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How to DIY Halloween costumes for your next candy run

By Luke Carlino

Updated: October 20th, 2021

We go way beyond two holes in a sheet...

Anyone can appear on Halloween night in a store-bought costume, but nothing beats the uniqueness of clever DIY Halloween costumes. We have some outside-the-box ideas below that are simple while helping you stand out from the crowd on your next candy run.

You don’t need to be a master crafter for any of these; you just need a little imagination. So read on for our DIY Halloween costumes and level up next time you hit the neighbourhood for a trick-or-treat.

Our favourite DIY Halloween costumes for kids (and how to make them)

We’ve put together a list of easy DIY Halloween costumes to suit those who are pressed for time and less handy with crafting duties. You don’t need to be Jim Henson for these creations; a totally unique costume for your kid, or yourself, can be very straightforward.

Costume idea #1: The classic rag doll

Everyone can recognise the classic Raggedy Ann look, and there is nothing better than a combo costume for you and your child. It’s super easy and only requires clothes from your own wardrobe and some yarn (red is the classic colour of Raggedy Ann’s hair, but feel free to change it up with something else).

You’ll also want some felt strips to match the colours of your yarn, scissors, thread and two simple hair combs. Cut the yarn pieces to create any wild shape you like for the wig, tie it into pigtails with the felt strips, grab a dress and some fun mismatching accessories, then finish it off with a little face paint to create a ragdoll look.

Costume idea #2: The mummy bump

This one is for pregnant women who may have a hard time finding an easy and comfortable selection of DIY Halloween costumes. All you need is a cosy white tee shirt, some toilet paper or gauze, and some drawn or printed spooky eyes. Place the eyes on your bump and wrap yourself up like a mummy, and it will look like you are hatching a hilarious little baby mummy!

Costume idea #3: A cup of hot chocolate

This one is a little more involved but very unique! You’ll need the following supplies:

  1. 40×60″ sheet of cardboard
  2. Wrapping paper (in a plain colour of your choice)
  3. Poster board (the same colour as the wrapping paper)
  4. Spray adhesive
  5. Hot glue gun
  6. Brown felt
  7. Three 4″x36″ foam rollers
  8. A box cutter
  9. Brown elastic
  10. Brown Dress or shirt

Step-by-step directions

1. Cut the foam rollers into four-inch pieces with the box cutter

2. Cut the cardboard sheet to an appropriate size for the body of your mug (curve it around your body before cutting to ensure a comfortable fit)

3. Spray the outside of the cardboard piece with spray adhesive, then cover it with wrapping paper

4. Cut a handle shape out of the poster board and fold over one inch on each end to glue it to the body of the mug

5. Hot glue the felt around the top of the mug in an uneven and haphazard way, so it looks like hot chocolate is spilling over the top of the mug

6. Glue the foam as “marshmallows” on top of the felt

7. Glue the elastic to the front and back of the mug as straps

diy halloween costume ideas
Source: Paige Cody via Unsplash

Costume idea #4: A Mario Kart family

Some easy and fun family costumes are Mario Kart cars! Pick your characters, then find some boxes, spray paint, vinyl, and ribbon. The cardboard boxes should be large enough to stand in, and you’ll also require:

  • Cardboard scissors
  • Spray paint (the colours will depend on what character you are recreating)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Mario Kart car emblems (drawn or printed)
  • Permanent adhesive vinyl in the colours that match your character
  • Ribbon
  • Painter’s tape

Step-by-step directions

  1. Measure how tall you want the base of the car to be and cut three of the four sides of your box off, leaving five inches of the base around the box along with one full side of the box
  2. Cut off the bottom of the box for your legs, then fold the front of the box back at a 45-degree angle
  3. The cardboard that you cut off can be used for the tires
  4. Paint your “car”, but tape off where you want the white stripes on the front to be; painting them white makes them your racing stripes!
  5. Cut out the Mario Kart symbols for your character and use hot glue to put them on the bonnet and sides of your car
  6. Glue the tires to the side with larger tires on the back and the smaller tires on the front
  7. Create some straps to hold the car onto the wearer like suspenders.

Costume idea #5: Crayon on strike

Simple and cute, this costume is inspired by the book The Day The Crayons Quit. Make some crayon tip hats out of cardstock with a matching outfit in the colour you want your crayon to be. Add little black cuffs around the ankles and some small protest signs that say “we quit” and “on strike” to add to the story! These can be made of cardstock, and be sure to write your protest messages with a box of crayons.

Costume idea #6: Cardboard flower pot

We’ll end with a very easy DIY Halloween costume that can be great for those needing something last-minute. You’ll just need a big piece of cardboard and an x-acto knife or scissors that can make some small cuts. This can also be great for DIY baby Halloween costumes!

Simply cut the shape of a flowerpot and paint around the edges to create the pot look, then cut the individual flowers and glue them on to create your own look. You can even leave a few non-glued flowers that can be stuck on with blu-tack or held to change the “flowerpot arrangement” throughout the night. Maybe even give some flowers to the houses that reward you with the best candy for your efforts!

diy halloween costumes for kids
Source: Paige Cody via Unsplash

Frequently asked questions

How can I dress up for Halloween without a costume?

For those who don’t have the time or energy to come up with a Halloween costume, you can still celebrate Halloween without wearing a costume with these ideas:

  1. Let a favourite character inspire your outfit
  2. Wear a festive headband
  3. Add a pop of orange in some way to your outfit to pay homage to the pumpkin!
  4. Wear a DIY Halloween statement
  5. Rock a pumpkin t-shirt
  6. Opt for Halloween style nail art
  7. Go for some bold lipstick or eyeliner

What are some classic Halloween costumes?

The classic Halloween costumes below may help you find the perfect traditional look for your next round of trick-or-treating:

  • Witch costumes
  • A vintage Pierrot Clown
  • Funny DIY Halloween costumes like an adult Tamagotchi
  • Pirate costumes (with a skeleton flag, of course)
  • Vampires
  • Animals
  • Devil (complete with pitchforks)
  • Zombie costumes

What is the most popular Halloween costume ever?

The most popular Halloween costume is often a witch that sees roughly 4.6 million people going with the look each Halloween. Closely followed on the list? Princess costumes and superheroes like Spiderman!

Look your best with these DIY Halloween costume ideas and have the spookiest night ever!

We’ve given you a bunch of fun options above to help you be creative and have fun next Halloween. Remember, you can tweak as necessary or take some of the core ideas to come up with new ones of your own!

If you really want to be flashy next Halloween (and possibly win some sort of costume competition), search the very talented seamstress and costume maker Taskers we have available. They can help you go all out with a costume that will help your impress the neighbourhood and fill those bags with candy!

If you want a little bit more inspiration, we recommend finding some more ideas in our Halloween costumes blog. We also have an article that can help you decorate your home to get into the spooky spirit as well. We know that people like to go all out with Halloween making it a contender for the best-looking event of the year. Hopefully, the ideas above and in our additional blogs can help you truly get into the spirit!


Luke Carlino

Luke Carlino is a freelance copywriter, social media manager and content creator based in Melbourne. He works for a range of clients across a plethora of industries and is also an accomplished musician with solo and band works online.