5 Cheap and Easy to Make Ideas for Kids Halloween Costumes

Jill Holtz

October 17, 2021

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it is time to think of fun Halloween costume ideas for kids! Not everyone can afford to buy brand new costumes, and when I was a child, we made our own costumes every year! Here are five cheap and easy to make ideas for kids halloween costumes, the perfect way to celebrate the spookiest night of the year and stay within budget too.

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Enjoy creating one of these easy ideas for kids Halloween costumes, having a great time with your kids. These are the moments that memories are made of, and it’s a great way to create something budget-friendly and utterly unique!

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Easy Ideas for Kids Halloween Costumes

#1. An Artist

easy ideas for kids Halloween costumes

This is one of the easiest and the cheapest Halloween costume ideas ever. All you need is

  • an oversized white t-shirt or classic navy and white stripe
  • dark trousers, leggings or dungarees
  • a beret
  • a bandana tied at the neck
  • an artist’s palette. If you don’t have a palette – then just use a simple cardboard box lid cut in the shape of a palette, with a few colourful spots painted on it.

For the finishing touch, add a small black moustache on your child’s face!

#2. A Cat

One of our favourite ideas for kids Halloween costumes is a classic cat – we used this idea two years in a row as it was so easy to create!

All you need for this costume is:

  • black clothing – black trousers or leggings and a black hoodie
  • a pair of black socks or tights
  • black paint
  • some cardboard or a box
  • black face paint


  1. Paint cardboard or part of the box with black paint. After it dries cut out two triangles which will make the cat’s ears. Attach the ears to the top of the hood, either with small pieces of duct tape or with hot glue. If you don’t have a hoody you can use a black hairband and glue or tape the ears on.
  2. For the tail, stuff a black sock or leg of a pair of black tights with cotton wool or stuffing.
  3. With the black face paint, draw some whiskers on your child’s face, and hey presto, you have a little black cat!

#3. A Mummy

A Halloween Mummy is a super easy costume idea for a child. You can use toilet paper, bandages or we like this tutorial video which uses white material torn into strips and tea bags to make the very convincing yet cute mummy costume.

#4. LEGO

LEGO Halloween costume Lovely Indeed

Image: Lovely Indeed

A cardboard box, some paint, and a few cups are all you need to transform your little bundle of joy into a LEGO brick for Halloween like this one from Lovely Indeed. And it works for many different ages too!

Not only is it an inexpensive costume, but kids (especially LEGO fans) love to wear it because it is colourful and fun as well.

You could make one for everyone in the family going trick or treating and be a family of LEGO!

#5. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Easy homemade Halloween costumes

Image: Rae Gun Ramblings

This costume needs a little more effort, but it’s so cute that it is worth it!

You will need:

  • red or red-checked clothing or fabric
  • thick white wool and scissors
  • styrofoam balls
  • red and brown acrylic paint
  • glue
  • a small lightweight pot or chef’s hat
  • some elastic or string


  1. Cut a hole for the head in the centre of the tablecloth or fabric square so it can be worn like a poncho.
  2. Cut the wool into spaghetti length pieces and glue them onto the paper plate in bunches and swirls like spaghetti.
  3. Paint the Styrofoam balls (e.g. 8 of them) with brown acrylic paint so they look like meatballs. When they are dry, glue some balls to the top of your spaghetti on the plate.
  4. Mix some brown and red paint for the “tomato sauce”, drip it over meatballs & spaghetti and smear a little on the side of the pot.
  5. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth.
  6. Glue remaining meatballs randomly to the tablecloth.
  7. Glue some strands of the wool to the pot “hat” and tie the pot under the chin if needed to keep it on your child’s head.

This version from Simple Simon and Company over at Rae Gun Ramblings is super cute!

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