Halloween for us is a fun-filled whirlwind of non-stop costume changes and back-to-back festivities. It’s a blast cuz we love dressing up and getting creative. Here are some make-at-home kids Halloween costumes that I’ve created from things already in J’s closet costing me $0. These are all easy DIY costumes that you could try at home too.
1). China doll
Accessorize a qipao with a Chinese takeout box and/or matching Chinese fan and layer a matching dress or tutu underneath for extra warmth and flair and voila, you’ve got a costume! I just happened to have these crazy baby wiglets (which are all the rage in Asia) to help complete the costume-y look.
2). 80s Aerobics Instructor
My tiny dancer already has a collection of leotards, tights and leggings so all I had to do was cut up a sweatshirt, make a sweatband (with two old white socks tied together) and have her carry a blow-up boombox (a take-home gift from a friend’s birthday party). Let’s get physical!!
This year we also re-used J’s baptism dress (can’t believe it still fits, only shorter)! I bobby pinned extra tulle that I already had to her hair, topped her off with a tiara, and gave her flowers to carry with something blue and tada, she’s a baby bride!
Her recital costume topped off with a sparkly bow and matching shoes made for a cute doll costume. But you could take any frilly doll-like dress (try vintage styles) and convert it into a dolly outfit.
If I had more time I would have loved to have made her a wind-up attachment like this. But alas, mommy was too worn out from planning and executing the BOO-tiful Halloween Bash from the night before to DIY this.
You could also have used makeup to draw in long dolly lashes and rosy cheeks but again, this mom ran out of energy.
I couldn’t keep a straight face when I dropped of J at school like this. She was the fluffiest, frilliest ball of awesomeness. We basically piled on all her tutus and accessorized with matching tights, socks, bow and flag. Tutu Cute!
6). Coco Chanel
If you’re a die-hard Chanel fan like we are, perhaps dressing like Coco Chanel is for you. Think quilting, Chanel-like chains, pearls, white and black and classic silhouettes. We happen to have a Coco doll which we replicated with a quilted white dress.
7). Anna Wintour
For the Haute Halloween party that I hosted for fab kids in NYC, J and I both dressed as Anna Wintour. This was a fairly easy make-at-home costume as well.
For more on how to dress like Karl Lagerfeld, Andre Leon Talley and other fashion icons, see my earlier post about Haute Halloween costumes!
Think bowties, suspenders, pocket protectors, and black-rimmed glasses plus add some back-t0-school accessories and you’ve got an easy DIY costume. Check out all the nerdy fashions from my back-to-school play dates in NYC here!
And stay tuned to see all the details from this year’s Halloween bash!