DIY Halloween Costumes For Children That Won’t Break Your Budget

Halloween is nearly upon us, and little ones are getting ready to transform into something or someone else. The excitement of trick or treating is building. Sometimes the best Halloween costumes are the ones you make yourself on a budget. Try out some of these ideas.


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This campfire costume is cute and easy to make.

  1. Cut some flame shapes out of yellow, orange and red felt.
  2. Glue them or sew them onto a red shirt or t-shirt.
  3. Glue or sew a strip of brown fabric along the base of the flames.
  4. Cut some pool noodles into small logs, and cover in brown tape. If possible, use different colours of brown so each log is a little different.
  5. Glue the logs onto the brown fabric at differing angles.
  6. Cut a smoke shape out of felt, and use glue to fix on cotton wool, and paint with some grey paint.
  7. Glue the smoke shape onto a headband.




It might take two people to make this costume, but it’s adorable, and still quite easy to make.

  1. Glue cotton wool onto an umbrella and make sure that it’s completely covered.
  2. Cut out some rain drop shapes out of blue card. If you can, use different shades of blue.
  3. Attach the rain drop shapes to blue ribbons, and then fix the ribbons onto the inside of the umbrella.

Your little one can dress in their usual rain gear – raincoat and wellies – for the final touch.




  1. Slice a pool noodle into one-inch slices. You can use pretty much any colour of pool noodle you want.
  2. Find an old hoodie and sweatpants that match each other. If you can, use a colour that contrasts to the colour of the pool noodle.
  3. Glue the pool noodle slices onto the clothing in random places.
  4. Add tufts of fake fur to the middle of the pool noodle circles, and around the hood, wrists, and bottoms.
  5. Use some stiff felt to cut out ear shapes and glue them to the hood. You can add Styrofoam balls, or googly eyes.
  6. Finish the costume with matching face paint. You can make the face paint as simple or as complicated as you want.



  1. Use an old black hoodie, and black trousers, jeans or leggings.
  2. Glue a black feather boa up one arm, around the very edge of the hood, and down the other arm. Depending on the age of your child, you may need two feather boas.
  3. Cut a triangle of black felt and fold it in half to make the beak.
  4. Pop the lenses out of an old pair of sunglasses, or 3D glasses, and then glue the felt triangle to the frames.