4 Last Minute, Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids.

Once summer has ended, Halloween seems to sneak up on us. With work, school, and other commitments it can be hard to keep track of approaching holidays. Suddenly, your child arrives home with a leaflet announcing their school Halloween party and it dawns on you that you have nothing prepared!

Don’t panic, you won’t have to break the bank on costumes from a shop. There are plenty of costume ideas hanging around your house that will only require minimal expenditure to complete!

Here are our favourite 4 Last Minute, Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids:

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1. Where’s Wally?

Got a striped top hanging around? You’ve got yourself a Where’s Wally costume! Add jeans, a bobble hat and some black glasses and you are good to go! If you don’t have or can’t find thick black rimmed glasses a la Wally, use face paint and draw them directly onto your child’s face.

2. Rubik’s Cube

For this you will need:

  • A cardboard box

  • Red, blue, white, green, yellow and orange poster paint (pick 4 as two sides of the cube will be missing for your child to fit their head, and legs through).

  • A black marker

  • Material (for straps)

  • Fabric Glue

Start by removing the top and bottom sides of the cardboard box.

Paint the 4 sides of the box in the above colours.

Divide up the 4 remaining sides into 3x3 squares using a black marker to outline the squares.

Cut material (we recommend black) into 2 strips and stick each end of the strips to the inside of the box using fabric glue.

Voilà! You’ve got a yourself a unique homemade costume!

Bonus Tip: Paint the inside of the cardboard box black and dress your child in black to give a better illusion and make the colours really pop!

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3. Zombie

Got some old clothes that you don’t mind ripping up and getting a bit dirty? You’ve got a great zombie costume!

Start by taking some old clothes your child no longer wears and rip some holes at random intervals throughout. Take a scissors and create jagged ends on jeans or long sleeve tops. If you’re feeling extra Halloween-y, take some soil or dirt from outdoors and rub it into the clothes to give a “zombie that’s just been dug up” vibe!

Paint your child’s face green using face paints, outline their eyes with any black eyeliner you may lying around, and use fake blood or a red lipstick to give the finishing touches to your little zombie!

Bonus Tip: Peel-off face masks give a great illusion of peeling skin! Always do a patch test and only use a small amount on your child. Apply, leave to set and then peel to create the look!

4. Dinosaur

For this you will need:

  • A hat and t-shirt

  • Coloured cardboard

  • A scissors

  • Fabric Glue

Take a hat and t-shirt that you don’t mind turning into a costume (preferably in a matching colour).

Cut your coloured cardboard into triangles in various sizes.

Starting with the smallest triangles at the top and becoming larger towards the bottom.

Apply the cardboard to the top of the hat, and the back of the t-shirt.

Ta-da! An easy dinosaur costume that won’t break the bank!


Bonus Tip: Use a particularly long t-shirt so that you can have scales covering most of your child’s back. Attach a long sheet of paper to the end of the t-shirt and add scales to this as above to create a tail.

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