It’s no surprise that kids’ Halloween costumes are expensive, ranging anywhere from $30 to $60! Kids grow quickly, as do their tastes. Realistically, they won’t want to be the same character next year, and they probably won’t fit in an old costume, either. That’s a lot of money for a costume your child will wear only wear once. So, how do you make sure your child has a fun Halloween experience without spending upwards of $50? Make a costume yourself!

Whether you’re a skilled seamstress or a novice with a needle and thread, these DIY costume ideas are easy to master and cost little to make. From trendy costumes like Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” to classic costumes like a cowboy, there’s something for kids of all ages that’ll have them wowing at the costume contest!

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From A Night Owl Blog

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Along with the release of the new TMNT movie this summer, Disney has been promoting the crime-fighting ninja turtles in the toy aisle. From Legos to video games, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been everywhere! So it’s no surprise that they’re topping costume lists for many retailers this year.

Does your little one want to dress up like his or her favorite turtle? A Night Owl has a fantastic and easy-to-follow tutorial on how she made a no-sew TMNT costume. Seriously, this is awesome! Plus, it’ll keep your little one warm if trick or treating gets a little chilly.

Just a tip: if you want to feminize your turtle up a bit, just add a tu-tu.

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From How We Learn

Beanie Baby

Talk about simple! This Beanie Baby costume is as versatile and easy as it gets. Your little one can dress up as any animal they want: a bear, bird, cat, dog or pig, you name it! If that’s not cute enough already, make a heart-shaped tag, like traditional Beanie Babies have, and attach it to the costume. For an extra touch, find the name and little poem from the Beanie Baby your child is dressed most like or make up your own, and fill the inside of the tag with it. 

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From Everyday Mom Ideas

Lego Person

Since “The Lego Movie” came out, everyone has been singing “Everything is Awesome” and let me tell you, these Lego costumes really are awesome! This tutorial from Everyday Mom Ideas is for “Lego Star Wars” costumes, but by using the same technique for the head and body you could decorate the costume to be any Lego character. Emmett, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, or Batman from “The Lego Movie” would be great options for a little Lego lover.

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From Dandee Designs


The Cowboy/Cowgirl costume is a classic! It’s pretty simple: just use jeans, boots, a white shirt with a bandana or a plaid button-up shirt and a cowboy hat. But what can really put this classic costume over the top is a hobbyhorse. They can get kind of pricey at the store, but Dandee Designs has a great tutorial on how to make your own. Your child will love riding around on their hobbyhorse!

Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen”

Inexpensive and Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids: 2014

From Make It & Love It

Last but certainly not least, is every little girl’s favorite ice princess: Elsa. When “Frozen” debuted last winter, it took the world by storm! You couldn’t go anywhere (or turn on any radio station) without hearing “Let It Go.” So it’s no surprise that along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, “Frozen” is taking top spot in the Halloween costume market.

Since the movie is such a big hit, the “Frozen” costumes come with a big price tag. If you want to save some money, making an Elsa costume is fairly simple. She’s commonly portrayed wearing her long blue dress, so a simple blue dress works well for the base. The real magic is in the details, like her cape! What little girl doesn’t love to twirl around in a sparkly snowflake cape?

Make It & Love It put together an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make your own Elsa cape. The best part of the tutorial are the three different ways they show to decorate the cape, all of which your little one can help with.

These are just a few of the DIY costume design ideas out there. Do you have another idea for your child’s homemade Halloween costume? Tell us about it in the comment section!

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