If you have a preschool aged child or children at home and you’ve been on the lookout for a few good do-it-yourself Halloween costume, you’re in the right place. All you’ll need to create a great homemade Halloween costume for your preschooler is the right idea for your child and a few crafts supplies you probably already have lying around. DIY Halloween costumes are quick, easy and a great way to both show off your parental artistic skills and wrap your preschooler in a unique look on Halloween.
Here are a few good ideas for easy and creative costumes for preschool kids this Halloween.
A Football Player Costume
Here’s All You’ll Need: A long-sleeve undershirt in your preschooler’s size, virtually any adult-sized football jersey, two pairs of long adult-sized socks, one pair of child-size long socks, one pair of sweatpants that match the aforementioned team jersey, a plain white helmet, a football, cleats or tennis shoes and some dark eye shadow or eyeliner.
Quick Directions: This one practically makes itself. Just smear a bit of shadow or liner under each of your child’s eyes, fold that pair of adult socks together and tuck them under the undershirt to make shoulder pads, pull those sweat pants up to just under the knee and the child’s socks up to meet them, hand them the football and they’re ready for Halloween.
A Pirate Costume
Here’s All You’ll Need: An over-sized maroon polo shirt, a pair of white sweatpants, some black fabric paint, one brown, black or gold silk-style rope that you can tie around your preschooler’s waist, a bandana or pirate style hat, a plastic sword and maybe even an eye patch, a gold hoop earring or a few beaded necklaces for your child to wear.
Quick Directions: Simply cut a jagged edge on the hem of that maroon polo shirt. Then use the fabric paint to paint vertical stripes on the sweatpants. Cut a jagged edge off the bottom of each leg. Have your child put on the shirt and pants. Tie the silky rope around his waist. Embellish with a pirate hat or bandana, sword and an eye patch, if desired.
A Bumble Bee Costume
Here’s All You’ll Need: One yellow t-shirt, a pair of black pants, some black felt, a black headband, some fabric glue, a pair of Styrofoam balls, a set of black and yellow pipe cleaners, a bit of acrylic paint and a rotary cutter.
Quick Directions: Just cut the black felt into strips with that rotary cutter and sew said strips onto that yellow t-shirt or attach them to it with the fabric glue. Then make a pair of antennae by drilling two small holes in the headband, threading the pipe cleaners through them painting the styrofoam balls yellow and attaching them to the tips.
A Cowgirl Costume
Here’s All You’ll Need: A pair of dark blue jeans, denim, plaid or checkered long-sleeve shirt, a bandana, a pair of boots, hat, a belt with a big “Texas-sized” buckle, some rope, a bit of cardboard and a “cowboy” hat.
Quick Directions: This one’s an almost perfect standby costume option. You’ll just need to cut the cardboard into a star and glue it onto your child’s shirt, use a hot-glue gun to fix the rope into a lasso circle and attach it to that big buckled belt and tie the bandana loosely around your child’s neck.
A Green Plastic Army Man Costume
Here’s All You’ll Need: One pair of old baggy pants, one pair of old shoes, one old preferably denim jacket, some toy binoculars, a helmet and any other military accessories you’d like to include, some spray primer, green spray paint and green body paint.
Quick Directions: That seems like a lot, but all you’ll need to do is spray every part of the above outfit and with a minimum of two coats of primer and three coats of green paint. Wait for it all to dry, apply the body pain to your army man’s little face then head out to war.
Generally speaking you’ll want to pick costume colors for your preschooler that are fun and that will be safe for them to wear out on Halloween night. For instance, a dark costume isn’t going to be a good idea if you’re planning to go out trick-or-treating, but they’re fine for an indoor Halloween party. Remember, whichever Halloween costume you chose, be sure that it’s all properly fitted, snug and flame resistant.