Last-minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Babies and Kids

While some of us have been lovingly hand-sewing Halloween costumes since Memorial Day, the rest of us are stuck sticking stainless steel colanders on our kids’ heads and making them trick-or-treat as “robots.” Last year we mentioned several DIY Halloween costumes—from the Cold Weather Bandit to the Glad Bag. (Yes, that’s right—we actually recommended dressing your kid as a garbage bag.)

What brilliant last-minute ideas were we able to come up with this year?

Baby burrito. Swaddle your baby in a white blanket, letting some lettuce or cabbage leaves peak out at the edges. Variations on this theme include baby spring rolls, baby eggrolls, or baby turkey wrap.  Here a doll is modeling this look, which took just one minute to create.

baby burrito halloween costume

Striped baby bug. If you can get your hands on some antennae—or make some out of pipe cleaners or something—then you can dress your baby in various striped garments for this look.

Gnome. Last year Audrey put on a brown tweed skirt and coat she had received as a gift. She wore striped tights and carried a tin watering can to collect her treats. I did need to sew a pointy green hat out of an old curtain, which took me about an hour or longer (because I am such a bad sewer), so this isn’t a completely last-minute costume option.

Charlie Brown. Is your baby bald? Do you have a yellow onesie and some brown shorts? Can you draw a passable zigzag pattern with a felt-tip marker? Then you can dress your baby as Charlie Brown.

Old Man. Again—is your baby bald? Do you have some baby-sized glasses, some sort of “old man” hat and maybe a sweater vest? If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you might be able to dress your baby as an old man this year.

Alien. Dress your baby or child all in white and use a black eyeliner pencil to create huge alien-eyes.

Dick Cheney. One of our Green Baby Guide consultants came up with this one. “Another great costume idea for babies is the ‘Dick Cheney,’” he says.  “Dress them up in a little blue business suit and add a cheap pair of reading glasses and some white hair around the sides via cotton balls for a look that will delight Democrats and Republicans alike!”

Dick Cheney Halloween Costume Idea

ZZ Top. This costume idea brought to you from the mastermind behind the “Dick Cheney.” All you need is a set of twins, some fake beards, sunglasses, and grungy old hats.

zztop baby halloween costume

Baby Grecian. Another Green Baby Guide consultant suggested fashioning a toga out of a piece of fabric and crowning your baby with leaves. Brilliant!

Check this site out for baby costumes (including a baby muscle man and Sasquatch!) that require some actual crafting and sewing skills.

If worse comes to worst, you can always stick your baby in a cardboard box, bucket, or other baby-sized receptacle. What is this costume, exactly? “Baby in a box,” “baby in a bucket,” etc. All right, I’m clearly running out of inspiration. What are your best DIY Halloween costume ideas?

Making my own costumes out of household odds and ends works for me! For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas, head on over to We are THAT Family!


  1. I happen to love the idea of “Flashdance Baby.” All you need is an oversized baby shirt (to be worn off the shoulder, of course), some tights, and some adult sized socks that can quickly be adapted into leg warmers. The baby headband worn straight across the forehead would be the perfect finishing touch. Bring on the music!

  2. My favorite last-minute Halloween costume as a child was “gypsy girl.” A onesie or leotard is the base of the outfit. Simply ad a belt and stick in it many colorful swatches of fabric for a skirt-like effect. Add gaudy costume jewelry if available. This look could be adapted for a “pirate” costume as well. Instead of the leotard, use a brown shirt. Add a rag to the head for a finishing touch.

  3. I LOVE all your ideas, but Dick Cheney might be too scary for the kids! The best ideas are spawned right out of your garage or toy box. Happy Halloween!

  4. I am so late on this but just had to share that my son’s idea of the perfect costume was the traditional ghost – a sheet with holes cut out for the eyes. In a trial run we found out that it isn’t very safe as the sheet didn’t stay put on his silky hair. So I cut out the entire face and then attached it to a regular hat. We used face paint to make his face white and his eyes black. He looked adorable and many adults commented on what a cool “retro” costume it was.

    For my daughter we dug into the dressup and she wore a long white dress (former snow queen costume) a bridal veil and then we painted her face white and put white stuff in her hair. She was the ghost bride – poor thing, died on her wedding day.

  5. We loved the burrito idea, here’s our little bean done up in his swaddle, a green hat, and some tissue paper I saved from a gift bag:

  6. That is absolutely adorable! We will have to feature your little burrito in one of next year’s Halloween posts!

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