9 DIY Kid Halloween Costumes

By Ashley Paskill on October 17, 2021

Halloween is a few short weeks away, and costumes can be expensive — even kids’ costumes. To help lower the cost, consider choosing a DIY costume that you can make either with stuff you already have at home or that you can make while you spend minimal money to make the costume yourself. This will help reduce the costs, especially if you have multiple kids.

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Scarlet Witch of the Avengers

Superhero costumes are super popular, especially since there are new superhero movies coming out frequently. In order to make the Scarlet Witch for your child, you just need a black dress, leather jacket, black boots, black knee-high socks, necklaces, and black fingerless gloves. You can always substitute things you do not have with things you do have. If your child does not have fingerless gloves, you can put black construction paper around their forearm to get the gauntlets.


A pirate costume does not have to be as elaborate as is done in the movies. All your child needs are a white shirt, a vest or cardigan, and a belt to go over the shirt and vest/cardigan. For the bottoms, choose either black pants, leggings, or a skirt. You can accessorize with a red bandana or scarf, jewelry, rings, and an eyepatch. You can even use a finished cardboard paper towel roll as a telescope!


Minions have gained popularity from the Minions movies and the Despicable Me movies. All you need for your child is a yellow shirt, overalls, black glasses, and glasses or goggles. This is a great idea for dressing up as a family as it is simple and inexpensive. One of your family members or the kid’s friends can even decide to be Gru.


Dressing up as a cowboy or a cowgirl can seem expensive, but using things out of your kid’s closet can make things easy and inexpensive. If your child has a flannel shirt, a pair of jeans, and brown boots, they can go as a basic cowboy or cowgirl. To spice it up a bit, you may even want to include a vest, a bandana, and a cowboy hat.

Athlete or Fitness Aficionado

If your child has a favorite team or even plays a sport, they can dress up as an athlete. This is especially inexpensive if you already have things like a jersey, athletic pants, and sneakers. Keep in mind that your child may not want to carry something like a lacrosse stick or a ball when they are trick or treating, so make sure you can tell the kid is an athlete without these extra accessories.

Your child may even decide to be a general fitness aficionado by wearing workout clothes. This can include wearing yoga outfits or jogging clothes that your child has. You may even decide to help your child accessorize with a headband and wristbands.

Where’s Waldo

Where’s Waldo is a cultural icon that remains popular today. All your kid needs are a red and white striped shirt and blue jeans. You may choose to accessorize by adding glasses or goggles and a red and white hat. Additional things to add on can include camping gear, a snorkel, or a camera. Your child may even decide to carry around a Where’s Waldo book.

Haunted House

It is likely that you have a spare cardboard box somewhere in your house. Use paint and construction paper to turn it into a haunted house that your child can wear. Cut two sides of the box into the shape of a house and use string to connect the sides for the front and back. Decorate the outside of the house with bats, pumpkins, and ghosts. Have your child wear black pants and a black shirt and they are all set.

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter’s iconic World War II look can be obtained with a denim shirt and jeans. Accessorize with a red polka dot bandana or headscarf.  It is simple, and it is likely that you already have these items in your child’s closet. If not, buying these things separately will be relatively inexpensive, especially compared to buying a whole costume set.


For a mime, your child just needs a black and white striped shirt and black pants. You can paint their face white and even have them wear white gloves. If you have one available, your child may even wear a beret to accessorize even further.

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General tips

Consider going to a thrift store for the basic things that go into the costumes in order to save money. Be creative with the costumes, and be flexible that things may not turn out exactly how you or your child imagined. Do not be afraid to be creative and get a bit crafty. These costumes should be fun and help you not spend a ton of money.

Halloween is a fun time for kids, and this can be possible without breaking your bank and spending tons of money.

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