5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Toddlers

We don’t celebrate Halloween in my house. But, last year, we kind of did start something that we promised our oldest daughter that we’d do again this year. We called it a “fall party.” It was a party that was held in honor of the beauty of fall. I know, it sounds kind of lame, but it was really a lot of fun.

We celebrated our special day by buying clearance Halloween candy and throwing a very small party at our house. We wore costumes because my mom is a clearance queen and happened to find some things that really looked nice, at least in pictures.  Since we did have so much fun, I’ve been planning on making what we did last year something of a tradition in our family for real.

Since I have only my daughter’s first birthday to plan in a couple of days, and I have just so much time on my hands, this year, I’ve been thinking about becoming Martha Stewart and making my girls’ costumes myself. I’m not much of a sewer and everyone, including the kind folks at Hobby Lobby, know that I’m a wanna-be crafter. So in terms of costumes, I’ve been looking around for beginner level projects that are affordable, cute, easy to do, and not scary. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

1. Cotton Candy.

Photo credit: Parents.com

I adore how this DIY, no-sew costume from parents.com looks and love that it can be easily be made using tulle, a glue gun, elastic, a foam sheet, and a leotard. I’m thinking this one would be great for my older daughter. I’ll just have to convince her that instead of being a giant piece of candy, she’s really a ballerina.

2. Superhero costumes.

Superhero Costumes

I’m thinking a batman/robin type duo would be great for my two daughters. I like that this costume on Marthastewart.com only requires me to iron on a letter and make a belt. I can so do that.

3. Flower Bouquet.

This costume is again, on marthastewart.com. I’m sure it will not go over with my older toddler since she is at the stage where she cares about what she wears more than my desires for what I think we should wear. But, maybe I’ll give it a try. It’s a flower. What’s more innocent and pure than little girls dressed as flowers?

4. Lion costume.

Lion Costume
Photo credit: Reader's Digest

This adorable costume, on Reader’s Digest I’m sure, would only work for my younger toddler since she can’t yet look in the mirror and doesn’t have, yet, a clear sense of what looks great on her face. But, I’ll likely give it a try anyway.

5. Monarch Butterfly.

Butterfly
Photo credit: All You

This costume by All You is actually a lot simpler than it looks. The wings are really just a kite that have been sewn on to a sweatshirt. Easy-peasy.

Those are my five. I’m hoping to pick out my preferred costume this week. Wish me luck!

What are your kids wearing this Halloween?

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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