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100 Easy Halloween Costumes for Children, Groups and Adults
Want to dress up for Halloween but not spend a ton of money or time? Inspiration is closer than you’d think. Your only problem with this list of easy ideas will be deciding on which one to choose this Halloween.
- Spider Web - Planning to carry your baby in a sling as you supervise older children? Add white or silver webbing to create a spider web over the carrier.
- Just Add a Hat - Viking hat, lion hat or witch hat — simply add a hat to your baby then match with a color-coordinated sleeper.
- Million Dollar Baby – Decorate a white pillowcase with money symbols or fake dollar bills. Place the baby partially into the pillowcase, and tie a black ribbon around the chest and under their arms. Accessorize with more fake money.
- Pig in A Blanket - Place a pig hat on your baby and wrap up in a pink blanket.
- Facebook Baby - Use black poster board and silver tape to create the outline of a smartphone. Make large enough to attach to stroller and your baby can be seen in the center where the profile picture should be.
- Pumpkin - Dress your baby in a pumpkin onesie with matching cap and leggings.
- Football - Use masking tape to make stitching like a football’s on a brown onesie. Add a brown hat to complete the look.
- Deviled Egg - Attach a yellow felt circle, representing the yolk, onto a white sleeper. Place a hat or headband with red devil horns on your baby’s head.
- R2D2 - Cover a white hat and onesie with felt cutout like the shapes of this famous Star Wars character.
- Moo Cow- Use fabric glue to attach black felt on a white sweat suit. Glue ears on the hood. Don’t forget a tail!
- Friendly Ghost - Cut out a ghost face and attach to the middle of a white sleeper.
- Pajama Characters - Simply purchase pajamas with a character like Cat in the Hat then add a red and white striped hat. Mouse ears will go great with Mickey Mouse pajamas.
- 60s Baby - Tie-dye a long sleeve onesie and pair with brown-fringed pants. Add a flower headband to finish off this flower power look.
- Garden Girl - Glue faux fabric flowers all over a green sweatshirt. Dress in green pants and put a butterfly clip in hair.
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- Emoji - Bring your kid’s favorite emoji to life by creating it using poster boards and then attached to a paint stirrer. He or she can hold over their face and wear regular clothes.
- Disney Tourist - Dig out that Mickey Mouse T-shirt and ears. Pair with jeans, cap and backpack or fanny pack.
- A Bag of Jelly Beans - Get a clear trash bag and cut holes for arms and legs. Fill up the bag with different colored balloons for the jellybeans. Tie trash bag under arms with a ribbon.
- Pirate – Black sweat pants, a white long-sleeve shirt (bonus if the sleeves fan out), a pirate hat, eye patch and fake parrot will top off this look.
- Spider Kid - Dress your kid in all black. Wrap up in faux white spider webbing and attach plastic spiders.
- Bubble Bath - Cut a hole in the bottom of an inflatable baby bathtub. Add white suspenders to hold up the bathtub and add white balloons as bubbles.
- Race Car Driver - Add checkered duct tape accents on a red jacket, hat and pants. Hold a checkered flag.
- Rainbow Kid - Dress your child from head to toe in rainbow-themed clothing, including shirts, pants, headbands and other accessories.
- Cowboy - A vest, white shirt, jeans, bandana and boots make for an easy-to-assemble costume.
- Chimney Sweep - Wear a smudged white shirt, black pants with black suspenders, a hat and a red bowtie while carrying a black duster. Bonus: no worries about getting dirty!
- Raining Cats and Dogs - Cut out silhouettes of cats and dogs from black sticky felt. Add to a child-sized clear umbrella. Wear a colorful rain jacket while holding the umbrella.
- Little Dragon - Cut green sponges into triangles. Hot glue them onto the back of a yellow sleeper. Hot glue some more of the triangles onto a wide ribbon then attach to create a tail.
- Fairy Godmother – Add a tutu over a white leotard and tights. Cover a chopstick in aluminum foil and top with silver garland. Add silver garland to a headband for even more sparkle.
- Shark – Attach black eyes on the hood of a gray hoodie and white teeth along the opening. Use simple stitching to attach a gray felt fin onto the back on the hoodie. Have your child wear matching gray sweatpants.
- Wonder Woman - Wear a red Wonder Woman shirt with a blue tutu. Just attach silver stars to a blue tutu to complete the look.
- Army Man - Use army camo clothing along with green and brown paint to make an army hero costume.
- Rocker - Pair a mohawk wig (or style your kids hair in a real Mohawk) with ripped jeans, a jean jacket and cardboard guitar cutout.
- Cotton Candy – Stack a couple of pink tutus over a pale pink leotard with white tights. Don’t forget to fluff.
- Chef - A white smock, printed pajama pants, Crocs and a chef’s hat makes for a super easy way to go.
- Mummy - Cut up an old white sheet into strips. Tear the edges of the strips to fray them. Sew or hot glue strips onto a long white-sleeved shirt and pants.
