How to Easily Craft a Halloween Costume

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Making a great costume for your child doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Here are some ideas for easy Halloween costumes for kids!

With the arrival of fall comes crisp days and colorful leaves that twirl happily as they descend to the ground. Dried foliage crunches underfoot, and every child's favorite fall holiday, Halloween, approaches with both anticipation and dread: anticipated by the kiddos and often  dreaded by moms. How much candy do we get? Who's going to give it out? How on earth am I going to make a Halloween costume? 

Well, costumes don't need to be expensive or complicated. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can whip one up quickly and then use it for multiple kids. One year, I made a Peter Pan costume out of fleece (one of my favorite and easy materials to work with). It's lasted through 4 kids so far. 

But you don’t need to worry if your sewing machine skills don’t quite match my accomplishments of curtains and costumes (literally the only two things I can sew). There are many ways to make costumes from items that you have around the house. One year, I dressed up as a scarecrow using an old sweatshirt, jeans, with hay as stuffing and a mask of burlap.. The hay and mask were both itchy, but the costume worked out fabulously! 

Here are some of my top suggestions for fun and easy Halloween costumes.

1. Repurpose clothing that you have

Sweatshirts, old prom dresses, skirts, just about anything can be modified and easily repurposed for Halloween costumes.  An oversized T-shirt with a belt can become a Roman tunic. A black sweatshirt and jeans, combined with a flashlight and black face paint becomes a burglar (throw in a stuffed cat, and your child can be a “cat” burglar.  

2. Use themed pjs

Use themed pjs for really cute and easy costumes that can be used for bedtime once the holiday is over. Our kids have worn pirate pjs, ballerina pjs, and animal themed pjs as their costumes.

3. Decorate a cardboard box

Your child or children can dress up as dice, a box of crayons, a Christmas present, or any other number of things that are cube shaped or rectangular shaped.

4. Use Fleece fabric

Fleece fabric is inexpensive and doesn’t unravel. This means that you can cut little holes to thread a ribbon or rope through and not worry that it will unravel. It’s ideal to use for simple capes and costume additions.  One bonus if you live in an area where it’s chilly at Halloween; it’s warm! One year, I made my son a Frodo cape; the next year he repurposed the same cape when he dressed up as Quasimodo from the Hunchback. 

To check out more fun and simple ideas, visit my Pinterest Halloween Tips and Tricks board.

It’s crazy to me that, after Christmas, Halloween has one of the highest spending rates of any holiday. While it’s fun to dress up and participate in the festivities, there’s no need to spend oodles of money on costumes that your kids may only wear for one night. With a little thought and inspiration, you can come up with a costume that your child loves and that doesn’t break the bank!

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