21 fun Halloween costumes for kids!
Dress your little ones up in one of these creepy and cute Halloween costumes for kids! There's everything from dragon outfits to kitty costumes.
The scariest season of them all is fast approaching, which means it's time to get your DIY Halloween costume at the ready.
Halloween isn't just for the adults though, in fact, it's more about our kids having fun, trick or treating, and of course, dressing up.
To help you get your children looking scary and feeling great, we've collected over 20 of the best Halloween costumes for kids! This round-up includes fancy dress costumes for girls, boys, toddlers and even babies.
Get your spooky scissors at the ready, it's time to craft a mini Halloween costume.
21 DIY kid's Halloween costumes
Halloween costumes for girls (or boys!)
1. DIY Halloween kids' cat cape
Make this adorable homemade Halloween costume for kids with our free step-by-step cat cape pattern.
2. No-sew unicorn costume for kids
Designed by John Lavelle. You've got unicorns and rainbows, plus it can be assembled using a glue gun, so you don't even need to reach for your sewing kit.
Tick, tick, tick! Find out how to make it over at hello, Wonderful.
3. Easy witch Halloween costume for kids
Looking for homemade fancy dress ideas for kids? Go back to basics and brush up on simple sewing skills by making this charming witch kid's Halloween costume.
Find the pattern and a step-by-step tutorial at BHG.
4. DIY ice cream cone costume
This adorable outfit isn't just for Halloween! If you're looking for homemade fancy dress ideas for kids that can be worn on more than one occasion, you won't go wrong with this super sweet ice cream cone outfit.
Learn how to make the DIY ice cream cone costume created by Lia Griffith.
5. Easy kids Halloween costumes – LOL doll tutorial
Your kids will love dressing up as their favourite LOL dolls! These tiny plastic dolls are all the rage and will be popular kids Halloween costumes this year.
Luckily, See Kate Sew is here to show you exactly how to recreate this sweet costume. Head over to her LOL doll tutorial on her blog.
6. Medusa kid's Halloween costume
Transform your kid into the mysterious and deadly Medusa.
We love the DIY approach of this outfit. A white sheet with gold trim and sparkly fabric for a sash creates the ultimate Greek mythology look!
Head over to Costume Works to see how they created this kid's Halloween costume.
7. Dazzling dragon Halloween kid's costume
Add a little sparkle to your plans with our how to make a dragon costume! It's an easy make as all you need to sew is this simple mask and glowing dragon wings.
This dragon outfit would also make a cute Halloween costume to size up for adults. Perfect for Game of Thrones parties (just sayin').
8. DIY cat's tail
A cat costume is a fun and easy kid's Halloween costume to put together.
Make a felt cat mask and a soft fabric tail by following our how to make a cat tail tutorial.
9. DIY kid's octopus costume
This under-the-sea costume is giving us all the Love Actually feels. Mariah over at Giggles Galore shows you how to make it.
If you're on the hunt for more silly fancy dress ideas head over to our funny Halloween costumes.
Halloween costumes for toddlers
10. Easy kid's mermaid costume
Who says DIY kid's Halloween costumes have to be scary?
You could also turn this kid's Halloween costume into a trio Halloween costume idea by transforming yourself into Ursula, Prince Eric, or even King Triton.
11. Cute mushroom Halloween kid's costume
Turn your little ones into a woodland mushroom with Woodlark blog's easy sewing tutorial.
12. No-sew kid's butterfly costume
Transform your kids into a beautiful butterfly thanks to Bren Did's step-by-step tutorial.
One of the great things about this Halloween costume for kids is you can get your little ones to join in! Let them decorate the butterfly wings with glitter, pom poms and sequins.
13. Kids' cosplay suit
This clever sewing pattern for kids aged up to 12 years includes several variations for the hood, so you can easily transform it into a unicorn outfit, lion costume and many more.
Looking for a Halloween costume for adults?
Check out our collection of the best plus size Halloween costumes.
14. Snow White Halloween costume for kids
Dress your toddler up as sweet little Snow White!
This is a good choice for younger children and a great option if you're searching for cute fancy dress ideas for kids.
15. Pillowcase pumpkin dress
These sweet easy-to-make Halloween costumes are so simple – all you need is a couple of pillowcases and some basic sewing supplies!
Follow Sugar Bee Crafts tutorial and whip up this easy kids Halloween costume in a matter of hours.
Halloween costumes for boys (or girls!)
16. A DIY we can all relate to...
Short of time and finding the prospect of me-made makes for your children a little on the daunting side? Looking for homemade fancy dress ideas for kids to make in a hurry?
This round-up wouldn't be complete without a shout-out to the awesome Super Mom Hacks for this post about How to Make a Ghost Costume (It's Harder Than You'd Think!).
Thank you for sharing possibly the most honest portrayal of how sewing up our little ones' Halloween outfits often goes (as opposed to how we THINK it will go!).
17. Quick-sew monster refashion
Add a patch to trousers for a spooky update! This is a great project to make if you're looking for a last-minute kid's Halloween costume.
Our free tutorial by Jess Entwistle shows you how to stitch your own. Find out how to make the easy monster costume.
To elevate this kid's Halloween costume, add some face paint! Head over to our easy Halloween face paint ideas for inspiration.
18. Handmade dress-up dinosaur tail
These fun dinosaur tails are sure to delight your children long after Halloween!
They're the perfect finishing touch for a child's dinosaur costume.
19. Homemade Halloween superhero costumes
We can't wait to get making these fun DIY kids Halloween costumes from Lia Griffith – perfect for your little superhero!
Halloween costumes for babies
20. Octopus sewing pattern for infants
Why should the big kids have all the fun? Transform your baby into a colourful octopus with this kid's Halloween costume created by BonnieProjects.
If you're currently expecting (congratulations!) check out our collection of pregnant Halloween costumes.
21. No-sew baby owl costume
This cute owl costume by Lia Griffith is so quick and simple to make – and you don't need to be able to sew either!
Find out how to make a baby owl Halloween costume.
Bonus kid's Halloween accessories!
1. Trick or Treat sweet bags
Put the DIY in trick or treating with a me-made trick or treat bucket. It's perfect for storing their precious candy.
2. Spider crown tutorial
This no-sew project is quick to create and looks really effective! Thanks for the creepy crawly inspo, Delia Creates!
3. Monster treat bag
If you want more trick or treat bag inspiration, try this cute monster treat bag designed by the talented Lia Griffith. It's a fun project that your kids are guaranteed to love
4. No-sew felt mermaid headband
This gorgeous felt headband is the perfect finishing touch to add to any mermaid costume!
Head over to Lia Griffith's website to find out how to make your own no-sew DIY mermaid headband.
Start spooky sewing for your little ones
Making your own kid's Halloween costumes not only saves money but creates memories that will last a lifetime. Just imagine the photos you can show them when they're older!
It doesn't have to be difficult either. If you're not a sewer choose one of the no-sew options in this round-up. For those of you wanting to challenge yourself pick a more complex costume and use our beginners sewing guide to help you out.
Get your kids involved in the Halloween fun!
Now it's time for some creepy crafts to do with your little ones. Head over to our Halloween crafts for kids to find your next scary project.
Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.
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