8 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Are you and your kids struggling to come up with costume ideas for this year’s Halloween celebration? Let the Picniic team help with several inexpensive DIY Halloween costume ideas to try.

Kakamora Army


Moana is a popular Disney movie with many children right now and I’m sure you will see plenty of Moana-themed costumes this year. One of the favorite set of characters from the movie are the Kakamora, a coconut pirate army that chases Moana and Maui on the high seas to obtain the precious heart of Te Fiti. If you have a large family or a group of kids who want to make costumes together, why not create your own Kakamora Army!

Supply List
The kids pictured here supplied their own clothing.
– old t-shirts in neutral colors (turn inside-out if you need to disguise logos)
– neutral pants, shorts, leggings, tights, and socks
– hot pink elements here and there for an added pop of color
– Shoes and hair ties

We scrounged around for the following items in our own craft stash – you may already have many of these items, too. If not, they can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.
– Craft felt sheets, various shades of brown and red
– Craft foam sheets in yellow and orange
– Craft glue and Hot glue
– Red, brown, and white acrylic paint as well as face paint and small pointed tip paintbrushes
– Cardboard
– Dowel rods
– Toothpicks
– Hemp twine
– Battery-powered tea light
– We purchased the following items
– 3 plastic weapons from our local Dollar Tree – $3
– pink feathers from the local craft store – $2.19
– grass skirt from our local party supply store – $7.99

Total Price – $13.18 for all 6 costumes!

Instructions
Using the Internet for pictures from the movie, paint Kakamora faces on brown felt circles and glue to shirt fronts. Paint child’s face to match if you wish.

Disassemble dollar store weapons and refashion into new weapons using your imagination and hot glue, twine, dowel rods, red felt cut into feather shapes, and cardboard painted white and cut into shark tooth shapes. Orange and yellow foam can be cut into flames for a torch. A battery-powered tealight can provide a glow. Toothpicks can transform into darts with pink feathers and masking tape. Stick these into clothing, hair, shoes, etc.

Embellish with grass skirts, rope belts, etc.

Put on your most fearsome face!

Moana


Be the most current Disney princess – Moana – with this no-sew, DIY Halloween costume option!

Supplies
If you live in a cool climate, for warmth, look in your child’s closet for an underlayer of shirt, leggings, pants, tights, etc. Try to come as close to your child’s skin color as possible.

We scrounged around for the following items in our own craft stash – you may already have many of these items, too. If not, they can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.
– craft glue and Fray-check
– brown, gold, and white acrylic paint and small pointed tip paintbrushes
– white puffy paint
– cardboard

We purchased the following items
– cream-colored fabric remnant (~1 yard) from local fabric store – $6
– tight-fitting, coral-colored athletic shirt with spandex – $14.99
– grass skirt from our local party supply store – $7.99

Total Price – $28.98

Instructions
We used these fabulous step-by-step instructions from Sam Skylar to create our Moana costume, using a fabric remnant instead of the tablecloth.

Pig


Moana has a pig as one of her sidekicks, so we chose to make this pig costume to represent Pua from the movie.

Supplies
Use a pink or white plain t-shirt as the base. Use matching pants or neutral pants/jeans. We found ours in the child’s closet.

We scrounged around for the following items in our own craft stash – you may already have many of these items, too. If not, they can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.
– string
– craft glue and Hot glue
– dark pink and black acrylic paint and small pointed tip paintbrushes
– empty toilet paper roll

We purchased the following items
– 3 sheets of pink craft felt from our local craft store – $1
– headband from Wal-mart – $.50
– pink fleece fabric, ½ yard (larger piece needed for older kids) – $6.50

Total Price – $7.50

Instructions
For the pig nose, we used this tutorial from Not Just Cute with Amanda Morgan and then we fashioned matching pig ears out of felt, shading the interior of the ear with dark pink acrylic paint for realism. The ears were hot-glued to the plain headband.

For the pink fleece vest, we used this tutorial from One Mama’s Daily Drama.

Variations
The idea for this costume could easily be adapted for any animal of your choice. A group of farm animals or zoo animals would make a great group costume idea, too.

4 and 5 – Milk Princess and Chocolate Chip Cookie


What pair is tastier than milk and cookies? Use one of these ideas as a single costume or together for siblings or friends. A perfect choice for these identical twins with different personalities!

Supplies
Use all white clothing for the base of the milk princess costume. Use all tan clothing for the cookie costume. We found ours in the girls’ closets.

We scrounged around for the following items in our own craft stash – you may already have many of these items, too. If not, they can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.
– hot glue
– white craft felt
– large blue straw
– brown fabric marker

We purchased the following items
– headband from Wal-mart – $0.50

Total Price – $0.50 (the least expensive DIY Halloween costume idea on our list!)

Instructions
For the milk princess tiara – cut out a milk splash from white felt, bend and cut a large blue straw to size, hot glue together. You’re done!

For the cookie costume, draw chocolate chip shapes randomly over the front of your tan shirt making sure to place cardboard or another suitable shield inside the shirt first – no paint leaking through to the back of the shirt! Allow to dry according to the directions that came with your markers. You’re done!

