Cheap and Easy DIY Kids’ Halloween Costumes

Trick: Getting sweet-talked into buying an overly expensive Halloween costume straight off the shelf by a begging child.

Treat: Turning Halloween costumes into a fun art project with your kids and saving money at the same time.

Halloween costumes are a major expense: In the U.S., $1 billion was spent on costumes last year for children alone. But wouldn't you rather make an easy, creative costume with your child that won't cost a ton?

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We searched all over the internet for the best DIY costumes and found one key, insanely inexpensive ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways: cardboard. Yes, cardboard.

From dinosaurs to airplanes and robots to jewelry box ballerinas, we're sure your child will love one of these adorable options, many of which require only cardboard, glue, paint and clothes your kids already have.

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  • Mlolson

    My daughter was a rubik’s cube one year. Was really easy and cute!

  • sjdemo

    hello kitty is an easy costume. my daughter wore leggings and a long sleeve shirt under a pink leotard. i bought some white felt and cut triangles, sewed together and stuffed then glued onto a headband. cut, sewed, and stuffed red felt for a bow and tacked it onto an ear. last was face paint. she wants to do it again this year, so now i don’t have to buy a new costume!