By TMoM Team Member Anna Keller

October is a happy month at our house, because we’re BIG Halloween fans! I’m always so excited when it’s time to start baking ghost cupcakes, decorating our front door with big, spooky, spiders, and – of course – coming up with the perfect Halloween costume ideas!

Though I’m not a particularly crafty person most of the year, when it comes to Halloween I tend to choose DIY-style costumes rather than store-bought ones to up the creativity factor – and just to make the whole process a bit more fun, too.

If you’re someone who also loves a good DIY Halloween costume, you’re in the right place! Here are a five ideas for kids’ costumes you can make at home:


This year, my 4-year-old daughter is dressing up as a bunny (sorry, a rainbow bunny – she wouldn’t want me to forget that part), and my 7-month-old son will be dressed as a carrot to coordinate. There are lots of cute DIY carrot costumes out there, including this one, so I’ll have plenty to choose from when it comes to putting his costume together!


If your kiddo loves sea creatures (or just loves all things glow in the dark), a DIY jellyfish costume is a great call! Grab an umbrella, some battery-powered lights, and a few other materials to make this fun costume come together easily.

School Picture

Want to help your kid channel your own childhood this Halloween? Opt for a classic 90s style school picture! Here are easy instructions.


For an easy DIY costume that’s too CUTE for school, give this pencil look a try. You can even score extra credit by having the whole family dress up as school supplies.


For my daughter’s first Halloween, we were inspired by the hilarious mustache pacifier she’d received as a gift from my mustached father-in-law to dress her up as Mario from Super Nintendo. My husband donned overalls, too, and went as Luigi, while I went as Princess Peach. Here’s a great DIY option for making that costume come together.


For more Halloween Costume ideas, click here. And don’t forget to check out our list of Fall Festivals and Trunk-or-Treats here!

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