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Easy Superhero Costume Idea For Little Boys

Updated on August 22, 2015

He Can Be 'I Man'...Or Whatever Superhero He Wants To Be With These Easy Superhero Costume Ideas

'I Man.' I am sure you have all heard of him.

By day, he is an ordinary little boy named Ian but when the call goes out for a super hero, he becomes...'I Man.'

My son Ian (that's where the 'I' in 'I Man' comes from) went out one Halloween as 'I man' and I'll never forget that superhero costume, which was put together without too much fuss and bother by my husband and myself.

Yes, it was an easy superhero costume and yes, Ian absolutely loved it. I'll never forget how he was transformed the moment he slipped into that cape. He became 'I Man' and announced to the world as he raced around the yard, "I Man to the rescue!"

I'll also never forget his little friend that thought all along that Ian was going to be 'Eye Man.'

You, too, can make an I Man costume for your little super hero. Or maybe you'd rather a 'C Man' for Chris or a 'D Man' for Douglas. Or maybe you are more traditional and you would prefer to be Superman or maybe you even have a Wonder Woman. No matter, this basic costume idea works for them all.

So, have no fear, an easy, simple superhero costume idea is here!

You Can Make An Easy Superhero Costume

What You Need To Create The Perfect Superhero Costume For Your Child - Whether you want to create your own or buy the pieces.

  • A MASK: Masks are definitely optional and you might decide to pass on one, depending on the age of your child. However, if your child is a little bit older, his costume might not feel complete without a mask, even if he doesn't wear it for long.

  • A CAPE: The cape is NOT optional and you might as well make it a good one because your child will want to wear it all year long for many years to come.

    I took a simple piece of red fabric, cut it into an appropriately sized rectangle and hemmed the edges. I suppose hemming is optional but if you want your child to use it for many years, you might be glad it is hemmed. I'm sure it will last longer that way.

  • AN OUTFIT: The sky is the limit on this one and the outfit part of your child's costume can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. An appropriately colored sweatsuit is a great and multi-functional option. A t-shirt and leggings would also work. I really like some of the new pajama sets that are done in superhero theme and think they are perfect, multi-purpose and affordable, too.

    'I Man' wore a favorite navy sweatsuit, which was perfect for the British Columbia climate we lived in at that time. Wearing a favorite outfit ensures that your child will be comfortable and, of course, helps stretch your costume budget dollars.

    That's it.

    You don't need much more.

    Pretty simple, isn't it?


You Can Make Accessories For Your Superhero Costume With A Chest Plate, Wrist Guards and A Belt

'I Man' wore a chest plate 'engraved' with his initial, wrist guards and a belt. All were fairly simple to construct, using cardboard and glue and/or tape.

The chest plate was made of a heavier cardboard than the wrist guards and belt, since the chest plate needed to be fairly sturdy and the other pieces needed to be flexible.

To make the chest plate, simply take a triangle-shaped piece of cardboard, affix the letter of your choice and cover with foil wrap.

To make the wrist guards, simply take a piece of cardboard covered with tin foil, wrap it around your child's arm and affix it with shiny duct tape.

The belt was a simple strip of cardboard, covered with foil and, once again, fastened with duct tape.

You Can Buy Some Of The Pieces To Make Your Child's SuperHero Costume

An Appropriately Colored Superhero Children's Costume Mask

Superhero Masks for Children
Superhero Masks for Children

You Can Buy A Simple and Versatile Superhero Cape For Him

Creative Education's Red Adventure Cape
Creative Education's Red Adventure Cape

"I ordered this for my grandson's third birthday after he had tried to make a super hero cape out of a bath towel.I was expecting a cheesy, flimsy Halloween-type cape but this far exceeded my expectations. It's made from shiny velour and has sturdy velcro fasteners. It fit him perfectly and he immediately began flying around the room. It was one of his favorite gifts and probably the least expensive. This cape is well worth the money." ~ Gramma Sally


Or A Pink Superhero Costume Cape For Her - And team it with a matching sweatsuit.

Little Adventures Girl Superhero Cape (3-8 years)
Little Adventures Girl Superhero Cape (3-8 years)

Customer review: "My nearly four-year-old girl loves this cape. Sometimes she wears it running around shooting water out of her "shooters" when she's "Water Girl." Other times, the cape doubles as a "princess cape" and is worn over her fanciest costumes. Any kid would love this, but especially those who spend most of their hours in various costumes playing dress-up. It's well made and cut to fit around the shoulders, so it fits nice. Velcro makes for easy on-off for little fingers."


Finally, If You Are Pressed For Time? You Can, Of Course, Buy The Entire Costume

Do you see an easy superhero costume in your future?

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Some really nice ideas. Thanks for the fun costume lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Loved your I Man Costume and Ian is precious. Great tips on making an easy superhero costume.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh, you have good ideas for boy costumes. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      How creative and absolutely adorable!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      so cute love these super hero costumes.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Cool superhero costumes. I don't think I ever dressed up in a superhero costume.

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I see lots of superhero costumes in my past, my sons' past that is. Great, great memories! I agree about the cape. No child should be without a cape - ever! (Lensrolling to my Nurturing Imagination lens, Brenda!)

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      girlfriendfactory 7 years ago

      Very nice, Brenda! Great creative ideas that are inexpensive! Now, as far as a superhero costume...only if it's worn by a tall hunky Superhero! If you see one, send him my way please! :)

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Very cute costume idea!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Adorable costumes for the little heroes this year!