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DIY for your Kids--Children's Halloween Costume Ideas-How to make Superman Witch Cat Smurf Indian or Care Bear!

Updated on October 20, 2012

Do It Yourself--We did!

Since our kids were tiny, we have made their Halloween outfits--it was the most enjoyable part of the holiday for us, and the kids always loved their costumes!

It really isn't hard, and most times there is very little cost involved--you can use clothing items you have already, and decorate them up in no time! Of course, I've always had odds and ends sewing and craft goodies around, but if you don't have them, they are easy enough to buy--either online, or at your local craft or fabric store.

Once, when my oldest daughter and son were about 4 and 5 years old, I used an old blue fuzzy bathrobe to make their costumes. My daughter was a Smurf and my son was a Care Bear. All I did was use part of the robe for the blue top of the Smurf, and the rest for the body of the Care Bear.

I had each child lay down and I traced their form on an old sheet, then I cut the "pattern" out adding a couple of inches all the way around for fit. Then I took the robe apart at the seams, and used the sheet pattern to cut out the robe fabric, doubling it, of course, for front and back. I then sewed the pieces up, then used a part of one sleeve to make the "head" of the Care Bear, which was more of a hood with ears.

The thing about these is they weren't perfect, but they looked so cute on the kids. I had some white felt that I sewed into a simple cone-shaped hat for my little Smurf, and I used some colored felt for the heart shape on the front of my little Care Bear. My little Smurf wore some white shorts, with blue tights, and I used blue face paint on both of them to complete the outfits.

Items you can use

 Felt is one of the best fabrics to use for Halloween outfits--it doesn't fray, and most of the time you can glue it with a hot glue gun, instead of sewing, if you're sewing-impaired!  You can buy it in approximately 12" squares, or buy it by the yard--whichever suits the costume idea.  It's so easy to work with, and you can use it for little projects, or big ones!

Also--invest in a hot glue gun--they are so useful!  You can get the type that uses a low temp glue stick, and the melted glue doesn't get quite as hot--it took me many burned fingertips to finally realize that you could buy these low temp sticks.

Other fabrics you can get at fabric stores, Wal-Mart, or other stores that handle fabric.  Usually you can find reasonably priced bolts of fabric which are on clearance for as low as $1.00 to $2.00 a yard sometimes.

Or just use old clothes--depending on what you're making!  I've found many things in our closets that we could use in the past, or a quick trip to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores can sometimes find you what you need!

Superman and the Witch


Just use your imagination!

 One year, I made my son and daughter into Superman and a witch.  My son had a pair of blue thermal pajamas that made the perfect Superman suit, so I just used some yellow and red felt to make a Superman emblem for the front, and another for his cape, which was just a piece of red silky fabric.  I used strips of the red fabric and wound around his shoes and up his legs to make Superman's boots, then just basted them onto the pajama bottoms.  I used more of the red to just make a simple little pair of shorts and some more yellow felt for the belt.  Since my son was blond, and Superman has black hair, I just put a black sock hat on him!  You can see in the pic that he has a hooded sweatshirt on, too, because Halloween in Ohio is often chilly.

My daughter, the witch, was so easy to do.  I used an adult-sized black long-sleeved shirt, and just cut the bottoms of the sleeves and hem into strips, so it would flow as she moved.  I bought a cheap plastic witches hat, and glued a strip of red felt for a hatband, and cut out a yellow "buckle" for it, too.  The long gray hair was just yarn, cut into long lengths and glued onto the back of the inside part of the hat.  I did buy her a witch face mask that year, because she begged, but she only wore it for about five minutes--she didn't like it at ALL!

The Kitty and the Soldier

These outfits were two of the easiest I ever made!
These outfits were two of the easiest I ever made!

Really easy costumes!

 One year my oldest two wanted to be a kitty and a turned out to be the simplest outfits I'd ever made.

I used an old white sweater of mine, and basted black felt spots on it, because she wanted to be a black and white kitty cat.  I had a black scarf, so I made a couple of black felt ears and glued them onto the scarf--positioning them to where they'd be on the top of her head--then I just tied the scarf on her head!  She wore black pants, with a pair of saddle shoes, and I painted her nose black, and added whiskers to her face with face paint--and that's all there was to it!

