Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Stumped for Halloween costumes ideas this year?

It’s only a couple of short weeks until Halloween, but if you haven’t found a costume yet, have no fear!

Today I want to showcase eight easy DIY Halloween Costumes you can create using items found at Goodwill.

Last year, Americans spent 7 billion dollars on Halloween related expenses!

What was once a time to grab a sheet and be a ghost or peek around your house for easy costumes made from your mom or dad’s wardrobe has escalated into a spending frenzy of decorating, costuming, and trick-or-treat candy madness.

This list of easy DIY Halloween Costumes will hopefully help you gather some great ideas for throwing together a great last minute costume and save you money in the process.




Book Fairy Costume

A couple of hardback books from a local thrift store or garage sale can create a unique and adorable book fairy costume.

Using a hot glue gun, book pages, and the covers of the books to create your fairy wings you can create an entire costume from simply rolling paper for an adorable skirt!

You will love this one (via Lilliedale)




Mary Poppins & Bert Couple Costume

Couple costumes can be challenging, but with few things from your closet, it can be easy to create your look for less.

My husband & I created this costume for less than $20 and absolutely had a blast putting it together. (via MomAdvice)





Homemade Redbox Costume

I had to laugh at this adorable Redbox costume that this family created!

The Redbox costume was created using spray paint, a box, and snagging some of the Redbox images from Google.

I absolutely love this idea and it cost the family less than $5 to create.

The best part is that the whole family can jump in on the creating (Coolest Homemade Costumes)





Baby Cabbage Patch Doll

Looking for a costume that can work around pushing your baby in a stroller?

This Cabbage Patch Doll costume is simply genius and wouldn’t cost a lot to create.

Grab a green fitted sheet to cover your stroller, create the Cabbage Patch box, and then cover your baby in yarn pigtails. (Via Costume Works)




Will Work 4 Candy Costume

The best part about the, “Will Work 4 Candy Costume,” is that you need not buy any supplies at all to create this look.

Paint a beard on your child’s face, dress them in their most tired looking play clothes, mismatch their shoes, and add a cardboard sign from your recycle bin. (via Coolest Homemade Costumes)





Paper Doll Costume

Short on funds for Halloween costumes this year?

This paper doll costume can be created for about $1 using poster board or foam core.

Add your daughter’s laciest socks and a pair of Mary Jane shoes and you have a real-life paper doll to trick-or-treat with.

What little girl wouldn’t love that?  (via slapdashmom)





Baby Aerobics Instructor Costume

Holy cuteness!

This baby aerobics instructor outfit looks like an easy DIY to put together and I promise, it will be a memorable costume.

Create a baby headband from an old t-shirt, cut the bottoms off of a pair of socks to create baby leggings, and use your baby’s onesie and leggings to complete the look.

This mom created an adorable boombox out of felt to complete the look.  (via Primary)



Child’s Superman Costume

Leading a double life can be tough, but it doesn’t need to be expensive.

Grab a tie, shirt, and heavy glasses for Clark Kent, and dress him in a Superman shirt underneath.

This costume is adorable and affordable!


What is the best DIY Halloween costume you have created? Feel free to share your links and ideas below!


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Published October 19, 2012 by:

Amy Allen Clark is the founder of MomAdvice.com. You can read all about her here.

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