28 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas {child, family, adult}


Homemade Halloween costumes can make such lasting memories!  So if you’re looking for a unique family fun Halloween, then check out these best Halloween costumes to dress up as characters from books or movies, funny one’s that bring a laugh, as well as couple and group costume ideas.

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas {child, family, adult}

As always, the Tip Junkie Pattern and Halloween sites have hundreds of pictured tutorials with 248 costume ideas. You can always search there if you’re looking for more pictured tutorials. {wink}

 Homemade Halloween Costumes

Family Theme Costume

1.  Despicable Me Minion Costumes {halloween costume ideas} ~ If you have a Despicable Me fan then this Halloween costume is for you. And, how adorable is the pink tutu for girl minions?! No patterns are necessary for making these costumes. But, you will need overalls, a yellow hoodie, black gloves, black shoes and glasses.

2.  Where’s Waldo Costume & Hat {free pattern} ~ If you are wanting an awesome homemade Halloween costume, this one is perfect for your little guy.  It really is a simple a costume to put together.  The glasses are from Wendy’s, an ordinary pair of jeans and a red and white striped shirt.  Sarah has even included the free crochet pattern to make the hat.  The pattern is also perfect for a warm winter hat.

Halloween Costumes for Kids

3.  Airplane Costume ~ This airplane costume makes me zoom with delight!  It’s mostly constructed from cardboard boxes and some basic supplies from the craft store.

Easy Halloween Costume

4.  Stick Figure Costume ~ This costume cracks me up!  It’s so easy to make too, white clothes, electrical tape, a paper plate, markers and some string is all you need.

Family Theme

Family Theme Costume

5.  Mary Poppins ~ Let’s go fly a kite with the Mary Poppin’s gang!  There’s a tutorial for Bert, Mary and this cute little dancing penguin.

Dr. Seuss Costumes

6.  Dr. Seuss Costumes ~ “Say! I like Green Eggs and Ham! I do! I like them Sam I Am!” How adorable are these Dr. Seuss costumes?!  They are made from mostly felt.

Family Themed Costume

7.  Little Red Riding Hood + Wolf + Huntsman ~ Here are the costumes I put together for the kids this year for Halloween. We decided Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Woodsman would be really fun. I made Red’s cloak and the wolfie’s outfit.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

8.  No-Sew Shark Halloween Costume ~ How adorable is this no-sew shark costume?!  Your little man will be able to stay warm for the chilly Halloween.  Another plus?  It only costs approximately $10 to make!  Can’t go wrong with that!

Kids Costume Ideas

9.  Transformer Rescue Bot Costume {how-to} ~ If you have a Transformer fan then this dress-up/Halloween costume is for you. It’s made from jersey cotton so it is comfortable enough to transform into a new role, a rescue bot. All of the patterns that were used have been included in the post to make it easier on you. {wink}

Homemade Halloween Costume

10.  DIY Charlie Brown Costume ~ Black shorts. Check. Yellow t-shirt. Check.  All you need to do is add a felt chevron stripe to the t-shirt.  You don’t even need to sew it on you can hot glue it.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

11.  Batman Costume DIY {Simple Halloween Costumes} ~ This is a fun diy batman costume for the little super hero at your house! Recycled from a pair of suit pants, you can create a cape and mask! Yup you read that right, suit pants! Your little man will love his batman costume, which is perfect for halloween or even just to play around in!

Halloween Costumes for Kids

12.  No-Sew Elmo Costume ~ This Elmo costume is so adorable and perfect for boys and girls.  It’s an easy no-sew project by gluing red felt fringe to red sweats.  {smiling}

Costume Ideas for Kids

13.  Pippi Longstocking Halloween Costume ~ You can make this entire outfit from clothes you already have at home.  All you need is mismatched clothes and shoes and a twig or floral wire for the braids.  You can’t beat free!

Ghost Template

14.  DIY Ghost Costume ~ This adorable spooky ghost costume can be made in about 10 minutes using cheap white fabric.  The lace eyes are priceless!

DIY Halloween Costume

15.  DIY Mummy Costume {Easy Halloween Costumes} ~ If you love homemade Halloween costumes, but aren’t a whiz with the sewing machine, this easy homemade mummy costume is perfect.  It doesn’t require any sewing, just some fabric and glue.

DIY Baby Halloween Costumes

DIY Costume for Baby

16.  Octopus Costume ~ This adorable octopus costume is sewn by refashioning a man’s t-shirt.  A “leg belt” was sewn with a velcro closure so that it can be easily removed.  The under clothes are a dyed onesie and cotton pants.

DIY Baby Costume Ideas

17.  Monsters Inc Costumes {Mike + Sully} ~ This little Mike has to be the cutest around.  Bleach dyed cotton pants, embellished onesie and a hard hat complete the outfit.

Homemade Costumes for Baby

18.  Wild Things Costume ~ This seriously adorable costume is based on the children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are.  Sewn from a basic McCall’s pattern with mostly felt and fleece.

Homemade Halloween Costume for Baby

19.  No-Sew iPhone Costume ~ Your little one will be definitely be your favorite app with this adorable no-sew iPhone costume.  Download the free app templates and trace on felt to make this costume.

Adult Halloween Costumes

20.  Wonder Woman Skirt {tutorial} ~ If you are in need of a last minute Halloween costume then this is the perfect tutorial for you.  After all, Wonder Woman is an all time super hero favorite that’s perfect for any age!

DIY Medusa Costume

21.  DIY Medusa Costume ~ Looking for a costume that’s a head turner, but don’t have a lot of time or money to spend on it? You’ll love this idea or Morena’s!  It’s another one of her quick “go to” costumes.  She’s worn it a few times and it always attracts a lot of attention. It’s kind of hard not to stare at the lady with snakes on her head!

Homemade Adult Costume

22.  Bride of Frankenstein Costume ~ Two flowy nightgowns from the thrift store and tulle were used to make this awesome Bride of Frankenstein costume.

Adult Costume Ideas

23.  Pregnant Skeleton Costume ~ If you’re pregnant and looking for a cool homemade Halloween Costume, here’s the one for you! This tutorial has a baby skeleton on the belly and fast food in the belly for the Dad!  {{bwaahaa!}}

Funny Halloween Costumes

Funny Halloween Costumes

24.  The Incredibles ~ How fun are these Incredibles costumes?!  Felt icons were added to red sweatpants and red shirts.  Print the free pattern to make your own icons.

Grumpy Old People

25.  Grumpy Old People ~ Morena and her husband LOVE to dress up for Halloween, and this is a favorite.  It was thrown together at the last minute but super simple and effective.  {{wink}}

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Costume Ideas

26.  Chief of Police & Robbers Costumes ~ A chief of police and three robbers as a fun homemade Halloween costume for the entire family.

 Awesome Costumes

27.  DIY Star Wars Costumes ~ These Star Wars costumes are seriously amazing!  It’s a perfect theme for a large family.  The tutorials include Princess Leia, Darth Vader, R2D2, Jedi Knights and Yoda.

Family Costume Ideas

28.  Caveman Costume Tutorial ~ The provided pattern can be altered to any size.  If you can sew a straight line you can conquer this project.


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