When my son was born, I was so excited to get him a cute little costume to wear on his first Halloween. He was 2 1/2 months old and was nowhere near ready for candy but I have always loved dressing up on Halloween so I couldn’t wait to buy him a little costume. Boy did I get sticker shock when I walked into the costume store to see that I was going to have to spend approximately $40 for a newborn Halloween costume.
That was when I decided that I will NEVER buy my kids costumes at the store. There are TONS of tutorials out there for Do-It-Yourself Costumes and even for someone like me who does not sew whatsoever, you can still find some good ones! I thought, with Halloween coming up on us fast, that there might be a few of you still on the hunt for a cheap, easy costume! I put all of my faves in one place for you!
Before I start on the DIY’s, I want to throw out there a few tips:
1: Look for local children’s consignment shops that might have used costumes for cheap! Also, look up any costume swaps in the area where you can drop off an old costume and pick out another for free!
2: This past year, I’ve noticed that Target has been carrying a LOT of “character” clothing such as superhero shirts with the cape attached or Elsa dresses. They are in the regular clothes section and aren’t so costume-y so they could easily be used throughout the year as well. Which brings me to my next tip…
3: Pick a costume that your child will love to dress in throughout the year- not just one night. If you are going to spend any money at all, make it useful. There are many reasons we won’t ever have our kids in scary costumes like monsters or zombies but one of the big ones that I think of every year is the fact that, when you buy a Grim Reaper costume, your child is going to wear it ONE night and then never again! Where if your little girl dresses as a princess or your little boy a fireman, chances are they will want to play in those costumes over and over again. To me, that is the ONLY way I would spend money on a Halloween costume.
Here’s a look at our past 3 years costumes:
Now, as for the DIY’s: I’ll admit, this is my first year with a DIY costume and I was a little intimidated! But I got through it and I think it turned out pretty cute! You see, I know that it won’t be long before Preston will be begging for a certain costume and my opinion of what he should be won’t matter anymore. So I’m taking advantage of these young years! Haha! Being the Disney buff I am, I decided that Preston and Trinity would be Minnie and Mickey this year.
Trinity’s costume was pretty easy. I had already gotten her this polka dot dress with a matching bow for $8 from the Mama app. I then found the bloomers at a children’s consignment shop for $2 and my idea was hatched! At Walmart, I got her a black shirt for $3 and she already had a pair of black leggings. I used a red stretchy headband she had already and used black foam for the ears on the headband and her red patent leather shoes (which I had gotten at an online yard sale) just make the outfit! (I am WELL aware that Minnie wears yellow shoes but I was not about to go on a hunt for some to fit my size 1 daughter for one night!) Draw some black lines on some baby sized white gloves ($.50) and a black nose and she’s all set! $14.50 total plus she’ll easily be able to wear the entire outfit separately and it won’t even look like a costume!
Preston’s costume was a little more challenging because we pretty much had to start from scratch. We managed to get it all together though!
We started with black leggings and a black long sleeved shirt ($3 each at Walmart). Next I went on a hunt for red shorts which, by the way, are impossible to find in September- even in Florida. So I ended up buying a pair of red jogging pants from Walmart for $3 (they have a black stripe down the side but, hey, close enough). I cut the shorts Incredible Hulk style then used Magic hem tape ($3) to fold up the rough edges. I then used white foam ($1) with one sticky side to cut out the “buttons” and stick them on the pants.
Finally, I bought a pair of yellow socks in my size ($1) and made slits in the bottom of them to wear as shoe covers since Mickey’s shoes are yellow. White gloves ($1) and a black nose make it perfect! Less than $20 and the shirt and shorts can be reworn anytime as well as I will save the headband and leggings for Trinity as she gets older!
So that is what MY kids will be dressed as this year. Still on the hunt for a costume for you kids? Here are some of my faves that are great last-minute costumes!
The following costumes I love but couldn’t find a tutorial for. Most seem pretty self-explanatory though. You could just tweak it to make it your own!
There are so many more adorable costumes out there! I hope this helped you in your last-minute ideas!
What are YOUR favorite DIY costumes? I’d love to hear about them and see pictures!
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