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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 Carbonite Homemade CostumeHan Solo in Carbonite

Sky Dancer Sale Sign Homemade CostumeSky Dancer Sale Sign

Fabulous Rain Cloud CostumeFabulous Rain Cloud

Marionette Doll Homemade CostumeMarionette Doll

Starbucks Vanilla Latte CostumeStarbucks Vanilla Latte

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

Weather Man in a Hurricane Homemade CostumeWeather Man in a Hurricane

Little Shop of Horrors Homemade CostumeLittle Shop of Horrors

Frozen Olaf Homemade CostumeFrozen Olaf

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Homemade CostumeDiary of a Wimpy Kid

LEGO Skeleton Mini-Figure CostumeLEGO Skeleton Mini-Figure

Homemade Medusa Costume for GirlsMedusa

Homemade Slow Man CostumeSlow Man

Wednesday Addams Homemade CostumeWednesday Addams

Paw Patrol Marshall Homemade CostumePaw Patrol Marshall

Hunter in a Tree Stand Homemade CostumeHunter in a Tree Stand

Napoleon and Kip Homemade CostumeNapoleon and Kip

Jack Skellington Homemade CostumeJack Skellington

Goldfish Piranha CostumeGoldfish Piranha

Pixar Lamp Luxo Homemade CostumePixar Lamp Luxo

Sandy from Grease Homemade CostumeSandy from Grease

Operation Game Man Homemade CostumeOperation Game Man

Monopoly Boys CostumesMonopoly

Movie Theatre Floor Homemade CostumeMovie Theatre Floor

Captain of the Titanic Homemade CostumeCaptain of the Titanic

Candy Crush CostumeCandy Crush

Queen of Hearts CostumeQueen of Hearts

Two Sided Minion CostumeTwo Sided Minion

LED Jellyfish CostumeLED Jelly Fish

Fishtank Homemade CostumeFishtank

Bag of Jelly Beans CostumeBag of Jelly Beans

Despicable Me Minions CostumesMinions

Organic Grapes Homemade CostumeOrganic Grapes

Toy Soldier DIY CostumeToy Soldier

Crazy Cat Lady CostumeCrazy Cat Lady

Lego Mini Figure Costumes for KidsLego Mini Figures

Waldo Homemade CostumeWaldo

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

Error 404 CostumeError 404

DIY Bubble Girl CostumeBubble Girl

Homemade Croc Shoe CostumeCroc Shoe

Minecraft CostumesMinecraft Creatures

DIY Slurpee CostumeSlurpee

Steve Jobs and his iPad CostumeSteve Jobs and his iPad

Rosie the Riveter Poster CostumeRosie the Riveter

Mary Poppins Halloween CostumeMary Poppins

Homemade Bubble Gum Machine CostumeBubble Gum Machine

Troll On Your Back Illusion CostumeTroll On Your Back

Haunted Homework Homemade CostumeHaunted Homework

Homemade Twin Magic CostumesTwin Magic

Homemade Bathtub and Bubbles CostumeBathtub and Bubbles

Homemade MVP Trophy CostumeMVP Trophy

Homemade Grocery Bag CostumePiggly Wiggly Grocery Bag

Homemade Grinch CostumeThe Grinch who stole Christmas

Homemade Cotton Candy CostumeCotton Candy

DIY Up House CostumeCharlotte's UP House

Homemade Bubble Bath CostumeBubble Bath

Homemade 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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