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65 Clever Halloween Costumes for Kids

Who doesn't love to dress up and see who can create the funniest, scariest or wackiest costume? Some people begin planning their costume choices months and sometimes even years in advance. If you are like me, the planning is just beginning and costumes can be expensive, which can limit our choices. But with a little time and some great ideas, you won't need to spend a lot of money shopping at a partystore. Be original and use your spooktacular imagination as you walk among the creatures of the night. Help your little ghouls create a disguise, like one of these clever creations. From fairy tales and animals to creepy dolls, let these ideas spark ideas of smiles and laughter or hair-raising chills!

It's Raining Cats and Dogs CostumeIt's Raining Cat and Dogs
Sent in by Cheyenne to our 2013 costume contest.

The sky is falling! No, it's just cats and... dogs? In this fun and easy to make costume, an umbrella, rain gear and some family pets - is all you will need and your child can let it rain. Just remember not to step in the poodles!

Peter Pan's Shadow CostumePeter Pan's Shadow
Sent in by Christie to our 2013 costume contest.

"Never grow up" while you fly through your Halloween night as the captured shadow of Peter Pan. This original costume will have everyone turning heads, if they can see you in the dark, that is. But be careful. Captain Hook may be lurking around the corner.

Deer Head over the FireplaceDeer Head over the Fireplace
Sent in by Whitney to our 2013 costume contest.

No more frolicking in the woods for this forest animal. Oh Deer! If you're a ten point buck, you should be displayed with pride over the fireplace. This clever costume is sure to be a big hit with all the hunters on Halloween night.

Voo Doo Doll CostumeVoo Doo Doll
Sent in by Jessica to our 2012 costume contest.

Who do the Voodoo? You do! You will be the creepiest doll of the party in this eerie look that gets right to the "point". Just remember, sticks and stones can break your bones, but pins and needles can hurt.

Crayola CrayonsBox of Friends
Sent in by Audra to our 2013 costume contest.

Everyone wants to be the sharpest crayonin the pack. It's easy to do this Halloween, with these vibrant colors and crazy hair. Dress up with your friends to show your true colors and spend your night out of the box.

Now take the boring and the ordinary out of Halloween this year and make it an exciting and bone-chilling night for your family. Make it even more fun by coming up with your own idea or by getting your inspiration from these great do-it-yourself costumes. Nothing beats spending time together and giving those memories that will last a lifetime, while you are saving money using items you can make or may already have in your home.


Clever Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

(Click on the images below for detail on each costume)

DIY Rainbow Loom CostumeRainbow Loom

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite

Sky Dancer Sale Sign CostumeSky Dancer Sale Sign

Fabulous Rain Cloud CostumeFabulous Rain Cloud

Marionette Doll CostumeMarionette Doll

Starbucks Vanilla Latte CostumeStarbucks Vanilla Latte

Don't Cut the Cheese! CostumeDon't Cut the Cheese!

Weather Man in a HurricaneWeather Man in a Hurricane

Little Shop of HorrorsLittle Shop of Horrors

Frozen Olaf CostumeFrozen Olaf

Diary of a Wimpy Kid CostumeDiary of a Wimpy Kid

LEGO Skeleton Mini-Figure CostumeLEGO Skeleton Mini-Figure

Medusa Costume for GirlsMedusa

Slow Man CostumeSlow Man

Wednesday Addams CostumeWednesday Addams

Paw Patrol Marshall CostumePaw Patrol Marshall

Hunter in a Tree Stand DIY CostumeHunter in a Tree Stand

Napoleon and KipNapoleon and Kip

Jack Skellington CostumeJack Skellington

Goldfish Piranha CostumeGoldfish Piranha

Pixar Lamp Luxo CostumePixar Lamp Luxo

Sandy from GreaseSandy from Grease

Operation Game ManOperation Game Man

Monopoly Man and Pawn CostumesMonopoly

Movie Theatre FloorMovie Theatre Floor

Captain of the TitanicCaptain of the Titanic

Candy Crush CostumeCandy Crush

DIY Queen of Hearts CostumeQueen of Hearts

Two Sided Minion CostumeTwo Sided Minion

LED Jellyfish CostumeLED Jelly Fish

Fishtank CostumeFishtank

Bag of Jelly Beans CostumeBag of Jelly Beans


Organic Grapes CostumeOrganic Grapes

Toy Soldier CostumeToy Soldier

Crazy Cat Lady CostumeCrazy Cat Lady

Lego Mini Figures CostumesLego Mini Figures

Waldo CostumeWaldo

AWESOM-O & Professor Chaos CostumesAWESOM-O & Professor Chaos

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Bubble Girl CostumeBubble Girl

Croc Shoe CostumeCroc Shoe

DIY Minecraft CostumesMinecraft Creatures

DIY Slurpee CostumeSlurpee

Steve Jobs and his iPad Halloween CostumeSteve Jobs and his iPad

Rosie the Riveter WW2 PosterRosie the Riveter

Mary Poppins Costume for GirlsMary Poppins

Bubble Gum MachineBubble Gum Machine

Troll On Your Back CostumeTroll On Your Back

Haunted Homework CostumeHaunted Homework

Twin Magic CostumesTwin Magic

Bathtub and Bubbles CostumeBathtub and Bubbles

Homemade Living Statue CostumeMVP Trophy

Piggly Wiggly Grocery Bag CostumePiggly Wiggly Grocery Bag

The Grinch Who Stole ChristmasThe Grinch Who Stole Christmas

DIY Cotton Candy CostumeCotton Candy

Up House CostumeCharlotte's UP House

Bubble Bath CostumeBubble Bath

Sweet Cupcake CostumeSweet Cupcake

Easy Mac & Cheese CostumeEasy Mac & Cheese

If you need more ideas - ask your kids! Children have the greatest sense of imagination and they may be able to give you a wickedly great idea to creating a magical, one-of-a-kind costume. So, get the sewing machine out, start brainstorming and get started. Fright night is nearing quickly! It's time to brew up the spells and have a startling good time, because trick-or-treating isn't just for the ghosts and goblins anymore.

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See also: 30 Creative Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids,
30 Coolest Homemade Costumes for Kids.