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6 Unique and Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Rebecca Grabill is an award winning children's author, mama of six from infant to teen, and starts thinking Halloween November first!

Halloween is Just Around the Corner!

Picture it: I’m days from Halloween, no costume in mind. Pinterest is bringing up the same old ideas. Either too mundane (what, another princess?), or far, far too complicated (I need a jigsaw and epoxy and a double boiler and fifteen pounds of jelly beans?). I need something simple. Something fast. Something that doesn’t require a degree from ISCU (I’m So Crafty University).

I turn away from my tablet and pick up a book. The book just happens to be Halloween Good Night, a recent release from Atheneum Books, and within the pages … inspiration.

Below you’ll find instructions for six of the cutest, most unique, and best of all—easiest—DIY Halloween costumes on the internet, all designed by amazing photographer/designer, Jennifer Mazi. All you’ll need are a glue gun, a few supplies, and about sixty minutes, tops. Are you ready to have the cutest goblin on the block?

Six adorable and easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids!

Six adorable and easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids!

Help!

I'm days from Halloween, and I have NO ideas for costumes! I need something simple. Something FAST. Something that doesn't require a degree from ISCU (I'm So Crafty University)! What can I do?

Make this amazing Mummy costume for just a few dollars and in less than 30 minutes!

Make this amazing Mummy costume for just a few dollars and in less than 30 minutes!

Mummy

Materials:

  • One queen-sized white sheet (thrift store!)
  • Black, white and pink felt for the face
  • White full body suit or white shirt and leggings and white mesh fabric
  • Glue gun

Construction time: Less than 30 minutes


Instructions:

  1. Cut from felt: white eyeballs and black pupils, black eyelashes and pink circles for cheeks.
  2. Glue or sew felt face around where your child’s actual face will be, so she can see out of the full body suit. Or attach face to mesh fabric.
  3. Tear white sheet into two-inch strips.
  4. Wrap strips around torso, shoulders and thighs first to provide you anchors around which you can knot other strips for limbs.
  5. Position body suit or mesh face so your child can see clearly between strips.


CostumeWhat You NeedHow Long Will it Take

Mummy

sheet, felt (pink, white, black), full body suit, glue gun

30 Minutes

Ghost

fleece or felt, batting, felt (black, white, pink), black mesh fabric, black pants and shoes, glow-in-the-dark paint (optional)

60 Minutes

Wood Imp

10 sheets brown foam paper, twine or jute, pillow case or plain sundress, glue gun, red felt, fusible interface, tan felt, nose

45 Minutes

Goblin

green fleece, green felt, striped tights, fangs, face paint (optional), glue gun

60 Minutes

Witch

purple fleece, striped tights, purple felt, yellow ribbon, face paint (optional)

60 Minutes

Vampire

red fabric, old cereal box, wire hanger, blue shirt and shorts, red socks, black bow tie, black and white fleece, face paint (optional), fangs

60 Minutes

A few simple supplies can have your child in this one-of-a-kind ghost costume!

A few simple supplies can have your child in this one-of-a-kind ghost costume!

Ghost

Materials:

  • 3 yards of fleece or felt
  • Batting
  • Black, white and pink felt for the face
  • Black mesh fabric for mouth, which doubles as eyeholes
  • Black pants and shoes
  • Optional: Glow-in-the-dark paint

Construction time: 60 minutes


Instructions:

  1. Cut out two layers of the ghost shape, allowing for ghost head to come up about a foot higher than your child’s head. Cut out four layers of arms, two for each side.
  2. Cut white eyeballs and black pupils, black eyelashes and pink circles for cheeks out of felt.
  3. Glue or sew face to ghost. Once you can determine where your child’s eyes will be, cut out a small mouth roughly in that location. You can leave the mouth hole open, or cover with thin black mesh.
  4. Glue around the edges of the ghost layers.
  5. Cut a horizontal slit in the back of the costume roughly in line with the arm holes to allow your child to slip the costume up and over his head, placing arms into the sleeves.
  6. Optional: paint with glow-in-the dark paint for spooky nighttime fun.


Find out more about the book, Halloween Good Night!

Find out more about the book, Halloween Good Night!

About the Picture Book Halloween Good Night

Imagine Halloween night after you’ve done your trick-or-treating, sorted and catalogued your candy. You’re in bed, waiting, wondering: What are the real monsters doing right now? How do monsters celebrate Halloween? What if they’re creeping through the streets, lurching across town, on their way … to your door?

This rhythmic, rhyming counting book is full of surprises and gentle sweetness as the reader (like Max with the Wild Things!) masters her monsters and tucks her fears in to bed with a kiss and a Trick or Treat wish.

Want to see the book that inspired these unique costumes? Find your own copy of Halloween Good Night here!

From Halloween Good Night:

Drifting toward your party

while the ghouls fill their plates

are a vague mother phantom

and her ghastly ghosts eight.

"Knock, knock," whispers Mother.

"Booo!" wail the eight,

and they sail through your door

as the hour stretches late.

— From Halloween Good Night

You'll have the cutest imps on the block with this super easy DIY Halloween Wood Imp costume!

You'll have the cutest imps on the block with this super easy DIY Halloween Wood Imp costume!