My son was the most simple, though.  He had a set of camoflauged sweats, so all he needed was a camoflauge hat, and some green and brown face paint, and he was ready to go--and he loved it!

And many, many more...

As the kids got older, the costume making became more challenging, but at the same time, lots more fun...

We've made pirate outfits, punk rocker outfits, dead bride outfits, werewolfs, skeletons, the list goes on and on....honestly, all it takes is a little imagination, patience and time, and don't forget to HAVE FUN--that's what it's all about! My husband and I, and the kids, had many hours of laughter, putting together these costumes through the years--you can, too!



Our Three Little Indians



If you've decided that you'd rather buy an outfit or part of one, be sure to check out the special sales on Amazon, up to 70% off, just in time for Halloween! Their kid's section offers tons of ideas and costumes for your child!


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    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      lol Leia--It's a deal!!!!!

      And thank you--you guys were worth it! ~hugs~

    • mommyof2ws profile image


      11 years ago from Piqua,Ohio

      You guys made the best costumes. If you miss it so much you are more then welcome to make your grand kids next year haha.

    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Dao Hoa--I miss those years, too! :) Power Rangers? I was fortunate enough NOT to have to figure those out--but I don't know how, since all of my kids liked them, lol...

      Thanks for your comment, and for sharing your story--I loved it! :)

    • Dao Hoa profile image

      Dao Hoa 

      11 years ago

      Oh, this hub brings back memories. I made all of my children's costumes also and it was fun. I have four kids, so we started out a month ahead. We had to think about what each of them want to be that year, and then hunted for the materials. One year, they all want to be Power Rangers, so I made each a different Power Ranger characters. I got many compliments. We could have shared our ideas when the kids were young! I miss those wonderful years!

    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      shareitt--Thank you so much for your comment--I'm so happy to know that this hub was useful to you...that's terrific! :)

    • shareitt profile image


      11 years ago

      Luv It...Imagination is everything! You've given great ideas & your suggestions made this years costumes easy & fun!


    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Candie! Have you been peeping in our windows--how did you know about Tom's Roy Rogers gun holster???hahahahaha

      (Note to self--have camera ready next time Tom uses the hot glue gun...:D)

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      Candie V 

      11 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      LOLOL!! Does Tom wear his "Roy Rogers" gun holster to hold it in when he's not using it? I am so impressed! I want pictures of him in action!!

    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      alekhouse--Hi--Thanks for your comment!

      Do you miss making them as much as we do? You're right--it was a major part of the Halloween tradition for us! :)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      11 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Really liked your hub. I remember when my daughters were young and loved to go trick or treating. I made all their costumes. That was part of the fun of Halloween.

    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Candie!!!! We'll save the "real-size" stuff for you, no problem, haha. Oh, and honestly, Tom wields a pretty fast glue gun--you should see him in action--it's Thanks for coming by--we've sure missed having you around here! :)

      lyricsingray--You're welcome--thank you too, for your comment!

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      11 years ago

      TamCor, really smart and well put together, thank you, Kimberly

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      11 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Ha! Love this! When I saw the title.. my first thought was "How does one make a costume out of a child?" Then I saw it was you.. now if it had been Tom with the glue-gun, he could glue 2 children together, and get lots more candy, but he'd probably just glue his fingers together. Are you going to start an arts and crafts hub? You should! Love you guys! I'll be over for candy and I want the "real sized" stuff!

    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks dohn for the nice compliments! Tom and I miss those years of making costumes--we'd spend HOURS on them sometimes...but our kids are all grown up now. :(

      Yeah, there's something about parents and trick or treat candy--we just can't resist it, lol!!!

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      11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Great job, Tamcor. Being from a family that wasn't so crafty when it came to homemade costumes, I can appreciate the families that do. It says a lot about your character and ingenuity. Thank you for sharing (and I do remember my mom raiding my candy too...And my dad too as well!)

    • TamCor profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, honey...oh, yeah, the candy raids, lol. Sending them to bed, keeping their candy bags for "safekeeping", then diving into them once the kids were asleep!hahaha

      Oh, I miss those moments...good times, huh??

    • Tom Cornett profile image

      Tom Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      They were so cute...remember raiding their candy? nice job sweetie! :)


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