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21 DIY Kids' Halloween Costumes From Old Clothes

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Whether you're a master crafter looking to make your kids the ultimate DIY Halloween costume or just hoping to stick to a budget, look no further than your own home! Between your old accessories and the clothing you've been meaning to weed through, your closet can be a gold mine filled with Halloween costume potential. From an adorable owl to a handmade mermaid, check out our favorite ways to upcycle your old belongings into the perfect Halloween ensemble for your tots.

1) Tiny Tot Octopus


Have more tights, stockings, and socks than you know what to do with? Easily DIY an octopus outfit for your tot by simply cutting them to his or her height. Pro tip: take advantage of lost mates and pairs with holes — mismatched legs are OK when you're an octopus!

2) Little Laundry Basket


For a surprisingly adorable, easy, and fast costume, all you need to do is pop into your closet. Grab your laundry basket and an array of (preferably clean) clothes, and your little one is good to go!

3) Vintage Owl Cape


Do you have a few old shirts, skirts, or dresses that you're never going to wear again? Cut them up to make an adorable owl cape. The bolder the prints, the better!


4) Bag of Groceries


Recycle a paper bag and some of your kid's favorite food packages for an equally adorable and eco-friendly costume idea.

5) Mini Cruella De Vil


For this creative costume, you'll need some old makeup, costume jewelry, a fabulous scarf, and a sassy toddler with enough attitude to take on Cruella de Vil.

6) Baby Buddha


Ah, the simplicity of Buddha. All your little one will need is a beaded necklace, a yellow sash, and wisdom beyond his or her years.

7) Baby Mummy Wrap


If you're out of gauze or can't find your extra Ace bandage, don't worry! Make good use of your torn pantyhose by wrapping up your child. Just cut up a couple pairs and you'll have a mini mummy in no time.

8) Baby Old Lady


Were you wondering what to do with that cardigan you accidentally shrank? Just roll up the sleeves and it will instantly transform your toddler into your great grandmother.

9) Baby Popcorn Carrier Cover


While some moms create this striped carrier cover with felt, a patterned shirt or dress will work just as well. Complete the look by gluing some fresh popcorn onto your tot's hat, but be warned — you might be tempted to take a bite out of their bonnet.

10) Head in a Jar


Put that oversize raincoat to use and win the award for most creative mom all at the same time! Build a base with hangers or cardboard and then stick your tween's head between the buttons. Extra points for incorporating a jar.

11) Umbrella Bat Wings


Do you have a broken umbrella you've been meaning to toss? Instead, simply cut it in half, add two hair ties, and you're done!

12) Vintage Little Mermaid


All your tot needs is her own skin-toned tank and then you can create the mermaid tail and bikini top by cutting up green and blue clothing.

13) Baby Beetlejuice


If you have an old black suit jacket, easily create the light stripes with duct tape. For a white jacket, grab some dark masking tape and then you'll be all set!

14) Littlest Lantern


Now that Summer's over, give new life to the lanterns hanging out back by transforming them into a creative Halloween costume.

15) Lampshade Cupcake



For this adorable idea, all you need are a lampshade, towel, and pom poms. Turn the lampshade upside down for the perfect cupcake wrapper/skirt, and then scrunch a towel or sheet to create a fluffy layer of frosting.

16) Headless Scientist


Whether you have an old lab coat, white coat, or old button-down shirt you can tailor, this headless scientist is guaranteed to be a hit with the tweens.

17) Upcycled Owl Dress


This owl dress is the perfect solution for what to do with all of your old suits. Cut them into "feathers" and attach them to your little one's dress to create an adorable owl ensemble.

18) Lab Rat


Roll the sleeves of an old lab coat or white blouse and add some mouse ears to a headband. Complete the look by drawing on a mouse nose and whiskers with eyeliner to create the cutest mouse you've ever seen.

19) Weather Man


Your kid will love the opportunity to get dressed up only to get all wrinkled, and you'll love the chance to put that broken umbrella to use.

20) Pot of Pasta


Whether you decide to boil your baby as pasta or as a lobster, they're guaranteed to be the cutest thing that's ever come out of your kitchen pot.

21) Queen of Hearts


Grab a tutu from the dress-up bin and a deck of cards to turn your little one into the Queen of Hearts. Bonus points for using the cards to create an adorable headpiece.



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