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12 Creative DIY Costumes for Kids This Halloween

by The Artful Parent Editorial Team
October 11, 2023
DIY costumes

This year we’re featuring a roundup of our favorite DIY Halloween costumes for kids. Along with lots of creative costume ideas, don’t miss our tutorials on how to make masks, wings & tails!

Updated September 2023

It’s almost Halloween and the whole Artful Parent team is so excited! We have lots of ideas for great Halloween decorations, fun Halloween arts & crafts for kids, and of course, creative DIY Halloween costumes for kids.

Today we are sharing some of our favorite handmade kids’ costumes, both from the Artful Parent and from some great Instagram accounts.

DIY costumes pin
Photo by Mini Mad Things

We love a good Halloween costume, especially a homemade one. It’s fun to brainstorm the perfect costume, gather materials and make a handmade kids costume–the end result always expresses so much creativity!

A fun way to get into the Halloween costume-making spirit is to host a costume-making party for kids.

If you’re stuck for a great costume idea or just like looking at other folks’ creativity as much as we do, you are going to love this roundup of our favorite DIY costumes for kids from Instagram.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Child dressed as butterfly from minimadthings
Photo by Mini Mad Things

1. Butterfly Wings from @minimadthings

These gorgeous butterfly wings from Mini Mad Things are made with recycled materials and are totally customizable!

skeleton costume
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. The Easiest Glow-in-the-Dark Skeleton Costume

This is the easiest glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume! All you need are a black shirt and pants, scissors and glow-in-the-dark tape!

Two boys wearing cardboard dinosaur costumes from Zygote_Brown
Photo by Alicia Brown

3. Dinosaur Masks from @zygote_brown

We love these amazing cardboard dinosaur masks from Alicia Brown of Zygote Brown Designs. Your dino lover will feel like a real T-Rex wearing one!

Photo by Coastal Babysitters

4. Spider Web from @coastal_babysitters

This is a perfectly spooky and very easy costume to put together. Simply wrap your child in webbing and attach as many spiders as you’d like!

Two girls with wearing brightly colored DIY paper wings
Photo by Danielle Falk

5. Paper Wings

If you need some amazing paper wings (think bird, angel or dragon) Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio wrote our post on how to make Easy DIY Paper Wings for Kids.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids– Child dressed as box of popcorn_theholleyhomemaker
Photo by Morgan Holley

6. Box of Popcorn from @theholleyhomemaker

We love this yummy costume from Morgan Holley of the Holley Homemaker. All you need to become a box of popcorn is some cardboard, a paper bowl and some crumpled up paper!

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids_Spaceship and sun_Happy Tot Shelf
Photo by Happy Tot Shelf

7. Spaceship and Sun from @happytotshelf

If you’ve got siblings who love to dress up together, this spaceship and sun pair from Fynn at Happy Tot Shelf is an easy option. All you need is cardboard and paint, and two little faces!

paper plate masks
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. DIY Paper Plate Masks

These paper plate masks are easy to make and super versatile, so they’ll go with any costume your kids might think up!

Photo by Merrilee Liddiard

9. A Swan Princess from @mer_mag

This stunning swan princess costume from Merrilee Liddiard at Mer Mag is lovely for Halloween, or anytime your child wants to dress up.

Photo by MakerMint

10. Masquerade Masks from @makermint

All you need for these magical masquerade masks from MakerMint are paint stirrers, black cardstock or paper, and some fun decorations.

cardboard masks
Photo by Danielle Falk

11. Colorful and Creative Cardboard Masks

We love these big and vibrant cardboard masks from Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio. They’re fun for Halloween or any time of year!

child in costume
Photo by Danielle Falk

12. DIY Kids Costume from Recycled Materials

If your kids aren’t sure what they want to be for Halloween, let them dig through the recycling bin and see what costume they can come up with! You’ll be amazed at the creativity!

More Halloween Fun for Kids

Want even more Halloween fun?

Check out our Halloween Creativity Pack!

This 45-page printable eBook is full of seasonal coloring pages, drawing prompts, games, and art projects.  It’s the simplest way to enjoy an October full of creativity!

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