- Lion - Search your child’s closet for an old black shirt and pants. Attach brown faux fur around the neck, wrists and ankles on the old clothes. Create whiskers with eyeliner.
- Animal Mask - Let your child choose his favorite animal. Purchase a mask and color-coordinate the outfit with clothes already in their closet.
- Daisy - Cut out flower petals from poster board and then attach to a headband. Have your daughter wear a yellow leotard and green tights. Top with headband.
- Clown - Let your child be goofy with a circus-inspired clown costume. Wear mismatched clothes and get creative with face paint.
- Snowman - Add a scarf and top hat to white-footed pajamas. Attach black felt buttons to complete the look.
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For Families and Groups
- 101 Dalmatians - Everyone wears all white clothing, then add black felt spots and dog ears.
- The Four Seasons - A group of four can easily pull this theme off. Each person chooses a season and dresses up in their own interpretation of that season.
- Olympians - Track sets and gold medals make this theme a fun and easy way to go. Have group members pick their favorite Olympians.
- Spice Girls - A party of five girls can pull off the 90s British pop group Spice Girls – Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh.
- Dinosaur Trainers - The kids can dress up in dinosaur costumes while the parents can wear a white shirt, khaki pants and hats. Under the white shirt, parents should wear a red one. Create large rips in the white shirt to simulate a dinosaur scratch and to show hints of blood.
- Space Family - Wear silver clothing, goggles, hats and gloves for a futuristic Halloween. If you have old clothing and gear, just spray paint in sparkling silver.
- Trolls - Gel up your hair like it is flying in the wind. Spray hair with temporary hair color and add a plain shirt and colored shorts with suspenders to finish it off.
- KISS Rock Band - Dress up like these classic rockers. Skillfully paint on their trademark makeup and wear all black leather.
- Dominos – Each group member wears black and attaches white felt dots to create a domino on each person.
- Disney Princesses - A group of girls can don their favorite princess costumes. Bonus: This gets extra use out of those dress up purchases.
- Minions - These yellow creatures are a super easy way to unify a group. Everyone wears a yellow shirt and leggings with jean overalls, gloves and black glasses.
- Super Heroes - Hit the costume store together and let everyone choose a favorite super hero to play for the evening. Go for more of a unified theme by choosing a group associated with each other such as the Fantastic Four or the Avengers.
- Hocus Pocus Witches - Create your group with a redhead, blonde and brunette for the perfect trio of Hocus Pocus witches. Wear capes and makeup suited for your witch.
- Men In Black - Everyone wears a black suit, black tie and white shirt. Don’t forget a cool pair of sunglasses.
- Rainbow Tribe - Each member of the group chooses a color of the rainbow and dresses only in their chosen color. Try to stay in ROYGBIV order!
- Scrubs - The television show Scrubs is a comfortable way to dress up. Each person dons a colorful pair of scrubs and a stethoscope around her neck.
- The Great Gatsby - Bring back the Roaring 20s with simple flapper costumes and vintage suits and hats.
- Alvin and The Chipmunks - These fun-loving animals are a great idea for a trio. Dress up in a red, blue or green hoodie. Top with chipmunk ears.
- Harry Potter - Pull out school uniforms, striped scarfs and round glasses to get your Harry Potter style on. Bonus points for bringing out a pretend owl.
- The Wizard of Oz - For a family of four, this classic movie has wonderful characters to mimic — Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. If you have a dog, help him stand out as Toto.
- Star Wars - Let the force awaken! If your group loves this epic movie franchise, this one is a no-brainer. Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi will be a perfect choice for a foursome. Just make sure to check trick-or-treating rules before bringing out a light saber.
- Alice In Wonderland - Bring a fantasy world to life. Alice, White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are fun costumes to wear for a night.
- Classic Halloween Characters - Think Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein and Dracula — all truly classic creatures of this holiday.
- Batman and Friends - This fictional comic book super hero is still widely popular. Dress your group as Batman, the Joker, Riddler, Batgirl and Robin.
- Scooby Doo – Bonus points if someone you know has an actual Great Dane to join in the fun. This classic show is still popular and easy to put together. Jeans, T-shirts, sweaters and some retro hair styles will help pull this look together. No actual dog? Have someone dress in all brown and add some black patches and dog ears.
- Vampires - When your group choses a vampire theme, each person can incorporate his own personal style. Just make sure some fake teeth and capes unify you.
- Peter Pan and His Lost Boys - This fun-loving leader and his friends are an easy way to dress up. Don’t forget to have a Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tinkerbell.
- Football Team - Parents can be the referees, older kids can be the football players and the baby can be the football.
- The Addams Family - The spooky family from the famous television series is the perfect Halloween theme. Black clothes and dreary makeup are all you need for this one.
- Grease - Calling all T-Birds and Pink Ladies. This popular movie set in the 50s is an easy one to pull together. Throw on jeans, a white T-shirt and leather jacket. For the ladies, find (or make) poodle skirts.
