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It’s that time of year again - when youngsters can’t wait to dress up and go out Trick or Treating. Or perhaps they have a Halloween disco to attend, with lots of spooky fun.
Either way, we’ve come up with some DIY Halloween costume ideas for kids, to save your wallet from getting a fright. With lots of fancy dress ideas for kids online, it’s easy to get some inspiration to help your child stand out from the crowd.
And many of these costumes can be made from items found around the house. Here are just a few of our favourites.
What kid doesn’t love LEGO? And it’s so easy to make a LEGO-themed costume with just some cardboard boxes, paper plates and paint.
This outfit was made by one clever dad, who told Costume Works he transformed his four-year-old son by spray painting a couple of boxes, attaching paper plates for the bumps, and cutting out a hole for the mouth.
Who said homemade children’s Halloween costumes couldn’t look professional?
Hip hop sweet rapper
This is one of many easy costume ideas for older kids, who still enjoy Trick or Treating, but want to look cool.
It can be achieved with a handful of colourful sweets, sewn to the bottom of a plain black or white T-shirt. Then accessorise with glasses or sunglasses, a cool baseball cap or trilby hat and some costume jewellery.
A dollar sign medallion can be purchased for a couple of pounds from discount stores or online. Otherwise make your own dollar sign out of cardboard, covered with shiny gold or silver paper, and attach it to a chunky necklace from mum’s jewellery box.
Check out the DIY Network for a step-by-step guide.
Top of the list of easy to make Halloween costumes for kids, a black cat outfit can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it.
Black clothing is required, of course, and face paint to make the black nose and whiskers.
Then simply make cardboard ears to attach to a black headband, and attach a tail fashioned from black tights stuffed with cotton wool.
It really couldn’t be simpler.
If you’re a little more crafty, use felt to make the ears, and black netting to make a tutu for a little girl. You might even want to get some black fur to line the costume.
And there are some great tips for more elaborate cat face paints on Pinterest here.
As this one can be a little restrictive, it’s probably better for older children. You also need to make sure not to wrap your child so tight that it makes going to the bathroom difficult.
But this is one of the easiest fancy dress ideas for kids, which simply requires white leggings/long johns and a vest to form the base layer.
After that, wrap them in bandages, neatly at first, but then allow for a few straggly ends to hang down.
Some spooky face paint will complete the ensemble.
Spider girl (or boy)
Another quick and simple solution to finding last-minute easy costume ideas.
Again this involves having a lot of black clothing around the house. The costume is suitable for all, and can be as simply made or as crafty as you want.
Socks or tights, stuffed with paper or cotton wool can make the legs, and thread can be used to make them hang from the child’s arms.
A black hat can be worn, with googly eyes sewn on, for extra fun.
Check out this online tutorial for instructions.