6 cheap and easy Halloween costumes for kids

Yes, Halloween is around the corner. If you haven’t even thought about outfits for the kids yet these quick and easy DIY Halloween costume ideas from around the web are just what you need. They won’t break the bank and are mostly made from materials you already have lying around. Plus we’ve made them even easier by adding some tips for taking shortcuts. Click on the images for more detailed instructions.

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You wanna pizza me? 

DIY Pizza costume from u-createcrafts.com

DIY Pizza costume from u-createcrafts.com

This pizza costume is made of felt but you can easily knock a cheaper version together by cutting a large packing box into a large diamond shape. Fold in half and cut along the fold to make a neck hole. Use glue to stick on coloured tissue paper to look like toppings. The kids will love helping with this one.

Simple bumblebee costume

Bumble bee costume by fiskars.com

This busy bee outfit won’t sting your wallet. All you need is a yellow t-shirt or top, some strips of black material (try cutting up an old T-shirt), some fabric glue, some fairy wings, a black plastic headband, black pipe cleaners and some yellow foam balls. Simple!

Minions outfit made simple

Minions outfit by onecreativehousewife.com

If your child already owns a yellow hoodie and some denim dungarees this Minions costume is a no brainer. Just add a pair of pound shop glasses and a tutu or paper ‘Gru’ logo for extra authenticity. Phew!

Dress like an Emoji 

Emoji costumes by hellowonderful.com

For this super-simple Emoji costume, grab a large piece of cardboard from a packing box or similar. Draw and cut out a large circle. Paint it yellow and then draw your favourite emoji features on top. Fix some string on both sides to the top using a hole punch so that it can be worn around the neck. Easy!

Scarecrow costume

Scarecrow outfit from wherethesmileshavebeen.com

A plaid shirt, wellies, straw hat and a pair of jeans or dungarees are all you need for this Scarecrow outfit. Oh and a bag of straw which shouldn’t be a problem if you have pet rabbits. 

Bubble bath costume

Bubble bath outfit by gigglesgalore.net

This cute bubble bath outfit couldn’t be simpler. Dress your child in a white or blue t-shirt and leggings. Inflate a bunch of white and blue balloons and fix them to your child’s clothes in clusters using double-sided tape. Add a rubber duck or other bath toy for extra points.


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About Ronita Dutta

Former BritMums Brilliance in Blogging judge and award-winning freelance journalist with over 20 years experience producing engaging content for clients including BBC Studios, The Independent and Penguin. She’s written on a diverse range of subjects from health and beauty to parenting, education, psychology and even the weather. Daughter of Bengali immigrants, Ronita was born and bred in London where she and her son can often be found building endless Lego creations.