Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids 

 Originally Written: October 14, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

42-15355717Kids get excited about Halloween – getting dressed up, getting tons of sweets and having fun. Not so much fun for parents, especially those on who are on a tight budget.

Believe me – you can improvise and get a good costume made right in your home and at a fraction of what it would cost to buy one! Here are a few ideas for you – not meant to create the exact replica of pictures, but to give you ideas as to what you can do!


Ghost: so easy and totally inexpensive! Just get a white sheet from your linen closet you can part with – and if you don’t have one, visit a second hand store. You will most definitely find one there for as little as a $1. Cut holes where your child’s eyes and mouth would be and if you want, use a black permanent marker to draw things like a spider web, chains, etc.


Hobo: Visit those boxes in your basement or attic where you stored old clothes. May be you planned to use them for gardening – but they will become handy to make a hobo costume. And how difficult can it be to get your kid’s face dirty?


Clown: Go through your closets and pull out clothes that are too small or too old. Mismatched patterns, colours that don’t go together, etc. – picture a rodeo clown and go from there. You can make a hat from construction paper or use an old hat and decorate it with used silk flowers. If you are going to use large shoes, make sure your child can walk safely in them!

Little Princess
Little Princess

Little Princess – I am sure you have old lacey slips in your drawers – maybe even some you don’t remember anymore. Get some fancy sparkley netting at a discount store – it wont cost you more than couple of dollars. Decorate the slip with it – if you put it around the bottom edge, it will look really royal and add to the richness of the outfit! Go through your jewellery – bet you have some that will greatly enhance the outfit! You can fashion a little crown with cardboard covered with aluminum foil and glue beads on it – just get creative – this has to be one of the easiest costumes to make!


Angel: As easy as the ghost one – start with a white sheet. Spray it lightly with clear spray paint and toss glitter on it. Do this while the paint is wet – you want the glitter to stick to the material. Halo and wings are easily made using wire coat hangers covered with aluminum foil. You can make a fancy belt or add accessories as you see fit.


Tourist: You know that ancient summer shirt with flowers that you tried to throw away so many times? Start with that one – as long as the colours are nice and loud. Add a typically touristy hat, camera around the neck, stick a map in every pocket…. and there you go!

Hope these ideas will be helpful to you – please send in your comments, suggestions and ideas! Your input is always appreciated!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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