5 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes

Halloween is nearly here, and we are now being pressured by our children to get them a cool costume but in some cases, it is nice to be able to make them a costume by hand.

It may not be what your child wants but if you can get incredibly creative you may be able to pull the perfect Halloween costume together and it saves money too if you are trying to stay on budget.

Here are a few tips on making a costume your child will love on a budget:

Witch or Wizard Halloween Costume

Making a witch or a wizard costume isn’t the hardest thing to do once you have some dark clothes which you can cut up and stitch to fit.

A wizard or witch hat is cheap, but you can also make one with cardboard by cutting out the cone shape and the surrounding hat part. Finally, stick the two together and paint them black! You can use make up for faces too without having to buy too many things. 

Halloween Cat

A black cat is one Halloween costume that is especially easy to make. All you need is some black leggings or tights, black long-sleeved t-shirt and some cat ears which you can make from black felt.

Making a cat’s tail can take some time but it isn’t impossible by using a black sock (knee-high size) and filling with cotton wool. Stitch it up at the top and stick a safety pin in so you can place it onto your child’s costume easily. With some make up you can do your child’s face and then you are good to go! 

Zombie Kid

This is the easiest one - simply pick any old clothes and let your child wreck them by adding paint or fake blood to them! Cut them to make them look messy or let your child wear an old outfit that is nice – it’s up to you.

The main thing is messing your child’s hair, using white face paint and fake blood. Some kids like to use green face paint too and add in some scars or bloody cuts. Be creative and let them decide - it's certainly easier than a lot of costumes!

Easy Ghost Costume

Simple as, by getting a white sheet and popping it over your child while adding in eye areas and places to breathe/see. You will need to put your child into a white t-shirt and bottoms so the sheet can be cut out on the arms. It may be a super simple Halloween costume, but it is perfect for kids who don’t like a fuss or ones who don’t like wearing face make up! 

It may not be what your child wants but if you can get incredibly creative, you may be able to pull the perfect costume together.

Onesie suits

Not exactly making it yourself but if your child has a onesie you can pretty much make anything around them. A blue one could be a ‘cookie monster’ or superhero and a white one could be a ghost or a black one could be transformed into a vampire suit. It’s easy enough to add make up to faces and add accessories to dress up the outfit. They'll also be nice and cosy while trick or treating.

We hope you enjoy these homemade Halloween costumes. If you create one of these looks, don't forget to tag us on Instagram! @familfriendlyhq.

Happy Halloween!


Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes is a busy mum to two girls aged 17 and 11 and is married to her childhood sweetheart.

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