30+ Easy Halloween Costumes

Halloween costume time is upon us again…..which I swear, creeps up faster than 12 months each year.  Amiright?
So let’s get the inspiration party going!  Cause whether you’re doing a semi-homemade Halloween, or going ALL out, it’s nice to have some tutorials to turn to.


(Lalaloopsy costumes here)

Going as an ensemble is always a great choice.   And the Say Yes blog has so many great couples costumes that are easy and fun.  My kids have just discovered the Where’s Waldo books and would love this.


Of course if you have even more people in the group, then an entire cast ensemble is even better.

And since Lucy is obsessed with the Pink song from the new Alice movie…maybe I could do a revamp on my favorite ensemble from seven years ago??  Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. Those costumes got a lot of mileage…

Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter Halloween costumes from MADE Everyday
If your daughter is still in that princess stage, how cute would this Cinderella and Prince Charming combo be?!  Those times when siblings are willing to coordinate is The Best.

Cinderella and Prince Charming costumes from Make It and Love It
The classic blue gingham Dorothy outfit is one that every little girl would LOVE to wear at least once – I know I would!  This interpretation is one of the best I’ve seen.

Wizard of Oz Dorothy Halloween costume from Girl. Inspired.

The 80s child in me loves this take on Mario & Luigi. Complete with Princess Peach!

Mario Bros and Princess Peach Halloween costume tutorial from Smashed Peas and Carrots

A couple of others that are cheerful and colorful—- Strawberry Shortcake and this adorably dimpled Tinkerbell.

Strawberry Shortcake and Tinkerbell Halloween costume tutorials
For all those Star Wars fans, being a Jedi is easier than you think.  Check out this and this, and channel the force from both sides.

In case your child feels like going a bit more creature than character, the sewing tutorial blogosphere has you covered there, too. Two of my favorites from my own archives – Goldfish and Bats.

Goldfish Halloween costume from MADE Everyday

Bats Halloween costume tutorial from MADE Everyday

This mermaid one, you guys. Stunning!

Mermaid Halloween costume sewing tutorial from The Sewing Rabbit
House that Lars Built is a treasure trove of costumes, like If you Give a Mouse a Cookie and this Unicorn (with a video tutorial too!).   Just type the word “costume” into her search box and tons of ideas will pop up.

And how amazing are these mummies? I love how she did the make-up, too.

Mummy Halloween costume sewing tutorial from Polkadot Chair

Or, you could go with a completely inanimate object. Fruit seems to be a popular choice! It’s so cool how the texture of the minky mimics the strawberry seeds. And the pineapple is even no-sew…

Strawberry and Pineapple Halloween costume tutorials

If you’re looking for some costume ideas for adult-aged kids, you have to visit Studio DIY. She has some awesome ones, including a disco ball (!!), Troop Beverly Hills, and a burger.

Adult Halloween costume tutorials from Studio DIY

Lastly, here are a few tutorials that can be used in MANY costumes. I can’t stop thinking of ways these yarn wigs can be used. In fact, if you’re short on time but want to create a costume, one of these wigs will get you 90% of the way there.

Make a Yarn Wig: 4 Ways - tutorial from MADE Everyday

Need a cape to complete the look? This tutorial is great and would be the perfect touch for so many costumes. Just change up the fabric for a completely different look, or choose two different ones for reversible.

How to sew a cape - tutorial from How Does She?

We all know how versatile a circle skirt can be in everyday life. But it works in lots of costumes, too. How about a poodle skirt? Or Minnie Mouse… or Wonder Woman… (and this one is even a video tutorial!)

How to sew a circle skirt - video tutorial from MADE Everyday

Ah. So much fun! Do you have any awesome costume tutorials that you’ve used? Please share in the comments!

  1. 1) Nancy

    My girls are going to be Santa’s elves and I’m making them red skirts from your circle skirt video! Thanks for making it so easy!

  2. 2) Tara

    You’ve saved me many times with your circle skirt. My daughter had a poodle skirt for 50’s girl (once for when she was 2 and last year for the school’s parade) and it was made into an evil queen’s gown one year! I even made a matching costume for her doll.

    And I made matching trick or treat bags from your tote bag tutorial.

    Thank you for coming to the rescue!

    • 3) Kirsten

      Trick or treat bags!! Brilliant! Thanks for the idea!

  3. 5) bdaiss

    My kids are going as Harry and Hermione this year! Finally! They want to coordinate again! I’m making the capes and Hermione’s skirt – a modified pleated circle skirt. Now if I could just stay home long enough to sew… (the boy’s birthday last weekend, the girl’s this weekend!)

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