Even though adults like Halloween, let’s be real — it’s really for the kids. And even if they run around in Power Ranger or princess clothes all throughout the year, Halloween is the time when they want a new costume and a new look to go with all that new candy.
Have no fear! With a little elbow grease and some creativity — yes, you can make these yourself — you don’t have to spend tons of money to create a good look.
Need proof? Use these clever suggestions for inspiration.
Build a better mouse trap.
via: Mental FlossThis dad cut the wood and mounted it to a wagon, welded on the metal hardware, and made the back half of the mouse to work as a cushion for the child's back. Adorable!
Who ya gonna call?
via: RedditThis adorable little Ghostbuster. Just be careful and watch out for slime...
You're only as old as you feel.
via: Costume WorksThis mom used hand made clothes, stuffing for saggy boobs, and a costume beard that she turned into a wig with a bun. Add in a walker cut down to size and you're all set!
What's on your iPod?
via: PopSugarWith a little paint, minimal artistic talent and a few supplies you will find around your home, you can easily create an iPod costume for your budding music man.
A little LEGO lad.
via: RedditA box, some paint, and a few Solo cups and you have yourself a LEGO. Everything is awesome!
Two peas in a pod.
via: Bored PandaEveryone will be green with envy when you show up with these two little cuties in a stroller that serves as the pod.
He's Jake...from State Farm.
via: ImgurAll it takes is a headset, a red polo shirt and of course, the khakis, and you have yourself your own little agent.
The Coppertone girl.
via: A Party StyleEveryone knows that iconic image. So this mom dressed her adorable daughter in a tan leotard and tights, then reconstructed the backside to reflect the logo, puppy dog, and all!
Spaghetti and meatballs.
via: Brandy J BlogNow that's using your noodle! All it takes is some yarn and creativity.
via: Crap I've MadeThis mom found a Slurpee font and downloaded it, the “cup" is cloth automotive headliner fabric, and used lots and lots of patience and paint. Oh! And the straw is a pool noodle. So creative!
Macaroni and cheese, please.
via: DIY NetworkWho doesn't love the blue box? All it takes is a small round plastic laundry basket about 2 feet tall, 3 sheets of poster board and acrylic paint in blue and yellow.
Up, up, and away!
via: We Know MemesMake yourself a walk. Blow up some balloons. Before you know it, you're a star!
via: Costume WorksThis one might take a bit more work, but you have to think outside the box. Actually, stuff yourself inside the box, get crafty with your paint, and you're good-to-go.
Care to go for a picnic?
via: We Know MemesBasket? Check. Food? Check. Adorable baby stuffed in the basket? You know it!
Dwight from The Office.
via: Bored PandaIt's everyone's favorite person at the office, as long as you don't have to work with him. Then again, it would never be boring there.
E.T. phone home.
via: Rookie MomsThis costume is super simple, requiring only a bike with a basket, a red hoodie, and an E.T. stuffie. And maybe some Reese's Pieces.
Talk about airing your dirty laundry!
via: Costume WorksThis mom used a large box, spray painted it, cut holes in the top and sides for head and arms, and used a deli tray with bubble wrap and blue cellophane for the front part. Then she used portion cups and the spray paint lid for the nobs. The laundry basket is held up with sock suspenders and filled with old clothes, and she also glued socks and underwear to cheap head bands.
A Spelling Bee
via: Real SimpleThis costume starts with a basic black leotard and matching opaque tights. Dress up the leotard with yellow tape and adhesive letters, and for the wings, you’ll need to hit the recycling bin and your closet.
via: Giggles GaloreThis easy handmade costume took me less than an hour to put together and required four pairs of tights, a matching long sleeve shirt, matching hat, belt, white and black felt, and cotton batting. Full instructions here.
And an even smaller octopus.
via: Huffington PostYou can pretty much do the same exact thing here — stuff some tights and attach them to the onesies. Don't forget the cute hat!
via: Three Blind WivesThis one takes some sewing, but once you pop, you can't stop! Instructions here.
Sweet like cotton candy.
via: Costume WorksFor this you need a pink shirt, pillow fill, adhesive spray, pink paint, a clown wig, poster board for the cone, elastic, and pink polka dot knee highs. Full DIY here.
Beware the jellyfish!
via: Giggles GaloreThis one only takes ten minutes and requires a clear umbrella, ribbons, leggings, and a shirt. Full instructions here.
via: Oh Happy DayThe key to a good Frida costume is the flowers in the hair and the unibrow and mustache. Get the full DIY here.
Care for a snack?
via: InstructablesThis requires a number of cardboard boxes, lots of spray paint and duct tape, nine slinkies, a piece of plexi-glass, and some candy. Full DIY here.
She's on a (sushi) roll.
via: Bored PandaThe best part? No fishy aftertaste.
via: PopSugarAll this takes is a box, some paint, and a jacket and hat. Full instructions here.
Don Draper from Mad Men
via: ImgurBasically just dress your little dude in dapper duds and you have the most popular ad exec on the planet.
Feeling a little bit fruity.
via: FlickrNot only is it cute, but it's also a great source of Vitamin C! What more could you ask for?
There's no place like gnome.
via: Ellen TVIt doesn't take much to turn your toddler into a delightful yard decoration, more or less. Who knows? Maybe he'll end up working for Travelocity!
Nothing like a toddler Tardis.
via: FlickrAll the Doctor Who fans out there will appreciate what can be done with a box, some paint, and some patience. Tardis for the win!
A little R2-D2.
via: The Wishful ArtistAny Star Wars fans out there? This one takes a little bit of work, but it's worth it. Full DIY here.
He is wise beyond his years.
via: ImgurAnd smart parents know that it doesn't take much to pull of this look. Ommm...
There's no place like home...
via: PeopleThey're off to see the Wizard! Hope he has good treats...
Breakfast is served!
via: EtsyWho doesn't love bacon and eggs? Especially when they're so stinking cute.
Edward Scissorhands (or rather, Plastic Cutlery Hands).
via: InstructablesThe key to this one — other than the scissorhands — are the realistic scars. Get the full DIY here.
via: YouTubeConsider the candy the accessory to this creative piñata creation Then again, this costume could be a little bit dangerous... Watch out for flying sticks!
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
via: Costume WorksLace's out! Everyone knows laces go out! Get the full Finkle DIY here.
They like this one a latte.
via: Cube BreakerWhat's better than that delicious cup of joe? An adorable barista and a life-sized latte.