Homemade Halloween Costumes


Click on your favorite costume idea below for full instructions!

Vampire Costume

Bumble Bee Costume

Peanut Butter and Jelly Costume

Lion Costume

Pumpkin Costume

Popcorn Costume


Vampire Costume

You’ll hardly be able to “count” all the compliments you’ll get withthis easy to make vampire costume.  It’s perfect for all ages and atimeless Halloween tradition.  Using clothing that you most likely havearound the house and some simple make-up, your little vampire will haunt theneighborhood the whole night.

What you’ll need:

  • White dress shirt
  • Black pants
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes
  • Remnant of black fabric forthe cape, or a readymade cape from a fabric or craft store
  • Hair gel
  • Fake fangs
  • White, black, and red make-up
  • Bow tie (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Dress your little vampire inthe shirt, and button it all the way up.  Finish the basic clothingwith the pants, sock, and shoes.  Drape the black fabric or cape overshoulders and secure with a pin or ties at the neck. 
  2. Slick hair down with gel,part severely down the middle and comb away from face.
  3. Using white make-up, go overentire face, including under eyes.  Using black make-up, create a “widow’speak” at the hairline, centered over nose.  Using red make-up, drawdrops of blood around mouth, and dripping down one side.

Insert fake fangs, and get ready for some Halloween fun!  


Bumble Bee Costume

Everyone will buzzing with excitement when they see this bumblebeeHalloween costume.  Can you bee-lievethis simple no-sew costume will take less than an hour to make? All you need isa hoodie, some duct tape, and a few other supplies to make this quick and easycostume.


MainBee Costume:

  • Black hooded sweatshirt
  • Yellow duct tape
  • 2 yellow chenille stems
  • 2 yellow pom-poms
  • Pencil
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and hot gluestick
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)


  • 2 sheets stiff white oryellow felt
  • 1 sheet yellow felt
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and hot glue sticks

How to make it:

  1. Lay sweatshirt flat on worksurface. Put a duct tape stripe across the chest, stretching from onesleeve seam to the other.  
  2. Add two or three more stripesof duct tape, equally spaced from each other.
  3. Add matching stripes on theback of the sweatshirt.
  4. For antennae, wrap a yellowchenille stem around a pencil to curl it.  Fold one end of chenille stemaround edge of hood. Tape the end on the underside of hood with a piece ofduct tape to secure it in place. Attach apom-pom to the free end of the chenille stem with hot glue. 
  5. Cut a small slit in theinside layer of the waistband. Attach the end of the 1/4″ elastic toa safety pin, and thread the elastic through the waistband until it goesall the way around and comes out through the slit. Cinch the elastic sothe waistband is slightly gathered, but not uncomfortable. Tie the ends ofthe elastic together and clip excess. Tuck the knot inside the waistband.
  6. To make wings, use a patternto cut two large teardrop shapes out of stiff white or yellow felt. Cut asmaller football shape (“center piece”) out of plain yellowfelt, and a 1×3″ rectangle from the same felt. Cut two 12″pieces of 1/4″ elastic.
  7. To assemble, lay the centerpiece good side down on work surface. Hot glue wings to the center piece.Hot glue each 12″ piece of elastic to the center of the wings in alarge loop, then hot glue the small rectangle of felt over everything tohide the edges of the elastic.
  8. To wear wings, put yourchild’s arms through the elastic straps like a backpack.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Costume

What could be better than your child wearing his/erfavorite food? A couple pieces of cushion foam and some colored felt makes thissandwich a hit without the sticky mess! It’s fun to make, and even more fun towear.


What you’ll need:

  • Two square pieces of 1 ½”foam, approximately 22″ x 22″
  • 1 yard fuzzy peanut buttercolored fabric
  • 1 roll purple cellophane
  • 1 package purple or bluetissue paper
  • Brown magic marker
  • Scissors
  • Purple shirt
  • Fun tights
  • 1 can spray adhesive(recommended: 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive)
  • Hot glue gun or foam glue(stickier than white glue)

How to make it:

To make the “bread”:

  1. Use a bowl as a guide totrace rounded corners on the foam and create the shape of a piece ofbread.  Color around the outside edge of both pieces with magicmarker to create the crust.

To make the “jelly”:

  1. Glue three large squares oftissue paper to cellophane.  Leave enough room on the cellophane tofold it over and glue to the tissue paper, leaving no plain tissue paperis visible.
  2. Wrinkle up the cellophane andtissue to create a jelly-like texture.
  3. Use foam glue to attachthe “jelly” around the outside edge of the first piece of”bread.”  Leave enough cellophane and tissue to allow the”jelly” to ooze out over the top of the “bread.

