Fa-BOO-lous costume ideas straight from your child's imagination. Either spring for the "treat" costumes, go for the affordable "trick" option, or whip up a quick DIY costume with our tips and ideas.
DIY: Borrow a suit jacket from brother or find one at a thrift store and coordinate it with a skirt and boots. Wrap a hoola hoop with ribbon and secure every 5” with hot glue. Add Grandpa’s top hat for the finishing touch.
Lil' Lion Elite Collection ($36; amazon.com)
DIY: Draw claws with a sharpie on mittens that coordinate with a solid colored pajama set. For the mane, cut ribbon in 4” strips and hot glue ends (to make loops) to a brown beanie. Cover the beanie completely with ribbon loops.
DIY: Borrow a dance unitard or find one at a thrift store. Pair it with striped tights. Draw on a mustache with eyeliner. Wrap dad’s black belt around the waist. Buy an inexpensive black pair of black gloves at Target or Walmart and cut off the fingers.
- Use acrylic paint to draw a red star on two 12-inch Styrofoam balls ($21 each; shapeinnovation.com). Paint the rest of the balls silver and let dry. With finger, smear glue over the star and generously sprinkle red glitter on it. Once dry, shake the excess glitter off.
- Wrap a 30 inch long and 1 inch in diameter pvc pipe (from hardware store) with black ribbon. Hot glue ribbon to pipe every 2 inches.
- Stick one end of the pipe into each of the balls and generously hot glue the pipe in place.
DIY: Place a tutu around the neck so it hangs over the shoulders. Pair it with leggings and clown wig, red nose and funky shoes.
DIY: Pair a stripe tank with two bold-colored layered tutus over bright tights. For an extra touch, hot-glue feathers onto a cloth headband.
DIY: Buy an inexpensive kimono for your local Asian market. Pair with matching tights or leggings and kimono wig (Kimono Wig Child, $16; amazon.com).
Stealth Ninja costume ($23; amazon.com)
DIY: Dress in a black shorts and shirt, donned with an Asian design, made from felt shapes and hot glue to a shirt. With a black Sharpie, draw a crisscross pattern with three of sister’s white knee-high socks. Pull one pair up to the knees. With the third sock, cut off the foot part and make a thumbhole. Pull two gray wrist sweatbands over the elbows. The sweatband will help hold the sock on the arm in place. Complete the costume with a pair of black boots or sneakers.
Heroes versus villians
Wonder Woman costume ($25; partycity.com)
Wear dark clothing and a mask ($7; powercapes.com). Draw a dollar sign on a pillowcase and use it as your trick-or-treat bag.
Little Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood costume ($18; halloweencostumes4u.com)
DIY: Match a white shirt with a checkered skirt, red argyle socks and a red scarf.
Big Bag Wolf
Wolf costume ($59; potterybarnkids.com)
DIY: Cut out eyes, nose and ears out of felt and hot-glue to the hood of a gray jacket. For added decoration, hot-glue a button on top of the felt for the eyes. Hot-glue 3 claws cut out of felt and hot glue onto the jacket’s cuffs. For the tail, hot-glue or sew a 1’ brown boa onto the bottom back of the jacket. Add pants, shirt and shoes from your closet.
Wear green pajamas and Party King crown ($10; partycity.com)
DIY: Pair a black party dress (preferably with sequins), with striped tights or socks Decorate a basic witch hat by hot-gluing a sequined trim (found at fabric stores) around it.
Faux-leather jacket ($30; H&M stores), Faded Glory cargo pants ($9; walmart.com), classic T-shirt ($7; oldnavy.com), Midnight Nasone Mask ($13; purecostumes.com), Deluxe feather wings ($15; amazon.com), witch nails ($1; partycity.com), Expressions Questa boots ($25; sears.com)
DIY: Pull a pair of dark pants, gray shirt and black jacket from your closet or thrift store. Cut wings out of a poster board or foam board and glue on black feathers. Place the wings to child. Where the shoulders are, punch two holes about 6” apart from each other vertically. String elastic through for the arms to go through. Securely knot the elastic in the back of the board.
DIY: Dress in a black leotard and black skirt. Wrap a black boa around a large black pipe cleaner (both found at craft stores) and wrap it around waist. Draw whiskers with eyeliner. Hot-glue black triangles on a cloth headband for the ears. Pair with white tights and black shoes.
Gossamer Ghost costume ($29; halloweenexpress.com)
DIY: Dress in a long all-white dress and then create a cape out of two layers of white iridescent tulle (found at fabric stores).
Swan Lake Princess costume ($28; amazon.com)
DIY: Hot-glue white feathers onto a white tutu and mix it with a white leotard with ballerina slippers. Cut wings out of a poster board or foam board and glue on white feathers. Place the wings to child. Where the shoulders are, punch two holes about 6” apart from each other vertically. String elastic through for the arms to go through. Securely knot the elastic in the back of the board.
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