Now that fall has officially arrived, our thoughts have started to turn to all things Halloween. No matter what happens this year, we still plan on bringing some kind of spooky, festive magic to our kids’ days. First up: securing costumes for the main event. Need some inspiration? We’ve rounded up some great Halloween costume ideas for kids that are perfect for the occasion. Whether you’re shopping for something ready-made or going the DIY route this year, these costumes are sure to make your trick-or-treaters the best-dressed kids on the block.
You can’t go wrong with a good old Spiderman costume! This one from Rubies Costume Co is a classic, and the child’s size small fits most 4 to 6-year-olds. You may have a hard time getting them to not wear it to bed and to school and every single day leading up to Halloween!
$34 | Available at amazon.ca
DIY Scuba Diver Halloween Costume
A favourite with parents of toddlers, this classic costume is cute as can be.
a black long-sleeve shirt
black track pants
a black toque
a swimming mask
an empty water or pop bottle
a piece of cardboard
a piece of flexible black foam
While the clothing and swimming mask make up most of this costume, the key to the whole look is the DIY air tank. To make the tank, simply paint an empty water or pop bottle silver and affix to a piece of cardboard with hot glue. Glue two pieces of black ribbon to the cardboard to create a backpack for your child to wear. Next, glue or tape one end of the black foam to the bottle and attach a pacifier to the other end. Your scuba suit now has an air tank, complete with a mouthpiece. Feeling extra crafty? Cut a set of flippers out of black felt or foam to slip on over your child’s shoes.
Long Sleeve Leopard Hooded Fleece
We all love onesies! They’re soft, warm, comfortable, and make for super-easy costumes. Check out this leopard print costume – we love the pattern and the coziness of it all. We’re not blending in with this get-up.
$30 | Available at childrensplace.com
Baby Avocado Costume
You can’t get much cuter than this! For wee ones, this year dress them up warmly as an avocado and watch everyone oooh and aaah all over them.
$20 | Available at cartersoshkosh.ca
Wonder Woman Costume
Complete with a dress with attached cape, belt, headband, gauntlets, and boot tops, this costume makes a dazzling superhero out of your little one.
$34 | Available at amazon.ca
DIY Lumberjack Halloween Costume
This oh-so-Canadian costume idea comes together in a snap and is perfect for kids of all ages.
a plaid shirt
jeans with suspenders
This costume is all about the clothes! If you can’t find a pair of jeans with suspenders attached, simply add a set of clip-on suspenders to jeans your child already wears. When it comes to the beard, you can create one with felt or yarn if you’re feeling crafty, but makeup will work just as well to achieve that scruffy look. A toy axe pulls it all together.
PJ Masks – Catboy, Gekko & Owlette
We love this deal – three costumes for three PJ Masks characters! Each comes with a mask and a cape so your little one can be a different character for the school, daycare and any other festivities.
$16 | Available at amazon.ca
Super Simple Kitten Costume
This adorable dress doubles as a cute outfit that can be worn any day and a costume. All you have to do is pair it with a kitten-ear headband and some cat makeup, and you’ve got yourself the cutest cat on the block! This dress fits up to 5T.
$18 | Available at Old Navy
Child Inflatable T-Rex Dinosaur Costume
Ok, this one is pricey, but come on! So hilarious! Imagine seeing your little one as king of the dino world, the T-Rex, with this inflatable jumpsuit. Love it.
$72 | Available at amazon.ca
Ghost Halloween Costume
Go beyond the old sheet-with-eyeholes ghost costume and create this cool (and more kid-friendly) upgrade using only a few basic materials.
a white sheet
a roll of gauze bandages
grey eye shadow
To create the body of this costume, you’ll need to fold a white sheet in half and cut a hole along the fold for your child’s head to fit through. Once your child has slipped the costume over their head, trim as needed along the bottom and sides (keep in mind that cuts don’t have to be perfect!). If the body of the costume feels a bit plain, take it up a level by gluing on strips of the sheet off-cuts for texture, or even fake cobwebs and plastic spiders. To complete the look, apply a light layer of white makeup to your child’s face, and dab around their eye area with a bit of grey shadow. Wrap the roll of gauze bandages around their head and under their chin, tucking in the end for easy removal at the end of the night.
Mouse from The Gruffalo Costume
Your little one is sure to get plenty of treats thanks to this sweet Halloween costume that brings a beloved children’s book character to life.
a thin headband
a glue stick
a Gruffalo shirt (optional)
Cut pieces of construction paper to build the mouse’s head and face. Leave some extra paper at the top of the head so that you can wrap it around the headband and glue in place. While a Gruffalo shirt is nice to have if you can find one online, it’s not truly essential to the costume. In its place, you could easily substitute a brown hoodie or sweatshirt, with a white felt belly and brown felt tail attached.
Glow in the Dark Skeleton Costume
This simple costume includes a black jumpsuit with glow-in-the-dark bones, matching gloves, and a skull mask. We like the idea of bringing Halloween back to basics, and your kids will have skele-tons of fun in this costume.
$40 | Available at partycity.com
DIY Peter Parker Costume
Spider-Man costumes are easy to find this time of year, but what about the man behind the mask? This DIY Peter Parker costume turns a younger sibling into the ultimate superhero sidekick.
a pair of glasses with the lenses removed
jeans and a hooded sweater
Spider-Man shirt (optional)
This costume is all about the accessories. For Peter’s glasses, you’ll need to pop the lenses out of a pair of inexpensive frames from the dollar store. The Daily Bugle press pass is a printout from the web and can easily be customized with a photo of your child. For the camera, print an enlarged version of a camera emoji and paste it onto a piece of cardstock, then add a bit of string so your little one can wear it around their neck.
Super Mario Brothers Costume
If your little ones are into video games, you can’t go wrong with everyone’s favourite Nintendo duo, Mario and Luigi. Go solo or pair up with a friend for a next-level buddy costume. The store-bought version is perfect if you’re pressed for time, but making your own is super easy, too.
a long-sleeve shirt in red or green
a hat in red or green
felt (black, white, yellow and red or green)
The key to this costume is in the hat logo and the moustache, both of which can be made using felt (along with large yellow felt buttons for the overalls). Simply affix a felt M or L to your hat in the appropriate colour, and secure the moustache with a dab of eyelash adhesive. Bonus points if you collect candy in a cardboard box painted to look like a Super Mario block!
$40 | Available at partycity.com