Halloween on a Budget: 18 Funny Costume Ideas for Kids

Halloween is one of those holidays where everyone gets to feel like a kid again; play dress up, eat lots of candy, get a stomach ache from eating too much candy, fall asleep and dream about candy, and then wake up and do it all over again (fyi Halloween is on a Saturday this year, meaning the entire weekend is full game).

One challenge each year is to come up with the perfect costume for your child/nephew/godson/neighbor/etc., whether it’s homemade or store-bought, it’s got to be creative! Since we believe in balling-on-a-budget, we’ve created a list of some of our favorite feasible Halloween costumes seen around the community & interwebs – get your creative juices flowing and find your fav costume below!

1. Bubblegum Nightmare A cardboard cutout shoe, pink balloons and yarn make the stickiest situation cute again! 

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2. Lil’ old lady Have an old walker hanging around? Cut down the legs and put an old lady wig on your babe and she’ll be ready to roll!

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3. Pineapple Cutie A no sew costume?! Yes please! Follow these simple steps for the cutest pineapple ever! {tip} Keep hydrated with a matching pineapple #tikitumbler 😉

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4. Kisses 5¢ a pop! Make a simple “kissing booth” from a cardboard box. Break out that lipstick and plant some kisses on that baby and he’s ready to hit the town.
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5. Walter White & Jesse Pinkman from “Breaking Bad” There are no words…

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6. Your future co-worker, Dwight Schrute, from “The Office” Dad’s tie, a pair of old glasses and a name tag make Dwight cool!

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7. The Ultimate Cereal Killer Hot glue individual cereal boxes onto an old shirt, stick them with a plastic knife and you’ve got an easy and creepy costume.

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8. A Pack of Crayons! Color coordinating outfits and a crayola logo cut-out make this the cutest pack of crayons you ever did see!

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9. Ready- Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot! Get creative! Who would say no to painting on clothes?
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10. Jolly Jelly Belly’s! A clear trash bag and colorful balloons make for a simple (and protective) costume for your kids!

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11. The Cutest Scuba Enthusiast There Ever Was! A 2 liter soda bottle spray painted silver and a black body suit set this cutie up to hit the water!

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12. Ghandi’s Grandson Need we say more?

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13. The Coppertone Bum! A nude leotard, a cute bum painted on a white pair of undies and a stuffed animal doggie make this costume totally adorbs!

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14. Wilson the Volleyball from “Castaway” Can we say comfy?  That white one-piece you were dying to get rid of now serves a purpose! Stuff that thing with cotton and paint on Wilson for the easiest costume for baby.

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15. A No Good Very Bad Day (aka Thunderstorm) Cut out cardboard in the shape of a cloud and cover that thing with cotton balls. Messy hair and a frightful face for the photo opp win! 

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16. Peter Pan’s Shadows!  Everyone has black clothes hanging around; or purchase a black morphsuit on the cheap! {Tip – have your child wear reflective bracelets for safety}

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17. Cuddly Trolls Nude leotard? Pink spray paint? Easiest costume award!

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18. A Yummy Lil Burrito Wrap that baby up in metallic gold fabric and they’ll never know how delicious they look! 

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