From ghosts and ghouls to witches, wizards, pumpkins, and princesses, your child is sure to have endless ideas for Halloween costumes. All you need to worry about is how to transform their ideas into spooky reality. Throughout October the shops may be full of ready-made Halloween costumes, but making your own is not only much more fun, but it also can be much cheaper as well! However the best thing about homemade Halloween costumes is the freedom to be as weird, wacky and wonderful as you and your child like.
Here are some homemade Halloween costume ideas to get your imagination going:
- Zombies and mummies
- Vampires and scarecrows
- Mermaids and sea creatures
- Kings, Queens, and Medieval Knights
- Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, or Sleeping Beauty
- Film and book characters
- Popstars and rockstars
The list is never-ending! Be creative and don't be afraid to think outside the box. The classic looks are timeless, but there’s something extra special about recreating your child’s favourite fairy tale character. Even if they go a bit crazy with a bottle of tomato ketchup as fake blood, don’t worry – Persil small & mighty is here to help treat stains.
Check out our stain removal section for tips. Halloween is a time to let go of your inhibitions and enjoy creating Halloween costumes for kids and adults alike. Trick or treat? You decide. Here's some of our favourite Halloween costumes for kids and toddlers, that you can make at home:
How to Make a Tiny Turtle Costume
Transform your toddler into a tiny turtle by attaching a decorated cardboard shell to a plain green baby grow (see main image). To create your shell:
- Cut out a large oval shape from cardboard and wrap with paper.
- Decorate with acrylic or waterproof green paint and, once dry, use a thick black permanent marker to mark out the scales.
- Be careful that when you attach the shell to your child’s outfit there are no loose staples, pins, or rough edges. Simple beige tights will complete the look.
Felt is a wonderful thing when it comes to making your own costumes. Available from all craft and homeware stores in a multitude of colours, this cheap and easy-to-use material can be cut and stuck onto fabric with little effort and maximum result. We love this sushi creation (featured in the main image), which has been made from different coloured felt cut-outs sewn onto a plain babygro. The dried seaweed nori has been attached to the back of the babygrow, made from a single sheet or large green felt.
Little Old Man/Lady
Let your child jump forward in time and transform into a pensioner! This is a great choice for a child with a more ‘mature’ taste in fashion; cord trousers and cardigans are an easy way to add years to their look. Adding in accessories like a flat cap, waistcoat, pocket watch, or pearl necklace will give that all important antiquity. A moustache drawn on with eyeliner or a dash of silver hairspray will really elevate your child’s costume to supreme heights.
Get creative with props; walking sticks can be easily fashioned from a large stick or an umbrella, and a bag of Werther’s Originals will give a real touch of authenticity (just avoid any risk of choking by always supervising little ones with small sweets). Just remember to hold their hand and turn them back afterwards. And, if you're looking for a last minute costume, why not check out our Halloween face painting ideas, including designs for a scary skull and a wicked witch!