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11 Creative DIY Halloween Costumes for You and Your Family

With Halloween coming up soon, many of us are turning our attention to what we (or, more likely, our kids) want to dress up as for Trick-or-Treating. While it’s always fun to go as a Disney princess or an Avenger, making your own creative costume is a great way to spend quality time together as a family, and will often get a few compliments from other Trick-or-Treaters you meet. Here are some neat DIY costumes that you don’t see every day!

1. Glow in the dark stick figure costume


This one may require some assembly right before Trick-or-Treating, but it will get a lot of attention and your kid is sure to make an adorable little stick figure! Best of all, it will make it easier for you to keep track of your kid in the dark.

2. Lego People


This is something you can do just for the kids, as a couple, or as an entire family!

3. Thing 1 and Thing 2

Number of Things is adjustable based on family size. You can buy Thing 1 and Thing 2 T-shirts, hoodies, onesies, or other articles of clothing for the “Thing” part of the costume. You can also simply find printable labels and make your own! Best of all, you can make cute little blue wigs using this tutorial.

4. Bag of jelly beans

Likely to be one of the sweetest costumes you see this Halloween! There are lots of variations you could do with this one, but it’s as simple as blowing up colorful balloons and shoving them inside a large, clear plastic bag. It’s a great idea for a last-minute costume!

5. Peacock

Make a peacock costume for your little one’s first Halloween! She’s sure to look darling in it.

6. Whac-a-Me

This kid seems to have Halloween creativity down. Bored with the same old Halloween costumes? Turn yours into an arcade game. Just make sure no one tries to whack you on the head with the hammer!

7. Milk and Cookies

Go as milk and cookies! This is a great idea for twins, couples, or an entire family!

8. Shadows

One of the creepiest (and coolest!) kids’ costumes I’ve ever seen. Turning your kids into little shadows using morph suits and appropriate accessories will definitely make a change from last year’s Halloween costumes. You could even go as an entire shadow family, if you’re feeling up to it. Just make sure you’re able to keep track of your children when it’s dark!

9. Rainbow Family

So many colors! The best part of this costume is its simplicity. The only downside: You’ll have to stick together, or no one will know what you are supposed to be. Still, it’s a fun, unique costume that is sure to bring your family together!

10. Toy Story Aliens and “The Claw”

Ooooooooooh! For the Toy Story lover in all of us.

11. Candy Bars

Who doesn’t love candy?! Especially on Halloween. The best part is, it’s customizable. You don’t have to go as an AlmondJoy and a Mounds bar; you can be your favorite type of candy, and can even grab an entire group of friends go go as candy with you. If a whole candy bar costume sounds like it’s going to be stomachache to make, simply print out candy labels and attach them to colored T-shirts (e.g. “Reese’s” on an orange T-shirt or “Skittles” on a red T-shirt). This is the kind of costume project that can be intensive or simple, depending on your preferences and the time you have.

No matter how you decide to dress up, Halloween is always the best time of year to be creative and have fun with your costumes! It really depends on what your kids want to be, but if you are willing to put the time and effort into it, you will be able to have some really cool costumes that will be remembered for years.


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