficult! I will link the 5 things you’ll need to get started right now below also.
Without further ado, let’s get to it…
DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
1. The Red Queen/Queen of Hearts (and my all-time favorite). This is a four part video series that is extremely easy to follow by Just Add a Bow. This channel is also my go-to for bows.
2. Flickering Pixie. My daughter asked me to be a fairy and a princess, so the Flickering Pixie costume was born.
This took about three days longer then I wanted it to.
I used a method similar to my Pixie Dress Tutu Tutorial and added a bustle and longer lengths in the back. You can buy similar fake flowers from Pier1 and Hobby Lobby. Simply hot glued them to the bodice.
Let’s talk about the bodice. I bought the fabric from Hobby Lobby. (Hobby Lobby’s app offers a 40% off a regular priced item everyday!). I do not remember what pattern I used, but you can easily Google childrens bodice and modify the pattern to fit your Pixie!
With the same batch of flowers I used on the bodice I hot glued flowers to sandals and use tule in a ballerina type fashion wrapped up her legs. I also used similar techniques for the headband.
The wings! I wrapped light wire from our local hardware store with remote control LED string lights (so much fun!) from Pier1 and wove it into the tule so the skirt would light up too. The same lights can be found online for for only $8.99 for 2 16.4FT Firefly Lights and a remote control with adjustable display!
I loosely followed this tutorial.
Learn to make the Light Up Pixie Wings here!
The next two were for my cousin’s daughter and they turned out cute!
TuTu DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Girls
3. Ballerina Tutu.
Looking for a dress up DIY Halloween Costume Ideas you can wear after Halloween? This one is perfect for dress up too!
I said before, Just Add a Bow is my go-to for most tutus I make. The Lace & Ribbon Tutu is no exception. I made the headband with tule and fake flowers I had.
Keep in mind, you can easily switch up colors and ribbon to compliment your taste. Ballerina costume, ballerina dress up later.
4. Fluffy Halloween Tutu with Monogrammed Onesie.
The Double Stacked Bow is simply added to the fluffy no-sew tutu tutorial linked above.
I bought a black onesie for a dollar or two from Hobby Lobby (think coupon) and cut out an “a” from fabric I had.
To make the letter pop a little I zig-zagged around the A with bright green thread.
Embarrassed as a child by a rubic cube costume my mom made out of a cardboard box, I am hyper sensitive about functionality. In short, I was not about to get on the bus or sit at my desk.
Poor planning and uncomfortable; it was cute. What’s great about this fluffy tutu is it’s super cute and easy for school, daycare or traveling in the car. The things you’ll need to start right now that I mentioned above are available in my free online Resource Library. You’ll need a password, which you can get at the bottom of this post.
DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Boys:
I do not make as many costumes for the boys it seems, but when I do I am usually pleased with the results.
5. Steve from Minecraft. All of my kids love this game! Even my husband plays this game, so when I came across the Instructables for this costume it was a no-brainer.
It was a party favorite and a one of a kind. His friends thought it was pretty awesome too.
We used his Minecraft sword we bought from the store. My daughter wore this one too.
Note: this costume will NOT travel well.
6. The Soldier. This challenged my sewing skills; it was nice to repurpose the old uniform.
Looking back, I should have taken it to my local dry cleaner for the seamstress to do. I felt like I spent too much time on it for so-so results.
He did get to wear it more then once though, so I was happy about that.
Consequently, this doubled as a career day outfit. Also a yearbook debut, which is always a nice experience.
DIY Halloween Costume Idea for a Boy or Girl
7. Chicken Little. Undecided? Try this one. It would be great for a boy or girl. This one was so much fun! I found this on Martha Stewart’s website and everyone loved it!
My younger son wanted to be a chicken, so win-win.
She actually got to wear this more then once when her school had a Child Nursery Character day.
As Chicken Little she ended up getting her picture taken with the principle and a place in the yearbook.
On another note, she insisted on riding her bike to school. I cut the rubber gloves and put them over her tennis shoes to make it easier.
The teachers talked about that for some time! I still laugh when I look at the picture.
Pressed for time and don’t have time for DIY Halloween Costume Ideas? No worries! Check out some store bought options ideas below.
Store Bought Halloween Costume Ideas
I am not opposed to non-DIY Halloween Costume Ideas. DIY anything can be tedious, and even unappreciated.
That being said, one year my daughter was a scarecrow. I liked the handmade feel of this costume and it was no hassle ;). It was absolutely adorable and similar ones can be found on Etsy here and here. We have a Boo-Bash at her school each year. Any of the costumes so far would have worked as a second or third time use. As well as relatives Halloween get togethers.
Below are a few other ideas that we have done over the years that can be found online or in stores. And if you know me, you know I love Amazon. The items below we purchased there and can be bought for boys or girls, which I always love.
The morph suit I used twice. Once as a morph and then again as a hollowgast. If you are not familiar…my kids are big fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is a fantasy movie by Tim Burton featuring creatures that eat eyeballs called hollowgasts. For the morph suits second debut, I used fabric markers and painted the mouth on. It was totally creep if you ask me; I can hand this down to his little brother. BAM, save some time and money.
UNIQUE STORE BOUGHT IDEAS
Skull Gems (pictured below)
For this one, I borrowed a pirate costume from my neighbor and painted her face after adding the gems. You can use the gems more then once (maybe for a little mermaid)!
I didn’t bring the makeup down her neck because, the costume was borrowed and I was not sure I would be able to get it off the costume. I think it turned out awesome. Even better, she loved it!
A Few Things to Keep In Mind…
I also bought the weapon pack with the Deadpool costume, which really brought it together! My youngest son still plays in this costume. Added value! If you live in a hot climate the morph costume will get hot. The mask is attached to the front of the suit body and pulled over the head to shut in the back with velcro. My son was not a huge fan. I found the Smurf costume ran a little small (check out the tail LOL)!
These are the most noteworthy Halloween Costume Ideas from the past few years. I hope the ideas have been inspirational!
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