Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no better excuse for getting you and your kids dressed up in your scariest costumes, and eating lots of chocolate!
Whilst heading to the nearest supermarket to pick up a costume for your child is extremely easy if you’re rushed off your feet; we want to show you ten creative Halloween costume ideas for 2018 that are quick and easy. All you need is a little bit of imagination, and some help from your kids!
So, if you’re wondering how to make a Halloween fancy dress costume, you’ve come to the right place! Take a look at our 10 favourite kids’ Halloween outfit ideas below.
Witches & Wizards
Sure, it’s the most traditional Halloween fancy dress costume, but witches and wizards are iconic for a reason!
To make a witch outfit, you’ll need a black dress, some felt for the pointy black hat, and twigs to create a broom.
Store-bought witch costumes can be expensive, whereas homemade Halloween costumes for kids can be cheaper, and much more original. Your daughter can show off her personality by customising her black dress – net, sequins, glitter… you name it, anything goes!
Alternatively, if you want to create a wizard outfit, all you need to do is follow the same steps above, except switch out the dress for a black top and trousers, and the broom for a wand.
Image credit: Country Living
Forget sticking a sheet over your child and proclaiming they’re a ghost: we have a much better suggestion, that’s (almost) as hassle-free, and will have them looking suitably ghoulish.
You can easily pick up some white fleece from a fabric store (measure your child’s height beforehand so you know how much to get), black felt to create the face, fabric glue and scissors.
Cut a circle in the centre of the felt so the costume can go over their head, and for extra decoration, cut small strips around the outside of the felt, which you can then tie into knots.
Finally, create a scary ghost face out of the black felt, which you can then glue onto the front of your costume. Sorted… one of the easiest costumes for kids, and it’s the perfect Halloween fancy dress for toddlers, because it’s so comfy to wear.
Get the full tutorial here.
Image credit: Bombshell Bling
There are so many Halloween costume ideas to choose from, but we think this Scarecrow outfit is extremely cute! It’s probably the most time-consuming idea on this list, but it’s not difficult – it just requires a lot of cutting and measuring.
To recreate this look, you’ll need two rolls of orange tulle, one roll of yellow tulle, brown and orange ribbon, a sunflower and some elastic.
When you measure your child, bear in mind the dress will poof up, so make it longer than you actually want.
For the finishing touches, use brown lipstick to paint their noses, draw stitches with brown eyeliner, and create rosy cheeks with blusher. Find the full tutorial here.
Image credit: Designer Trapped
This no sew outfit is one of the best Halloween costumes for kids and toddlers we’ve seen! For this, you’ll need to pick up a cheap black hoodie (an oversized one works best), several squares of coloured felt, hot glue and some scissors.
Cut the felt into triangles (you’ll want about 20) – to get them the same size, cut a triangle out of paper that you can use as a pattern. Once you’ve done that, simply fold the hoodie in half and glue the triangles right down the middle, making sure you alternate between colours. Then, turn the hoodie onto the other side and glue another row of triangles – or “scales” – in between the ones you’ve just done.
The result? A super scary Halloween costume that’s comfy and warm… perfect for trick or treating! Get the full tutorial here.
Image credit: Ginger Snap Crafts
Three Blind Mice
Anyone with triplets out there? (Or a baby and two friends with babies the same age?). If you do, then this Halloween is the perfect time to recreate the cutest costume you can possibly think of.
Based around a grey baby grow, you can make your own mouse ears by attaching two pieces of felt onto a headband, and wrapping a ribbon around it. For the cane, just pick up a wooden stick from your local DIY store, and paint it white (with the exception of the bottom five inches, which should be red).
Sew a long, thing strip of brown fabric into a tail, which you can stuff with newspaper or cotton wool, and then attach it to the baby grow with a safety pin.
The final touch? Some sunglasses! And there you have it, one third of the three blind mice. Get the full tutorial here.
Image credit: The House That Lars Built
Peter Pan’s Shadow
Another of our no sew Halloween fancy dress costume ideas, Peter Pan’s shadow is an original choice, and you’re pretty much guaranteed that no other child will have had the same idea!
This is super easy, so it’s a great choice if time isn’t on your side. You’ll need a black morph suit, and some felt to create the hat and tunic. Cut triangles into the sleeves and around the hem, and then tie a long strip of felt around the middle, to act as a belt.
Get the full tutorial here.
Image credit: Tikkido
Maybe not the most original on our list of Halloween costume ideas for 2018, but it’s certainly one of the spookiest. Dress your child in a white vest and leggings, before wrapping layers and layers of bandages around them. You’ll need to do this fairly tightly, so this costume is ideal for older kids, as little ones may find it a bit too restrictive.
For the zombie look, it’s time to get creative with face paint – there are lots of YouTube tutorials you can follow, or alternatively you can show off your creative flair and try it freestyle.
Image credit: Barracudas
Be honest: did you totally forget it was Halloween? That’s OK, it happens to the best of us. If you’re in need of a last-minute costume for your child, then we have the perfect solution: the classic black cat.
To create this look, all you’ll need is an all-black outfit (it can be anything: a dress, top and trousers, or a pretty black tutu). You can either buy the ears, or make them yourself by gluing two triangles of felt on a headband.
For the tail, the quickest and most inventive technique is to cut a wire hanger and stretch it out, leaving a slight bend at the end, and wrap a feather boa around it, sticking it in place with hot glue. For the finishing touches, paint a little black nose and long whiskers on your child – eyeliner works well.
One of the simplest Halloween fancy dress costume ideas, your child can dress up as a black cat in no time at all, ready for a fun evening of trick or treating.
Image credit: Country Living
Cowboys & Cowgirls
If you have twins or two best friends who want to dress the same, then this year, follow this Halloween fancy dress costume idea.
For the cowboy look, cut up some old jeans and sew on cow-print fabric to make chaps, then add a white shirt, waistcoat and neckerchief. Of course, you can’t finish the look without a hat – either buy one or make it yourself with felt and hot glue.
If it’s a cowgirl costume your child is after, you’ll need some gingham fabric to make a flouncy skirt (it doesn’t matter what colour), and get some matching ribbon for plaits. Finally, you’ll need a white shirt, a belt and a hat.
Image credit: The Crafting Chicks
Another great idea if you’re extremely short on time, is this lumberjack outfit. The best thing about it, is it’s the perfect Halloween fancy dress for toddlers, little children and older ones too! After all, the checked shirt and jeans are likely in your son’s wardrobe already.
To make the beard, glue layers of brown fabric on top of each other, before cutting slits across them. Attach a loop of elastic on either end, which you can then slide over your child’s ears. Leave a little extra fabric at the end, which you can tuck into the hat.
To create the axe, you’ll need a wooden stick, some cardboard and string – it’s pretty easy to make. You can find the full tutorial here.
Image credit: Make It & Love It
Making these Halloween fancy dress costume ideas with your children is a fun thing to do together, and it won’t break the bank or take up much of your time.
To finish the look, make sure your child is wearing their comfiest shoes – choosing the right kids’ footwear is essential if they’ll be spending the evening trick or treating or playing games at a Halloween party.