Who’s ready for Halloween? You have about 2 weeks to pick a costume and make it! This is a huge list of costumes to DIY but I’ve broken it down into different costume categories, so it’s not overwhelming. You can scroll down and click on specific costumes types that interest you.
Of course there are awesome costumes available to buy as well but you know I am a maker type girl. If you are the DIY type or even semi-DIY costume person this list of over 100 costumes to make this weekend is for you!
I’m always pinning cool costume idea on Pinterest – follow my Halloween Costume ideas board!
The Ultimate List of Costumes to Make
DIY Book Character Costumes
My most popular post this year at Halloween time has been DIY book character costumes. Apparently everyone is book nerd ;-), or schools have really gotten strict with costumes that kids can wear. Luckily there are many cool characters you can dress up as from storybooks, the costume possibilities are almost limitless.
Potterwookie and Lord of the Hat – Speaking of cool characters, my boys loved the Creature in my closet series and we ended up making two different costumes from it. Basically it’s a fun series about characters that get mixed up in a boy’s closet and combine into one new creature, like Harry Potter mixed with Chewbacca. Fun!!
Speaking of Harry Potter, check out these costumes: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley. And this isn’t exactly a character costume but its super creative: Golden Snitch Costume.
Dr. Seuss costumes are super classic and I find these ideas are popular in Februrary and March too for book day/Dr. Seuss Birthday celebrations at schools.
Cat in the Hat Costume – My boys have dressed up as Cat in the Hat several times, you can make a hat but it’s easiest to just buy a super cool hat and DIY the rest of the costume. They’ve worn the hat several times.
Easy Lorax Costume – I love costume hoodies, it’s a two for one sort of thing. Both practical in cool weather and fun for dressing up.
Fox in Socks Costume – Also another costume hoodie idea, although Elliot did ruin a pair of socks that day.
Mr. Brown Costume – This is a simple costume for those that don’t want to dress up ‘too much.’ It’s also pretty easy to make or buy a Thing 1/2 shirt, combine it with this adorable Thing 1 and Thing 2 DIY Costume Wig.
More book character costumes:
- The BFG Costume
- Eponine from Les Mis
- Captain Underpants
- Big Nate
- Dog Man
- Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- No-Sew Care Bear Costumes
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Pippi Longstocking
- Fancy Nancy
- Magic School Bus Ms. Frizzle
- Winnie the Witch Costume
- The Rainbow Fish
- Paper Bag Princess Costume
- Wizard of Oz Character Costumes
- Wizard of Oz House Costume
- Thomas the Train Halloween Costume,
- Gruffalo Dress Up Apron
- Gruffalo Mouse Headband
- Mr. Men Costumes
- Fantastic Mr. Fox Mask
DIY Fortnite Costumes To Make
We were a crazy Fortnite costume family last year, not my favorite costume theme but I do love all the character skin options available. There are literally hundreds of different Fortnite costume possibilities!
Tomatohead Fortnite Costume – Our Fortnite costume adventure started with Elliot’s request to be Tomatohead for Halloween. It was a little more challenging to figure out how to make a large head. In the end, we went with a paper lantern and it worked fairly well.
Dark Voyager Fortnite Costume – Dark Voyager was a fairly popular Fortnite costume last year, we saw quite a few while trick or treating. Of course, it was also one of the only store bought Fortnite costumes available to purchase last year. Naturally the DIY version was much cooler and not really that hard to pull together.
More Fortnite costume ideas:
- Rapscallion Fortnite Costume
- Bunny Brawler Fortnite Costume
- Skull Trooper Fortnite Costume
- Drift Fortnite Costume
- Zoey Fortnite Costume
DIY Disney Costumes To Make
Disney Costumes are always popular, especially if you area headed to Disney’s Halloween Party. This year our costume theme is Duck Tales and we’ve also done Toy Story, Inside Out and Peter Pan family costumes.
Prince Charming – One of my all time favorite costumes that we’ve made. It’s a slightly harder costume to DIY but totally worth it. It’s mostly just a lot of gold embellishments to a white shirt and red pants.
Snow White Prince – There are so many Disney princesses costumes out there, so I felt like I needed to show DIY Disney prince costumes too. Snow White’s prince costume was a fairly simple DIY, it’s all about the tunic and cape.
