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9 DIY Halloween Costumes To Craft For Your Kids

It’s just over a month until Halloween and this year is set to be extra special since it’ll feature the first full blue moon in 19 years – how spooktacular! While trick or treating is sadly off-limits due to social distancing, we can still make the night fun and delightfully scary for our little ones with indoor scavenger hunts, Halloween parties (with close friends and family only!) and cleverly crafted costumes. We’ve rounded up some of the all-time classics below, with handy tips on how to make them, so have a look for yourself.

9 DIY Halloween Costumes To Craft For Your Kids

1. Bat

Whether you’re a vampire in disguise or just a simple nighttime critter, bats make for fun, easy Halloween costumes. In fact, Becky Cole’s put together a handy no-sew bat outfit tutorial here – all you need to make the fabulous design is a glue gun, a sturdy fabric like our Black Craft Felt (479798), and an hour or two of free time! Your little one will love swishing around the DIY wings, pretending to fly!

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2. Dracula

You can’t have a Halloween event without this iconic vampire, and we’ve got the perfect pattern to make his costume. Simplicity Sewing Pattern 1349 (473261) includes instructions on how to make glorious capes and cloaks in a wide variety of sizes, with an optional hood and stand-up collar, perfect for some spooky looks. Whip one up with a luxurious red or purple satin inside to create a perfect Dracula costume.

3. Cat

Classically seen as bad luck charms to the superstitious and familiars for witches, black cats are common Halloween motifs. You can easily make a kitty costume by pairing dark clothing with some DIY ears and a tail, but if you fancy going all out, whip up the cat pattern in McCall's Sewing Pattern M6106 (472434) in our Black Cotton Fleece Fabric (482324). The pattern ranges in size from 3 to XLG, fitting both adults and children, so you could even make matching costumes.

4. Princess

Halloween doesn’t need to be all spooks and scares, though, and many little ones enjoy wearing regular fancy dress. So why not spoil a little girl to a gorgeous princess dress from Butterick Sewing Pattern B4320 (471477)? It features five fancy frocks inspired by Disney classics, with an optional cape and hair bows. Each design is available in kids’ sizes 2 to 14, for that perfect custom fit.

5. Witch

You can’t go wrong with a witch outfit, and Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2571 (473394) features an adorable wizard cloak and hat that can easily be repurposed for witches if you whip it up in black, orange or purple. Why not take it a step further, too, by crocheting your little witch a black cat, with the instructions from the TOFT Alexandre Kit (369162) and a ball of soft black yarn.

6. Zombie

Zombies costumes are easy to craft, as you can just scuff up and trim some old clothes to make them scruffy looking, and use a red paint or dye – such as Dylon Tulip Red Fabric Dye (374319) – to create fake blood stains and injuries. Then, get creative with a face paint like the Grimas Palette (484974) and add some dark eye bags and little cuts.

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7. Clown

Do you find clowns funny or spooky? If it’s the latter, why not whip up an outfit from McCall's Sewing Pattern M6142 (472439)? The pack includes instructions for five different outfits, two hats and optional frills and bows, all available in sizes 2-XLG, meaning you can mix and match elements to your heart’s content and create something different for each member of the family.

8. Frankenstein

Otherwise known as Frankenstein’s monster, this spooky guy is another Halloween classic. The most iconic part of the character as he’s known today is the square-ish green head and bolts coming out of the sides of his neck, which you can make with a cardboard box and bottle caps respectively. Simply use a strong paint like A-Color Matt Acrylic (479058) to create the fun designs.

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9. Treat Bag

This homemade treat bucket is delightfully spooky with its dripping felt blood, scruffy black stitches and little spider embellishment, and it makes the perfect accessory for a fun indoor scavenger hunt – we recommend lowering the lights and putting on some scary music to perfect the atmosphere! Check out Debbie Shore’s simple step-by-step tutorial here to find out how to make your own in just five easy steps