10 Funny Halloween Costumes That Are Easy to Make

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Whether Halloween means heading to a friend’s party or taking the kids out trick-or-treating, these funny Halloween costumes for both kids and adults are sure to win compliments—not to mention at least a few chuckles. Kids will get a kick out of a costume covered in green slime or they will enjoy turning into a banana split topped with ice cream scoops. Grown-ups will win the best-dressed award with a devilish “mailer daemon” costume that wanders the party returning rejected mail, while linguists will love dressing as a grammar cop and issuing citations to the worst offenders. Whichever costume you choose, don’t be afraid to get into character. The best part is that each of these ideas can be created from materials you likely already own, plus a few basic supplies from the craft supply store or dollar store. An inexpensive laundry bag becomes a magic cape, while a pink tablecloth transforms into a set of butterfly wings. Crafted from things collected around the house, these costumes cut costs, yet still deliver big laughs.

1

Social (Media) Butterfly Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Styling: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Large sheet of cardstock
  • Pink plastic tablecloth
  • Spray adhesive
  • Pink felt
  • Iron-on fabric transfer paper
  • Dress
  • Butterflies, such as these from Michaels
  • Headband
  • Optional: selfie stick

Follow These Steps:

  1. Cut the paper into a set of wings. Trace the wings onto the tablecloth twice and cut out, then attach the tablecloth pieces to both sides of the wings with spray adhesive. Cut decorative wing details from the felt and glue onto the wings.
  2. Print social media symbols onto fabric transfer sheets (remember to reverse text or images before printing), then iron them onto the dress. Glue butterflies onto the dress and headband. Optional: Have your child hold a selfie stick.

2

I Got Slimed! Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Stylist: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Store-bought green slime, found at craft supply stores or toy stores
  • T-shirt
  • Baseball cap

Follow These Steps:

  1. Attach slime to the T-shirt and drip slime down the baseball cap. Let it set overnight (it will absorb into the fabric and become less sticky). Save some fresh slime for your child to play with while wearing the costume.

3

Cat Out of the Bag Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Stylist: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Orange marabou feather trim (found at crafts supply stores)
  • White shirt
  • White felt
  • Headband
  • 2 foam core boards
  • Brown craft paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Brown tape
  • Brown ribbon

Follow These Steps:

  1. Glue marabou trim around the cuffs, collar, and arms of a white shirt. Cut triangular ears out of the white felt and attach orange marabou trim. Glue the ears onto a headband.
  2. To make the box, cut the foam boards into two same-size rectangles large enough to cover your child’s chest. Using spray adhesive, attach brown craft paper to the boards. Cut strips of paper for the sides of the bag and use brown tape to attach them to the boards. To make shoulder straps, cut two lengths of ribbon a few inches longer than the desired strap length. Adhere the pieces to the tops of the boards and let dry completely.


4

Spice Girls Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Styling: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Yellow foam sheet
  • Red apron
  • Adhesive letters
  • Red plastic party hat

Follow These Steps:

  1. Cut the foam into a slanted strip, about 7 inches wide and the length of the width of the apron. Glue the strip to the front of the apron. Use letters to spell out the spice name. Top off the look with a red plastic hat.

5

Smart Cookie Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Styling: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Brown fabric
  • Tape
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Brown pom-poms
  • Black ribbon

Follow These Steps:

  1. Cut cardboard into a circle large enough to cover your child’s chest. Trace a circle several inches larger than the cardboard shape onto the fabric and cut out. Start wrapping the fabric around the edge of the cardboard and tape to the back of the board to secure in place. Stop about three-quarters of the way around the circle and fill the pocket between the felt and cardboard with stuffing, then tape the last portion closed. Glue on pom-poms for chocolate chips. Attach strips of wide ribbon to the top of the cookie and tie them behind your child’s neck.

6

Banana Split Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Styling: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 styrofoam half balls (such as this one from Michaels)
  • Felt in white, light brown, dark brown, and pink
  • Colorful buttons
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Red pom-poms
  • Dress
  • Headband

Follow These Steps:

  1. To make the ice cream scoops, cover the styrofoam half balls in felt, creating one white, one pink, and one light brown scoop. Cut the dark brown felt to create hot fudge and glue onto the top of each scoop. Glue on a puff of fiber fill for the whipped cream and a red pom-pom for the cherry on top. Add colorful buttons for the sprinkles. Adhere two scoops to the dress and one to the headband.


7

Under the Weather Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Styling: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Small white balloons
  • Wooden dowel
  • Blue and yellow cardstock
  • String
  • Ice pack
  • Headband

Follow These Steps:

  1. Blow up approximately 7 small balloons. Arrange 3 balloons around one end of the dowel and glue in place. Adhere the other balloons onto the base balloons to form a cloud shape. Cut a lightning bolt from the yellow cardstock and glue to the dowel, just below the cloud. Cut the blue cardstock into teardrop shapes and glue onto several lengths of string, spacing them out to form the raindrops. Glue the strings to the underside of the balloon cloud.
  2. Complete the look by attaching the ice pack to the headband.

8

Grammar Police Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Stylist: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Adhesive letters
  • Black shirt
  • Baseball cap
  • Gold paper
  • Belt
  • Plastic handcuffs
  • Notepad
  • Sunglasses

Follow These Steps:

  1. Write “Grammar Police” with adhesive letters on the front of the shirt. Attach “they’re, their, there” on the baseball cap. Cut paper into the shape of a sheriff’s badge and tape it to the belt. Accessorize with the handcuffs, sunglasses, and a notepad to jot down the names of grammar rule breakers.

9

Mailer Daemon Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Stylist: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Shopping bag
  • Wide black ribbon
  • Red, white, and blue ribbon
  • Envelopes and empty boxes
  • Adhesive letters
  • Blue baseball cap
  • Devil ears
  • Black tape

Follow These Steps:

  1. Remove the handles from the shopping bag. Cut the black ribbon to the desired length of the shoulder strap and glue the ends to the sides of the bag. Adhere the red, white, and blue ribbon around the bottom of the bag. Fill the bag with envelopes and boxes.
  2. Spell out “Return to sender” in adhesive letters on a large envelope.
  3. Print out a postal service symbol, glue it onto the baseball cap, and top with the devil ears.
  4. Line the sides of the pants with black tape.


10

Magic 8-Ball Costume

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Photo by Kate Lacey; Styling: Kristine Trevino

What You’ll Need:

  • Black maternity dress
  • White fabric paint
  • Adhesive felt
  • Purple cardstock
  • Adhesive letters
  • Black laundry bag, such as this nylon one

Follow These Steps:

  1. Paint a white circle onto the stomach of the dress and let dry. Cut an “8” from the felt and attach to the white circle.
  2. Cut a triangle from the cardstock, write out “I see diapers in your future” in adhesive letters, and glue it to the front of the dress.
  3. To make a cape, cut the laundry bag in half widthwise, remove the drawstring from the top, and replace it with a red ribbon.