Scrabbling around the house for last-minute Halloween costumes for your little ones?

Stop freaking out!

Here are some easy DIY ideas which don’t take weeks to make and won’t break the bank or your sanity.

Let’s start with the cute ones because, who says you have to stick to a Halloween theme when you’ve got a dimple-faced cherub to show off…

{Safety note: Please take care with any choking, strangulation, inflammatory or other hazards with both store-bought and homemade costumes.}

Follow the links for instructions and more photos, or check out my Simple DIY Baby & Toddler Costumes Pinterest board for more ideas.


Adorable Halloween Costumes


Gumball Machine


It’s hard to pick a favourite, but this one’s a winner!

If, like me, your craft boxes are spilling over with pom-poms, this little outfit is the perfect solution!

Alternatively, you can glue the pom-poms onto a t-shirt and the 25c sign can be made from thick paper or card.

“The only time-consuming part was glueing each Pom-Pom onto the hat. Even that was super easy! I like it because the Pom-poms give her head some added warmth and protection from the late October cold weather.” ~ Hannah Anderson, Costume Works



Strong man


Even though this little weight-lifter isn’t too happy here, this costume is simple, safe & super-cute!

“The moustache can also be attached to the binky or drawn on with eyeliner so it doesn’t just get ripped off.” ~ Melanie Blodgett, You Are My Fave.







If you don’t have stuffing in the house or an old cushion filler you can empty, use balled up socks. You can also use paper and double-sided sticky tape or glue for the eyes. If you have time on your side, you can attach buttons for suckers or spotty tights work just as well.

“I had absolutely everything I needed to make it. It is 100% free! Once Halloween is over, it can be disassembled and everything can be used again!” ~ Heather, A Young Wife’s Tale



Raining Cats & Dogs


What You Need:
Stuffed Animals
Hot Glue Gun (or thread if they want their stuffed animals back in one piece!)

Instructions over here on the Real Simple blog.






There are always cardboard boxes lying around – and don’t all kids just love them? If you don’t have silver paint / spray paint, you can use tin foil.

“Robots make a great costume because you can make it inexpensively with things found around your house and you there are a million different ways to embellish your costume.” ~ Sarah from Tots and Bottoms on the Hideous Dreadful Stinky blog.





This delightful design can be used as a base for all sorts of  costumes, including a pumpkin (with an orange t-shirt). If you’ve no black fabric or felt, you could always glue on paper or card.

“The costume was super easy too and mostly made with what I had around the house…..easy and cute and inexpensive…..even better!” ~ Dawn, 7 All Together





“Scary” Halloween Costumes

The great thing about classic Halloween costumes is that they’re gender neutral. So, if you do take the time to make them, you can use them for future Halloweens, dress boy or girl siblings or lend them to friends.



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Tulle is softer than net – kinder and gentle on your wee bundle’s skin. It’s relatively inexpensive, at around £2 per metre.

“Tulle has this ethereal, lighter-than-air quality that feels perfect for a costume like this. And when it flows and has jagged edges, then the costume almost looks smoke like. Almost as if the person wearing it really is floating along.” ~ Anna Hartman, In The Next 30 Days


Egyptian Mummy

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I’ve made quite a few of my kid’s Halloween costumes, including the Egyptian Mummy (above left), which both my son and daughter have worn. As they got taller, I just added on more strips of fabric onto all the hems.

What I love about this costume, is that you don’t need to be a natural with the sewing machine (though a machine is much faster).

I actually used a pair of old pale blue flannel pyjamas, which I turned inside-out (they were white inside). I’ve got quite a stockpile of fabric and happened to have tea-coloured fabric, but the tea-staining method by Di below works well too.

“The great thing about this outfit is that once you take out the safety pins, the bandages can go back into your First Aid box and the clothes worn as normal!” ~ Di Coke, Super Lucky Me.


Spider & Web


These two outfits involve no sewing at all!

For younger babies, you could use the octopus method to make the spider costume.

“I am going to go homemade every single time. It’s in my blood. I’m not sure what it is about crafting a costume that satisfies me…all I know is that it wholeheartedly does.” ~ Brandy J, Pretty Plain Janes





I’ve struggled to track down the creator of this particular Dobby costume, but you could use tan-coloured tights for the hat (and ears, if you can’t get the right shade of felt).

Then all you need is a torn sheet or pillow case – stain with tea bags overnight for proper effect.

Perfect if you, or an older sibling, is Harry Potter mad!






Do your kids keep changing their minds up until the last minute? I’ve had to enforce a two-week ban!

Well, when you’re little “devil” decides on Halloween morning s/he wants to be a skeleton, grab the templates (via Family Fun) and instructions over here by Katie on the DIY Del Ray blog.




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Oh, we LOVE zombies in our house (above right)!

If you can convince your toddler to sit still and wear face paint, zombie-baby is the only way to go!

Materials: any clothing at all which you don’t mind ruining + face paint + red paint (for the clothes).

Tip: red or maroon tights stuffed with lightweight stuffing and sewn like sausages make great zombie guts!


For more Halloween costume inspiration, check out my Pinterest boards for Family Dress-Up and the simple & easy DIY Baby & Toddler Costumes.



Have a fantastic Halloween!