Halloween is fun! But preparing for it can be stressful – and if you buy or hire costumes, it can work out quite expensive too. Making your own costumes adds to the family fun of Halloween – and we’ve found some fabulous ideas for cheap Halloween costumes that range from the cute to the chilling.
DIY Pregnancy Halloween Costumes
Moms-to-be: there is absolutely no reason for you to be left out in the cold this Halloween. Make your baby bump part of your Halloween look and enjoy a giggle with this clever, fun, and above all, cheap ideas.
No, it’s not gory. It’s cute and it’s fun. All you need is a white t-shirt and a baby doll and maybe a bit of hot glue if you want to add the cauldron or a toy broomstick to baby’s accessories. Perfect for ladies with a bump, you can also use it as a costume if you’re planning to tell friends and family about a pregnancy this Halloween.
Supplies: baby doll ($12.99)
There’s no mistaking that you’re a mummy to be in this costume. Use bandages or even strips of fabric from worn white sheets. Now, all you need to complete your costume is a pair of cute eyes peeping out from between your wrappings at tummy height.
A skeleton costume is easy if you have black clothes and white fabric paint – but you can add a new twist to the theme by adding a baby skeleton at bump height. You need a little time to stencil out your skeleton neatly, but the result will be worth the bit of extra effort.
Devilled Egg Costume
You have to love this humorous costume. Devil horns and tail are cheap, and you can adapt them to other costumes in the future. Now, all you need is some pasteboard, string, and a yellow tee-shirt. Cut the pasteboard to make the egg white, and cut a hole for the egg yolk (your tummy)!
Supplies: devil accessory kit costume ($7.50)
Avocado Maternity Costume
You can really go to town making this one by following the tutorial to the letter – or you can just get creative with your own method. You’re aiming for a sliced avocado shape with – you guessed it – your baby bump for the avocado pit!
DIY Babywear Halloween Costumes
Baby’s first Halloween is a special occasion, so baby can’t be a party-pooper. Try these simple but effective Halloween costumes for baby. They’re as cute as can be and they definitely won’t break your budget.
Popcorn Baby Costume
Dress up a baby sling to look like a popcorn carton. A white cap with some popcorn pre-attached with hot glue and your bouncing baby becomes the popcorn in the carton. Now, if mom dresses up as a popcorn vendor, they’re a perfect pair.
Devil and Angel Costume
Mom’s going to be super-hot in red as the devil of the pair, and she’ll have the devil horns to match. Baby gets to ride cuddled up in a sling – but the angel wings look amazingly realistic. All you need are the horns and the wings.
Baby Presidential Debate Team Costume
Could your baby be the next president of the United States? Let your little boy or girl take the podium with this clever presidential theme for the baby carrier. All it takes is cardboard and creativity. Of course, a bodyguard in a nice jacket and tie with snazzy shades is the ideal costume match for dad.
Baby Kangaroo Costume
All you need to turn your baby into a baby kangaroo for Halloween is the right hat. With a beanie transformed into a kangaroo cap thanks to felt and hot glue, the baby carrier becomes baby’s kangaroo pouch. And if mommy has her own kangaroo cap on, you have a two-in-one costume solution that looks great!
Bee and Flower Costume
It’s not a home-made costume, but this baby bee is too sweet for words. For a perfect mamma match, simply be the flower. A large flower on your headband says it all. Halloween buzz never came so easy.
Humpty Dumpty Costume
Once again, your trusty baby carrier becomes the basis of a Halloween costume. This time, you’ll build a papier-mâché egg that fits onto the carrier. Some paint, a little careful trimming to make sure baby can easily be lifted out of the carrier when needed, and a big paper bow tie to top the egg, and you’re done.
DIY Family Halloween Costumes
Unless your kids have ideas of their own, choosing a family theme for Halloween can be a time and money-saver. All you need to do is match up, share a few basics, and the whole family’s costumes can come together at once.
Incredibles Family Costume
Red tights with black underwear worn on the outside already sets the superhero theme in motion. Now for some black boots and those cheap superhero masks plus a few trimmings like the DIY Incredibles logo and your superhero family is ready to go!
Star Wars Costumes
You don’t get much easier than this combo of Han Solo, Leia, and Luke Skywalker – provided your family can fit the look to start with. White clothes, a couple of toy lightsabers and blasters, and our favorite science fiction characters are good to go.
Supplies: extendable lightsaber ($7.19)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Mom, dad, son, and daughter: how to find costumes for everyone. It’s easy if you choose Goldilocks and the three bears and all you need are some big paper bags, some paper plates, and some sheets of craft paper. Have as much fun making your costumes as you will trick or treating.
Football Team Costume
Get sporty with a football team look. Baby gets to steal the show in a brown onesie decorated to look like a football, and even if junior is a bit small for real life football. His uniform looks great. Make pads with foam to give him that real professional look. As for mom and dad – who will be the coach?
Family of Trolls
Wigs and brown or tan clothes; felt “gems” to match each wig: costumes sorted! For such an easy costume combo, this one is mighty effective and tons of fun. You can probably adapt any fun wigs you have around the house to the troll look, but they’re also cheap to buy.
Supplies: troll wing ($13.99)
Mutant Ninja Family Costume
Your home-made ninja turtle costumes are quick and easy. You need big foil roasting pans, some green spray paint, some string, and various colors of felt for making masks. With a turtle shell on each back and those signature masks in place, it’s easy to see the Turtles are in town.
Circus Family Costume
There are so many circus costume ideas that you can whip up out of things you already have in wardrobes or around the house. This family combo features a strongman, a circus master, a lion, a fire-eater, and a gymnast.
School Supplies Family Costume
Mom and baby transform into pencil and eraser with this quick and crafty Halloween costume. What about the rest of the family? With a little imagination, you could take this theme even further.
Bandits Family Costume
If a couple of your family members already have a black and white striped jersey or tee-shirt, you’re halfway there. Make sure everyone’s got their bandit top, team it up with black pants, and now you just need loot bags and masks which are quick and easy to craft.
Monster Family Costume
Mom looks glam and dangerous, Dad is Frankenstein, one of the kids is clearly a mummy, and the baby is the cutest little bat you ever did see. This awesome family costume set can be put together with thrift-store finds, some felt and a few odds and ends. It will take a little planning but it’s worth the effort.
Mother of Dragons Costume
Halloween won’t be complete without at least one Game of Thrones-themed costume under consideration. This one, for Mom and the little ones, requires a “Mother of Dragons tee” and cute yet cost-effective baby dragon costumes.
Space Family Costume
Creative, quick, cheap but very effective – this space family theme seems ready to reach for the stars. Craft foam, foam balls, and a hot glue gun account for most of the details, and your kids are sure to be swept into a word of fun imagination as they spacemen for Halloween.
Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf Costume
It’s as easy as can be for a family which includes a little girl and a dog! A big brother or a dad in a checked shirt is a shoo-in for the woodcutter, and the grandmother is the only member of the cast to add for the story to be complete. Of course, your dog might need slightly more wolf-like ears – or you could decide to be the wolf yourself.
Wizard of Oz Costume
You will be shopping for some of the basics, but that little Dorothy dress is good for everyday wear too. Of course, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow need to come along – and if there’s a willing dog, the Cowardly Lion is easily included in the crew. Most of the DIY goes into the Tin Man costume – so come on Dads! Mom might even help!
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