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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is a DIYer’s holiday, a time to get creative and tackle projects you might otherwise avoid. Here are two simple costumes (for boys or girls) that anyone could complete. Are you working on a homemade costume or do you have a great source for DIY costume ideas?  Tell us in the comment section.

Skeleton Costume

About a week ago, I was getting nervous because my 5-year-old couldn’t decide what he wanted to be for Halloween. Finally, after looking at this t-shirt, he decided to be a skeleton.

skeleton costume inspiration

That sounded easy enough. I searched for “DIY skeleton” on Google and found a really simple template from Family Fun that you can trace onto contact paper and stick on black clothing.

We purchased a t-shirt and pants at Target and then attached the bones. And as an added bonus, we found skeleton gloves at Target for only $1. A quick and easy costume and Jack can wear the clothes even after Halloween.

DIY skeleton costume

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Baby Fox Costume

My three-year-old announced that she wanted to be a “fox. A baby fox.” My first instinct was to look on Etsy for fox costumes. I found some adorable woodland animal masks from the seller Mahalo and thought about making one, but I decided to purchase this part and to tackle a handmade bushy tail and the white belly instead.


I bought a yard of brown fur fabric. I drew the tail on paper, let my older daughter trace it on the backside of the fabric, and then cut out the two halves. I sewed together the sides with the strongest thread I could find, turned it right side out, and stuffed it with some yarn scraps and batting. Last, I sewed  a big piece of elastic along the end and stuck velcro on the ends so Nadja could wrap it around her belly.



For the belly, I cut out an oval from a big piece of off-white flannel and ironed a 1/4 inch hem around the side, and then hand sewed it to the front of a brown turtleneck I found at Marshall’s. I’m very proud of the way the tail sticks out. You can’t see, but we also painted the point white with acrylic paint.


Here’s the fierce baby fox practicing for Halloween night. We’ll also figure out some way to make black paws. She’ll complete the look with a brown skort and brown tights.

Fox costume

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1 Comment

  1. I love the costumes! So inspiring!!

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