12 DIY Movie-inspired Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is such a great excuse to dress up and have some fun (and treats!), but hiring or purchasing costumes can be expensive when you have a house full of Brisbane Kids. So we’ve searched to find the easiest and coolest 12 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids in 2014, inspired by their favourite movies. Best of all, some are no-sew!

Despicable Me

DIY Minion no sew costumes

Minions are always funny, if only you could understand what their saying! These quick and easy Minion beanies by Make and Takes are great fun and don’t require a degree in fine arts to construct. Why not get purple beanies, a fake tube of serum (PX-41) and go a little ‘wild’!

DIY Despicable Me costume Margo & edith

Sourced from Pinterest this is a great example of how easy it is to create fun Halloween costumes for kids without having to spend outlandishly or stretch your already stretched crafting skills.

Peter Pan Halloween Costumes for Kids

DIY green Tinker bell no sew Halloween costume

Get your tinkers on with this cute Tinker Bell costume from The Ivey League. Follow these easy instructions from Be A Fun Mum no-sew Tutu and finish off the look with DIY Tinker Bell Shoes as featured on The Briski Blog. It will be the costume every little girl will want to wear again and again!

no sewing skill required captain hook pirate halloween costume

Beware land lovers, there be pirates about with this no-sew Captain Hook costume from Inspired by Family. This one is super easy, requiring no sewing, just a little glue, ribbon, scissors and one red t-shirt!

Toy Story Costumes

no sew DIY buzz light year costume halloween

To Infinity and Beyond! Everyone loves a super hero and Buzz Light Year really is a quirky kind of guy, let’s face it, who didn’t love his ‘Spanish Mode’ in third movie. Fun At Home With Kids created a very cool Buzz Light Year costume using simple craft materials such as foam, glue and sticky tape. No-sewing required for this super guy.

DIY Woody Cowboy Costume

Somebody’s poisoned the waterhole! If this happens to be your three year old’s favourite movie phrase, then check out this step-by-step tutorial by All Things Davidson on making a DIY Woody Costume. Includes directions on using fabric dyes for that yellow shirt.


Frozen Snow Princess DIY Costume Elsa

Let there be Snow Princesses! This Disney inspired Elsa costume from 123 Homeschool 4 Me requires no-sewing and the snowflake balloons are a great way to create a ‘snow paradise’ in an otherwise hot October.

Olaf Halloween DIY hat costume white

Fun and loveable Olaf can be a happy snowman this Halloween as he enjoys a warm Spring night. This Olaf hat tutorial by Examiner is so simple, older children could easily complete with limited adult supervision. Complete the costume with white shirt and pants.

How to Train Your Dragon

made from a jumper How to train your dragon toothless kids halloween costume

It’s time to breath some fire with this Toothless costume from Tried and True Blog. You will require a sewing machine for this one, but the wings are easier then you’d think, using an old wire clothes hanger! As Halloween is in the warmer months, consider using a long-sleeve hooded t-shirt over a sweater.

how to train your dragon viking costume

With dragons about you’ll be needing some Vikings to keep them under control. I Am Momma Hear Me Roar has the easiest solution for making fabulous viking faux fur and The Speier Kids have some great tips on how to accessories your costume to get that ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ final look.

The Lego Movie

Lego Movie Halloween Costume Emmet

Crafted by Pinterest Mum Jessica, these amazing DIY Emmet Lego T-Shirts were created by painting Tulip Soft fabric paint onto orange t-shirts. Masking tape was used to mark the lines, and a black fabric marker to draw in the details…. everything is AWESOME!

Cardboard box Lego Men DIY halloween costume

Be Batman with this super fun cardboard box Lego Super Hero Costume as featured on Instructables. Requires a nappy box, a cardboard cylinder, hot glue and paint. Why not attempt a Uni Kity version?!

Harry Potter

DIY Harry Potter Wizards Robes in under 15 minutes

Making wizard robes for all the little Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione’s this Halloween has never been easier. Pieces by Polly has this fantastic tutorial on how to make wizard robes from a single black t-shirt. Some sewing is required.

DIY Luna Lovegood Costume for Halloween

Quirky, eccentric, yet incredible brave, Luna Lovegood is a loveable character from the Harry Potter series and this costume from Frugal Family Times captures her persona perfectly! A great DIY costume for tweens, site includes links to Spectrispecs, Quibbler cover and a tutorial for those adorable earnings.


1. Oompa Loompa 2. The Cat in the Hat 3. Jedi 4. Mary Poppins 5. Blue (from Rio) 6. Lightening McQueen 7. Cinderella 8. Seven Dwarves 9. Shrek 10. E.T.

For some more local inspiration for your child’s Halloween costume this year check out our list of Book Week Costume Ideas for Kids. If you’re planning a spooky celebration, then you’ll love our 17 Ideas for a Spooktacular Halloween Party that even includes an awesome Spotify Halloween songlist to help set the mood.

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