To make the”peanut butter”:

  1. Place the second piece offoam “bread” on a table.  Lay the brown fuzzy fabric rightside up over the foam so the one yard length is across the top edge of thebread.  To give the peanut butter some shape, stuff tissue paperinside fabric and roll the fabric around the tissue paper and glue it toitself with spray adhesive. Fold the fabric edges under in folds andclumps along the top and sides of the “bread;” use sprayadhesive to glue it in place. (Note: Super 77 is VERY sticky – work insmall areas at a time, lifting the fabric, spraying and pressing it backin place on the foam.)  On bottom edge of fabric, cut off excess,fold under and glue raw edge out of sight.  
  2. Cut holes for head and arms;glue raw edges out of sight. 

To put the sandwich together:

  1. On jelly side, spray adhesiveon exposed foam in between jelly on edges. Turn foam over and press onto”peanut butter” side.  
  2. Dress your child in a purpleshirt and dark pants or fun tights, and then slip the sandwich over yourchild’s head.



Pumpkin Costume

Here’s a fun and easy way to make a traditionalHalloween costume. Using a hoodie and some fabric, you and your child can makethis costume and have a great time of trick-or-treating!

What you’ll need:

  • Orange fabric (1 yd x54″w remnant)
  • 1 heavy duty paper plate
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue gun, white glue
  • 1/4 yard green fabric (weused linen)
  • Wired raffia
  • 4-6 plastic grocery bags
  • Re-sealable plastic storagebaggies & a straw or other light-weight filler
  • Needle and thread
  • 1 yard yarn, ribbon, or othercord
  • Green knit cap
  • Pattern

How to make it:

To make the pumpkin body:

  1. Cut a hole in the paper platelarge enough for your child’s head to fit through.  Test to be sureit fits. 
  2. Take the orange fabric andmake darts by hot gluing folds along the long edge of the fabric until youhave gathered the fabric enough to fit around the head hole in the paperplate.
  3. Hot glue the gathered fabriconto the plate; leave a little extra fabric to wrap down through the holeand glue to the other side of the plate so the edge won’t scratch yourchild’s neck. 
  4. Close up the back of thecostume by hot gluing a seam down the back. 
  5. Have your child try on thecostume so you can mark where the arm holes should be.  Cut the armholes and hot glue the fabric to the inside of the costume to keep theopening neat.  
  6.  Fold under the bottomedge of the fabric and stitch it in place, creating a 1″ hempocket.  Leave a gap at the beginning and end of your stitchline.  Ease cord, ribbon or yarn through the pocket of the hem. Once the costume is on your child, pull the ends of the cord to gather thefabric and tie it in a double bow knot.  Excess cord can be tucked upinto the inside of the gathered edge.
  7. Cut eyes and mouth from blackfelt.  Have your child put the costume on, so you can position theeyes and mouth before affixing them. 

To make the leaf:

  1. Fold the green fabric inhalf.  Lay a leaf pattern on the bias (at an angle acrossthe grain) of the fabric.  Pin the pattern in place and cut aroundit.  Cut out four leaf patterns from the fabric. 
  2.  Lay wired raffia outalong pattern to approximate the lengths required for the leaf veins.Twist them together to keep them in place and set aside. 
  3.  Apply white glue to onepiece of fabric leaf and spread it evenly, covering the fabriccompletely.  Lay the wired raffia on the glued fabric and cover withthe second pattern piece.  Press the fabric firmly around theraffia.  Flip the leaf over and press from the other side. 
  4. When glue has driedcompletely, trim fabric edges if necessary and bend raffia to give leafshape.  Twist one end of a second piece of raffia tightly around thefirst. Wrap the loose end around a pill bottle or other roundobject to create a faux vine.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for thesecond leaf.
  6. Attach leaves to top of thecostume with hot glue, positioning them near the neckline.

To fill in the pumpkin:

  1. Fill grocery bags evenly withinflated re-sealable baggies or other filler. Measure the length of yourchild’s torso (the distance from their shoulder to their crotch.) Hot glue the handles of the grocery bags to the paper plate on the insideof the costume so they hang no lower than your child’s torso measurement.



You’llhave a roaring good time making and wearing this fun kids’ lion costume! Using a pajama pattern, some fleece, and a hot glue gun, you’ll be the “mane”event!

What you’ll need:

  • Simplicity pattern 9853, andcoordinating zipper (12” or 14”, according to size)
  • Three shades of fleece, inyellow/gold/brown tones
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing supplies, includingscissors
  • Black make-up

How to make it:

  1. Begin by making the pajamaswith the middle (gold-tone) fleece fabric, complete with zipper.
  2. Using the lighter tonefleece, cut an oval shape for the tummy, and split it down themiddle.  Hot glue to the tummyto each side of the front, getting as close to the zipper as possiblewithout touching it.
  3. Using a hoodie sweatshirt,create a pattern from the hood, and make a hood using the pajamafleece.  Attach to the neckline of the pajamas.
  4. Using all three colors offleece, cut strips approximately 22” long, and 6” wide.  Cut stripsall along one long side, leaving a solid edge for gluing to the hood.
  5. Alternating colors, glue thecut strips to the hood.  Trim around the face to make it neat andsmooth.
  6. Using the black make-up, drawa black nose and whiskers on your lion’s face.


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