Beast Shirt or Beast Costume – We have two versions of a Beast costume, one is more of a costume shirt, perfect for disneybounding in the park or anyone that wants a lower key costume idea. The other one is more of a ‘fancy’ Beast costume like the other prince costumes I’ve made.
Olaf Costume – Olaf is another one of my favorite costumes and it’s a hoodie costume too! It’s super easy with a little felt and DIY action.
Puppy Dog Pals – We made a super cute Bingo hoodie but you could easily use the same simple tutorial to make a Rolly hoodie as well.
Jake Neverland Pirate – Another cute Disney Junior costume idea to make is Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates!
Mr. Smee – A Mr. Smee costume goes well with the Jake costume above or a classic Peter Pan one as well!
More DIY Disney Costumes:
- Wreck It Ralph
- Felix Jr.
- Zootopia Flash
- Judy Hopps
- Nick Wilde
- Officer Clawhauser
- Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
- Boo from Monsters Inc
- Robin Hood and Maid Marian
- Sofia the First Costumes
- Baby Aurora
- Blue Fairy from Maleficent
- Disney Planes: Dusty
- Planes: El Chupababra
- Disney Mummy
DIY Pixar Costumes To Make
Forky Costume – This costume is my most popular costume this year, not a surprise with how popular Toy Story 4 was this summer! I wasn’t quite sure how to pull off Forky’s red ‘pipe cleaner’ arms, so I made 4 different versions of this costume. You can choose which Forky costume version you like the best.
Duke Caboom – Forky isn’t the only cool new character in the Toy Story family. Duke Caboom is also a fun and easy costume to DIY! We saw lots of Duke Caboom costumes at Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash this year!
Woody – If you are planning a Toy Story theme, you definitely need to include a Woody costume!
Hank the Octopus – We haven’t make a Nemo or Dory costume yet but this Hank the Octopus hoodie turned out super fun.
Mike and Sully – These costumes are so cute and easy. Just start with the right color shirts and hats and embellish with felt!
Bing Bong – Who’s your friend that likes to play? Bing Bong, Bing Bong! I had so much fun with this costume!
Anger – Rather than painting Quinn’s face red, we opted for a simple mask. Pair the mask with a white shirt and tie and you are just about done with Anger from Inside Out.
Fear – Fear from Inside Out was a very duct tape heavy costume. Good thing I don’t ‘fear’ using duct tape. 😉
More DIY Pixar costumes:
DIY Star Wars Costumes To Make
Ezra Bridger – Star Wars Rebels is such a fun animated show. We had to get pretty creative for the Ezra Bridger costume but it turned out great. Elliot loved having his hair dyed too.
Poe Dameron – The base of this pilot Poe Dameron costume is just a generic Star Wars pilot costumes we found at a thrift store. Then we added and upgraded accessories to make it specific to Poe.
BB-8 – Making a round BB-8 costume was challenging but luckily we found a paper lantern big enough for our youngest son. Add lots of duct tape and you are just about done.
Jyn Erso – Rogue One is one of my favorite Star Wars movies, so a Jyn Erso costume made sense for me. Plus I was able to use several regular items of clothing to make it work.
Wampa – My mom is usually go bit or go home. She lucked out with this crazy white fur coat she found at a thrift store. She even made a ‘bloody arm stump’ using a red solo cup.
More DIY Star Wars Costumes:
More DIY Costumes To Make This Weekend
A few more costumes that didn’t quite fit into any of the categories above but are still super fun to make.
Spider Man Noir – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was such a fun movie, and ripe with fun spider-man costume ideas to make. Spider-Man Noir was very simple, with it’s black and grey color scheme.
Peter B Parker – We have a Peter B. Parker costume from Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse and a costume from Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse!
Fat Thor – This is a little silly but still a fun Marvel costume.
Pencil Baby Onesie – I made this simple baby costume for my nephew a few years ago, his mom is a teacher so I thought it was perfect!
Cat Burglar – This is a punny cat burglar ‘cat’ costume. It’s also super simple to pull together.
LEGO Emmet – One year our family costume theme was LEGO characters, so naturally we had to make a LEGO Emmet costume. It would be super fun to wear to LEGOLAND California’s Brick or Treat event.