DIY Your Kid’s Halloween Costumes with Five Items or Less

As a spooky season lover and a major craft enthusiast, I love creating our family’s Halloween costumes. But making a costume from scratch can seem a little daunting if your idea of Halloween DIY is cutting eyes in a bedsheet to make a ghost costume.

Here are four costume ideas that you can put together with five items or less.

Dice (or if you’ve got two kids, a pair of dice!)

Dice Halloween CostumeThe credit for this one actually goes to my mom. It was one of my most memorable costumes as a kid!

What you need: A box (just use the one from your latest Amazon Prime purchase), black and white paint, fuzzy dice

How to do it: Cut two arm holes in the sides of the box. Paint the entire box white, and after it’s dried, add the black dots to make it look like a dice. Slip the box on over black and white clothes. Top the whole thing off by affixing the fuzzy dice to a ponytail or a headband.

Raining Cats & Dogs

Finally, a good use for all those stuffed animals you have around the house!

What you need: An umbrella, small dog and cat stuffed animals, twine/string, raincoat and rain boots

How to do it: Tie a 1-2 foot piece of string or twine to each animal. Open the umbrella, and then tie the other end of the strings around the frame of the umbrella. Have your kids wear their rain gear, and then carry the umbrella to complete the look.

Parrot / Exotic Bird

Halloween Costume: BirdsMy daughter’s request for this year was to be Kevin from the movie ‘Up.’ I knew I was going to have to DIY this one, and it came together great! Could easily be adapted for different types of birds.

What you need: Tulle in whatever colors you want, elastic, feathers, hair barrette, yellow face paint.

How to do it: Cut a piece of elastic long enough to fit around their waist, then sew or safety pin it together so it wears like a belt. Cut strips of tulle that are 1-2 inches wide, and twice as long as you want the tutu to be. Fold each strip in half, and then wrap it around the elastic, sliding the loose ends through the looped end. Repeat until the entire elastic is covered in tulle. Hot glue feathers to a barrette, and clip in their hair. Paint their nose yellow to look like a beak.

Jelly Beans

Halloween is all about the candy, right? Might as well theme the costume to the occasion!

What you need: Balloons, clear garbage bag, ribbon, printout of a jelly bean logo (optional)

How to do it: Cut leg and arm holes in the garbage bag, and trim the top down to just above neck height. If you want to attach a logo to the front of the bag, go ahead and do it now using tape or glue. Blow up enough balloons to fill up about half the bag. Have them put on the bag, and then add the balloons. Use the ribbon to tie the bag off around their neck (keep it loose enough for safety!).

What are your kids dressing up as for Halloween?

Caitlin Jacob
Caitlin made her way to Lafayette more than a decade ago, after growing up in North Carolina and then graduating from the University of Georgia. Since then, she married the man who introduced her to Cajun country, and they welcomed their now 5 year old daughter into the world. She spends her days working in marketing, telling stories using her bag of digital tricks. When she’s not working or wrangling her tiny human, she can be found running (slowly), testing new baking recipes (ask about her almond poppyseed bread), or wielding a glue gun for her latest craft project.


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