You know Fall’s arrived when you walk into Walmart or other discount store and are greeted with racks of Halloween costumes and piles of treat sized candies. Yes, there are lots of costume choices out there, ranging from the classic witch costume (I always seemed to be a witch for Halloween when I was a kid) and the newest popular cartoon characters. And this year there are of course those frightful masks of the politicians running for President.
In our family those generic store bought Halloween costumes just won’t do. We don’t like running into the same exact costume while we’re trick or treating on Halloween night. Ever since my kids were young I’ve always made them homemade costumes, now I make them for the grandkids.
Here are some Creative Kids’ Halloween Costumes I’ve made over the last few years. I hope they inspire you to get creative and make something cool for your kids this year!
If you haven’t heard already Pokemon is big this year! Thanks to the recently launched game Pokemon Go you’ll be seeing a bunch of pint sized Pikachus this year.
When we asked my 3 year old grandson Jett what he wanted to be this year he immediately said Pikachu! So instead of buying a generic Pikachu I hauled out my Singer and started sewing. In fact we took it a step further. I made Pikachu costumes for Jett and my 2 year old grandson Sadi, and a Jiggly Puff costume for his twin sister Harper.
This picture shows the twins trying on their costumes, it was hard getting them to stand still long enough to take pictures. I’ll post Jett’s picture as soon as I have one, I had to send his costume to Colorado.
I used Minky Fleece material I ordered from Fabric.com for these costumes. I lined it with a coordinating cotton blend fabric. For a bit of fluff I used heavy cotton batting in between the outer fabric and the lining. The ears, tail, and curl are stuffed with polyfill. The shoulder straps have snaps for easy on and off.
I made my own patter by tracing the twin’s onesie and Jett’s romper. I just made my tracing an inch more all around. I also deleted the sleeves. I found a hood pattern from the web, there are many you can use. The stripes on the Pikachu costume are appliqued on using brown fleece. I cut the strips freehand.
This costume requires sewing skills and a sewing machine. It took me about 4 hours to make each one.
Last year Jett was “Eye Candy”. I crocheted this Candy Corn Hat and sweater and attached crocheted “eyes” on both.
He won first place in 3 Halloween costume contests with this one!
I posted the pattern for this costume last year. Click here for the free pattern!
This Creative Kids’ Halloween Costume doesn’t require sewing skills, but you must know how to crochet.
Last year the twins were Minions.
This was pretty simple, most beginner crocheters can make this beanie. It’s a basic beanie pattern appliqued with crocheted eye or eyes, and a bow for the girly Minion. The costume is completed by denim coveralls with a “G” pinned on the front. You can either crochet the “G” or use felt.
Click here for the Minion Hat crochet pattern, it’s free!
A couple of years ago Jett was a “Chick Magnet”.
This costume requires no sewing skills! All you need are felt, scissors, and hot glue. The “feathers” are glued on to a pair of sweat pants and sweatshirt. The chick cap does require basic crochet skills. Again it’s a basic beanie with the beak appliqued on. The eyes are large wiggly eyes you can find at most craft stores.
Click here for free instructions and pattern!
One year Devon was Noisy Boy, the fighting robot from the movie Real Steel.
This costume require absolutely no sewing or crocheting skills! It’s made by cutting shapes out of a cardboard box and gluing them together.
The pieces are then spray painted purple and the symbols were painted on with craft glue.
Just before heading out to trick or treat the makeup was applied on Devon’s face. We worked from a picture of the robot to make this costume.
Not to be out done that year, Dion was Two Face, a movie villain.
This costume was made by literally destroying the Tuxedo he wore to my daughter’s wedding that spring. The “logic” being he was outgrowing the tux anyway and this was a good way to use it one more time.
Half the tux was singed using a lighter, my son had the honor of doing this. Be careful you don’t burn the house down. We did this outside in the back patio. All you have to do is touch the material of the tux with a hot lighter, the long ones used to light barbecue grills, the polyester material will shrivel up and burn.
Then just before heading out for trick or treating the textured makeup was applied to half his face.
This costume requires no skills, just lots of caution!