Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Parents and Kids

Ready or not, Halloween is right around the corner, and you may be stressing over your kids’ costumes, and debating if you are going to make dressing up a family affair {kids, parents, and even pets}. But you’re busy, and if you’re like me, finding the time to make elaborate costumes is probably low on your priority list. Thankfully, there is no need to stress… I have found some really cute, really easy, and really inexpensive DIY Halloween costume ideas for both humans and animals. Use the pictures below as inspiration, gather the supplies, and then let your imagination run wild!

Easy Costume Ideas for Parents & Kids

Clark Kent

What you’ll need ::

  • Superman tee/onesie
  • White button up shirt
  • Black pants
  • Black glasses
  • Tie {optional}

The Man in the Yellow Hat

Throwback, right?

What you’ll need ::

  • Yellow fedora {or felt to make your own!}
  • Yellow clothing
  • Yellow tie
  • Black sharpie or felt {for spots on tie}
  • Stuffed monkey


What you’ll need ::

  • Red clothing
  • Black felt
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black headband


Pineapple Child

What you’ll need ::

  • Yellow clothing
  • Brown fabric paint
  • Green felt
  • Headband



What you’ll need ::

  • Orange clothing
  • Black felt
  • Pumpkin Beanie / Headband + Green Pipe Cleaners {optional}


Notice how many different options are available with just a solid colored piece of clothing and felt?!

Cute Animal

Before I became a mom almost a year ago, I loved making costumes for my pets! I made them primarily for my cat, but sometimes for my dog too. You can find the full instructions here, and you can even enlarge them to fit a child or adult!

What you’ll need ::

  • Foam from your local craft store
  • Super glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Appropriately colored clothing for your animal

Fancy Animal

What is the difference between a cute animal and a fancy animal? Makeup! Check out my fancy tutorial for leopard makeup … or get creative and try a similar technique for other creatures!

What you’ll need ::

  • Makeup brushes
  • Face paint or eyeshadow
  • Bronzer / highlighter
  • Eyeliner
  • Fur coat / fuzzy scarf
  • Gloves
  • Boots 

Don’t Forget the Dads!

What you’ll need ::

  • Green socks
  • Green leggings
  • Orange rashguard
  • Cardboard/Transparency
  • X-Acto knife
  • Trident
  • Belt
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Green gloves

This is actually a little more fun to make. Spray paint the trident and belt gold. Cut a scale pattern on the transparency/cardboard and place it over the orange rashguard, then spray the scale design on using gold as well. There it is!  You have your Aquaman costume! 

Were you looking for something a little spookier??

The Grady Sisters {AKA The Shining Twins}

What you’ll need ::

  • Blue dresses
  • Lace
  • Glue or needle + thread {for attaching lace}
  • Bows
  • Knee high socks
  • Black flats
  • Fake blood
  • Hairbows

{I’m the one on the right.}

Happy Halloween!!


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