Wood Imp

Materials:

  • 10 pieces of brown foam paper
  • Twine or jute
  • Pillow case or plain sundress (brown or white dyed brown)
  • Brown fabric dye (optional)
  • Hot glue
  • Pinnochio nose
  • 1⁄2 yard of red felt
  • 1⁄2 yard of medium weight fusible interface
  • 1 sheet of tan felt


Instructions:

  1. Hat: Cut out two triangular pieces from the red felt, using the measurements of your child’s head to determine size—measure all the way around your child’s head, divide the number in half, and add an inch for 1/2-inch seams. This is your triangle’s base. Make the rest as tall as you’d like!
  2. Cute out two pieces of interface a bit smaller than the hat pieces.
  3. Glue or iron (if fusible) interfacing onto the triangles before gluing the hat together. This allows the hat to stand up.
  4. Cut out pointy ear shapes from the tan felt and affix to either side of the hat.
  5. Dress: Make a pillowcase dress using hot glue or iron-on no-sew adhesive to finish the seams. Or, hit up the thrift store for a white sundress you can dye.
  6. Cut paper foam into one-inch strips, then make three cuts almost all the way to the top of each strip.
  7. Use hot glue gun to affix paper foam to the dress.
Get your goblin on with this easy, no-sew Halloween costume!

Get your goblin on with this easy, no-sew Halloween costume!

Goblin

Materials:

  • 3 yards of green fleece
  • 1 sheet of green felt
  • Black and yellow bumblebee tights
  • Vampire teeth
  • Green face paint (optional)
  • Hot glue, or no-sew iron-on adhesive

Construction time: 1 hour


Instructions:

  1. Hat: Cut out two triangular pieces of green felt, using the measurements of your child’s head to determine size.
  2. Cute out two pieces of facing a bit smaller than the hat pieces.
  3. Glue or sew facing onto the triangles before gluing or sewing the hat together. This allows the hat to stand straight up.
  4. Cut out pointy ear shapes from the tan felt and affix to either side of the hat. Tunic: Trace around child’s body onto green fleece. From there, add two inches and cut out two panels for dress.
  5. Join panels together along the sides with adhesive of choice. Turn dress so seams are on the inside.
  6. Cut jagged edges along the sleeves and hem of the dress.


This super sweet witch costume is also super EASY and uses supplies you may already have!

This super sweet witch costume is also super EASY and uses supplies you may already have!

Witch

Materials:

  • 3 yards of purple fleece (or find a purple witchy dress at a thrift store!)
  • Black and yellow bumblebee tights
  • 1 yard of purple felt or fabric
  • Yellow ribbon
  • White and pink face paint (optional)

Construction time: 60 minutes


Instructions:

  1. Hat: Cut out two triangular pieces of purple felt, using the measurements of your child’s head to determine size.
  2. Cut out two pieces of facing a bit smaller than the hat pieces.
  3. Glue or sew facing onto the triangles before gluing or sewing the hat together. This allows the hat to stand up.
  4. Cut a wide, circle brim for the hat, and sew or glue the brim in place. Finish with a yellow ribbon.
  5. Dress: Trace child’s torso onto purple fabric. Add about two inches all the way around and cut out two panels for the dress.
  6. Attach front panel to back panel with your adhesive of choice. Turn the dress so seams are on the inside.
  7. For broom, gather 20 small sticks and 1 long branch. With the long stick in the middle, wrap jute around the bunch of sticks, about two inches away from the end of the small sticks. Use hot glue to anchor the jute.
  8. Optional: Paint face white and add pink cheeks.
Forget about the "traditional" vampire look, embrace this adorable scarlet-caped ghoul for a unique Halloween costume!

Forget about the "traditional" vampire look, embrace this adorable scarlet-caped ghoul for a unique Halloween costume!

Vampire

Materials:

  • 2 yards of red fabric for cape
  • Old cereal box and wire hanger
  • Blue shirt and shorts
  • Red knee socks
  • Black bow tie
  • Black and white fleece for head piece and ears
  • White and pink face paint (optional)
  • Vampire teeth

Construction time: 60 minutes


Instructions:

  1. Cape: Cut out two rectangles of red fabric eight inches shorter than the height of your child. Trim the top to into the shape of a collar.
  2. Sew or glue around all but one edge of the cape and turn so seams are on the inside.
  3. Using your cape collar as a guide, cut the cereal box into the shape of a tall collar and slip between the two panels. Trim a wire hanger to match the length, and glue along the top of the cereal box. This allows you to shape the collar and make it stand up.
  4. Affix the cape to the top shoulder seam of the shirt, or attach around neck with the bow tie.
  5. For the head piece: Measure the circumference of your child’s head.
  6. Measure all the way around your child’s head. Divide this number by half, and add one inch for seams. Cut two half-ovals, which will be facing sides of the Vampire “hair.” The bottom, straight edge of the half-ovals should be made to your measurement. The height of the ovals should be about 5”. Allow for the ends at the front to form a deep triangle. This will be a widow’s peak.
  7. Place hat pieces together, pin around the outer curved edge and use hot glue to finish, then turn so the seams are on the inside.
  8. Cut two pointed ears out of the white felt and affix to the outside of the hat.
  9. Optional: Paint face white and add pink cheeks.

Let's Get Crafting!

But before you pick up the glue gun, remember to pick up a copy of Halloween Good Night!

Visit the author's website for FREE coloring pages, crafts, and more.

And when you try any of these costumes, be sure to tag #HalloweenGoodNight on social media. I'd love to see what you create!

© 2018 Rebecca Grabill

Comments

Rebecca Grabill (author) from Michigan on September 01, 2018:

That's one of my favorites, too! Though that witch broom is soo fun to make.

Hannah Kuykendall from North Carolina on August 31, 2018:

I love the goblin!!