- Mario & Luigi - These video game characters are perfect for a pair. Put on overalls, fake mustaches white gloves and a train hat. Whoever is Mario wears a red shirt and Luigi dons a green one.
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- Sherlock Holmes - It’s easy to become the world’s greatest detective by donning a trench coat, detective hat, khaki pants, a droopy mustache and magnifying glass.
- Rosie the Riveter - One of American’s cultural icons can be put together with items you already own. Roll up the sleeves on a long-sleeve denim shirt. Pair with jeans. Tie a red bandana around your head and apply red lipstick.
- Brawny Man - It’s likely you can find most of the items from your closet — flannel shirt, jeans, brown boots and belt. You will just need to buy a Brawny Paper Towel Roll.
- Fortune Teller - Rummage through your closet to find a headscarf, sparkly top and a shawl. Then load up the jewelry.
- Nerd - Wear a large pair of glasses with tape in the middle. Wear suspenders, pull up your pants and fill a shirt pocket with pens.
- Mime - Suit up with a striped shirt, black pants and a beret. Use white face paint to cover your face and then add black accents with black face paint.
- Circus Performer - Start with huge faux eyelashes, stage makeup and a hairpiece full of feathers and rhinestones. Don a glamour dress.
- Waldo - A red and white striped shirt and hat, black pants and black round-rimmed eyeglasses are all you will need for this costume.
- Mary Poppins - This costume is all in the clothes: a white top, black skirt, red bowtie and a fancy hat. Don’t forget an umbrella.
- Mister Rogers - This famous television personality is an easy one to pull off. Wear a grandpa cardigan sweater, Oxford shirt, tie, trousers and sneakers. Carry a puppet.
- Tooth Fairy - Gather all these white items — tutu, wings, headband and wand. Top the wand with a tooth cutout.
- James Bond - It’s likely you can pull together this costume with clothes you already own. Wear a black suit or tuxedo with a bow tie. Carry a plastic martini glass.
- Athlete - Dress up in sports gear of your favorite sport. Bonus points if you can haul out that old jersey you’ve had forever.
- Bat - Wear a black outfit and bat ears. Rip apart a cheap black umbrella and wear for your wings.
- Error Code - Be an Error 404 page. Purchase a plain white T-shirt and write Error 404 – Costume Not Found.
- Jewel Thief - Transform yourself into a burglar. Wear all black clothing with a black hat and mask. Carry a white bag with a dollar sign on it. You can add the dollar sign with wasabi tape or a permanent marker on a white canvas bag.
- Medusa - Purchase small plastic snakes, a headband and gold paint to create Medusa’s famous headgear. Dress head to toe in black.
- Jelly Fish - Want to hide out a bit? Take a clear umbrella and use materials to create stingers using materials like ribbons, bubble wrap or fabric. Wear an all-white outfit.
- Grumpy Cat - White face paint, tons of brown eye shadow, a sponge for blending and a touch of creativity to make this costume a fun one. Wear a brown outfit with cat ears.
- Greek Goddess - A white sheet, a gold rope for a belt and gold jewelry will create this fun Halloween costume.
- Wednesday Addams – Go solo with this famous member of the Addams family. A perfect fit for someone with long black or dark brown hair, but a wig could also do the trick. Wear a long black dress with a white collar. Braid your hair and pat your face with white face paint.
- James Dean - This Hollywood icon is super easy to pull off. Wear a leather bomber or denim jacket, white T-shirt, jeans, boots and horn-rimmed glasses. Put a classic comb in your pocket.
- Pippi Longstocking - A girl with red hair makes this choice a fun one. Use wire to create high-flying wacky braids. Add ribbon to the braids, and wear old clothes. If you don’t have freckles, add them with makeup.
- Skeleton - It’s a classic choice for Halloween. Purchase a T-shirt that has an outline of a skeleton on it. Paint skull makeup on your face.
- Red Riding Hood - Throw on a black dress, top with a red cape and carry a basket.
- Cruella De Vil - Spray paint half of your hair white and the other black using temporary hair paint. Don a long black dress, a faux white fur coat and carry a cigarette holder.
- Charlie Brown - Become one of the Peanuts gang. Purchase a yellow T-shirt and add the zigzag design with black electrical tape or permanent marker. Wear black pants and brown shoes.
- Carmen Sandiego - Get a red trench coat, red hat with a yellow band, black shoes and gloves to become this fictional villain.
- Cap’n Crunch - Create this iconic cereal mascot by wearing a blue jacket with yellow buttons and gold tassels on the shoulders, a white mustache and an enormous captain’s hat.
- Cactus - Turn a green sweat suit into a life-size cactus. Cut up some straws and glue them on to create a prickly cactus. Cover the hood as well.
Pick the outfit that speaks to you — and the amount of money and effort you want to put in. You’ll have inspiration stocked up for years to come.
Sara Kendall is a freelance writer and mom of two daughters.