Variations
What other drink ideas can you come up with for the milk princess costume? OJ, apple juice, fruit smoothie, chocolate milk…?

Hot Air Balloon


This was our most involved DIY Halloween costume idea, but turned out oh-so-cute!

Supplies
Use plain, neutral clothing for the base of this costume. Use an ear-flap hat, simple scarf, and goggles for an aviator look. We found these items in this little boy’s closet and fashioned the goggles from brown felt and plastic packaging material, pinning it into place on the hat.

We scrounged around for the following items in our own craft stash – you may already have many of these items, too. If not, they can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.
– hot glue and craft glue
– clear packing tape
– colored craft felt
– colored twine
– red bubble wrap
– small cutting of plastic off of a toy package
– blue scrap fabric
– cotton pillow stuffing
– 8 large tongue depressors

We purchased the following items
– basket drawer from Wal-mart – $9.96
– thick, white rope from Wal-mart – $4.29
– 16-inch red balloon with helium fill – $5.50
– fish netting from party supply store – $2

Total Price – $21.75

Instructions
Cut out bottom fabric from basket drawer, discard along with cardboard insert. If your drawer has folds, hot glue tongue depressors across the folds perpendicularly to stabilize the basket. Glue on all sides felt bunting and string to decorate. Add one or more “sandbags” made from a 12” circle of scrap fabric, cotton pillow stuffing, and string. Alternatively, an empty sandbag could serve as the treat bag!

Measure your child and cut appropriate lengths of soft, thick, white rope for straps. Attach to basket by tying to handles. (We softened the straps further by gluing a tube of felt around the rope straps and using a bit of pillow stuffing inside – optional step.)

Have your balloon filled with helium and attach it to your basket in four places using twine.

You can increase the authentic look of the costume and reduce fly-away risk by layering colored fishnet over your balloon and securing with twine. Cut away loose parts of the fishnet to eliminate floppiness.

Roll red or other colored bubble wrap into an “O” shape securing with clear packing tape and then tape it to your four balloon strings above your child’s head.

Now hope that your child doesn’t float away!

Fruit Salad


Another simple group costume idea!

Supplies
Use plain, bright-colored t-shirts for the fruit tops. Use neutral bottoms, dark colors for more fruity pop. We found most of ours in these kids’ closets.

We scrounged around for the following items in our own craft stash – you may already have many of these items, too. If not, they can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.
– hot glue
– colored craft felt
– green ribbon
– white acrylic paint and pointy tip paintbrushes
– colored fabric markers
– We purchased the following items
– headbands from Wal-mart – $2.50
– additional t-shirts – $14.76
– additional craft felt – $0.50

Total Price – $17.76 – for 7 costumes!

Instructions
Use a combination of acrylic paint, fabric markers, and felt shapes to transform t-shirts into fruits. Use basic shapes to evoke the fruit rather than trying to be realistic. We discovered that the white acrylic paint showed up really well. The fabric markers were a bit faint for our liking and the felt does not stay on in the wash unless it is stitched down. If we did this again, we would stick with acrylic paints. Also, make sure to put cardboard inside your t-shirts when painting to avoid bleed-through!

Create felt shapes or use coordinating ribbon and hot glue fun fruits and leaves to headbands for an additional fruity touch.

Variation
Try this idea with a group of superhero logos and matching simple capes and eye masks.
Or what about evoking various school supplies with your t-shirt design and making coordinating headbands.
A whole group of condiments would be fun, too.
The ideas are endless!

Flower Box


This was a lot of fun for us to make and a very pretty result!

Supplies
Use neutral or plain, coordinating colored clothing for the base of the costume.

We scrounged around for the following items in our own craft stash – you may already have many of these items, too. If not, they can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.
– hot glue
– 4-6 tongue depressors
– beautiful wired ribbon
– big, faux rose stems (We happened to have these left over from a wedding which made this costume very inexpensive for us to make. Look for faux flower deals at your local craft store.You can spend a little or a lot.)

We purchased the following items
– headband from Wal-mart – $0.25
– low-profile fabric drawer insert from Wal-mart – $7.96

Total Price – $8.21

Instructions
Cut out bottom fabric from drawer insert all in one piece, cut this piece of fabric in half, save one half and discard the other half along with cardboard bottom insert. If your drawer has folds, hot glue tongue depressors across the folds perpendicularly to stabilize the drawer.

Cut two 56” lengths of wired ribbon. Hot glue each ribbon length to two corners for straps. Wrap ribbon completely around the side of the drawer at each corner to increase stability of costume. 56” lengths will provide enough length for a small teenager. For a younger child, cut your ribbon a few inches smaller or adjust straps using safety pins.

Hot glue flowers and leaves across the front inside of the drawer. Use your fabric half from the bottom of the drawer to cover up all those scratchy stems. Lay over stems, glue in place, trim if needed. We used the extra ribbon to make a bow for the front and hot glued extra flowers and leaves to a headband for a coordinating headpiece.

Variations
Use your imagination and alter this idea to create costumes such as a laundry basket, a picnic basket, or a popcorn vendor.

Have fun making your costumes this year!

And, if you use any of our ideas, share them with us on our Facebook Page – we’d love to see them!

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