Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas - Part 1: Costumes For Kids

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Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween is my favorite holiday.   I really love making costumes, and the simpler, the better.  For the next couple of days I will be sharing some homemade costumes I've made in the past.  If you are looking for costume ideas this year, I hope my posts will inspire you!

Making homemade costumes isn't really that hard.  The great part about sewing costumes is they don't have to be perfect and you don't need a lot of sewing experience.  There are some very basic patterns that even beginners can understand and work with. 

 

three bears

Part 1:  Costumes For Kids

 

Animal costumes are always popular and you can get one simple pattern that will enable you to make many different animals. 

Depending on the shape of the ears, type of tail and choice of fabric, one pattern can go a long way. 

Using the same pattern, I was able to make these bear costumes for The Three Bears

and a lamb costume to accompany Little Bo Peep. 

 

little bo peep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

child's lion costume

 

 

 

For a very easy animal costume - start with footie pajamas and just add mittens, a tail, and ears.  I attached yarn to one of those pull on knit hats that covers the whole head (except for the face) to create this lion costume (my very first costume).

 

 Raggedy Ann wig is made from yarn and knit cap too! 

raggedy ann costume 

 

 

child's scarecrow costume

 

  

My all time favorite costume for my kids was this scarecrow costume.

All you need is an old pair of jeans, flannel shirt and a floppy hat.  Hand sew colorful patches to the hat, pants and shirt.  Use rope as a belt.  I cut the sleeve cuffs off the shirt and tied some string around the wrists to give sleeves a gathered look.

For headpiece:  Sew two pieces of fabric to form a sack...like a pillowcase (or just use an old pillowcase) and then cut a circle out for the face. 

Place over child's head and loosely tie a rope around the neck.

  

 

 

 

childs costume

 

 

 

 

 

This half boy/half girl costume looks really difficult, but it was really simple to make. 

I just cut the boy clothes in half and attached them over the dress. 

 

 

  

 

psycho santa

 

 

 

 

 

This prize winning costume was the brainchild of my daughter, Ashley.  She thought up this one all on her own.  She called it Psycho Santa. 

She used burnt cork to dirty her face, and added a plastic cigar, bad wig, and a hatchet to an old Santa suit. 

 

 

 

 

Cold Weather Tip: 

After going to all the trouble of making the costume, it's a shame to cover it up with a jacket.  Make costumes big enough so that a jacket can be worn underneath. 

 

Convenience Tip for storm doors:

When the children come to your door to Trick or Treat, do you open the storm door out into them and have to reach around it to hand out the candy?  Remove the screen or glass from your door for Halloween and you can hand out the candy hassle free.

 

Other Halloween Costume Ideas:

Part 2:  Think Out of the Box     Part 3:  Costumes For Groups

 

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Kathy Streib
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Sharon- it's nice to see that moms (and dads) still make their costumes, rather than order one off the internet.  Very cute.

Oct 12, 2009 05:55 AM #1
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Steve Loynd
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Sharon, what are you doing next week I could use a new costume...been playing a real estate broker for years.

Oct 12, 2009 10:01 AM #2
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Kathy:  I'm not sure about moms "still making costumes" because these costumes weren't exactly made yesterday!  LOL!  I want to believe that some moms are still doing this, because it is such a great way to spend quality time with your kids and create very special memories. 

Steve:  I think the real estate broker costume works for you!  Don't fix it, if it ain't broke!  Maybe just add a cape and some tights...all super heroes have a cape!

Oct 12, 2009 10:07 AM #3
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Ana Hitzel
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Hi Sharon, great ideas.  I wish I had the picture but here's another easy one I borrowed from a friend.

It was a Deviled Egg costume. It won a contest too!  Just take 2 round pieces of sturdy white felt velcro together leaving leg, arm and hole for head.  Hot glue big yellow yolk in center.   Velcro red devil tail and accesorize with red sparkly devil horns and fork! 

Oct 12, 2009 10:17 AM #4
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Sharon Tara
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Ana:  That would work well for an adult too!  I love it, thanks!

Oct 12, 2009 10:37 AM #5
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Ana Hitzel
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ur welcome enjoy!

Oct 12, 2009 01:22 PM #6
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Lou Ludwig
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Sharon

Great idea, the kids are looking good.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 12, 2009 01:34 PM #7
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Sharon Tara
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Lou:  It was fun looking back...so many wonderful memories!  Thanks!

Oct 12, 2009 01:34 PM #8
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Great costumes Sharon. My favorite was the scarecrow and three bears. My favorite costume we made for our son was Zorro - I've got to go find that picture.

Oct 12, 2009 02:07 PM #9
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Sharon, what fun.  I keep trying to teach my grandkids to sew for reasons just like this.  Thanks for sharing. 

Oct 12, 2009 03:14 PM #10
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Sharon Tara
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Lee & Carol:  Thank you!  If you find the Zorro picture, please share it here!  I would love to see it.

Ginger:  I wish I lived closer to you so you could teach me to sew!  Thanks.

Oct 13, 2009 02:57 AM #11
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Leslie Helm
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You are so clever! No wonder you're so good at staging houses!

My mother always made our costumes, mostly with stuff that was already in the house. One year I was "Aunt Jemima" with two pillows and a pair of suspenders, a red "housedress," a red bandanna...and a corked face. Other choices were bums (Dad's old clothes), a scarecrow  or a ghost, with an old white sheet. I always wanted to be a butterfly or a ballerina but no joy! I think it's sad that kids now get a boxed costume from Walmart or Walgreen's and miss out on all the creativity.

Oct 13, 2009 08:38 AM #12
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Ginger Foust
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Sharon if you don't sew, how do you make these?  GLUE???

Oct 13, 2009 11:18 AM #13
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Leslie:  I wish there was a picture of that Aunt Jemima costume!  I remember the "bum" costume, it was quite popular.  People are all about the convenience these days and shopping for a costume is just easier.  It is so much fun to work on together...I wouldn't trade the experience for anything!

Ginger:  I sew, just not finish sewing.  I can piece things together and I can follow a pattern.  I have a very nice sewing machine, I'm just not using it to it's potential.

 

Oct 13, 2009 12:32 PM #14
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Sharon - look what Praful sent out this morning--your great costumes, a blast from the past. I love the yarn on knit cap idea--very effective. Enjoy your favorite holiday!

Oct 27, 2015 12:10 AM #15
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Sharon Tara
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Lottie Kendall  I got a notification that Praful shared some posts of mine, but when I clicked on them it told me I was already a member. Not sure what happened. I have no idea how he shared???

Thank you though!

Oct 27, 2015 12:24 AM #16
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