10 Unique Free Homemade Kid and Baby Halloween Costume Patterns
I'd been planning a kids' Halloween costumes hub for quite a while before I put this together. When I first searched for free patterns, I didn't find anything too exciting and put the idea on hold. When I saw that the HubPages Weekly Topic Inspiration was Halloween, I got inspired to try again. I revised my choice of keywords when I searched and found much better options. Many of these are blog posts from moms who developed costumes for their own children and documented the process and/or developed patterns. My mom made a lot of my costumes when I was growing up. Although my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired at this point, I hope to do the same for my kids someday. For those of you who enjoy homemade projects, these will get you started for Halloween.
Many of these projects are intended for babies or children of particular ages. Don't feel limited by this. Many of the patterns and concepts can be modified for children of just about any age. Happy creating!
Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2
This idea was actually from my original search and is one of the cutest Halloween costumes I've ever seen. The concept is so simple, making for easy, comfortable costumes for little ones. Even if you have kids who aren't crazy about wearing the wigs, this is still an adorable costume. If you have 2 kids, you can simply go for Thing 1 and Thing 2 or you can try to recruit one of their close age friends or relatives to be the Cat in the Hat. Kids will enjoy the familiar characters and adults will enjoy the nostalgia for a classic book from their childhood.
The mask on this costume really completes the slightly eery look. The author suggests having the child wear sunglasses behind the mask for the dark eye look. This is so simple but so effective. Click on the links for the PDF pattern and the mask, which you can print and cut out.
This is a really unique idea for a little girl. She can have a lot of fun picking out and arranging the flowers. If she isn't interested in this, she may enjoy decorating the flower pot instead. Crafty kids may want to do both. I recommend looking at Target for colored tights. They generally carry a decent variety or styles, colors, and sizes through most of the fall and winter. I've linked both the tutorial that I found and the original idea site that inspired the tutorial. I love how the original site includes a watering can with the costume.
This costume requires easy to find materials and simple assembly. (If you can't find white gloves, consider making your own.) The result is fabulous. The eyes on the hat and the way that the arms move cracks me up. If you like this concept but know that your child has no interest in being a spider. consider how you could transform this idea into another insect, such as a ladybug or caterpillar. This site has a number of other kid costume ideas, too.
I'm sure that I don't need to elaborate on the fact that many little girls love to dress up in just about any costume that requires a tutu or a fancy dress. This pattern does require some sewing expertise for the lacing, but it is a very inexpensive project. If your little girl isn't into Tinkerbell or isn't particularly fond of the color green, consider simply changing the color or modifying the costume slightly so she can be a fairy, princess, queen, or any other fancy lady of her choosing. A coordinating wand will complete the outfit.
I'm not sure how much this costume actually resembles Yoda, but the little girl wearing it is so darn cute. Regardless of resemblance, it is still an awesome costume. Maybe some face paint would complete the look for a slightly older kid? The hat could easily be transformed into a jester's cap, too. The snake doesn't fit into the Star Wars theme but can easily be left out, as can the walking stick if it will just be a distraction for your little one. Check out the Yoda link above for some more great Yoda costume ideas and accessories.
This is another idea that cracked me up. This is exactly why I love crafty people. Once you get over the idea of gutting a teddy bear, this is a really fun project. Have fun selecting your favorite color Care Bear and get ready for the plethora of awwwww's that you will receive when your friends, family, and neighbors see your little one in this get up.If you have trouble finding a large Care Bear, you may want to opt for a large teddy bear instead. This is one of the few projects that really can't be modified for older kids, unless you can find a significantly bigger bear. However, you may be able to modify a kids' bear costume for a similar effect with the right colors and details.
Snapsuit Baby Costumes
I picked this one because of the leopard print sling for the strongman costume, but all four costumes are great. This post includes instructions for the strong man, a munchkin, a wee witch, and a sasquatch. There are detailed directions and at least two photos of all of the costumes. The snap suit costume obviously works well with little ones, but the concepts can be modified for older kids.
This pattern does not require any sewing! Freezer paper makes the project very simple and creates a wonderful effect. This cute ensemble can double as pajamas for the rest of the year as long as the glow in the dark paint isn't too distracting. I have included two hubs from instructables.com in this hub. Check out the site for many more costume ideas.
Can't find freezer paper in a store? Buy it online!
I love this take on the classic pumpkin costume. Making a tutu into a costume is yet another reason why I love crafty people. This is so cute! The pictured girl doesn't have coordinating clothes, but you could have fun searching for orange shoes, tights, and a shirt to coordinate. You could even make a pumpkin hat for it. This pattern does require sewing, but the directions and photos are great.
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