Looking for an alternative to buying a ready-made Halloween costume this year? Here are 10 easy (enough) kids Halloween costumes you can make yourself and still keep your sanity.
This costume is easy enough, especially if your child already has a cute rain coat and galoshes. Add a clear umbrella with pictures of cats and dogs taped to it, and a few more hanging by strings, and you're done. (Shown in photo, from Parenting.com.)
Perfect for a crawling baby, a red pillow (for tuna), orange (for salmon), or yellow (for tomago) is attached with a wide black or dark green sash to a "rice" baby dressed in white. Add a light green hat for wasabi, pink for sliced ginger, or a green spiky crown to resemble the plastic grass decoration.
All you need is a chef's hat, oven mitts, and an apron—and voila, one chef ready to go!
4. Train Engineer
Perfect for the train-obsessed child, an engineer can be simply created with striped overalls and a cap—add a red bandanna around the neck and a train whistle and your little one is ready to ride the rails.
Use black duct tape on white clothes to make a zebra, or black duct tape on orange clothes for a tiger. (Shown in photo, from Disney FamilyFun.)
6. Zoo Keeper
Dress your child in a khaki shirt or vest and cargo shorts or pants, and let him carry his choice of stuffed animal to be a zoo keeper. Add a large ring with keys to complete the look. If you're feeling ambitious, you can even make a vest from a paper bag.
7. Wood Nymph or Pixie
Wear brown clothing and attach branches, flowers, and leaves. For a pixie, just add a halo of ribbons or flowers and a little sparkly eyeshadow. If you have an old shirt or pants, cut them in a zig-zag pattern for another great addition to this costume.
8. Biggest Fan
If you have gear from a favorite sports team, dress your child in that and add face paint or hair spray in the team colors. If your child has a favorite movie or rock star, wear their tee shirt and add hair gel or color for a funky hair style. For an added touch, have your child bring an autograph book!
9. Christmas Tree
Working with a green base, decorate with Christmas ornaments and tinsel. Top off your creation with a bow, star, or a green party hat as the tree's top.
10. Karate, Ballet Dancer, or Soccer Player
Don't re-invent the Halloween costume! If your child participates in an activity she loves, let her enjoy wearing the uniform for Halloween. My daughter loves going as a ballerina, with her hair in a bun and a little sparkly eyeshadow.
Happy Halloween! Do you have more easy homemade Halloween costume ideas?